Ask and You Shall Receive

On one of the days I’ve had to myself during the holidays, I decided to take a trip to another local market town. Retford is quite pretty, with a beautiful park and some fine old buildings. Like most places, the covering of snow that remained enhanced it’s charm.

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Like Worksop, Retford has a good selection of charity shops, and visiting them was the purpose of my journey.

In the first two I visited, I asked the staff, doubtfully, whether they had any old sewing patterns. Both told me that whilst they did get them in, they had none at present. In the third, however, I struck gold. Or tissue paper, more accurately. From a dark cupboard, the lady brought out a pile of patterns. I was elated! I quickly flicked through, finding a range of styles, sizes and eras. Nothing too horrific and some which really appealed. A couple of Vogue that caught my eye. As they weren’t priced, I asked how much? £1.50. For ALL of them! I said that wasn’t enough, and left £3 as I skipped out the shop. On a high, I visited three more shops, two with nothing and one from which I picked up two slightly random patterns (20p each, left 50p) of an oversized, long sleeved 80s style blouse/shirt dress, along with a decorative turkey (no typo) that reminded me instantly of Thanksgiving, and Nat in Alabama.

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Thirteen patterns for £3.50, none of which I would have found had I not bothered to ask. Has anyone else had luck like this in charity shops? Which do you like, and which do you think I should or could attempt first?

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10 responses to “Ask and You Shall Receive

  1. I like the Runway pattern, top right. My brother collects sewing patterns and we usually get one or two when we are out looking in the charity shops. I LOVE charity shops.

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  2. The dressing gown is calling my name….. in a beautiful silk:)

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  3. Oh, wow! what a great haul 🙂 I’m liking the ‘practical’ trousers and tunic combo. I love trawling charity shops, but rarely manage to find the time. The books are always so great I get easily distracted too 😉

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  4. I just wish we had more second hand stores around here. I do make some good finds when i am in certain shops at the right time, but its not often enough for me. Even if i dont make them up, i love looking at the different styles! Lucky you!

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