In the first, I didn't have a lot of money in my purse (£3.50 only), so I didn't buy much, but I couldn't resist this book by Plum Sykes to add to my reading pile.
I also spotted this little Knitting Pattern Book,
which has some very sweet patterns in it to make cushions. On leafing through it, I particularly liked this cute spotted one
and this sweet heart cushion.
Finally, I bought this unused piece of Arthur Sanderson fabric with a tropical bird print.
I thought it was lovely. I have a bit of a tendency to collect Sanderson fabrics that take my fancy. Anyway, all three came to £2 in total, so I was very happy to purchase them.
I then moved on to my other favourite charity shop, which is not far from my home. This shop accepts cards for purchases over £5, so I had a good look around to see if there was enough to interest me, to make it worthwhile using my debit card.
I found a few items of clothing I liked, but after trying them on, three out of the four didn't really look too good on. This Next jacket appealed to me, however, possibly because it was grey and white striped, the right size (more or less) and was brand new with tags still attached. It seemed perfect as a summer jacket, that I can just throw on when it's too chilly to go without one. It was priced at £8, but I noticed it was originally £45, so I didn't mind paying this for it.
The next couple of items I bought, I couldn't believe my luck. They were in a box underneath one of the dress rails along with some other similar items, pieces of leather to be more exact. I had a good look through and decided to buy two pieces. This large one, which is a reddish brown, slightly darker than the photos suggest and big enough to make a handbag!
It cost just £1. After watching the contestants sew with leather on Tuesday's Sewing Bee, it seemed an opportunity not to miss. The second piece was a lot smaller and unfortunately, where the sticker is attached to the leather, this part is not usable, as the sticker has marked it, but there's still enough to make a small zip purse and maybe a pair or two of earrings and a cuff bracelet.
It's very thick though, so I would probably have to sew it by hand. This piece cost 50p. Both were definitely worth buying.
Last, but not least, whilst at the counter I had a look through some buttons displayed in a basket and decided to buy these two cards to add to my stash too, at just 30p each card.
I was really happy with these purchases and very pleased that I'd popped in. I'll let you know what I make from the leather, when I eventually get around to using it.