A friend once told me that you must never enter a charity shop with an idea of what you want to find, or you’ll jinx it. Therefore I have spent many months trying very hard, to not look for the Holy Grail of charity shop finds, a cashmere jumper.
It must have worked because shortly after Christmas I found one! A Boden v-neck in my size in my local shop, priced at £12 (they are about £90 new)
I was giddy with excitement, checked it over thoroughly and took it to the till, where upon the shop assistant casually said.. “oh everything is half price today”.
I nearly fell over.
I took my new purchase home and hand washed it in the sink, all the while mulling over how I would soon be able to smugly utter those words “oh this jumper, I got it in a charity shop. It was £6”
However my smugness only lasted until I laid it out on the airer to dry. It turns out my thorough check was not thorough enough. My new jumper was threadbare at the armpits and was coming apart from the seams.
More than anything, I knew these holes were only the beginning and the snags would eventually run.
I contemplated repairing it, but just as I was about to click buy on some darning wool, from some deep recess of my mind I suddenly remembered having seen something online a long ago about recycling cashmere….
How to recycle cashmere
Turtle Doves is a business which takes old cashmere and turns it into wrist warmers, scarves and even new jumpers. As someone who is perpetually cold, I have been hankering after some of their wrist warmers for a while, so I was excited that my faulty charity shop find might provide me with an opportunity to get some.
Had I remembered correctly that they took in old jumpers? In the footer of their website, I found a link to “Recycle My Cashmere Jumper” and discovered that all I needed to do was pay P&P, post them the jumper I had and then I’d receive a pair of wrist warmers in return.
I completed the order form, packed up the jumper and sent it off. A couple of days later a package arrived…
They send you a pair which has already been made up so dispatch is not delayed, my old jumper then goes in to the system to make two replacement pairs.
You might be forgiven what the fuss is about with wrist warmers, but believe me don’t knock them till you’ve tried them!
Magic happens when your wrists are kept warm and they are perfect for those who get chilly sitting at a keyboard or for crafters.
So in the end my charity shop find wasn’t quite what I expected, but still absolutely worth having. Which is something worth bearing in mind next time you concentrate hard on not finding a cashmere jumper in your local second hand store.