Last week Chris had a week off work, so I took a couple of days off so we could do some fun stuff together. One of the things we’d been planning to do for ages but were waiting until the weather was better was a charity shop tour along the South Coast following the 700 bus route (the coastal bus that runs from Brighton to Portsmouth). We did a large portion of it in one go two years ago and it was excellent and very fruitful. Since then we’ve only done a few of the places en route, and not the whole thing in one go, as it’s basically impossible to do it all in one day unless you can drive and have your own car to speedily nip around between places. If you were to stay on the 700 bus from Brighton to Portsmouth for the whole journey it takes something like 4 hours, so it doesn’t leave you much time to properly investigate every charity shop in every town or village along the route.
With that in mind we decided to try and do the whole stretch from Shoreham-by-Sea to Bognor Regis. This meant getting the train to Shoreham in time for the shops opening and jumping on the 700 bus from there. There’s a few charity shops in Shoreham and one of them (Cancer Research I think) had an excellent ‘retro’ window display and large display inside but none of it was for me, it was more 40’s / 50’s / early 60’s. Fabulous for people into those decades though, lots of handbags, scarves, gloves, accessories etc.
In the Red Cross shop I found a box of dress patterns, priced at 50p each. I got this one:
I’m quite looking forward to making this – planning to do the sleeveless version. It’s quite similar in shape to the last dress I made, without the silly bouffy sleeves.
After Shoreham we stopped in Worthing. In the DebRA shop I was really chuffed to find numbers 1 – 18 of the Golden Hands knitting, dressmaking and needlecraft guides:
It was £10 for the lot, I’m pretty sure I probably have a lot of the content scattered across my other Golden hands magazine and books, but I was just so happy to find them in hardback and in such great condition! (Not so happy to have to lug them around for the rest of the day though!) The man who was working in the DebRA shop was really friendly and helpful and gave us a load of tips on where to find hidden or out of the way charity shops in the area. Most of these were back towards Lancing, Portslade and Brighton so I’ve mentally pencilled these in for a visit in a few weeks time. Since then I’ve looked on Google Maps and discovered a whole set of charity shops in Worthing that we missed too!
We jumped back on the 700 and went towards Goring-by-Sea, stopping off at the cluster of charity shops on Goring Road and doing a short detour to the couple of shops along the road from Durrington-on-Sea railway station, where we got these:
I was quite pleased about the Ravenhead glasses as I’d been looking for more of the tankards and the only one I could find was on Ebay and someone wanted £5 for it – yes just the one! I paid 75p each.
Back on the 700 route we stopped off at Dizzy in East Preston, where we got the ludicrous mug with the beaver on (as seen below) and then carried on to Rustington. Rustington has got an abundance of charity shops, with a new addition since we last went there which was the most disorganised, smelly but fantastic shop I had been in for a long time but sadly it was not very fruitful for me this time round. I did however, find this ‘I Hate J.R.’ mug and a great handicrafts book:
From there it was onto Littlehampton. In the Link Romania shop we found a new version of the Kiln Craft dinner set that we use. I had never seen this colour before so that was quite nice, it was a set of 4 plates, bowls, cups and saucers where the plates and cups have the pattern and the saucers and bowls are plain brown. Weirdly it doesn’t have the Kiln Craft stamp on the bottom, but I guess it must be by them:
So that’s the third colour we have of that pattern:
Chris also got a bag and a really nice late 70’s / early 80’s Pierre Cardin belt.
We got back on the 700 bus to Bognor Regis, and it was getting quite late so I wasn’t hopeful for any shops still being open there. However we arrived at about 4.45 and managed to find a few places still open, and it turned out that most of them were until 5.30. Scope had a ‘retro’ rail and display but again nothing took my fancy – they did have a lot of nice ice buckets, kitcheny bits, tea sets and shirts though.
If I hadn’t got the Golden Hands books then I might have felt a bit disappointed as we covered a lot of ground but didn’t get very much, however it’s such a nice day out and I’m already looking forward to the next time.