As someone who runs a frugal lifestyle blog and features charity shop tips pretty heavily it has been hard to find myself falling out of love with charity shops over the past year or so. Not finding much that I like seems to be the main problem (probably because I’ve become more picky and decided too much stuff was becoming a bit of a problem) but I also struggle with a never ending internal battle of wanting to ask the manager why exactly a badly stained Primark dress is priced at £14.50 but then chickening out when I spot them. Last month I ventured down south to stay with my friend Louise who runs the blog and we took a drive out to the which is peppered with charity shops. We spent the afternoon have a little mooch around charity shops and those kinds of shops which seem to specialise in nothing much but expensive greeting cards and beautiful bits ‘n’ bobs
Louise who is less dedicated to the charity shop bandwagon than I, came away with a lot more ‘thrifted’ finds that I did. Seeing her enjoy the experience of shopping second hand and finding some bargains for not only her but her daughter seems to have reignited some of the charity shop passion which must have been burning on a very low flame deep in the pits of my blackened heart. There’s something about the thrill of the chase when hitting the charity shops with another person, the adrenaline burning inside you as you spot a bargain and discuss its merits and sitting down to ch-rag (charity shop brag – ‘guess how much this was?’) once you’re finished, that can never quite be beaten with high street shopping. I bought two things in the first charity shop we came across and that was it for the day. Both are vintage cameras, the first is a beautiful but battered up and the second a Coronet 4-4 mark II which reminds me so much of my Diana Toy Camera. These will look great in my spare room on a shelf but I also plan to take photos with them and have some fun playing about with film again, because I can’t stand to have crap laying around in our flat without putting it to good use. I’ve been looking for some vintage cameras for a while but only ever seem to come across crappy cameras from about 1997 at boot sales and the like so I like to think Louise gave me a sprinkle of charity shop luck. Cheesy? Me?