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Magpie Monday: Hidden Treasure

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There are lots of reasons that I shop in charity shops and much as I love them, necessity has always been a big part of it. I can’t always afford to buy clothes on the high street for myself or the small one and I find that often I can get much more for my money second-hand, with better quality clothing at budget prices.

My new favourite is a “proper charity shop”, where there are no colour co-ordinated and styled window displays, the staff are largely over 70, and the prices are rarely over £5. They raise fund for cancer treatment at a local hospital and the shop is a veritable treasure trove.

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This week I bought something that reminded me of all the other reasons I love charity shopping.

I picked up a pair of bargainous Gap children’s jeans. They are really cute – lined with comfy pink fleece perfect for Winter, beautifully styled with cute pockets, look like new and they were only 50p.

Already feeling pretty good about my day (I may have bought a few extra bits and pieces at the same time…), I checked the pockets before I put them in the wash. And found this:

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It is a little shaped wooden puzzle piece of a shirt and tie. Cute, but no big deal… Except that we recognised it instantly. We already have the rest of the set, something my mum picked up in another charity shop about 6 months ago!

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It’s wonderful coincidences and hidden treasure like this that means that random finds at charity shops and car boot sales will always have the edge on normal shopping for me.

Do pop over to Me and my shadow to see the other Magpie Monday posts

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Vintage, one-off and pre-loved breastfeeding clothes

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If you want to find something unique then it’s always worth shopping vintage, especially with the 70s trend sweeping the shops this spring. It’s a great way to update your wardrobe without breaking the bank and eco-friendly to boot.

For vintage, one-off and pre-loved fashion, take a look at our new Last Chance to Buy page on MilkChic or follow us on Twitter. You’ll also find some great sale bargains which aren’t on the main site!

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