charity shop finds // 2

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charity shop finds - gold tone leaf brooch

after a bit of a lull, i’ve been finding some excellent things in the cardiff charity shops lately. when i have a bit more money i’d like to explore some more in wales. and bristol obviously. any bristol readers? let me know of all the good charity shops! i know of the ones in the gloucester rd area, but that’s about it.

one of my favourite finds (another below) has been this leafy brooch. i’ve been looking for one like this for an absolute age. i found other leaf/branch type ones, but they just weren’t quite what i was looking for. then, when i’d almost given up thinking i’d find what i was looking for i decided to pop into my favourite charity shop, and what did i see? thank you brooch fate!

heart pattern sleeveless blouse

charity shop finds - small wicker bag

i’ve been looking for a nice, oversized sleeveless top for a while, and recently found this cute heart patterned one. perfect for summer, and thanks to it having a collar, it will be great under a jumper in colder climes too.

onto my second favourite find, this wicker bag! i LOVE IT. i have been looking for one for years, but being typical laura, was super picky with what i wanted. it’s perfect and i’ve used it almost every day since i’ve gotten it. kind of helps that it always gets compliments too ;)

handmade yellow cup

ahh, this cup! honestly, i bought it on a whim because i thought it just looked wonderful (love the ripe banana-esque markings) and partly just because it’s yellow, ha. wish there was another to go with it, but happy to even have this one. anyone else find themselves buying cups ‘just because’?

miffy - i know my numbers

floral joules scarf

basically i love illustrated children’s books, and i have a real soft spot for miffy. too much cute! can’t believe this was only 15p. always on the look out for lovely illustrated books. i don’t plan to have children, but i’ll let you know now i have quite the collection of kids books. as an illustrator it’s research, right?

this scarf was also a bit of a whim purchase. but florals, birds, and turquoise – how could i not?

aaaand finally a vintage top and a heart patterned dress (which i’ve been constantly wearing). i’ve definitely been drawn to small, cute heart patterns lately. i feel a new pattern in the works…

charity shop finds // 2 was last modified: July 11th, 2015 by kitty redburn
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  • Reply Katrina Sophia 15/07/2015 at 09:53

    Love love the gold leafy brooch and mug so much!! But everything else are just lovely too – you seem to find a lot of nice things from charity shops. I am only lucky with homeware, that’s it.

    Katrina Sophia

    • Reply laura redburn 01/08/2015 at 11:21

      me too haha! i want to wear that brooch all of the time but i’m afraid of breaking it as it’s quite delicate. i think it’s a mixture of luck and just going to charity shops very often, so am more likely to come across things i like. very picky too though!

  • Reply Jessica 16/07/2015 at 12:39

    Ahh, nothing can ever take the place of charity shopping/op-shopping in my heart. And nothing beats the feeling of searching for years (literally) for the perfect something and then having it finally appear! I’m also really picky with silk scarves because they are a dime a dozen and I definitely have enough but every now and then one catches my eye and I know I’ve got to pick it up.

    jessica –

    • Reply laura redburn 01/08/2015 at 11:24

      same! love charity shop shopping, and like you say, that feeling when you find something you’ve been looking for (even if its a vague idea in your mind) cant be beat! haha, yeah i have a bit of a thing for scarves. i do try and go for silk or cotton, but every now and then i come across a polyester (or similar) one where the pattern is so nice that i can’t resist.

  • Reply Lyzi 27/07/2015 at 21:07

    OH! Wow, beautiful finds! The brooch and scarf are my favourites, and Miffy – aw! Glos Rd is definitely a good area for charity shopping, but as it’s quite a “cool” area, I think a lot of the great stuff is probably snapped up pretty quickly. I think going further out of the centre is a good bet – if you head south to East Street there are loads, and I often find some sweet stuff there. I think places like Easton & St Werburghs are supposed to be good too, although I’ve never checked! Shameful! x

    • Reply laura redburn 01/08/2015 at 11:26

      thank you! i’m kind of obsessed with the brooch. ha yeah, when i went up there years ago it felt that way. fab, thanks for the tips. maybe we should meet up some time and you can show me the best charity shops? :)

      • Reply Lyzi 05/08/2015 at 12:17

        Definitely! I would love to do that! x

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