“Charity shops are often popular with people who are frugal, people who live on a limited or fixed income, collectors, and people with unusual tastes.” – Wikipedia
“I blame the credit crunch.” – everybody
Charity Shop Tourism is for those who understand the pleasures of finding something old in somewhere new. It’s for the environmentally-friendly, the wallet watchers, the philanthropists, the tourists in search of destinations that are new – doesn’t matter what it’s like once you get there, as long as it’s new.
I thought I’d put together a little record of the places I go when I have a day out with the wife, because invariably I’m found perusing through people’s leftover clothes, records, bric-a-brac, whilst exploring a new place; and that’s how I have my frugal fun – and it’s nigh on the best way to have an explore of this country of ours. Having all but given up buying new books and CDs, I’m currently wrestling with clothes – I’ve now found the holy grail of secondhand jeans in my weird size, but it might be a while before I can face charity shop undergarments. When I’m charity shopping with herself, I’ll also be looking for: more books; olde maps; CDs and records; stripy shirts; new ways of making coffee; all the corduroy jackets in the world; the occasional fancy from the tat shelf.
This blog is about the places I visit and the things I find there, in the shops and outside, and it’s excuse to play with maps (here). What it’s NOT is any sort of guide to where the best bargains can be found, or a guide to thrifty living – I’m deeply incompetent at that – and it’s not in any sense objective (or even fair, usually). Thanks for visiting though, do say hello and send me a recommendation in the comments boxes.
And remember, it’s only a bargain if you need it.
Maps and days out