Saturday usually finds me in a charity shop. Last week's booty was disappointing so I was excited and keen to spend, spend, spend. I was keen to find something like containers for tea, coffee, sugar, biscuits and bread. Or something retro and remarkable.
I found it hard to identify anything I wanted. Fortunately, (or not so fortunately depending on your viewpoint), I had my 3 children with me. They attacked the toy shelves with gusto. My daughter determined that every fashionable 6 year old round town needs a white umbrella. I tried to talk her out of it knowing her younger brother would at some point use it as a weapon but as her bottom lip started to quiver, I gave in. My 10 year old son treated some plastic contraption as if he had being looking for it all his life. Once again, despite myself, I capitulated. My 5 year old was quite satisfied with a Pokemon toy that squirts water. Well, I did warn you he likes weapons.
For the first time ever on Magpie Monday, I have some pics for you.
My best pick ups this week were three books that all say something about me.
There is a book on dogs which in a week when we have new puppies in the house seemed like a worthwhile investment. As a blogger, I loved the guide to communication from Reader's Digest. Good for the children too to learn how to speak and write better. I was fascinated by the Pennywise Cookbook published when I was 4 years old. It is full of interesting recipes and guidance that to maintain a healthy diet, you should have butter every day. I was suprised how many foreign recipes were in there from China, Russia and the like. There was even a topical Pancake recipe. The books were on a buy two, get one free offer so cost £3 in total.
The picture also shows previous finds. I am not into ornamental plates but got the dolphin one for a friend's child and then never got round to delivering it. The sleepy child one was irrestible as it looks just like my darling daughter.
The witch was a 50 pence find on Halloween. Even the spooky material was a charity shop find for £2 last October.
This week it did not take long to realise that there was a change in pricing policy at my fave charity shop and for the first time ever, nothing was marked as "held". Normally when I go, all the best bits of furniture and so on are already allocated to some other customer who plans to collect later.
I heard a woman at the counter complaining about the high prices and refusing to buy a raffle ticket as a result. Methinks the manager must monitor this situation carefully or the higher prices may result in a decreased profit overall with customers put off going in there.