Thursday, 24 September 2009

Charity Shop Find


I have been inspired by Sharon-Rose's intrepid thrifting trips.
Just check out her blog and see what she has found.
All I ever seem to find in my size are washed-out tops and dresses from Primark.
I did have some luck a few years back when I had a regular writing assignment to interview people in their posh homes.
I have to say that this Interiors feature got very boring.
To paraphrase Tolstoy - all immaculate homes are the same but messy homes are much more interesting in their own way.
I always preferred the quirky stories like the two up two down fourteenth century cottage made out of poo (wattle and daub!).
But I digress.
The best thing about these homes was that they were always located in the more affulent areas of Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire and to keep me motivated between the yawns and checking my watch I would think of the charity shops I could locate in Heswall, Nantwich, New Brighton and West Kirby.
Luckily, I was freelance at the time and the hours after the feature were my own. If I had been a staff reporter I would have been sacked spending large amounts of time browsing through the bargain rails.
Sadly, as a result of the recession the feature was dropped along with my shopping trips.
This week I made a determined effort to scour my very own High Street and look what I found.
OK, this dress/tunic may not be designer but I love it.
I will wear it on its own, under skirts, layered over longer dresses and over jeans.
All for the princely sum of £2.50 from Age Concern.
Now I just hope some of Sharon-Rose's charity shop chic will arrive in my wardrobe.

I wore:
Dress - Age Concern
Tights - Flake
Shoes - Clarks
Black slip - (from another Karen Millen dress)

10 comments:

  1. Ooh, great bargain! I love it, it will look great in all the variations you described - I can see it with jeans/leggings and a polo neck underneath with your red scarf round your neck - how cosy :-)

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  2. That's a fabulous find at a great bargain. Love it!

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  3. I really like this with that slip. It has such a pretty neckline and sleeves! Can't wait to see more! :D

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  4. Hi there-thanks so much for the shout out and I hope this gorgeous find gives you the incentive to check out your charity shops more regularly, its amazing what you can find when you are prepared to rummage! This looks lovely, well done my dear!!

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  5. My top tip is always to channel Sharon Rose when thrifting as it gives you the right charity shop eyes!

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  6. Great find, Jane. Never found anything good in charity shops apart from books! Have a great weeekend. Ciao. A.

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  7. What an adorable dress! It looks great on you.

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  8. Sharon has got me inspired into charity shops too, I've been quite lucky, although I do have a few hits and misses.
    That looks great though, good find!

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  9. Ooh, great bargain! I love it, it will look great in all the variations you described - I can see it with jeans/leggings and a polo neck underneath with your red scarf round your neck - how cosy :-)

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