I think these shops are the staple of the sustainable, frugal, green lifestyle. They are such an important part of the whole cycle of buying and decluttering I don’t know what I’d do without them. They are the places I send things I no longer need when I declutter, they are the places I go to get reasonably priced clothes, household items, books (and now toys) and every time I buy something there it is secondhand (so recycling) and my money goes to charity! Win, Win, Win! I think in America these would be called Goodwill or Thift stores? In Australia are they the “op shops”?
Today we went to visit R’s Granny who lives in a very good charity shop area (much better than here) and I made a point of stopping by. Granny (and on my side Grandma and Auntie V) are brilliant at getting amazing things from charity shops but today was my lucky day.
This was my major find.
For anyone who doesn’t have children or isn’t in the UK these are the Teletubbies. They were a huge children’s tv show in the mid ’90s and as of today a brand new series started with the same characters. This is a complete set of interactive soft toys which cost me £1.60 in total. They are about to become really popular again with the pre-school crowd (i.e. R’s age group) and I’m so lucky I can get ahead of the curve. No waiting around for R to pester me for a Teletubby toy. He will already have a set (and he won’t know that they were from a charity shop – well he won’t know until he can read this. If you’re reading this R, sorry!)
I did look up the same toys on Ebay and they were £16.99 each!
I also managed to get a 1970s style vacuum yoghurt maker (just like my Mum had) for £1.95. This will be very important in helping me during No Plastic July as I mentioned here.