This morning I dropped William and his friend off on Dartmoor for their first ever solo camping trip. As we arrived the heavens opened, but it was only a quick shower and they were soon off with all their equipment selecting a perfect spot right next to the river. I was quite jealous I wasn’t staying myself!
How quickly they grow up. This has been the first summer holiday where I haven’t really been required in an entertaining capacity, and although it’s lovely to see one’s child taking their first steps into adulthood and gaining their independence, it somehow feels like the end of an era as well.
Anyway, enough wallowing, I thought I’d show you a few of my charity shop bargains from earlier in the week. They are all from my favourite shop in town, Barnardo’s, where everything is £1.99 and where the manager had saved me something she thought I might like …
A gorgeous pair of Christian Louboutins! Now my immediate thought was that they were fakes, but my research so far points to them being the real deal. They have been well loved, and the heels are very worn down, one of them so much so that it has come loose at the top where it joins the shoe, from the pressure of the angle it’s been worn at without being reheeled. Hence the reason, no doubt, why they were sent to the charity shop.
Anyway, after satisfying myself that there is at least a good chance that they’re real, I took them into the cobbler, who thinks he can fix them (and who also thought they were real – he’s done a few pairs of Loubs in his time, apparently), so I shall be picking them up next week.
Although they are a 39, they fit me perfectly (I’m a 38), another reason that I think they’re not fake, as designer shoes notoriously come up small in sizing.
Bargain of the year so far, as long as the cobbler can sort them, I reckon. And proof that making friends with the staff of your local charity shop really does pay dividends!
I picked up these two gorgeous pale green satin evening dresses, brand new with tags still attached, and at the other end of the elegance scale, an Ann Summers sailor outfit, complete with matching hat!
Brand new suede shoes by Office.
Two pairs of wool trousers – one by Jigsaw, one by Hobbs.
Next dresses – the one on the right is a maxi.
All in all, I came away with four carrier bags full of shopping, so it was definitely a good day. I reckon some charity shop karma must have come my way, as I took half a dozen dustbin bags of nice stuff into one of the charity shops in town a couple of weeks ago.
Have you found any secondhand bargains lately?