Every now and then I go out shopping for something that’s not second-hand. I’ve had quite an expensive month, what with going to a physio (my back is improving but it’s all about the morning exercises because I missed a couple of days and felt the consequences) and then my skin check at the Mole Clinic (nothing serious found this year – good). But I worked out I could just about afford a new pair of Spring shoes, as I really have to stop wearing those black chunky boots now the sun is coming out here in the UK!
OK, I went to one of my favourite shoe shops, which stocks lots of foreign and unusual brands. But not one pair suited me, mostly because of my very thin feet. (Btw, the shoe shop in question wasn’t Schuh in Brighton – bet I could have found something there!)
So off I trotted down the High Street and somehow found myself in a couple of charity shops where I not only bought two pairs of shoes, that fitted beautifully, for the princely sum of £5 each, I also found a skirt and top for film night (which you’ll see shortly) plus a Spring jacket and skirt all for the slightly more expensive sum of £10 each.
And those six items, which included two pairs of shoes, came to less than I would’ve paid for the new shoes I was looking for. That really has sealed my determination never (or hardly ever) to buy new. It just makes such financial sense to buy in charity shops.
And while I’m talking about financial sense the latest edition of Vogue is full of extraordinarily expensive clothes – but why am I surprised? It is what it is. Anyway, I read it to see the trends and then adapt the look to my style and pocket.
How about this? Would you like a Tory Burch linen coat with a beautiful embellished leaf design on the front for £1,360? No? Well, here’s my take on it. A plain linen coat in exactly the same colour and style found recently for £4.99.
Apologies for looking a bit pale, that’s because I stepped away from the spotlight, says Mr Frugalfashionshopper.
Note that I’m wearing one of the new (£5) charity shop shoes and not my go-to black chunky boots that really are falling to pieces, yay!
That’s all for now but do tell me about any of your stylish finds.
Penny, the frugalfashionshopper