Something Old, Something New

A lot of people don’t realise that charity shops stock lots of new goods as well as preloved items. As a vintage loving girl, I hope to find items that have stood the test of time and have a little history. But I’m not at all averse to picking up something new, as well as something old.

The dress (£6) and skirt (£5) pictured came from Marie Curie shops in East Belfast. Both were still tagged with their original labels and right up my street! The skirt will be perfect this winter. Given the current tartan/plaid trends, kilts are making a welcome comeback. I’ll never forgive myself for throwing out a magenta tartan kilt I owned as a teenager-I’d absolutely love to have it in my wardrobe today.

But I digress.  I love the dress-it has something of the Shirley Manson (Garbage) about it. One of my all-time favourite ginger ladies! The dress has a very straight neckline, minimal sequin embellishment and it’s a gorgeous length. Only one issue-no room for error around the tum. So there will be a few hundred crunches on the go between now and the festive season!
Thanks to these purchases, I was able to complete my loyalty card for Marie Curie too, so next time I’m in store I’ll receive £3 discount. Fabulous!

A lot of people don’t like the idea of wearing someone else’s clothes and for that reason avoid charity shops. Not an issue I have clearly! But I think if more people knew about the amount of new goods they can also find in store, they might be more tempted to pop in for a gander. Some shops have an affiliation with particular brands, others receive lots of donations which have lain untouched in wardrobes for years. The opportunity to find brand new gems like these is yet another reason why charity shopping is good for the budget and the wardrobe.

Rosie xx

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