I had a very successful shopping day yesterday! I asked the girl in Oxfam why there was so much great stuff in and she said it was a combination of factors – post-Christmas clear out donations, the usual post-Christmas tightening of the purse strings, and the snow, which has kept people out of the shops for a couple of weeks. Either way I went out for a list of specific items. These included:
- A denim jacket
- A navy blazer
- A floral button-through dress
- Brown calf-length boots
- Brightly coloured (pencil) skirts (office wear)
- Shirts/blouses (office wear)
- Office-appropriate dresses.
I came back with:
1. A denim jacket
£3.99 from Age Concern
2. A navy blazer
Pristine vintage 1970s velvet St Michael jacket: £5 from Myton Hospice
5. Brightly coloured (pencil) skirts
Fabulous patterned cord skirt: £3.30 BHF
Close-up of the label – cos I love it!
Laura Ashley pin-tuck frilled blouse: £3.40 from BHF
7. Office appropriate dresses
Laura Ashley wrap dress: £4.99 from Oxfam
(sneak peek only – I’ll be modelling it this week!)
4. Brown calf-length boots
I came SO close to blowing £47 odd on a pair of brown leather Nine West boots in the House of Fraser sale. They weren’t exactly what I was looking for, but they were quality, less than half price, and I reasoned they would last. Still, I gave them back to the shop assistant and told her I would think about them…
Then I went into Jones where I came even closer to shelling out £65 on a pair of half price Timberlands – a lot nearer to what I was looking for, but definitely beyond my price range. I left them “to think about” too…
And then, in Oxfam I found these:
They’re vintage by K shoes (remember K shoes?! I do!), brown sheepskin lined. snug as anything and are called Snow Maids. Snow Maids!! What a great name!
They are in perfect condition, almost exactly what I was after, and only £9.99. Which left me plenty of pennies to splash out £4.99 on a can of protective spray to keep them in pristine condition – the shop assistant said it would waterproof them as long as, in this weather, I remembered to spray them every week or two!
All of which allowed me to play around with a previous charity shop bargain, a 90s floral mini dress, to create my own 90s inspired look:
I’m not yet convinced by the denim jacket. I’ll see how it feels come Spring…