Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Charity Shop/ Boot sale/ Jumble sale finds!

Hello everyone! Sorry I haven't blogged in forever, I've been really really busy, although doing what I'm not too sure haha.
I've spent the last few days in Essex with my boyfriend and over the weekend we decided to take a look at some local charity shops and boot sales to see what bargains we could pick up.

My first purchase actually happened on the very first stall of the boot sale, which really excited me as I thought that was a sign of things to come! Unfortunately this was not the case as this was the only purchase I made throughout the whole boot sale! I managed to pick up a lovely pair of black strappy heels, with a platform and chunky heel! I've actually been looking for a pair like this for ages but gave up as they're always way above my price range! But how could I turn these down for £1.50? And they were in my size! (it's a sign.)

My Second purchase of the day was a very simple navy jersey dress with pleats. I really liked how soft it felt and it was really comfortable when on! It wasn't until I tried it on though that I thought it might be a ballet teachers dress as it looked exactly like my old ballet teachers one when I looked in the mirror! But still, I think it's nice and only cost me £1.20 in a charity shop! (sorry about the quality of the photos, they were taken on my phone)

I've recently realised how few tops I own, especially as I've picked up a lot of fabric that I'd like to use to make skirts recently, but i'll have nothing to wear them with! I came across this Ralph Lauren shirt and fell in love with all the tiny details on it. At £3.99 it's more than I'd usually pay for a top second hand but I thought i'd never see that kind of deal again! It's just a pretty white shirt with lace, embroidered flowers and ribbon which has been woven through the sleeves. It isn't something I would usually wear but I'm hoping I can make it work with one of my skirts.

The last of the charity shops had to be my favourite, they had a room out the back especially for crafty things at crazily cheap prices! I bought some lovely pink and white candy striped fabric, and some really bright purple fabric, I'm not too sure what to do with them yet but I fell in love with the colour! and at £2 each for way over a meter it was definitely worth it. Before leaving the shop I decided to go back for another rummage and the woman working there asked me if there was anything in particular I was looking for as she had loads more out back, although I couldn't think of anything I asked if I would be able to go out and see what was there, she kindly took me round there and I got some really nice thick checked fabric for £2, in some really warm colours which I think will make a good winter skirt! I also picked up a huge amount of tweed which I've been looking for absolutely ages! (again to make a skirt.) This was £4 but still a massive bargain due to the amount I got! I picked up lots of lace, elastic and ribbon, as they're always so useful to have when being a fashion student! And they kindly gave us three free marrows which one of the staff had grown when we paid! How funny!

Anyone that has ever spent any time in a shop with me will know how much I love all kinds of boxes and tins, i'm not too sure why but I just love containers! I'm also a big fan of all things tapestry. Callum got this one for me to put my make-up in when I move to portsmouth next month! It can fit a really good amount of things in it and even has a mirror inside! Perfect!

Our last stop was a local jumble sale that we saw advertised whilst driving around. On our first look around we didn't really come across anything very interesting so we decided to take a second look. I got a scarf for 50p which i really like. The colours are really vibrant and it has a lovely silky feel to it.

 I also got a lovely knitting basket. The basket wasn't actually meant to be for sale, the woman was just displaying her own knitting in it, i felt really bad once she told me she hadn't intended to sell it, but she kindly gave it to me for only £3! I love it!

 The best bargain of the day was a pair of shoes Callum picked up, they were quite squashed when we looked at them so they'd obviously been stored away for a while, they had a few marks on them and were missing laces. So the man on the stall sold them to him for 50p! Once Callum got them home, cleaned them up a bit and put laces on them they looked a million times better! (The picture really doesn't do them any justice and they look really nice on!)

These are just a few other things he managed to pick up over the weekend for less than £5 all together!

Hope you're all doing well! Again I'm sorry that I haven't blogged in ages, I'll try and do so more often now! Let me know what you think of these bargains or even better, if you've picked up any of your own! :)


  1. That scarf is beautiful, and those shoes look like new. Overall, you have a knack for getting great bargains. The pink and white material seems perfect for a summer skirt or dress.



  2. I had a search through the link, but believe it or not I am really unsure of what would work for us.