Jon needed to pick up a car part from Ilkeston today. When I checked out the Association of British Charity Shops website and discovered there were seven chazza shops in the town centre I decided to hop into Ebby and join him on his trip.
Set within the scenic Derbyshire Dales, Ilkeston is a market town once famed for coal mining, iron working and lace making, trades which have since long disappeared.
Although the town is just an hour up the road from us the dialect is completely different from our West Midlands twang and we were called "Me Duck" by everyone we spoke to.
Overall the standard and pricing of the charity shops was pretty good with several shops having 50p and £1 clearance rails.
Finds included this 1970's St Michael sundress for 99p in ExtraCare.
These pretty embroidered platforms for £3 in Treetops Hospice.
This fantabulous "California" gingham maxi was £5 in Headway.
My dress was 20p from a jumble sale on Saturday. I have had to take it in by about 6 inches and I also hacked the horrid sleeves off. The 1970's leather shoulderbag was 10p from the jumble sale, too.
On a sad note it's goodbye to my old girl, Lucy Jean, aged 19 years. She was put to sleep last night. The house seems very empty without her. RIP Lucy xxx