Shopping: too good?

There really aren’t many things in life that I’d say I’m too good at! In fact there’s probably only one: shopping! Armed with just a spare 20 minutes between appointments in our local, town centre I thought I was actually avoiding trouble by nipping into a charity shop rather than a regular shop. There’s always something interesting to look at, and the odd, second hand paperback isn’t going to break the bank. But twenty minutes and two jackets later…

In my defence one (below right) looked brand new (from Mint Velvet, and spot-on size wise) and a perfect replacement for a well-used, school one. The other one tugged at my heart strings a little (above left). It’s clearly vintage and the more I looked at it; the more it looked homemade… It has absolutely no shop or care labels and there’s just something about the fabric and that all-round, pearl trim that seemed to be telling me some lovely, lady (well they’d have to be lovely if they sewed, right?) at some point, had spent precious time making it. I tried it on, it fitted great but was possibly a little ‘boxy’ and a little too ‘classic’ on me. I put it back, but the more I thought about someone putting the effort into making it, the more I just couldn’t walk away from it, leaving it there unworn and unloved. Anyway, let’s just say I lost the emotional tug of war and it came home with me (via the dry cleaner’s).

Anyone have any idea how to tell if something’s been homemade beyond the more obvious lack of labels? Did clothes of this era often not have labels though? It really reminds me of jackets my gran used to make for herself, so I’m guessing it’s from the 60s/70s? Maybe even older?

And then just last week I read about a Uniqlo and Liberty range on a certain person’s blog… I’m holding you responsible for these purchases Thimberlina πŸ˜‰ And of course I can justify these too: daughter’s birthday at weekend so t-shirts for her. And even though I have far too many dresses, a useful gilet for messing around with the kids or heading to the gym is always useful…. Honest! Right, seriously no more for some time now!

Anyone else simply too good at shopping?

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32 thoughts on “Shopping: too good?

  1. Lovely finds Teresa. Especially the navy blue jacket (no surprises why you liked that one lol). Fabric shopping – I am so good at it that it is my kryptonite 😒. It gives me joy though πŸ˜€

    • And can be very reasonable πŸ™‚ Seriously, I can justify most shopping! Really trying to stick to the one-in-one-out (or even two). This thought alone often stops me in my tracks πŸ˜‰

  2. Charity shop purchases are exempt from “real” shopping, aren’t they? πŸ˜€ Love your choices, Teresa, but can’t suggest any tips for finding out if that jacket is hand sewn. Look at the stitching, as much as you can find to check, would be my only suggestion. Love it! πŸ’•πŸ’•

  3. Oooo! You lucky lady! Such great finds! And the naughty blogger who told you about the liberty….. Don’t suppose you’re interested in knowing about the Easter 20% off code for Clarks?? I’ve funny feet so bought my summer shoes. 3 pairs – high, low and comfy! The code is Bunny if anyone’s interested?? PS my Liberty purchases arrived too! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

    • πŸ›πŸ›πŸ› These pesky bloggers! πŸ˜‰ My Liberty purchases were totally justifiable in my opinion… The prints on my daughter’s t-shirts are really pretty, especially the Alice in Wonderland one. The gilet is light as a feather, be interesting how warm it is. It came with its own Liberty travel bag to fold it up into too, so well worth it πŸ˜‰ Hope you’ll be sharing yours in your SSs x

      • I will, in my Sunday sevens. The long dress is gorgeous, perfect for my holidays! I was nearly tempted with the gilet too, I bet you’re daughter will look lovely in her new clothes πŸ˜ƒ

    • Isn’t it lovely? Hopefully now it’s the Easter break I can have a play around with my wardrobe and see what it works with. Yes, a dangerous website indeed. Best stay away if you don’t want to be tempted…

  4. All lovely! I know what you mean – making so much yourself does make you feel even more guilty buying RTW I think, even thought it sometimes can’t be avoided. All of that Liberty collection is just way too tempting…

  5. I hate shopping. Probably because I’m so tall and have big feet, so nothing standard fits. Lovely your buys all round, but I do love your cream charity shop jacket – but then I am a sucker for cables.

    • I have the opposite problem in the shortness department (but have oddly ‘normal’ sized feet annoyingly. tiny feet would mean fab bargains in sales). The cream jacket is so lovely and the knit fabric does make it slightly less dressy, hoping I can dress it down further to make it more wearable πŸ™‚

      • Shame about the shoe bargains – although I’m sure if you had small feet you’d discover some other drawback. For me there never are bargain shoes. The large sizes that get left over tend to have massive heels, because, of course, most people with big feet are tall. Look forward to seeing what you do to dress down your jacket.

  6. I do love to shop but it has to be a bargin, of course. Gladly, I have reached a time in my life where I am more of need than want person…..unless I am in the fabric store!!

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