Hi everyone

I’ve had an extraordinary run of luck with my charity shop finds this month and the last item I bought has to be the bargain of the year. More about that find in a minute.  Yes, from just one charity shop (Age UK in Kemptown) I’ve found 5 items starting with this skirt, which cost the rather odd price of £6.70.

I like to wear the skirt over my leggings when I go to my Pilates 1-2-1. It’s  easy to take off and put on again for my return walk back to the flat.

Then there is this fluffy animal print jacket that cost £12.  I think it’s great fun and I shall wear it a lot even, maybe, indoors when the weather gets colder.

We Brits are a hardy lot and I don’t like an overly warm environment when at home – makes me sleepy!

Then another cold weather item is this grey knitted woollen, which I really like. It’s another piece of clothing for the cold winter days and cost £8.

Here it is worn with the charity shop skirt.

And I can just picture myself on a walk on a cold winter’s day wearing this grey animal print shacket.

It’s really heavy, thick and warm as it’s fully lined and very much worth the price of £20.

However, look at this, and yes, I know I’m always buying coats, but I can’t resist them!

Actually I shall write about this in my next post but now I hardly ever get to art galleries and other cultural events (where I used to dress up in my amazing skirts and jackets and hats) coats are now my signature style. I love them  And I knew I had to have this coat. Nevertheless I dithered a bit, as the price was £35 and I don’t usually spend that much on a charity shop item.

But I spotted the label – it’s a Toast coat. Hmm, I thought this beauty of a full-length coat might have cost a bit more when new, maybe add a 1 in front of it, I said to myself, so I bought it.  Back home I did a little bit of research and wow, I found that Toast coats are very pricey. A 100% wool coat like this one, is usually priced at around the £400+ mark. Have a look at their website.  So, double wow, what a bargain!

That’s all for now

With love Penny,  the Frugalfashionshopper

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44 thoughts on “My charity shop bonanza – October has been a very lucky month!

  • 20th October 2021 at 6:53 am

    Toast coat a real find. I get some great stuff from my local cancer research shop, Hobbs skirt and top, and a Toast top! All very good condition and fun to wear

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:35 am

      I know it certainly was a great find! And lovely, a Hobbs skirt, nice to wear 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 7:08 am

    May I say your hair is looking pretty fantastic too.,

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:36 am

      Thank you so much, Sandra 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 8:07 am

    I love the coat Penny. I’ve decided to come with you when you next go charity shop shopping. 😂 you’re so lucky at finding great bargains! X

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:36 am

      I know, it was a such an amazing bargain – thanks Ellie 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 8:36 am

    You look terrific in those finds! And what treasures! It definitely helps that you have such a nice figure, Penny! I’m thinking that coming upon that Toast coat was exciting especially when noting the size was yours! I love the feeling of a successful hunt! Thanks for sharing your finds! It was a feast for my eyes. Yes, I would like to read more about the Toast coat. I do enjoy beautiful clothes.
    I just finished watching a YouTube video by Henry Wilkinson, your countryman. He is a fashion designer and fashion historian. I found him through a mutual appreciation of Audrey Hepburn’s style. In this short video he explains a 1950’s couture piece from Givenchy. It was like unearthing an archeological treasure. I thought his enthusiasm infectious and his information interesting. Here’s the link. https://youtube.com/watch?v=Wa5jAqefcO4&feature=share
    Also, love that you have returned to your pilates class. I need to step up my exercise as my weight has increased during this CoVid shelter in place. Sigh…
    Good to hear from you…still working on our vegetable intake…

    • 22nd October 2021 at 10:49 am

      Hi Charlene – this morning rather than replying to you I saw your link to Henry Wilkinson and had a look. Got interrupted half way through with a phone call from my daughter and haven’t gone back yet, but what a sweetie he is and how good is that video! Love it!

      Yes, the Toast coat was an amazing bargain! October has been such a good month for finding good items in that charity shop. The class I go to is a 1-2-1 and it’s so good to do it face-to-face rather than via Zoom, as my PersonalTrainer can correct me more often and get me in the right position. Zoom has been a blessing for keeping people in touch but nothing like the real thing. However, I’m still reluctant to do a class with a lot of people indoors. Not sure I’d risk that as cases here in the UK continue to rocket!

      Thanks for the link to Henry – I shall subscribe!

