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to ask what is the best bargain/find you have got from a charity shop/freecycle/ebay/car boot etc?

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steiner8 Mon 03-Aug-15 16:33:54

Love to hear your stories! My best find is probably collectable West German pottery (fat lava), going for £1 each in a charity shop.

GourmetGold Mon 03-Aug-15 17:04:32

Love these stories too! Recently I got 2 Karen Millen cardigans for £3.99 each, an M&S 'autograph' leather boho style handbag for £6 and a real pashmina for £4 in a PDSA charity shop. Back in the winter I got lovely camel coloured Principles winter coat, looked unworn, fitted perfectly, for £15, from same shop.
Just bought a white Singer Featherweight sewing machine with all bits & bobs, instructions, case etc, great condition, for £60 on Gumtree..there is one for £500 on Ebay at the moment!

whothehellknows Mon 03-Aug-15 17:10:18

I got a complete travel system on ebay for £1, in perfect nick. The colourway wouldn't have been my first choice, but it did the job nicely.

Charley50 Mon 03-Aug-15 17:12:15

I got a lovely dining table on eBay for 99p.

Elisheva Mon 03-Aug-15 17:16:09

I bought an original boxed Power Ranger for £5 at a baby market meaning to give it to DS for Xmas, sold it for £85 on ebay which paid for all his presents smile

LittleprincessinGOLDrocks Mon 03-Aug-15 17:20:42

My wedding dress. It was £99 including delivery on ebay. It was stunning and came with a matching bolero jacket. No one could believe how much I paid, maybe because the tag attached when it arrived said £750! I was so lucky to get it from a bridal shop that was closing down, it was perfect, didn't even need dry cleaning.

dodobookends Mon 03-Aug-15 17:23:39

I paid £2 for a couple of old dolls and some clothes at a car boot. They sold at auction for £165.

Bluecarrot Mon 03-Aug-15 17:24:12

Was in a charity shop and someone tried to donate a bike but they couldn't take it as they had no room. I offered to buy it and the guy said I could just have it. Then he asked if I fancied a coffee... Ended up dating him for a few months before he moved away for uni. grin

Bundle of baby clothes- about 50 things that were on bogof and reduced to between 50p and £1. Girl looked at my armful and said... "Um £5..." Was all gap, next etc. I did donate all pieces back again after ds outgrew them though!
Same shop different day, 2 electric medala breastpumps, steriliser, box of cloth nappies, a travel system and baby bath for £5.
They have had cots and mattresses still in wrapping for £10.

The place gets so much stuff they sell it off really cheap but you need to be prepared to hoke about. It's iften literally chucked in a corner and more stuff chucked on top.

Custardmiteofglut Mon 03-Aug-15 17:26:34

A pair of hardly worn nude Armani stiletto shoes. They were £35 and are beautiful. They go with everything and I bloody love them.

BeachyKeen Mon 03-Aug-15 17:30:33

Actually just last week I found a gorgeous brown leather hand bag, for 2$. It didnt have a price marked on it, so I almost didn't get it, thinking it was going to be at least 30 or 35. I brought it up to the counter, and asked the price. When the gentleman said "A toonie will do" shock I bought it so fast I left scorch marks on the till.grin

EsmereldaPB Mon 03-Aug-15 17:32:26

A pair of unworn ugg boots for £10

PickaPengy Mon 03-Aug-15 17:39:03

A Pure One Mini Radio (worth £45 brand new) for £6 in a charity shop. It looked like it had been never used, in pristine condition, still with the instructions. I was almost hyperventilating when I spotted it and it seemed perfect timing as I had been after a decent radio for the kitchen for a while. Had no cash on me so rushed to a cashpoint and then rushed back to buy it. Use it every day and it has great sound

bilbodog Mon 03-Aug-15 17:49:05

i got a used Mulberry handbag for £130 on Ebay and love it - I am going to use it for ever and ever...................

itsmeitscathy Mon 03-Aug-15 17:50:12

£7 brand new daks handbag. I gave more as I think they didn't realise its value.

mytitiferssungtheirsong Mon 03-Aug-15 17:50:24

When my local charity shop was selling everything for a pound
.....leather jacket and alberta feretti suit! I have lots more as am huge charity fan but real mulberry handbag for £50 still my bestsmile

Bellebella Mon 03-Aug-15 17:53:10

I buy a lot of kid things from charity stores. We bought the fisher price jump and spin zebra for £2 and I got DS a gorgeous leather jacket for £1.50

StandoutMop Mon 03-Aug-15 17:55:07

Sadly round here all the charity shops eBay the good donations, so are full of primary and asda t shirts for £2.50.

Did get a beautiful pink lampshade for a few pounds though, just need a lamp to put it on now grin

pressanykeytobegin Mon 03-Aug-15 18:01:03

Brand new boden dresses for £10 each!

duckbilled Mon 03-Aug-15 18:17:15

I got a brand new mamas and papas toy from my local shop for 50p. I was in the shop last week and it was £26!

susiella Mon 03-Aug-15 18:50:21

I got a bed from Ebay for £4. A lovely old fashioned one with springs.

PageNotFound404 Mon 03-Aug-15 18:52:49

A Radley handbag for £15 in a charity shop. I'd been after one in the style for months but couldn't afford the £99 RRP. It was even a nice neutral colour so goes with everything.

MiaowTheCat Mon 03-Aug-15 19:07:05

Freecycle (ours is full of chancers and pisstakers so if you're polite you generally get very lucky asking nicely!):

Huge bag of reuseable nappies
Immaculate condition chest of drawers that matched the rest of the furniture in the room we wanted them for
Bunk beds for the kids that also come apart into separate single beds which was awesome for flexibility.

I've given away a fair bit of stuff though so my name is kind of known on there

Charity shops

The one near my mums is fantastic for toys I've had £100 play kitchens for a fiver, tonnes of toot toot stuff for pennies and the like.

pasturesgreen Mon 03-Aug-15 19:12:27

Valentino top I got in a charity shop in Henley a few years ago for £8. This is probably my best ever find. To think I didn't even want to go in, it was my DM who insisted grin

MaccaPaccaismyNemesis Mon 03-Aug-15 19:17:12

Picked up a mamas and papas highchair that's like the Tripp trapp this week. £7.99 and cost £100 new. Just need a new baby for it now!

scarlets Mon 03-Aug-15 19:25:36

DH picked up a rugby player's autobiography from a pile of books in a stately home, where you leave £1 in an honesty box, or another book in its place. He did the former. A week later, having read it, he stuck it on eBay for £2.50 and when he checked three days later, just before it ended, a bidding war had broken out. It eventually sold for £39. Apparently it was rare.

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