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The Charity Shops

February 26th, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Several weeks ago, I promised a short post on British charity shops. For the 20 or so years I've been either visiting here or living here for a few months at a time, I've seen a change in the number and quality of British charity shops.

When we lived in Surrey, there was a small shop supporting the hospice in our town, but that was about it. There was an Oxfam shop in the next town, but now there seem to be more and more shops everywhere. In my little part of London there are two Oxfam shops, one across the street from the other. One specializes in books and music, the other has the usual assortment of clothes and other things. There's also a cancer charity shop, one for heart disease, one sponsoring vet care for those unable to afford it, and a hospice shop.

They're all very well patronized and seem to have a circuit of people going from one to the other. I was thrilled (really!) to find an almost new guidebook to Prague for 50p (about 75 cents) when I'd been pricing them for 8-10 pounds. The quality varies, but here, as at home, better areas seem to have better stuff. I've also bought a Pyrex pie plate for a pound as I broke the landlady's plate. The books are very good, and I predict that some of the ones I bought will end up there when I finish them.

Great jewelry--and very cute boots and sweaters everywhere. I do think the smaller living space encourages people to dump what they no longer can use.

3 Responses to “The Charity Shops”

  1. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Sounds like some interesting places to shop.

  2. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Oh, hope you get to a "boot sale," too. I imagine them to be like the nearly open air flea markets of the US Midwest, except I really do imagine cars parked side by side with their trunks/boots open to display the goods.

  3. My English Castle Says:

    Joan--Some of them do have car boots open, but lots of them are just tables. I love a good market!

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