It's getting to the time of year when every penny counts in our house. With four children for Santa to buy for, savings when purchasing the day to day items like clothes all contribute to our household budget. So I was really pleased with our charity shop bargain haul over the last couple of weeks!.
We enjoy car boot sales in the summer and have found quite a few bargains over the last year. My daughter's were thrilled to buy a Barbie car and Animal Hospital bus for 50 pence each! They have literally more or less played with them every day since! Their Barbie doll collection is now huge too, thanks to car boot sales.
|Brand new M&S boots we found for £5!|
The car boot season is over now so we enjoy looking at the local charity shops in search of our bargains. Prices are a bit higher than those you find at a car boot, however there's the added bonus of supporting local charities, as well as shopping in the warmth and without having to rummage and haggle quite as much!
|Lovely Mini Boden top for £3|
A Sunday spent wandering round the shops followed by a hot chocolate at café Nero's is now a favourite family pastime. Although I'm yet to see my 16 year old son step foot in a charity shop! My 13 year old son however, loves them! As a keen gamer he likes to look to see what retro games, soft toys and books he can find. He seems to have a keen eye in spotting things for his collection. My daughters are following his example, except their focus is anything pink, girly and sparkly. Lego is also a current favourite.
Over the last couple of weeks we have found lots of items for the girls, with the added bonus that they chose most of them themselves, so no danger of them not being worn. The only problem I have is that there sometimes ensues a bit of an argument, if they both like the same thing, which usually ends up with me spending more money buying a similar (but not the same- very important with the girls at the moment!) item from a high street shop costing ten times more! Still a bargains a bargain ...
I found this pair of boots for £5 in exactly the girls size. They are leather and from Marks and Spencer's. They were brand new when I bought them with labels attached. They have been worn quite a bit now.
One of my girls found this faux fur gilet for £3, which she loves. I quite fancy it myself!
A Mini Boden top for £3
A gorgeous sparkly party dress from Next for £5. This item did cause a few arguments! It has already been worn lots, albeit in wellies, whilst collecting leaves in the garden. Not really a problem when we spent so little.
A lovely top from Next featuring a unicorn. With the added benefit of sparkly sequins! I think I paid around £3.
I love buying books from charity shops too. I spotted this lovely Holly Webb book for £2 and it appears to be new. RRP is £9.99 and any stories that feature animals are a winner with my girls.