Yesterday I went for afternoon tea. This morning I woke up with a wee hangover. Ooops. Anyway, I had today off and was keen not to waste it, so made I myself do something with my day of freedom. So what can you do when you need some fresh air AND perking up? Well it has to be a charity shop crawl doesn't it.
So I set off in my comfy Primark ballet pumps and hit the pavements of Norwich. It was a reasonably successful day. A couple of cute 70's day dresses, which will be photographed asap so I can add them to Project 365. I bought a lovely sea green wicker linen bin, it has a sheet of glass on the lid and the badge inside says 'Sirrom'. It's very Loom like, I need to do some research into how old it is. A quick search on Ebay has found some almost identical and they are listed as 40's/50's but I think later, my first thought when I saw it was 60's maybe? If anyone knows, share your thoughts. It cost £7.99 and when I asked the lady in the shop if she could pop it behind the till as I looked round, she took it out the back and said to another helper ''See? I told you'' So I'm guessing there was an earlier conversation about what the price should be. Proof I suppose that tat to one person is someone else's treasure!
I also got a couple of new books, although the shelves really are groaning. I picked up a book called 'Modern Etiquette' By Moyra Bremner. It's not particularly old as it was first published in just 1989 and this edition is 1992. I thought it would be interesting reading, and after randomly opening a page, there I was standing in the Chaz Boutique, surrounded mainly by O.A.P's, reading about the etiquette of sex, contraception and protection. (It's the first page I looked at! I swear) I think this will have to be a post on it's own, the book I mean, not the etiquette of safe sex......
I was thrilled to purchase a book that looks at the life of the very glamorous comedic actress June Whitfield (Terry and June and Absolutely Fabulous) It's crammed full of pictures. I used to love Terry and June when I was tiny. It's going to be a fascinating look through her life in British television. When I was little I used to have a collection of Lady Bird books. Now two titles hold bad memories for me, ....it was the illustrations.... some are really quite dark and frankly a bit freaky. One of these was Rumple Stiltskin... The other book is a Lady Bird ABC book. I haven't found that one yet, but I feel that I need to, so I can lay to rest those childhood nightmares.
|Rumple Stiltskin, proof that fairy tales are dark and scary!|
So now I want to pose a question about charity shop etiquette: Do you ever haggle over the price? I wouldn't dream about it and I have NEVER witnessed anyone doing this.... until today. Not once, not twice but THREE TIMES!! In three separate shops, three different people. The results? Well they were interesting........
Shop one's reply to the haggler was:
This is a charity shop, the items are priced individually, it doesn't matter if you want three things. Someone will pay the price on the items, we don't give discounts. (At this point the haggler persisted) The shop lady went on to explain that it's a charity to help children, volunteers work in the shop for free, they don't do discounts and the price to pay would be the combined price of each item.
All explained very politely but very firm towards the end. The shop lady's answer was just as I would have expected and I was surprised someone would even ask. Then I was in another shop....and it happened again!
Shop two's response to being asked to knock some money off for a couple of items was:
Poor attempt at whispering by shop lady ''errmmm I could take £2 off for you?''
Shop three's reaction to a discount?
The same as shop two! Lot's of lowering of voices as a deal was struck. I actually loitered in shop three *much* longer than I needed to, just so I could find out what happened.What do we think of that? Would you haggle? I really can't decide how I feel about it.