What Laura Loves: Thrifting

Monday, 18 March 2013

As most of you know I live on quite a tight budget which means that I get to indulge in one of my favourite activities, scouring the charity shops. I've grown up on charity shops with my mother favouring Primark, charity shops and car boot sales to big high street chains but when I was growing up 'vintage' wasn't a word that was used and it was instead replaced by 'poor' or 'grotty'. You see, we had enough money to buy from the high street chains but we just didn't. It was more fun to see what we could pick up, use, alter and customise as much as I begged for the latest Nike trainers (I tried desperately to fit in - I didn't and realised, never would). So my love affair grew when I was out on my own and realised that charity shop shopping became almost a trend. Vintage was a word used by every magazine. People were openly saying they were sourcing their clothes second hand and I had an epiphany: I was cooler than them.

I'm kidding.

I live opposite three great charity shops and so this morning after feeling a little better and deciding to test the waters on my newfound health, I walked over and started rooting. I ended up buying this adorable pastel skirt for Layla complete with a hand knitted white cardigan to pair with skirts and dresses in the Spring, a H&M black long line jumper with faux leather shoulders and pockets, a pair of denim shorts with a tan belt, a khaki and pink paisley print summer dress and a necklace with layers of bronze chain and studs with a big nude pink lace covered gem. Not bad for £10, eh?

Now, the shorts. They were a bit of a purchase on a whim because they were £2 and I haven't owned shorts since I was a teenager and significantly slimmer. They'll be fine for walking the dog in the summer or just lazing about, right? I'm kind of having buyers remorse because my legs are so wide and I'm so pale. Tell me it will be fine and reiterate over and over again never to wear denim shorts with tights. Ever.

16 comments:

  1. I LOVE this post! I've always had a thing for charity shops, I actually work in one part time at the moment and I find so many bargains! That necklace is gorgeous :-)

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    1. I'd love to work in one. I've been thinking of volunteering in my favourite of the local ones this year for a few months xo

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  2. I work in a charity shop too! One of my favourite ones ^.^ ironically I'm off to pick up a blouse I put aside at work on Saturday!

    You found some gems! Especially the necklace! And I'm sure you'll look amazing in your shorts :)

    XOXO Sade

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    1. I'm pretty sure that all the best people work in thrifty and creative places! Yes, I consider a charity shop to be a creative place too! I've picked up some gorgeous blouses from charity shops - perhaps I should make a post about my favourite charity shop outfits? Make it like a feature? Or favourite finds incorporated into outfits?

      xo

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  3. That necklace sure is pretty
    xoxo

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  4. Looks awesome! I never seem to find any bargains for me but always for the kiddies so at least they are finding some treasures. Great hunting!

    Rhiannon x

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    1. There's a gorgeous floral and polka dot dress there but it's age 2-3 and I'm not sure if Amelia will fit into it :( I'm quite sad about it! xo

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  5. I love charity shopping, have done since my early teens when I used to spend my Saturdays with my grandmother in town rooting around for bargains. I hate not being able to do it at the moment with the buggy but soon as little miss is walking properly I will be back.

    What amazing finds! That is such a cute skirt for your daughter! Also love the necklace and H&M jumper!

    Amy x cocktailsinteacups.com

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  6. I'm a huge fan of charity shopping too, it's strange how it's suddenly become acceptable isn't it? You picked up done great stuff though, well done you!

    Kate
    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

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  7. I absolutely love knitted cardigans for the kids , great finds !

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  8. It's ALL about the charity shops. Thank goodness people have more money than sense where I live, charity shops are full of barely worn designer stuff!

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  9. I love my garden shorts, I will never wear them outside of my own home or garden, but they are wonderful! Embrace the pasty legs!

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  10. A charity shop / carboot / primark are always winners in my eyes! You've got some great stuff there! x

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  11. I love this post! I love love love bargains and seeing what you got for your money. I want to go to a charity shop now. I never seem to have much luck :( I wanna go now though until I find good buys
    http://cutepandaa.blogspot.co.uk
    xx

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  12. I really need to start charity shop shopping! Great bargain buys and I'm sure the shorts will look lovely on you. x

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