It is high time I shared some of my bargain finds.

Here is a door stop found in the charity shop.  It cost £1.50

Continuing the animal theme, I bought this bell.  I always find my children are dispersed widely at dinner time so here is a bell to summon them to the table.

This one cost just £1

Him Indoors does buy me flowers despite not being the most romantic soul on the planet.  I never seem able to find a vase so I bought this one for £3.50 which I thought was a bit pricey but it does the job nicely and will encourage him to buy flowers more often.

Then there is my absolute bargain find which is this double bed acquired from the Netmums Nearly New Boards for just a tenner.

Yes, the bedspread also came via Netmums and was brand new.

I also picked up some Cosmopolitan brand bedding recently.  Sheets, duvet covers, valances and pillow cases all for £11 and brand new.  A lovely subtle print of purpley flowers on a cream background.  The photograph did not do it justice so I am not going to print it until I do a better job with the camera.

On my shopping list currently for bargains are …

Chests of Drawers

Computer Desk and Chair

Kitchen and Bathroom storage solutions – if anyone has any ideas on storage for these rooms, let me know.

I am making a commitment not to buy as many toys in charity shops as the children lose interest in them so quickly these days.  There will be a bigger focus on outdoor stuff now that the weather is better.

Linking up late but better late than never with the wonderful and inspirational Liz over on the Me and My Shadow blog.  Get over there and see some other lovely bargains of the beautiful, quirky and wonderful type.

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I have had a bit of a buying bonanza in recent weeks and days. I am going to show you some of my treasures later in this post but first a little rant.

I sent an application off to volunteer in my local charity shop in early Summer. I got a telephone call from the headquarters saying the local shop would phone me to invite me in for an informal chat. Nothing happened but I did not chase it up due to being involved with the school holidays so unable to volunteer anyway.

Once the children went back in early September, I contacted the Headquarters by email. I got no response. However, one day on shopping my the shop concerned, I gave my name so I could hold a piece of furniture for later collection. At this point, the manager said was I the person who had volunteered. Yes, says I and there appeared a glimmer of light in my long quest to get involved in any form of volunteering. He asked what days I could do and we agreed on Friday mornings and he gave me a date about 3 weeks later to come in and start.

So last Friday on the appointed day, I turned up as arranged. I did make it through to the backroom this time but only to be told that yes Friday mornings were OK and I could start on 11th November. That would be about 5 months after my original application which I see as fairly ridiculous.

All the manager said apart from that was that I would be on 3 months trial and would have to be prepared to do anything. I am fine with both those things but I do wish they would train people to encourage volunteers. After all, each volunteer comes with social and economic value.

Right, back to my finds and rant over for now.

I do love my coffee and this coffee canister is just huge. I left the tea and sugar ones behind and felt so guilty about splitting them up. I may go back and get them later this week. £2.50 which I thought was a bit overpriced but I like the look of it. I knew Him Indoors would disagree as he bangs on about things being airtight and all that sort of nonsense. He likes his wooden canister so we are currently at war.

I got this because it is how my boys are at their best (and rarely!) and I like the sentiment. “Life is not about the big catch, it is how you live the moments in between”

There was a sort of matching one with a Great Dane on which I toyed with the idea of buying for Him Indoors. I will probably end up with it if it is there this week.

There was loads of office furniture in there and I liked the desk and bookshelves. I put a hold on the desk and Him Indoors collected it this week bemoaning the fact that nobody would help him from the shop due to “health and safety”.

Oh, and here is the chest of drawers mentioned in a previous post.

Then there is my wonderful 50 pences find. Can you see what it is yet? You probably all know but it was new to me.