Back in January I signed up to fellow Welsh blogger Rachel's spending ban challenge. You've probably guessed, but I've failed! I lasted 50 whole days without buying any clothes or accessories, but on Day #51 I melted and there's been no going back since. It all started with a bargainous coat at the jumble sale. I was purposefully not looking at clothes, entertaining myself with books and DVDs instead, when the husband-to-be waved a rather lovely and as-new coat at me and said I should try it on. It fit perfectly, and at the price of just £2 I couldn't say no! If it looks familiar, Ci-Ci Marie has it in a different colour.
Here I am modelling it next to my dapper Dad, who's modelling another bargainous jacket, (De Havilland brand, would have been £150) that the other half found in a charity shop for a few quid. My Mother was very resistant to the jacket at first (I believe her words at the suggestion he could wear it on their upcoming cruise were "over my dead body"!), but I think it looks smashing on him.
It turned out to be a coat hat-trick, as the next find was this fabulous as-new faux fur/shearling jacket for just £3 in a charity shop.
The third coat was this super red pea coat, again just £3, and practically new, from the car boot sale. It was a bit windy, excuse the hair across face! I ended up wearing it there and then, as it was a particularly chilly morning and my lightweight trench provided no protection from the wind.
Finally, the other items to add to my second-hand shopping confession list are: a Miss Selfridge yellow dress (£6 brand new with tags), a pair of '70s style leather boots (£5), a pair of floral wedges (£3 brand new) and a kimono top (50p)....
...and a vast selection of brooches and sparkly bits. Some of this is for me to wear, some of it is for gifts, and some of it shall be 'upcycled' into bridal accessories. You wouldn't believe the dust on this one tray of brooches in a charity shop, as if nobody had looked at them for a decade!
I bought this necklace and matching bracelet for £3, in a box it obviously doesn't belong to, only to have the husband-to-be say "Isn't that logo 'Pierre Cardin'?". Well darn me, it is. I don't think it's that old, and maybe it was some kind of promotional set? There's one on Ebay in the States still in the original packaging but the seller had no idea of the age when I contacted them.
So, that's the second-hand shopping. The other half found a green wool Christy's flat cap still with tags on for £1, which he was incredibly pleased with and hasn't taken off since! He bought a £3 coat too but we haven't photographed that yet.
Now for the modern shopping confessions (I know, how can there be any more shopping to confess to?!). Gents, avert your eyes, this is a lingerie confession!
Well, a girl needs new knickers every now and again, so I popped to Marks and Spencer for some '3 for 2's and snagged this gorgeous olive silk set in the sale while I was there. Then I got overexcited when retro lingerie brand Kiss Me Deadly announced they were having a moving sale, and I bought a blue and white set from them too.
There we go. All confessed. Rachel, I'm sorry that I couldn't stick with you for the whole 100 day spending ban, I know you're in your last week or two! But look how lovely (and cheap!) these items are that I've been buying...
On the note of trying to get rid of 100 items, I've been doing well at clearing out - I've taken 2 bags to charity shops, and have put a few things on Ebay (non-vintagey, sorry!). It has felt good over the last few months being able to spend more money on days out, lunches, meeting friends and being social, but blimey the money disappears fast when you eat out! So I haven't put as much in my travel fund as I'd hoped.
Frugal April, anyone?