This weekend I headed out in the Winter sunshine to visit the Helen & Douglas House charity shop in Rose Hill. It’s literally up the road from me but I had never visited. I think the fact it’s a lonesome chazza shop – once you’ve been in, there are no other shops to go and puruse and there is nothing better than going from shop to shop discovering gems.
It’s a large shop but there is a car show room outside so I had trouble navigating myself in and got stuck behind a 3ft wall. Ben was laughing at me!
There is a mixture of everything, which I liked. There are furniture, clothing, accessories, bric-a-brac, books and a lovely little children’s section. It also had a slight Ikea feel with a guided carpet through the store. Ben, as usual, leaving me to snoop and heading to the book section!
The women’s clothing section was nicely colour blocked. The items were well priced and there was a good selection of accessories. I did think they could have made more of the cold weather and had the coats and jumpers more prominent. The glass cabinets by the till are where lots of hidden gems are stored so make sure you check that out when you visit.
The next section I went through was the furniture. There was a mixture of sofas, wooden items and some fab dining tables. If it wasn’t mid-Jan and two weeks to pay-day, I dread to think what I would have bought!
My fave item was a really spacious wardrobe which come with a little key. It was obviously quite old but had been re-painted a chalk-white to give it a modern feel. And at £55, for such a large, solid wood piece, I think it was well priced.
There was a large wall full of lots of homewares and bric-a-brac. A nice mixture of dishes, kitchen ware and the old classic fondue set ha! I did love these tea cups – 70s goodness in my opinion.
Before we left, we had a quick look at the book section. It was well displayed but it did look like they needed some more so if you’re having a clearout and live in Oxford, think about giving some of your books to this H&D shop. I loved the children’s section, the little jigsaw floor and table made it feel very welcome. And there was a ‘Where’s Wally’ book. Awesome.
I loved my visit to the Helen & Douglas House in Rose Hill. If you live in Oxford make sure you take a visit.