After the weekend’s fun-filled scheduled bus-rides I had thought that I would need some recovery time (read: sleep) before going back to work. So I booked yesterday and today off. Yesterday was, indeed, spent sleeping, catching up with a bazillion (read: 221) emails and doing the general house-keeping chores I usually do on a Saturday afternoon. Also, it was raining and storming like nothing on earth. So, I only left the confines of my flat for a 5 minute jaunt to the corner shop for milk and crumpets (essentials, you understand!), a jaunt which left me looking like a drowned rat:
Today I had a cheque to pay in and parcels to post, so had to head to town. I was determined not to spend, and actually halfway home when I remembered I had promised to pick up a book I’d spotted in a charity shop for my Mum. So, back I went… and once I was checking out one charity shop it seemed rude not to check out the rest! I was looking for books on our book club list, a spacious summer bag I could take to work that would actually carry my lunch box, and other oddments that caught my eye. I came home with:
Spacious summer straw bag: £2
Not on our book club list but very pretty!
The English Roses by Madonna (HB): £2.49
Save the Children on Regent Street is a mid-priced shop particularly good for bric-a-brac (pretty dishes, crockery, baskets, picture frames), 70s bedding and particularly sewing and knitting patterns. Many of you know I can’t actually knit… but I do intend to learn, and at 25p per pattern, these four in particular leapt out:
Three knitted dresses (well, two knitted, one crocheted) – so delightfully 60s and 70s! I’m unlikely to knit the men’s sweater, I confess… but as I said to the lady behind the counter, they’re so pretty, I might just frame them!
And finally, a Vogue dress pattern. The patterns are priced between 50p and £1, this one coming in at £1 as it’s un-cut. I love this dress, with its pleated bodice, full skirt, pockets and button-through styling – a definite summer project.
I like the maxi dress best – what do you think?
Not a bad haul for an impromptu shopping trip!