I’ve been decluttering and tidying since I got back from holiday and I was going through my clothes yesterday, thinking about putting away summer stuff and getting some winter stuff out. Although, with temperatures still reaching almost 20C, I haven’t felt the need to switch the central heating on at all so far this autumn, or indeed wear a coat. Anyway, it struck me as I was flicking through my (overfull) wardrobe, how many of my clothes and shoes are second hand – I reckon at least half.
And as I got dressed this morning I worked out that the total cost of my whole outfit, including shoes, was less than £20!
‘Scuse the ridiculous cheesy grin.
Brown patent Clarks shoes – £3 car boot sale
George at Asda jeans – £10 new
Black blue and orange spotty Tu at Sainsburys top – £1.50 car boot sale
Orange Windsmoor cardi – £1.99 charity shop
Grand total £16.50.
I know some people are weird about wearing other people’s clothes or shoes, but after a wash/clean/polish, most of what I buy is as good as new, so what’s not to like? And I can buy far more at these prices than I could at full retail price, which as far as I’m concerned is even better.
And what’s more, buying second hand is saving the planet. Although I’ve probably got a lot of second hand buying yet to do to offset my Range Rover’s carbon footprint!
I don’t have a problem buying retail sometimes, though, particularly for a well-made, classic item which will last me a long time – and I recently spent almost £100 (birthday money from my parents back in August) on these beautiful black leather knee high boots, which I’m delighted with.
Now I just need the weather to turn so it’s cold enough to warrant wearing them!