Yes, continuing my theme of how I really try to not buy just because I’m in a charity shop, and it’s such a bargain, or it’s a great piece but I’ve got nothing to wear with it but, hey, I’ll get it anyway (which is what happened when I saw that grey hat and scarf in the Faroe Islands) I want to tell you about a shopping trip that went (coughs apologetically, because it doesn’t happen every time) exactly as it should!

Btw, for those of you who haven’t come across the Faroe islands, they’re Danish islands set half way between Scotland and Iceland, and as you would expect the weather on the islands can be harsh. We both wore padded jackets when we visited, and it was August!  The Faroes’ economy is very dependent on fishing and farming, and it’s predominantly sheep farming as these sheep are particularly hardy with wool that has a high proportion of lanolin to cope with the wind and rain. The women knitted jumpers from this wool for their men to wear on land, and at sea, hence the instructions not to wash the scarf and hat I bought as the proportion of lanolin keeps the wool practically waterproof, and that would change with a wash.

Anyway, I was out in town in yet another downpour feeling a bit cold in the outfit I was wearing, which was a pair of Primark skinnies and a Peacocks top (not wool), plus coat of course.


So, feeling a little bit damp I popped into a charity shop and found a woolly jumper in exactly the right shade of green – for £4.99.


I couldn’t have found a better match of colour if I tried!  Then I went into another charity shop and found this jacket.


I felt both warmer and toastier, and pleased to have found such a smart jacket that matched the outfit I was wearing and also that it was at an excellent price of £5.99.

I suppose what I’m saying is when I’m in a charity shop I always aim to build on an outfit rather than buy random bargains, and this time I succeeded!

With love to you all, plus a big hello to any newcomers.

Penny, the frugalfashionshopper

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13 thoughts on “On not buying clothes at random!

  • 15th January 2016 at 2:18 pm

    I LOVE the items you picked up in the thrift shops. That green shade is so beautiful on you! OHHH..Ohhh…”Primani” opened up about ten minutes away from where I live. Can I just tell you, my daughter Oona and I are in love with Primark? She’s given my a list of what I need to pick up for her since there is no Primark where she lives! I’ve gotten THE best liquid eyeliner there for $1.50! We both got adorable sweaters (jumpers) for a steal! I’ve been eyeing the jeans but was unsure of how they would look. THANK YOU for being a model. They look great on you!
    I’m also coveting your hair style–but due to my texture, I have to find a wig that looks like your hair. Well done you! XOXOXO!!

    • 19th January 2016 at 8:17 am

      Hi Catherine, and sooo glad you’ve got a Primark near you – I really like that shop and there are some great bargains to be had. Their jeans are outstanding and and there’s a size length that fits my long legs to perfection – go get!!!!

  • 15th January 2016 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks, Penny – I especially like that jacket.

    Buying clothes at random is My One Weakness! (Haha – if only). Going back to New Year resolutions, outfit-building is much smarter and that’s what I’m going to try to do in 2016. I’m sure you end up with more to wear with less in your wardrobe.

    • 19th January 2016 at 8:19 am

      Hi Caryll and thanks so much for your comment – yes, like you, I’m really trying to buy less and only to build up an outfit already in my wardrobe. All the very best to you in 2016!

  • 15th January 2016 at 4:41 pm

    Your finds were meant to be in your closet…love the wooly jumper…good color on you…

    • 19th January 2016 at 8:20 am

      Thank you so much, Donna, yes, I agree, especially that green jumper – love it! All the very best to you in 2016! x

  • 15th January 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Great shop Penny , and love especially the jacket , maybe you could weave it into your existing wardrobe and show us the results . You’re certainly giving me food for thought .

    • 19th January 2016 at 8:24 am

      Hi Joan and yes, I love that jacket which has to double up now under a coat – brr, but lovely I think to have cold with blue, clear skies! All the very best to you.

  • 17th January 2016 at 11:32 pm

    You did well those garments were meant to be together!!

    • 19th January 2016 at 8:25 am

      I know – and amazing to get them in different charity shops as they’re just right for the whole outfit! Very best to you x

    • 19th January 2016 at 8:25 am

      Thank you so much x

  • 20th January 2016 at 9:03 pm

    wow, three great buys, I love that jacket.

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