Once upon a time sales started the day after Christmas, which is Boxing Day in the UK and, as you know, nothing to do with boxing (!) and I think I recall that even further back sales began on the 1st of January! But now we have Black Friday (quite new to us), Cyber Monday (really new) and the pre-Christmas discounts of up to 50% off with huge posters demanding buy, buy, buy. So by the time it gets to Boxing Day you’d think we’d be zoned out. But no, Boxing Day brings huge crowds into the centre of Brighton for more buying of stuff, which we avoided like the proverbial plague. Let me think, yes, Boxing Day we had a long walk in the park, which entails going uphill, which I really powered up, as gosh did I need the cobwebs blown out of my system! And I was so sick of all that food (not literally) I had beans on toast for tea and that was quite sufficient! Next day (Thursday) friends came round and another walk. Friday, son and girlfriend came for presents and more food, and Saturday I hit the shops for the sales.
Yes, don’t think I’m above all the sales spiel, but I’m glad to report I bought nothing new. I did look though. And my word, the reductions in some Brighton shops – to £100 or £50! That’s so not my budget. And then at the lower end, I thought the clothes looked awfully cheap and shoddy. But. I got a great haul in the charity shops, and this is what I bought.
First, a tunic top – look closer.
What amazing detail! Usually I’m not much of a tunic wearer, but this was rather special. I tried it with leggings.
That, in my opinion, is rather too Dick Whittington, but I would, I think, wear it with black trousers. And here it is with a skirt.
Slouching a bit here but again, there’s amazing detail on the back of the tunic as well. And worn with old charity shop boots and skirt. Talking about skirts – what about this skirt?
The pale blue leaves are sparkly – I couldn’t resist it! And note the price at £8.99. That was the most expensive item, everything else was £7.99 – which incidentally seemed to be the price of everything in H&M. I admit the skirt is rather short, but honestly, I saw it, I bought it! And here it is.
I think I can just about get away with that length. Then a final buy was this dress.
What a bonkers dress but, again, look at the detail.
Just before Christmas I also bought a lovely piece of jewellery for £4.99, so I was all ready for celebrating the season and wearing something glam for family gatherings.
Can I be honest with you, though? I simply love my family and loved having them around the table but truly I’m beginning to find Christmas i) soooo pressurised and commercial and ii) really quite tiring and iii) because of my constitution I can’t be doing with all that food. I am not a bah-humbug person though, and I love decorating the tree with treasured Christmas baubles, but the whole thing is such a frenetic time, to be honest, I’m pleased it’s over. Actually, there have been some comments on the previous post about making Christmas more minimalist – well that would go with my flat!!!
With love to you all
Penny, the Frugalfashionshopper