This is the charity shop I use all the time. That water bowl is the very bowl that my dogs take refreshment from in the hot weather.
I used to get most of the stocking fillers and some Christmas presents from this shop until my kids got older and a bit wise to it. They were excellent stocking fillers, being an interesting and quirky assortment, just right for providing that ephemeral impact on Christmas Day. However, some seriously good and treasured presents were obtained from this shop, like a whole stack of
back copies of the Beano for £1.
It is also a good source of cheap, frivolous and spangly shoes for Eleanor, all obtained from under £3, so she can go tripping up and down the street with her friends. I also get music CDs from here for 50p, which is virtually like having your own CD library, and which I listen to while washing up, and this has given me much of my musical education.
It has recently come under new management and I notice that the ladies drive a hard bargain, which is fair enough as they are raising money for charity and these nice things are being got for a steal. These ladies could probably manage perfectly well bartering in any market anywhere in the world that you could care to mention. I notice that they don't put prices on some of the things and seem to make it up as they go along! They also have noticed that I buy a lot of shoes there and will make a point of keeping shoes for me that they think will suit in the back and bringing them out when I come in. Of course, I always buy whatever they offer because I am a bit soft like that!
I sometimes buy clothes from shops like this, or have in the past, but only from the thrift shops in the more upmarket areas because they get the best clothes donated there. Excuse me, but I do have a bit of class!