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  1. KiwiKampers

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    I am almost embarrassed to admit this, but our hobby (if you can call it a hobby) is to visit as many charity shops (or Op Shops as they are called here in New Zealand) in search of “treasures”. My hubby collects old vinyl records, mainly pop music of the 1950s and 60s, and I collect - well, anything really.
    When we bought our Motorhome in the UK we stuffed it full of treasures. Luckily the space under the lounge seats was exactly the right size to take LPs.
    After six months of touring the UK we shipped our lucky finds back to NZ at huge expense, so they were no longer bargains, but they provide happy memories of a great holiday.
    I suspect we are not alone in our hobby, but who is prepared to admit to being a charity shop-aholic?
     
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    And the wife & daughter's swear by the op shops in Aussie:D2
     
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    They are so right! When we go to Aussie we have an app to direct us to the Op Shops in every town - Vinnies, Salvoes, etc.
     
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    I like to think of them as ‘shops where I can afford to buy stuff’ :)
     
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    There are two such shops in Cowbridge near where our eldest daughter lives, whenever we visit her my wife make a beeline for them and has found some great outfits at very good prices. I on the other hand have found nothing.
     
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    Trouble is they all smell of wee:(
     
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    I take stuff in as donations, but don’t think I’ve ever bought anything from one! X
     
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    We love a good mooch in charity shops. Disabled daughter loves to check if they have her magnetics In. She is always wanting more to make even bigger designs IMG_20180817_164617.jpg
     
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    Were you at LINCOLN show about 4 years ago before you went back to NZ.
     
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    No, we were not at Lincoln Show, but we have been to Lincoln a few times. The last time was about 2 or 3 years ago when the Gothic Festival was on. Fantastic.
     
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    The charity shops we frequent always seem to have the air fresheners running at full strength. The smell of Johnson's Lavender is enough to bring on my hay fever.
     
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    Don't be embarrassed we enjoy a good 'nose' around charity shops. We were in Perth in Scotland one day and I heard a woman say that there were 42 charity shops in Perth, we both looked at each other and knew what each of us thought about that..."Now there's a challenge". We then visited all 42.
     
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    Perth sounds like my sort of town. I admire your devotion to duty, but don't you think you should admit you have a problem. I am currently on the 12-steps programme with Op-Shops Anonymous and haven't been shopping for 3 days (admittedly, one of those was a Sunday so the shops weren't open).
     
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    No its not a problem if everyone around you does the same. My son and partner are professionals with good salaries, they live in Christchurch NZ. They also use charity shops and their daughter who is coming up to two is dressed from them. You may have bumped into them.
     
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    I love a good rummage! Over the years I've made some fantastic finds.:D
     
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    Once upon at time you could find the odd hidden gem.. then sell on for a profit.. today that would be rare.. even old vinyl records are now priced up to market value.. they now employ people to value items, and know the price of everything and if not they find what it's been sold for on ebay..

    Example..
    Some years ago I found two Singer Featherweight portable sewing machines , they date from the early 1950s and depending on condition can sell for £200 - £400 .. Highly sought after by collectors.. I snapped them both up for £50... kept them for a few years and recently sold one to an American buyer for £450. and the other to a UK collected for £250 ... I keep my eye out for them and recently saw one for sale in a charity shop, but they valued it at £200 ..

    what puts me off is the 'charity shop smell'.. old clothes hanging on rails make some shops stink..

    nowadays the best chance of finding hidden gems is at boot sales..
     
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    Tell your son to go to the MacLean's Island Swap Meet in Christchurch next month (13 & 14 October). It is a giant car boot sale and a great place to buy bargains - also for people watching! We will be going and camping overnight in our motorhome.
     
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    I wasn't a fan of Charity Shops and usually only went in for a cheap umbrella when caught in a shower. However, I must put in a plug for our newly opened Big C charity shop. I still don't think I would buy clothes but it is a wonderful source of craft items, dress and knitting patterns and lovely books reasonably priced. I'm in the shop every week teaching patchwork and box making and cannot resist browsing the books and rarely come away empty handed. :rolleyes:
     
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    Paper back books is usually our purchase for in the van.
     
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    Have you the link please?

    Many I go in they are far too dear. 50p is the most I'll pay.Even that's pushing it unless there's 3for a£ :) St.John's or Age concern, usually 25p s book.
     

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