I love nothing more than when my interests intersect with my travels, and we hit the jackpot in Belfast in a most unexpected way. My love of thrift stores is well documented. Strolling down Botanic Avenue to the Ulster Museum (recommended, especially for the Botanical gardens themselves), in a three block stretch we passed no less than SEVEN thrift stores! Called “Charity Shops” on this side of the pond, the biggest and most notable chain is OxFam, but we also saw ones raising funds for cancer research, fighting hunger, homelessness, and other local charities.
Of course, Deal Kid and I were chomping at the bit to get out there, so we split from Deal Girl and Deal Dad (who lose patience after one or two stores) and hit them all! Deal Kid’s biggest score was a huge stash of Pokemon cards (close to 1000) for 5 pounds that revealed some he’d never seen before…a rare treat indeed!
I used the opportunity to sample a few brands of clothing I’ve never tried before…I went on the feel of the fabric to test the quality. Some googling after the fact revealed I’d picked up some great quality yoga gear for 3 pounds 99 and a wool/cashmere cardigan that sold for 90 pounds originally for 6. That came especially in handy as it’s been a LOT colder here than the sun setting at 11PM would suggest.
Luckily we also picked up a suitcase for 3 pounds to stash all of our new discoveries! Have you had any charity shop steals on your travels? Please share!