I find a lot of Bee’s toys and books in charity shops. It supports a charity, saves me money and lets Bee and I play a tiny part in countering our throw-away culture.
You can find some real gems amongst other people’s junk, and all it takes is a bit of patience and perseverance. I have several shops that I trawl semi-regularly in a couple of different towns and villages local to where I live. More often than not I find nothing or very little, maybe the odd board book or small toy, but every now and again I find a real treasure.
My most recent trawl turned up a couple of gems.
A pair of wooden maracas £2
I have been looking specifically for lightweight wooden ones to add to Bee’s musical instrument basket for a while. They have a lovely sound and feel. Bee proceeded to take charge of them immediately and shake them all the way home.
Tickle Tickle by Helen Oxenbury board book 75p
As I’ve mentioned in our Autumn Books post, we love Helen Oxenbury. We are always looking to add to our collection of her books.
A Galt pop-up toy £2
Again, I have been wanting one of these for a while. Bee likes to carry the little ‘people’ around with her, repeatedly putting them in the holes and taking them out again. Colour matching them will come much later, but she’s having a good attempt at trying to make them pop out of the holes.
A Jellycat bee £1.50
I couldn’t believe this find. It was like fate. I had been looking at a full priced one in a shop three days before. I decided that I couldn’t justify the cost, no matter how much Bee should really have a bee. To then find it in the charity shop, immaculate and a tenth of the price. It was meant to be(e).
What’s your best charity shop find?