Every so often I take a stroll up William Street in Limerick. This seems to be the "charity shop quarter" and there are at least 7 charity shops on or just off this street which means it's really easy to have a quick scout around. I never really have the patience to look for clothes, so I always go straight to the bric a brac, old soft furnishings and book sections. I don't always find something I like but I come across interesting things often enough.
As I said in my post on sewing from old cloth I have found a good few old duvet covers and sheets that have been given a new life as quilts, cushion covers, seat covers and more. I normally buy these for about €4 and there is a massive amount of lovely material in them. I'm fairly fussy so I only get the ones I really really like.
I have bought a lovely wooden tray for €2 that now makes breakfast in bed a lot easier and I bought this colourful paper lamp for €2 which adds to the atmosphere in the sitting room.
Less frequently I have a look in the book sections, because I still have loads of books that I need to read, but I've found a few bargains there. I bought myself a university maths book for 1 euro, a great book on physics in the form of a childrens book on how things work. Heidi (Miss Self Sufficiency herself) was uncovered on a quest for childrens books, of which I found a few nice ones. And I've bought a few magazines on wild life.
As I said I don't really have the patience to look through the clothes, although there seems to be plenty of good stuff, but every so often I look through the hats and scarves bin. The hat and scarf that you see above are actually childrens ones, but I liked them so much I got them anyway and they fit fine! They cost me 80c and 50c.
I've also gotton cake tins, baby's clothes, balls of wool and more in these charity shops and they are all in excellent condition. The great thing about buying from a charity shop is that you are reusing items, supporting a worthy charity AND finding things that you probably won't find in the normal high street shops as they are gone past their "up to the minute fashion best". So I have to say I feel quite smug when I come out the door with a few interesting finds!