latest thrifts

With our serious lack of funds and pretty sad looking bank account, my opportunities to go for a rummage in the charity shops lately have been pretty limited. So when the Husbands parents gave us some money as a wedding anniversary present, we did what every other couple would do; we decided to split the cash and each have half to spend on what we want. Hurrah! £12.50 might not seem a lot, but to me, it felt like winning the lottery – and look what I managed to find….

I’ve wanted a round, straw bag since FOREVER, so when I saw this one hanging up in the local Marie Curie, I launched myself at it – I’ve looked at similar versions on various vintage websites and they all come in around the £25 mark, so to find one that was £4.50 made me incredibly happy. (Let’s just gloss over the fact that it was from Primark originally…..) The bag with the leopard on had been hanging up in the nearest branch of Barnardo’s for the last couple of weeks, and every time I walked past I had to look in the other direction in case I got tempted and spent our last few quid on it. When I walked past and saw it still hanging there, swaying gently on the hook, I took it as a sign from the Gods and bought it – I like to think that it was just meant to be.

Lastly, I found this great vintage shirt, also in Marie Curie (they really are great for vintage blouses, definitely check them out if you’re in the Waterlooville area – which, let’s face it, most of you probably aren’t). It’s an old Marks and Spencer’s one, with one of those great St. Michael labels that also tells you it was made in England, and I have grand plans for this – I love the print, but I’ve got enough blouses and shirts to last me a lifetime, so it’s going to get the scissor treatment.

Have you found anything good in the charity shops lately? Feel free to post a link to any of your thrifty finds in the comments – there’s nothing quite like a bargain!


  1. abigailemily
    July 15, 2014 / 9:27 am

    I love both those bags, amazing finds! I can never turn a good blouse down, and finding one of those precious st.michael labels is always a deal maker for me!

  2. Fiona Peacock
    July 15, 2014 / 9:34 am

    Oooh I can't wait to see what you do to the blouse! Very good finds 🙂 a marvelous anniversary present! xx

  3. Jess @ Along Came Cherry
    July 15, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Ah I love it all, love finding the old marks and spencers labels. The charity shops where I live are pretty crappy but occasionally I find something good. Looking in charity shops is one of my favourite things to do x

  4. Michelle - edenfound
    July 15, 2014 / 10:36 am

    Ooh, I love that bag. Well spotted!! I love a charity shop bargain!

  5. Polly Davies
    July 15, 2014 / 7:01 pm

    Great finds!!! With you on being broke…. thank goodness for charity shops!!

  6. Lisa-Marie
    July 17, 2014 / 10:11 pm

    The bag is lovely but that shirt is GORGEOUS. My last charity shop buy was some cut glass sundae dishes. I love them!

  7. KatGotTheCream
    July 18, 2014 / 12:22 pm

    I loved that bag as soon as I saw it crop up in your IG feed and I'm interested to see what you do with the blouse. Whenever I see something with that old St michael label I always grab it too! x

  8. Flo
    July 20, 2014 / 8:35 am

    I love the round straw bag, in fact I bought the same from ebay a few years ago. Unfortunately it was labeled as vintage :/ . Mine needs to be reinforced at the seams, though and don't have the handle.I like the print on the shirt very 40's style I think.Here in France, charity shops are rare and I rarely found clothes in good conditions…

  9. Laura Side Street
    July 20, 2014 / 3:37 pm

    Some seriously great finds here – I am in love with that straw bag so pretty. The charity shops around me are pretty rubbish but there is a quaint town not too far from us when has some great finds – I am in need of a good charity shop spreeLaura x

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