I wasn’t exactly the first in the queue, but just after lunch on Monday I was in my local charity shop and wow, did it feel great to be back. It was also very safe as there was only one other person in the shop apart from the manager, which was a bit different to how things were in the city centre! But how good it feels too, to be contributing to the charity Age UK, which is the purpose of the shop.
I bought two items and I need your help with one of them. But first a dress that I have no problem with. As soon as I saw it I pounced as it was the right size (UK14) and a midi-length. The price? £8! I think that’ll do! And wow, the dress was not even second-hand but new as it still had its price label on – amazing!
It feels so comfortable and I shall wear it lots during the summer, although with a thick jumper it could be worn sooner.
Note I’m wearing leggings but boldly did not put on any socks! And in addition I’m wearing some sweet little charity shop shoes that have been in the back of my wardrobe and not worn since August 2019 when I went on holiday on a cruise – sigh.
Believe me, I would never venture outside like that though, because it’s thick socks and boots weather! In the UK our activities still have to be mostly outdoors, and what with the current weather in the UK being near freezing at the beginning of the day we still have to wrap up if we want to meet friends outdoors for a coffee or a walk.
Anyway, I also saw this jacket.
Note the price label that I’ve kept on as I’m dithering as to whether I keep it – it cost only £10. And then here’s its make.
Whether it’s a true Pierre Balmain is debatable, but the thing is it has the most enormous shoulder pads so I think I’ve found, at the very least, a vintage/old version of a debatable Pierre Balmain.
But should I keep it? My first reaction was no, because of the shoulder pads, but I’m warming to it. It is beautifully cut apart from the damn shoulders!
I could get the jacket altered though.
What do you think?
By the way, I can see from the photos that I’ve made a major mistake with my makeup. Can you see it? In fact I nearly scrapped the lot but I thought, no, be real, we all make mistakes! You see in the depths of winter to cheer myself up I put on a slightly tanned foundation over my exceedingly pasty face, just to give myself the illusion of a Scandi look – blonde and tanned. This is no problem when all you can see is my face from the chin upwards, but with my purple ankles and my very pale neck and decolletage exposed to the elements, my tanned face is somewhat over the top – oops! I’ll have to tone it down until my neck and chest gets tanned naturally!
Anyway, I’m mightily relieved to be back buying from charity shops. As always, you can see there are the most amazing bargains to be found, and never forget you’re giving a second-chance to an item that has been lightly worn (I like that phrase), furthermore, you are giving to charity and also saving the planet by not buying fast fashion.
That’s all for now
With love, Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper