Thrifty Finds

Christmas Thrifty Finds

 

This Week's Thrifty Finds via secondhandtales.wordpress.com

Apologies for not having listed my Thrifty Finds for a couple of weeks. Now that we are back to normal and the decorations taken down I thought I’d share our Thrifty Finds for Christmas – and would love to hear about your Festive Thrifty Finds too!

  1. We only bought a couple of second-hand presents for the girls this year. Our eldest is a big fan of ‘The Walking Dead’ and we found this first volume of the original graphic novel in the Oxfam store:

The Walking Dead (vol 1): secondhand copy via secondhandtales.wordpress.com

Our middle daughter is really into Harry Potter and we picked up this board game based on the first book, ‘Harry Potter & The Philosopher’s Stone’. It’s a bit like Cluedo but you have to identify the student, room and the spell they cast.

second-hand Harry Potter boardgame via secondhandtales.wordpress.com

2. My husband bought me this second-hand copy of The Jam’s ‘Setting Sons’ album which I was very excited about!

The Jam vinyl

3. We also paid a trip to the gorgeous town of Marlborough before Christmas and enjoyed trawling the charity shops there (hint: if the town has a famous public school it’ll have some good quality items in the second-hand shops!). While I didn’t pick up – or need any – clothing we did get some second-hand puzzles and games:

charity shop puzzles and games via secondhandtales.wordpress.com

The Forbidden Island game was a great find. I have had that on my Amazon wishlist for a couple of years but, at £27, it was quite expensive. This second-hand game was only £5 from the PDSA shop and (minus one playing piece) is complete. We enjoyed playing it over the holidays:

second-hand Forbidden Island game

The Horrible Histories puzzle, however, was a bit of a disappointment. There were a couple of pieces missing (to be expected for 99p) but some of the other pieces didn’t fit correctly. I wondered if it was a manufacturer’s mistake. Now I’m not sure what to do with it as I can’t really pass it on to another charity shop to sell. Any suggestions please?

Horrible Histories jigsaw puzzle

4. While I wrote in the last of my Saving for Christmas series here about our food and drink expenses over the holidays I have been really pleased that we created very little food waste. I have made soups, bought wisely and made great use of our freezer so I’m hoping we can get through the rest of the month without buying too much extra food.

5. Finally, the decorations are stored away, the cards have been turned into next Christmas’s gift labels and the thank you cards are (almost) written. Today I started to blitz the girls’ bedrooms and de-clutter and I now have a big bag of old clothing, unused Christmas gifts and old books and toys to donate to the school jumble sale in March.

So, how was your Christmas? What were your Thrifty Finds and have you tidied the house yet?!!

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Thrifty Finds

This Week’s Thrifty Finds

This Week's Thrifty Finds via secondhandtales.wordpress.com

welcome! week four’s Thrifty Finds were quite conservative in comparison to the previous weeks’.

Autumn leaves from secondhandtales.wordpress.com

1. We had a low key half term holiday which included getting crafty with some ‘free’ natural resources, such as conkers and leaves.

Thrifty Finds: decorating conkers via secondhandtales.wordpress.com

 

2. I was given a winter coat which is perfect for my middle child to wear.

3. In return I donated some jewellery that had been given to me by a friend.

4. We didn’t do much charity shop shopping. We are still searching for Seasons 3-7 of Friends and, despite trawling the shops, could only find Series 10 (in nearly every charity shop we stepped into!). However one of my daughters picked up a bargain Harry Potter cloak for just £3 (and she is a big Harry Potter fan!). Halloween costume sorted!

Second hand Harry Potter robe

 

5. We made use of our three year season pass for the Roman Baths and Fashion Museum in Bath, and toured the new exhibition ‘History of Fashion in 100 objects’

what were your Thrifty Finds this past week? Did you do any crafty activities with little ones?

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