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Charity Shop finds (and a review of the Tollcross Salvation Army)

I had to take Thursday afternoon off work, because I had built up so much flexi that if I didn’t use it I would lose it (and I’m not prepared to work for free!) and i took the time to myself to visit the charity shops in Tollcross, an area I don’t usually visit for thrifting.

A new Salvation Army shop had opened there a while ago and I hadn’t yet been to check it out. The other two SA shops in the city are in slightly rougher areas and are dirt cheap and pretty run down and smelly and not great even for a hardened charity shopper like me. This one was nicer though, big for a charity shop and with a big vintage selection. Though inexplicably it didn’t have a changing room – this is very unusual for Edinburgh, I can only think of one other place that doesn’t and that is miniscule, so at least there’s a reason for them not to, whereas in this one there was plenty of space. All it takes is a shower rail and a curtain!

The pricing was all over the place as well. The contemporary stuff was standard price, and probably on the cheaper end of what is typical, but the vintage was WAY overpriced. A 1980s dress and jacket combo for £65 pounds anyone? Or how about a vintage polyester slip for £15? That is more expensive than vintage boutiques could get away with charging. I don’t know who they got to price their things but it can’t have been anyone who knew what they were doing.

Anyway, here is what I got:

vintage apron
An apron. They always have loads of these in the vintage shops, and I always wanted one, but given that it is not actually a practical piece of clothing (If I spill while cooking, it’s usually on my top half), or anything you could wear outside in an everyday way, I thought it was probably a waste of money. This one was only £1.80 though, so I thought I’d go for it.

butterfly brooch
The cutest little butterfly brooch.

vintage circle skirt

skirt fabric

A circle skirt. It doesn’t have a label, I’m pretty sure it’s vintage, though SA obviously didn’t think so and priced it at new. Which is nice. It’s an awkward length on me (mid calf), and I was planning on shortening it, though now I think it may be big enough to wear a crinoline, so I may leave it.

yellow shirt

A yellow shirt. I nearly didn’t get this. It’s almost completely see through, there is absolutely no way you could wear it on it’s own. It’s frankly ridiculous what the high street is producing. But I liked the summery colour, and it’s similar in shape to another shirt I have, which I love, so I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt.

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  • ilovemyhouse 4 April 2010, 3:48 pm

    Love the apron!x

  • Deconstruction 4 April 2010, 5:47 pm

    I love the circle skirt!

    I was thinking of checking out our similar charity resale stores in NYC – but they can sometimes be overpriced too (but they also sometimes get designer things as well, so I suck it up!).

  • Ivanka 4 April 2010, 6:23 pm

    Amazing brooch!….*-*

  • DaShannon 4 April 2010, 10:40 pm

    i just posted about a thrifting day this week… the girls gave me a hard time when i showed up with spanks under my skirt and a cami under my jacket but they soon understood why when we arrived at a warehouse size Goodwill with 2 small dressing rooms and a limit of 3 items. seriously. good finds and you will not regret the apron purchase. consider it art.

  • Diana 4 April 2010, 11:13 pm

    That apron is gorgeous!

  • Diana 5 April 2010, 12:22 am

    I love your finds!

    I have a fuchsia see through blouse but I wear it with a pretty camisole and it looks great. Glad you got it!

  • The Waves 5 April 2010, 9:46 pm

    Great finds all in all! Sucks about the SA and their unreasonable vintage prices; I sometimes feel there is no logic in how they price things.

  • Andi B. Goode 6 April 2010, 8:00 am

    Cute apron!
    Ugh. Don't talk to me about SA stores overpricing. Almost every single one I've been to here does it, now. =\
    -Andi x