This week’s Thrifty Finds (6 – 12 Feb)

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I hope you all had a good week.  I was busy at work and the kids started to wind down in time for a well-deserved week off school. These are my Thrifty Finds:

  1. In preparation for the half-term holidays I did a lot of baking this week. I froze muffins and pancakes to eat next week for snacks and lunches at home.

baking snacks for lunches

2. I popped along to the monthly market/bring and buy sale in our village. Run by the local church it is stocked with bric-a-brac and books. Prices are dirt cheap and I had to resist the urge to come home with handfuls of books (and that slight musty/damp smell that is its signature smell). In the end I bought one book – we have the audio version on itunes but I hadn’t spotted the book before:

Wolf Brother book

3. I’m working my way through my next re-read, ‘Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day’, the first Persephone Press book I ever read. I picked this copy up from a charity shop. Ironically, there was the exact copy on sale at the Church sale (as above)!

Persephone Books.

4. Not sure this is a Thrifty Find but I have started to listen to podcasts a lot more, particularly if I’m pottering at home. I’ve listened to nearly every episode from Dan Sow’s History Hit but have also come across the US-based Call Your Girlfriend series. Hosted by California based Aminatou Sow and New Yorker Ann Friedman it is funny, insightful and political. They discuss women’s rights, Beyonce, the African American experience and there is a LOT of talk about Donald Trump. Catching up on their weekly podcast has become a bit of a weekend ritual in my house.

Do you listen to podcasts? I’m always on the look out for new ones to try so any recommendations would be gratefully received. You can also share your Thrifty Finds on my facebook page, or use #thriftyfinds on Twitter or instagram

Welcome to National Secondhand Day: my top five picks

 

secondhand

Today is the fourth national Secondhand Day, as organised by the Preloved website. It is a way to celebrate and promote all things secondhand.

Now I don’t need any encouragement to buy secondhand as most of my wardrobe is sourced from charity shops, jumble sales, vintage boutiques and clothes swaps.  But there are other items that I love to source secondhand. Buying secondhand is cheap, recycled, unique and (often) a way of giving to good causes.

Here are my top five non-clothing secondhand picks:

  1.  Books

secondhand Persephone books

One of my favourite things to do is to spend time in a secondhand bookshop: surely one of the greatest joys in life is to browse their shelves. I love the Persephone books but they are expensive firsthand and a rarity to find secondhand. The two editions above, though, were picked up from charity shops.

2) Games

board games at Christmas

As a family we have picked up many boardgames secondhand. Some will stay with us for a long time while others are re-donated, as the children grow out of them.

3) Vinyl

NOW That's What I Call Music

While we have quite a few albums from our teenage years, the purchase of a new record player a couple of years ago, has led to my husband and I searching for secondhand vinyl. We’re quite pleased with our growing collection of Now That’s What I call Music albums, bought for a few pounds each from charity shops.

3) Furniture

second-hand furnishings in cottage sitting room

We practically furnished our lounge with second-hand furniture last winter. The chair was picked up for free from the street. The lamp and keyboard came from the local Dorothy House Furniture and Electrical Appliance store and the shelves were upcycled from old floorboards (also not shown is our secondhand sofa, picked up for £35)

4) Appliances

secondhand breadmaker

We have picked up breadmakers, hoover, toaster, kettle and now an ice cream maker from specialist charity shops that sell furniture and electrical appliances. All the appliances are PAT tested and are so well priced I would never buy firsthand again.

5) Jewellery

secondhand necklace

Not strictly clothing so I’m going to include this. I have picked up rings and necklaces secondhand and have never regretted any purchase. I seem to wear this necklace nearly every day as it goes with everything: not bad for a couple of quid from a charity shop.

If you’ve never tried second-hand before I would really urge you to give it a go. If preloved clothing isn’t for you then skip the garments and go straight for the bric-a-brac or books section. I can assure you that rummaging through charity shops and bagging yourself a bargain is sheer joy!

If you are interested in secondhand clothing I recently wrote about why I’m still charity shopping in my 40s for The Thrift blog here.

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