  • 20th October 2021 at 8:40 am

    That jumper! I wouldn’t have looked twice at it but it looked great on. You can certainly pick what works for you. I buy Toast etc (although not £400 coats) but now I have retired I really need to stop all that and get imaginative. There are a lot of charity shops here in Bath where I live. I like your bright pumps – they add real personality to your outfits. Thanks!!

    • 22nd October 2021 at 11:02 am

      Hi Clare. Yes, Toast is a very high quality High Street shop. Years ago I used to go the original Toast shop in Llandeilo (Camarthen) and bought items from their sale racks. Then over the years the prices increased until I realised I could barely afford their sale prices! It’s got very pricey.

      Bath must have really good charity shops. And thanks, Clare, re: the pink trainers – they are quite a pop of colour!

  • 20th October 2021 at 9:17 am

    I am so envious but congrats anyway. The skirt and jumper are a great combination I have a similar animal print jacket I had forgotten (!) I must dig it out. Finding such treasures will buck anyone up.

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:38 am

      I nearly fell on the floor when I realised what Toast coats cost new – felt great after that!

      Thanks Flora

  • 20th October 2021 at 9:48 am

    As others have said your hair looks really lovely, in both colour and condition, in these photos. I like the jumper, very unusual. The coat is a great buy for such quality. I haven’t bought anything at a charity shop for a while because I don’t find things I like in my local shops. My sister has much better ones so we always have a good look when I visit. I bought a Precis Petite jacket in bright pink when I was last there for £7.00. I’ve got to edit my jackets & coats because I’m not wearing them enough.
    We have decided that we will look for an apartment closer to the city and better bus services so I will have to have a big clear out as we will have less space in future. I’m starting with my dressmaking stuff ; I know I won’t make anything from scratch now. I’ll keep my machine for alterations and mending etc. It’s very unsettling but we want to do it while we have relative health and strength, much like you did.

    • 21st October 2021 at 5:51 am

      I would wear all of those in a heartbeat! Fantastic buys. I love how you pop your skirt over your Pilates outfit. It looks very comfy but really fashion forward! Thanks for linking x

      • 21st October 2021 at 11:39 am

        Re: Pilates classes, yes, I’ve never changed into my leggings as I always wear a skirt over. They were all great finds – thanks Gail 😊

    • 22nd October 2021 at 11:10 am

      Thank you Lynda re: my hair, it was given a good cut a few months back. Not returned as I have to use public transport and not in Brighton for reasons, you know about…. as in the cases in Brighton.

      Oh interesting, Lynda, and yes, do move while you can as it is very stressful and tiring. But you can do it I’m sure – very best wishes for all that.

      Yes, I believe in the one-out, one-in system but easier said than done! Coats and jackets are my thing at the moment as I do like to make a statement when I go out. I am getting rid of two, but hoping to sell them rather than charity shop them.

      Have a good weekend, and thanks once again for your interesting comments 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 11:00 am

    Hi Penny, What a lovely collection of clothes for the winter! I particularly like the Toast coat, that was a bargain , ,I reckon you could add a nought on for the “ real” price ! Coats are a fortune now aren’t they? I invest in a new one about every four years but it’s so hard to know if they are right, and no-one can afford expensive mistakes. That’s where charity shops are such a boon . I have been yearning for a warm red jumper, but hesitate as I have auburn hair ( courtesy of Clairol ) and thought it might clash! But in last weeks charity shop trip in George St Hove, I found just the thing , a lovely wool top, red trimmed with orangey tweed! I wouldn’t have bought it new but for £5.50 it’s fun and can be easily recycled if it doesn’t work! Best Wishes Judy S

    • 22nd October 2021 at 11:15 am

      Honestly I was astonished at the price of Toast coats, I mean I see one at nearly £600 on the website – phew! I have hardly ever bought a coat new although I did last year, but that was unusual as charity shop coats can be very good quality. But I bought the Toast coat in total ignorance of its previous price.

      That wool top sounds amazing – love the idea of the orangey tweed trim.

