One thing I don’t do this time of year is push and shove in crowded shops with the rest of them; I’ve spent most of my adult life managing in shops, so I now like to keep out of them.
These days, my idea of fun is hiding in my kitchen, whipping up handmade food gifts to complete Christmas hampers (and share them on my food blog). This is all meanwhile doggy-sitting of course, I struggle to part from my little fellow. But I do I still love a good rummage at a jumble sale, hunting for some thrifty stocking fillers, making my pound stretch further.
Usually I find charities that hold regular jumble sales also tend to hold back seasonal donations such as gift sets for when the occasion arises and these are just a few of of the gems I came back with yesterday!
(I don’t mind sharing this post as my family don’t know about this blog!)
(All purchases raised for money the Mencap charity)
- I found 5 brand new packs of matching necklace and earring sets, all 50p each; this is a perfect example of why you shouldn’t turn your nose up at a jumble. The ladies on the stall said they were all donated by Next (their head office isn’t far) and all have £6 labels on the back. Besides, the colour is versatile for all.
- I quickly grabbed a mini gold Christmas tree for £1 as some of our rooms aren’t very seasonal, so this now sits pretty in the hall for a festive feel. I didn’t mind paying a quid for something that will only be hanging around for a month. (Bah-Humbug, I hear you say!)
- A put-together-by-hand little gift set for £1 which includes travel toiletries such as a toothbrush, showercap and men’s products (although I’m not 100% sure who I’ll be giving this too yet) but handy to have just in case.
- A new sun visor travel compartment for £1. I actually bought this for our new camper that we picked up last weekend. It features a mirror, notepad, pen and glasses holder which could come in handy for an emergency, but again, may give it away to relatives with a caravan.
- Two Christmas bowls for 50p. I regret not buying the matching plates but don’t really have the space. However, I am constantly photoing new soup recipes I create for my Tastefully Vikkie recipe blog and am always looking for different photographic bowls to compliment my recipe. It’s purely a hobby so don’t want to splash out on new things.
- A Debenhams body and oil burning gift set for £1 which is likely to work its way in to someone else’s hamper.
- A new silver candelabra, boxed and sealed with 3 pink candles for £2. This is one of my favourite finds and have had a few that have been dark and dull. This will set the scene this Christmas round the table for us and food photography for my food blog recipes.
- A brand new pair of brown Next suede leather slip on slippers for £1. (Sorry, no photo). I used to buy my Dad a pair every year and haven’t for a while and they’re his size! These also look like a Next donation, so thank you Next, you’ve helped me save a lot of money this Christmas!
How’s all of your shopping going this Christmas? Are you a thrifty shopper this time of year too? My next job is to build up the hampers and see what else can be added!
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