Lisa's Guide to Charity Shop Shopping
New part time job combined with my new business - brilliant and between the two it will ensure that I have a roof to live under!
Also great news is that my part time job is based in my nearby and favourite town of Marlow in Buckinghamshire.
As you will be aware from previous blogs I am rather particular to a spot of Charity Shop shopping so doubly great news is that all of my favourite charity shops are located in Marlow. Oh the Joy...!
This presents a small problem of willpower as a mooch around the charity shops at lunchtime could see me spending my hard earned pennies a little too easily!
It’s time to give myself some Charity Shop Guidelines in order to control myself and prevent myself having a ‘child in a sweet shop’ scenario as I enter the domain of the ‘exciting and unknown’ and the anticipation of what treasures I can find – yes, it really is a passion of mine!
Guidelines are what I need– I thought guidelines are better than rules as then if offers me flexibility if there is something that is urgently calling for me to buy it. I’m not daft ☺
Lisa’s guidelines to Charity Shop Shopping to prevent her from bankruptcy
A Selection of my charity shopping bargains.
Last week I popped into Boots for a mini stock up and the Sales Assistant was looking at me intently which was a little concerning – breakfast down my top? Lipstick on my teeth? No, she was looking at my outfit and complimented me on my tunic dress I was wearing with leggings. ‘Wow’ she said ‘what a lovely and unusual top, it really suits you. Where did you get it?’ I proudly told her that it was from the Cancer Research Shop and my whole outfit was under 10.00. She was really surprised and said she had never considered going into charity shops but will now.
Three things about that conversation
Firstly - great feedback that I have got my outfit right for the day!
Secondly - it made me think that we should take more time to compliment people, a kind or nice word really can make the world a better place and a spring in your step!
Thirdly – I might have converted another person to venturing into charity shops for a new shopping experience plus contributing even in a small way to the charity.
About 70% of my wardrobe is from charity shops. I have labels I would never have been able to consider if I bought it first time around. I like having a bit of individuality and its increasing as I mature. God forbid what I am going to look like in my old age when all my inhibitions have have disappeared and eccentricity will be the name of the game!
My final and most important guideline is the following that I have learnt as I have got older and more confident in myself
‘If I like it then I am going to wear it as I am wearing it for me and not to please anyone else’
If anyone is in Marlow and wants help shopping in the charity shops. Let me know and I would be happy to escort you!
My Partner and I fully kitted out in Charity Shop outfits for a day out in London!
Charity Clothes Shopping in Style