      Have a great weekend, Judy 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 1:01 pm

    All brilliant. Lucky you. 🙂

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:45 am

      Thank you Lise 😊

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:47 am

      I shall be wearing the heavy grey jacket today as it’s quite chilly here this morning. I rather think it would be too warm for your weather 😊 Thanks Mireille

  • 20th October 2021 at 3:30 pm

    Such great finds Penny. Skirts and jackets, hmmm, seems we have similar problems. I just last week found a light raspberry down puffer coat from Lindor and it has lovely vertical seaming, so it had to come home with me. I love it. Another great find was a wool/mohair 3/4 length coat made in Italy in a deep burgundy with tiny pink spots blended in, sound strange, but looks lovely. When I find a gorgeous coat or jacket I just can’t leave it in a thrift shop. We have so much cold weather here that a wardrobe of coats makes the long winter more fun. I have found that I must not be so hasty to get rid of things, as I had one coat that I wish I still had. I do have the room to store them, so maybe be more like a very fashionable aunt that had a room full of clothes on racks to go through ( and I wish I had more of her things now) I wanted to also say how great the glasses are with your pink touches in the clothes. Also, after so long doing thrift and consignment shopping, I almost faint when I see how much some things are in regular shops, so I will keep up with the fun of the hunt.

    • 22nd October 2021 at 11:21 am

      Oh wow, that burgundy coat with tiny pink spots sounds unusual and such a good buy. Yes, we are alike as I cannot pass a good quality coat by! And the price of a new one can be far more than my budget will allow. But I bought the Toast coat in complete ignorance of its possible past value, I mean there’s a coat on the website that’s almost £600 – phew, wipes brow!

      Thanks re: the pink glasses – I do like a pop of colour. Thanks Diane – have a good weekend 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 4:26 pm

    Definitely a bonanza, Penny! My favourites are the pencil skirt, the furry animal print jacket and the Toast coat. The latter is an absolute bargain and I love the pockets.

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:48 am

      I have been wearing the pencil skirt a lot and it’s quite a favourite. As for the Toast coat I’m over the moon about it – what a bargain! Thanks June 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 4:43 pm

    That coat is such a a great find Penny! I did look at the Toast website and you really did score a bargain. The rest of your items will be quite stylish as the weather gets cooler. You have a good eye for what suits you and I do learn from seeing what you buy and how you put things together. Glad you are back on your Pilates class. nothing like in person. my yoga class changed times and the time does not work for me, I miss it. I do yoga on my own and sometimes the Zoom class sponsored by our library but it’s not the same. I will be looking into finding one that will work for me. I have been gradually returning to in person cultural events. Last week a friend and I went to a local museum. the museum is undergoing a massive expansion and renovation, and only a small gallery was open. an exhibit about the plight of the Amazon rain forest and a a display of some photographs using old nuclear sites as a backdrop, very other worldly. I went to a concert of classical music now that the local orchestra is having a season after two years absence and a play presented by a community theater company. It was “Casa Valentina” by Harvey Fierstein. well done and provocative. And next week my son in law is also in a play which I will see with my daughter. Hoping we here in New York can continue in this direction, with continued openings of these events as we move into the Winter months. Be well Penny and enjoy the Autumn weather.

    • 22nd October 2021 at 11:39 am

      We’ve had two quite cold days and nights, but the temperature will go up next week accompanied by a lot of rain! So today I shall wear a full-length coat, and I have quite a choice! I wear the skirt a lot these days it’s one of my favourites and yes, all of the items will be useful as the days become colder.

      So interesting to hear of your cultural activities, and very impressed to hear of your son-in-law! Brighton is an interesting and vibrant place but it’s just a little too small to have an orchestra, but there is a good theatre and plenty of cinemas. Unfortunately I’m not that keen to sit with an audience as this government’s policy of laissez-faire/ do-nothing to mitigate Covid has resulted in rocketing cases in Brighton. We have a mini-Trump in charge and it’s not a good place to be, sadly.

      However, we are seeing friends and family 1-2-1. And yes, there’s nothing like a 1-2-1 class and that’s what I walk to every Tuesday and it is so good to do a face-to-face class with my PT as she can see for herself what I need to be doing and corrects me when I’m not doing the exercise as I should. So pleased to do it, but sorry to hear about the change of time and unsuitability of your yoga class – here’s hoping you can find another one that suits you and your diary. You keep well too and thank you for your great comment which I always find interesting 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 4:48 pm

    Great bargains indeed! What a wonderful coat. And I love that skirt. You are looking very good Penny, very relaxed!

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:40 am

      I know, they were all amazing bargains but that coat…. wow! Thanks Nancy 😊

  • 20th October 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Gosh Penny – you won’t believe this but today I’m wearing that exact jumper that you’re wearing! It’s by Tu and I’ve had mine a couple of years now, charity shopped of course. I’ve just written my blog post entry for today and have included today’s outfit consisting of this jumper and some red and black checked trousers. I’ll be publishing that blog post in two weeks time so you can see me in mine! You know what they say great minds think alike!

