As I'm writing this, I'm three out of four days into a long weekend. I'm trying to apply a more strategic approach to my annual leave allowance this year as in the past, I've taken odd hours or half days here and there which means I was never able to fully relax and get away from work. By October, I was completely run down and the final couple of months of the year were pretty hard-going! This year, I'm carefully planning a long weekend every month and then having a week in summer some time around my birthday.
On Saturday I met up with Donna, Rachelle and Jenni for a long overdue catch up and of course some charity shopping. Following a successful excursion to Ormskirk last year, we decided on Preston this time around. As you may know, Preston's my home town so it meant I could also spend some time with my parents and I had some idea of where we might find the best bargains, though we have Rachelle to thank for the itinerary!
For those of you who are familiar with Preston, our first stop was Lane Ends. Barnardo's and a huge Sue Ryder unit are next to each other with three more charity shops as you walk down Blackpool Road towards Ashton. I was the only one to have no luck in Barnardo's but Sue Ryder yielded this super cute door mat for £1, super glittery brand new Autograph make up bag for £1.25 and super sparkly necklace also £1.25.
After an argument with a disgruntled taxi driver, half a cider and a quick look at the disappointing City score we were back on the road to Plungington (terrible name, amazing place). Unfortunately, my favourite shop there was also closed but I managed to pick up this lovely Hearts and Bows jumper for £3 and two pairs of jeans from H&M and Miss Selfridge for £2.50 each.
With a fair few items each, we decided to go and get some food at The Ferret. I ordered a spicy beetroot and five bean burger which was an absolute challenge to eat, especially as pieces kept trying to escape onto Jenni's plate. I've also got to commend The Ferret on having Midori behind the bar and on their amazing vintage wallpapered toilets!
I'm wearing a fluffy black jacket from British Red Cross in Eccles, necklace from the RSPCA shop in Shaw and the mustard jumper is also a charity shop find but I can't for the life of me remember which shop!
Bag is a charity shop one but ages old and the pom pom is from one of my favourite places on earth, Cedar Farm. The toilets were also home to some excellent graffiti...
Cats! Who doesn't love cats?
(Who are these people who take black marker pens on nights out with them?!)
Saturday really gave me charity shop fever so after my ice skating lesson in Altrincham this morning, I decided to pay Manchester charity shop favourites Didsbury and Chorlton a visit.
here. They're my favourite thing in the world at the moment!
From Oxfam Books in Chorlton I got 'All the Bright Places' by Jennifer Niven. Now, we all know my feelings on overpriced charity shop books and this certainly fell into that bracket at £2.99 BUT I was about to buy it on Amazon new last night so I'm taking that as a bargain still...
How's your charity shop 2016 going? I think I'm off to a flyer!