Friday, 10 February 2017

An Old Fashioned Charity Shop

Do you remember when charity shops were full to the brim with all sorts of interesting things?
 Before the days when they felt the need to keep up with posh clothes shops, before the days when they had a re-fit every other year and all their hangers had to be the 'right' way round.
The chain charity shops all seem to be much the same now....... Neat, tidy and  colour coded!

Luckily we have the Emmaus Charity shop  not far from us which is still a lovely place to search through and I found a couple of old interesting items in there the other day
The tin is an old biscuit tin with Chinese pictures - it's going to be our tea-caddy and the bottle is made of very thick glass, tinted green and full of imperfections. It has J.K & S on the base which I googled and found it means it was made by John Kilner and Sons sometime around the mid 1800's. It will be good for a few flowers on the deep window sills in the kitchen at the cottage. ( The old part of the cottage pre-dates this bottle!). I dithered over them for a few minutes but decided I would regret not getting them so £3.50p for the charity shop and they came home and made me very happy.

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Sue



27 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures and history of kilner glass here, including picture of a bottle like Yours! http://www.kilnerjar.co.uk/about-us

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  2. The tea caddy is very pretty indeed.

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  3. Nothing like a good old fashioned rummage! x

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  4. I miss those types of charity shops as well and you are right, most now seem to spend money on refits every other year that are completely unnecessary.

    Great finds.

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  5. The world of charity shops! My daughter runs two and sees it from the other side. Loads of tat appears daily on the doorstep, people actually get rid of a load of rubbish from settees to unwashed clothing, all has to be sorted and disposed of. You get different types of stuff from posh hippyish places like Hebden Bridge as compared to Todmorden down the road. And you are always nagged by the top brass for making more money ;)

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  6. Love the bottle. We used to live near Manchester and there were a couple of Emmaus shops in our area. I found a couple of corking items. We have Craft here in Aberystwyth and it is a large concern but a charity shop but they do house clearances so have everything from furniture of all sorts, we have had a fab 40's wardrobe and 30's sideboard, umpteen items of kitchenalia, the mantle dogs I posted a photo of recently, loads of stuff. It is our go to place always.

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  7. Some excellent finds, love the caddy.

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  8. I've heard of Emmaus but we don't have one round here....sounds like we should have one.
    Love that bottle-x-

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  9. My sister still loves them, the smaller the better for buying good stuff clothes wise - £12 sheepskin coat the other day!

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  10. Great minds... I had a tea caddy for years after I had enjoyed the biscuits. There is something about the shape which made it appealing.

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  11. Our charity shop is barely the size of an average living room and is so crammed jammed it is like an old fashioned jumble sale, so you really have to rummage! The character of our county town has changed dramatically and what used to be the main shopping area, full of lovely and fascinating independent shops is now an endless run of those colour coded chain charity shops, interspersed with numerous card shops. So sad really.

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  12. Adore the Chinese box. I also like the colour of the glass.

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  13. Yes - I hate the sort of corporate look so many of them go for and I hate colour coding!

    There's nothing like a good old rummage and turning up unexpected treasure; I love your finds.

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  14. Lovely finds. The bottle will be perfect for flowers.

    God bless.

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  15. One charity shop in our area, Sue, is called The ******** Boutique" (I will save it the embarrassment of giving the world it's complete name!) and a couple of years ago it had a total refit which must have cost zillions and it really does look like a very smart city boutique! It is in a good area of the town and this means that the people who donate items are a bit better off (for the most part, or more discerning shall we say?) and the clothes and shoes and accessories are often lovely, but they are more 'special occasion' items, so I've only ever found nice scarves and once a rather nice red Jane Shilton bag. But as you say, it's not like the charity shops we used to know, where we could have a good rummage!
    That is a lovely tin, by the way! It would've come home with me, too, had I seen it!
    Margaret P

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  16. Yes....and they used to be called curiosity shoppes in our part of the world. Long gone.

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  17. I didn't realise that Emmaus had other places, I thought we were the only one here in Brighton, I agree with you its a great place for bargains.
    I remember years ago when we used to go to the Jumble sales every weekend, oh if only I had kept a lot of the stuff we bought it would now be worth a fortune, lol. Can't agree enough with you that charity shops generally are not worth looking at.
    Love the blog.
    Briony
    x

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    1. I guess Emmaus are nationwide raising money for homeless people?
      Ah Jumble sales - if only! I've been to one since we've been in Ipswich and very few before that.

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    2. We also have Emmaus here in Dover. There's a charity shop and also a workshop where volunteers makeover donated furniture.

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    3. They are also in France.

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  18. When you move closer to Stowmarket you will need to visit the charity shop on Bury Street, a lady runs it and 2 years ago her chosen charity was NSPCC and last year it was Children's Society.
    If you park in the car park where Family Bargains/Poundland is then you can see the back (and entrance) in the right hand corner.
    They have so much crammed in I keep thinking it is a health and safety hazard!!

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    1. We Already found it a while back!! Very annoyed that Poundland is going though.

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  19. Most of our charity shops have been ruined by makeovers. The only one where I can still have a really good rummage and find a bargain is the Age UK shop, although the YMCA occasionally has some good deals. I love the biscuit tin; it will make a great tea caddy.

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  20. I so need to get out and do my regular unrenovated charity shops , sadly mind has now been renovated and now looks just the same as all the others....

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  21. I love your charity shop finds, Sue. I collect old deep blue bottles, I love their colour. I use them as little vases too. Meg:)

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  22. Really nice to find an 'old-fashioned' charity shop. We explored daughter's new town and found quite a few - some of them were very interesting others just downright horrible! It's always fun to look and explore!

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  23. I too hate the way most charity shops are going. It seems that the manageress's think they are running a branch of Harrods !! they are a breed.
    Colour coded, flowers, incense sticks etc. etc., if it is meant to bring customers in, it seems to be having the opposite effect, there are several in my nearest small town that I won't go into because of this 'keeping up with the Jones's' attitude.
    All this unnecessary nonsense puts the prices up too.
    People aren't stupid.

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