Thursday, 28 July 2011
I was on my way out last Sunday morning on an urgent knitting related quest (more details on next post). It was a glorious sunny morning so I decided to detour to the Car Boot Sale. I frequent charity shops on a regular basis, but have slowly found myself being priced out. See this post by Kat Got The Cream and several by A Thrifty Mrs who both write about it much more eloquently. It's a subject close to my thrifty heart at the moment. The Charity Shop love is definitely slipping. I will still be enjoying my regular jaunts round the charity shop circuit, but maybe with a slightly heavier and cynical heart. I need to find a charity shop alternative and it seems Car Boot Sales may be it. I do go to CBS, but not on a regular basis. They have not been part of my habits, so i often simply forget. Plus they have (in my eyes) a couple of downfalls. They are very weather dependant, and in Britain that can rule out quite a few days. They are harder work, people don't often lay out or hang up the clothes, and often just have a big pile or various boxes full of clothes, and as much as I enjoy routing around stuff, I have to be very much in the mood for it. But having been on Sunday, it's shown me that I should put in the effort on a more regular basis, especially if Charity Shops are going to be taken off the cards as general thrift supplier. I picked up several items of winter clothing for BellaBee including Joules and Animal items, which are both a BIG love of mine, for a grand 50p each, plus a pile of Oxford Reading Tree books, perfect for summer reading, for £1. Of course I didn't neglect myself, and found a flamingo print bag, which I wouldn't have thought would be to my taste, but I love it and it's a perfect knitting bag, and has already proudly accompanied me and my latest knitting project on several park visits.
So, as a whole, the CBS was a winner and has encouraged me to make them one of my habits in the future. We don't need no charity shop!