Do you love clothes? I’m no exception. However, with a family to support my clothing budget isn’t overly massive and I have no store cards to fall back on. But I love clothes, I love experimenting with new colours, fabrics, skirt lengths and different looks.
Because of my smaller clothing allowance I have been looking around charity shops. I first really got into looking around charity shops when I became a single mother and when my credit rating became non existent. I found that the clothes in the shop where in a better condition than many of my worn clothes. I haven’t looked back since. That is not to say that I don’t look around standard shops to pick up tips on up to date fashion or hunt out a bargain. I can’t visit any town or city without having a look in the charity shops.
And here is a great tip:
FOR DESIGNER LABELLED CLOTHES CHECK OUT THE CHARITY SHOPS IN AFFLUENT PLACES… Fashionistas in the areas barely keep clothes for more than a season.
A couple of years ago I took my children to Windsor – the charity shops were amazing. They were better and more trendier than the standard high street shops in the town that I live. Wooden floors, loud music, colour co-ordinated. They were awesome to shop in. I came home with some great designer labelled jeans which have lasted me a good couple of years. A bit more wear than the Primark jeans which lasted me a season.
Today, the weather was beautiful and sunny and my boyfriend was coming around with his daughter. I wanted to make a bit of an effort and when I opened the kitchen door his first words were:
“You look really really pretty.” He probably said it at least a dozen times throughout the visit.
I felt smug because my outfit cost me less than a fiver.
1 full length summer floaty skirt £1.99 – Barnardos
1 White vest top £1.00 – Help the Aged
3 bangles 10 p each from Help the Aged
1 red set of beads 50p from Help the Aged
1 pair of red and white costume jewellery from Asda (not charity shop but in the sale) 99p
I love my outfit and I love the price. I’ve bought some other great charity shop finds for the home and for my wardrobe which I will share on future blogs.
For now I’m back to a game of Bean Boozle with the children. If you’ve never played Bean Boozle before then I highly recommend purchasing a box. Great fun for adults. Our last game involved everybody picking out a brown jelly bean. It could be dog food flavour or it could be chocolate. We were all hoping for chocolate. Unlucky for two – they got the dog food flavour. If you play this game keep a plastic bag to hand to spit into and a glass of milk or pop to wash down the nasty flavour. You could end up with vomit, baby wipe or bogey flavour. The game is a hilarious hit and a good way to spend half an hour. Jelly beans/sweets with a chance of a nasty taste that your dentist is sure to adore. And you won’t be eating too many before tea.