On Saturday Mum and I took ourselves off to Hanham to check out a Methodist Church Spring Fair and to have a nosey round the two charity shops there. The Spring Fair was very good - loads of upmarket toiletries for me, a vintage Stratton powder compact, two books for Mum and a jar of homemade marmalade for each of us (wish I could show you some photos but Typepad still won't let me load them - must find out why ASAP.)
After a coffee / hot chocolate break in the local Wetherspoons we went across the road to check out the charity shops. If anyone is in the Hanham area, both of us can highly recommend The Cat Flap (raising funds for Bristol's League for Cats) as a wonderful place to have a rummage around with excellent prices, too. I came away with two Emma Bridgewater tea towels - brand new with tags attached - for 50p each, a long-sleeved T-shirt and a pair of tracksuit bottoms for my nephew - 50p each from the 50p rail, and Mum got two balls of lovely wool - £1.00 each.
We then moved on to the local hospice charity shop (any one in the Bristol area will know exactly which hospice shops I'm talking about as they are everywhere - there are two of them in Kingswood High Street alone!!) These shops are all very upmarket - wooden hangers, laminate flooring, colour-coordinated clothing etc etc - with high prices to match. I did lash out £4.00 for a long-sleeved stripey T-shirt even though it was 'George' and probably didn't cost any more than that new. But, hey ho, it was just what I'd been looking for, fits a treat, and is in very nice order. Mum, on the other hand, picked out a beautiful skirt for my sister which turned out to be from a very expensive brand called 'Coast' - neither Mum, me nor my sister had ever heard of them. (I got the heads-up on them being expensive from a comment Caroline made in this post - thanks for that, Caroline.) Seems that these skirts retail around the £80 mark - and the skirt is pure linen with a pure silk lining, very nice quality. Thing is, they were only charging 50p more for this beautiful skirt than the £4.00 I paid for my George T-shirt - so exactly how do charity shops decide on their prices? It sure is a mystery to me!!