Monday, 26 August 2013

Charity Shopping

I can't believe how quickly this year is going by.  The weekends come quickly and you blink and it's Monday again.

Today I did my usual which is drop kids at school and go to my favourite charity shop, the Kloof and Highway SPCA.  But today was also different as I also went with a new friend Christi - owner of Second Treasures Eco-Chic Décor and Furniture (post coming soon) - to Durban charity shops.

The first shop we visited is called Granny's Attic which raises funds for TAFTA (The Association for the Aged).  It is situated at 80 Samora Machel (Aliwal) Street.  I must admit that I went with high hopes of finding an incredible bargain and having fun.  Well! No!  I love other peoples junk, but not junk junk. Granny's Attic was mostly junk junk and expensive junk at that.  Christi and I were disappointed but at least we know not to bother going there again. 

The second shop we visited was Saint Giles 4 Prince Street near UShaka Marine World.  This we loved!  Lovely shop filled with treasures and the best of all - everything half off!  We scratched through boxes, looked through rails of clothes and closely looked at shelves.  Christi knows my Corningware addiction well as she has sourced 3 items for me before.  Unfortunately no dishes but she did find a Corningware handle hidden on a shelf.  Then I found a 2nd one in a different design.  I also found a sleeping top for Laura, vintage earrings, hat pins, a glass jelly mould (bargain!) and buttons.  I spend R51.50 on my treasures - thrilled!  The PRO of Saint Giles, Colin was there to help in the shop and he told us they help the disabled find work and they supply them with work.  They currently employ over 100 to pack spices for Robertsons.  Lovely premises with security at the gate and we got parking right outside.  We will go back.

So enjoyed driving through the centre of Durban and looking at the beautiful old buildings.

Before dropping me back at home we stopped off at Jooma for a delicious cappuccino and a huge muffin.  It was relaxing sitting on the couch and discussing where to go to next.  We have decided that the next charity shop to visit will be the Animal Anti-Cruelty League in Hammersdale.  That probably wont be this week as we both have to do our work.

Oh well, tomorrow is my least favourite day of the week - Cleaning Day!  Saw the weather report earlier and it is set to be over 30C, great for the washing but not for me cleaning.

I hope to soon discover how to put in pictures so I can show you my purchases and I definitely need pictures when I do a post on Christi's shop.

Bye for now.


  1. I love charity shops! Ours always has 50% off!

    1. I hope you support them regularly :) What charity is it? What items do you look for to buy?