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Best charity shop in the WORLD

Post: # 102199Post Andy Hamilton
Sun May 11, 2008 8:19 pm

Due to the book promotional stuff I am frequently finding myself in new towns and cites. I thought it would be good to find some really decent charity shops around the country.

So is there any big favorites out there?

I will nominate Womens aid, Walcot Street, Bath and in Bristol I like the Cat Rescue place on Church Road. Both are really cheap and stacked to the rafters with everything you need at a very cheap price.
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Post: # 102213Post tim&fatima
Sun May 11, 2008 9:09 pm

I am a volunteer for "beacon centre for the blind" charity. I work in one of the shops near to my house. I drop "A" off at school then do a few hours. it's great, really nice atmosphere, and the bargins. charity shops are fantastic. :thumbright:
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Post: # 102216Post Shirley
Sun May 11, 2008 9:11 pm

I like the one in Alford, Aberdeenshire - can't remember what the charity is, something to do with the local churches. Staffed by friendly folk who are always happy to have a natter and crammed with bargains galore.
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Post: # 102293Post hamster
Mon May 12, 2008 7:58 am

In Oxford, there's a good Oxfam on the Cowley Rd and a mad charity shop on St Clements where you have to properly hunt for stuff but I've found some good books for next to nothing.

There's one near Waitrose in Wokingham that has knitting needles and occasionally dress patterns and wool.[/i]
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Post: # 102311Post MKG
Mon May 12, 2008 9:36 am

The Oxfam shop in Whitby has to be congratulated for making itself look like a Harrod's department and charging accordingly.

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Post: # 103511Post Esther.R
Fri May 16, 2008 3:53 pm

A bit off the beaten track, but the 'Scrapstore' in Lerwick (Shetland!) is fantastic, it is a charity shop run by the local group for adults with learning disabilities and functions as a fund raising and training centre. It is stacked to the rafters with furniture (ranging from tat to antiques), books, pushchairs, bric-a-brac etc. Got a £350 off-road double buggy in there the other week for £50 and its in great condition. Any extra furniture we need comes from there, last week we got a nice wardrobe for £30! Fantastic place to rummage and sensible prices.

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Post: # 103633Post ina
Sat May 17, 2008 10:03 am

I shall visit that next time I'm in Lerwick... Hopefully some time not too far in the future - I need a holiday!
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Post: # 103873Post Flo
Sun May 18, 2008 9:15 am

Down road from me in Prudhoe is the youth centre charity shop which is an Aladdin's cave for many items that you want round the house - picked up an Ikea shoe rack that is doing duty as shelves in allotment shed for £1, found a computer desk to match the wood on chairs and a crazy shaped shelf for an alcove corner that does for radios and "stuff". It does pretty well for all the general "stuff" that is cleared out of houses as it has a lot of garage type space at the back where it can store and display. As pavement is very wide in front of it there is never a problem when it puts items out in front of shop either. Good place. Good prices.

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Post: # 104559Post WiseBird
Wed May 21, 2008 9:16 pm

Here in Bridport we have a few charity shops. One of the best is the Mencap one, a 'traditional' one where you can have a good rumage and find a huge variety of things...a couple of weeks ago I got a brand new pair of FCUK jeans for £2.80 - (£75 to buy new!) Today a lovely stock pot with steamer and pasta inserts, just £2.00 and a brand new pair of Regatta ladies outdoor trousers, still with the label attached for £3.00. We also have Oxfam, Julia's House (local hospice), Cancer Research, Scope, Sue Ryder and YMCA...not bad in such a tiny town!

I can't resist going in them at least 3 times a week...but as I live right in the town I go in almost every day...if I'm passing you understand :wink:
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Post: # 104595Post thomasgreen
Thu May 22, 2008 6:27 am

I've been to that mad charity shop on St Clements! You really do have to properly hunt for stuff! It's fantastic!!

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