    I loved the rest of the finds especially the shacket and Toast coat was a marvellous bargain.

    Hope your week is going well.

    • 21st October 2021 at 11:43 am

      Oh yes, what a coincidence! The jumper will look great with your red and black trousers, I shall also wear the jumper with my black skinny jeans which I think will be a good contrast. And I shall look out for your blog 😊

      The Toast coat was an amazing bargain but I shall wear the shacket today as it’s quite chilly here.

      Wishing you a great rest of the week xxx

  • 21st October 2021 at 3:25 pm

    Oh, those bargains are the best! One of my greatest finds was a cashmere Caroline Charles cardigan. I bought it in London for 20 pounds which I thought quite expensive. I later discovered they sell for 200 to 300 pounds new!

    • 23rd October 2021 at 7:43 am

      Caroline Charles, oh yes, that’s a truly great find! Isn’t it great when you find something like that!

  • 21st October 2021 at 4:15 pm

    Wow Penny a Toast coat at that price is fantastic.
    It’s lovely as are the other purchases, well spotted.
    All the best
    Viv x

    • 23rd October 2021 at 7:46 am

      I know and I should have realised that the price of a coat would be astronomic as I used to go regularly to LLandeilo in Wales to visit Bill’s aunt and uncle, where the original Toast shop is located. Every year I used to get items in their sale area, but slowly over the years the sale prices began to be quite expensive so I hardly ever bought anything. And now I see there’s a coat on the website for nearly £600 – phew and wow what a price!

  • 21st October 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Some great charity shop finds Penny, especially the Toast coat! 😉 I think variety in coats is key, especially as that’s what most people see me in during winter, which is also why I like fun coats too, like the leopard one and the shacket ( still don’t like the name though ). I really like the skirt on you and wish I could wear such things, but I don’t have the figure or the height to do it justice. I’m all in favour of wearing leggings under skirts and dresses now, and I’m glad it’s finally come over from Europe, where they seem to have been doing it for ages, though I suppose theirs are footless tights. I’m slowly getting out my relatively unused winter things though trying to hang on to autumn colours as long as possible, despite the biting wind today – again, it just so much more fun than all the winter woollies etc. Hope you have many more charity shop successes. All the best, Trish S

    • 21st October 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Sorry I just realised I screwed up my email address…….oh dear! Old age!

      • 23rd October 2021 at 7:51 am

        No worries – didn’t notice 😊

    • 23rd October 2021 at 7:50 am

      Oh great that you should say that as I do have a good selection of coats and can wear each one to match the weather, my mood and my outfit, and I quite enjoy having this variety to choose from.

      I wear leggings under dresses in the summer let alone winter 🤣 I do agree with you that autumn clothes are great but I also love winter woollies, just because they’re cosy really.

      All the best to you too Trish

  • 22nd October 2021 at 9:23 pm

    What fortunate finds, Penny! I’m lusting over the Toast coat. I’m not familiar with the brand, I guess it’s a UK brand. I’ve been obsessed with coats the past few years, myself!

    But my favorite item is your HOT PINK Nikes! Those are incredible!

    I was just on your Instagram…and who cares about wrinkles when you can wear fun shoes like that! Let’s just celebrate the FUN things!

    xoxo Bettye

    • 23rd October 2021 at 7:56 am

      Toast seems to have become a really high end High Street company, but I can remember when they first set up shop in Llandeilo, a little town in Wales, and actually even then I could only afford their sale prices. I should have realised that the price of their coats would be stratospheric!

      I love those trainers and bought them for running – ha, ha and lol as my running days are well over, but they’re super comfortable and yes a GREAT colour.

      And thanks so much Bettye, who cares about wrinkles, indeed! I think I’d not slept much the previous night which didn’t help my mood, but will now put my pink Nikes on Insta right now – thanks again 😊

  • 25th October 2021 at 10:52 am

    WOW you have had a great month, haven’t you?! I adore that last coat! I would’ve ummed and ahhed too about the price in a charity shop but it’s definitely worth it! Looks gorgeous on you!
    I must say, I love your pink trainers! They’re super vibrant!
    Suzy xx

  • 8th November 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Absolutely amazing bargains! I like that your leopard animal print coat is like a teddy bear material and I wonder if my faux leopard print coats look a little too real! I agree with you, I hate stuffy overly warm rooms Zzzz.

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