It’s a question of attitude…

I had a conversation via Facebook with an old acquaintance last week. She has six children and has recently split up with her husband. Not surprisingly, money is now quite tight! She is putting on a bit of weight due to a medical condition too, and was worrying about having to find the money to buy new clothes. I told her that I bought a lot of my clothes on eBay secondhand. I could tell she was quietly appalled at the prospect of wearing other people’s cast offs! I wasn’t offended. A lot of people feel the same I’m sure.

Some of my recent finds

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 Looking in my wardrobe, it’s tricky to find much that was purchased new, apart from shoes (I have wide feet and need comfort!), underwear and a few basic vests and tops from Primark.

I don’t feel hard done by though. I love  a bargain! I have found so many beautiful and excellent quality items in charity shops, at boot sales and online.  I own plenty of xcellent brands like Monsoon, Per Una, Laura Ashley and even Phase Eight. I wouldn’t have been able to afford to  buy these from new. I can’t believe what some folk buy and then discard – more money than sense!

My friend sees buying secondhand as a failure, I see it as  victory. It’s all question of attitude!

12 thoughts on “It’s a question of attitude…

  1. Glenda Smith

    I love secondhand because you never look like the person next to you.
    Have you ever been to a gathering where two (normally) women wearing the same outfit? You can see people judging who wears it better. That’s not going to happen to me! LOL

  2. Claire@homesweethome2015

    I quite agree, why spend £50 on something when you can get it for £5! I’ve always said even if I win the lottery (oh god, please) I would still visit charity shops and car boots. It’s all part of the fun, not knowing what you are going to come home with! Xx

  3. vintagesinger

    I agree with you – I see finding something good in a charity shop as a real whoop whoop moment, like you I got for names that I wouldn’t buy brand new because they are too expensive, I have found the odd Phase Eight garment, Laura Ashley, East, Hobbs – once I even found a pair of never worn LK Bennett shoes, what’s not to like!

  4. Lizzie

    Agree completely! I recently got a pair of “Land Rover” jeans style trousers in a charity shop for £1! They fit perfectly and look really nice. I buy most of my clothes in charity shops and I see lots of different types of people in there buying. One quite posh bloke in the Red Cross shop last week was buying trousers! Sensible man I thought!

  5. Pauline

    I went to my sister’s wedding at a resort in Mexico. I wore a Monsoon dress with brand new Bally shoes – all for £5 – from our local charity shop. I think someone else bought it for a wedding and didn’t go. I couldn’t tell my sister though who would be appalled that I wore something from a charity shop to her wedding – so I told her it was from a little local shop. When she came to visit last year she wanted to know where this shop was so she could go shopping there. I had to lie and say it had closed down. 🙂

  6. Amanda A

    So agree! Looking at my wardrobe there’s hardly anything that I’ve bought brand new but still there are good quality and beautiful items from Moonsoon, Wallis, John Lewis, NEXT & M&S – who would know!?
    The only brand new items I buy are knickers and bras (I have big boobs and need decent supporting bras which I find is very rare to find in my ridiculous size!)

    My son has OH wear mainly charity shops clothes from jeans, shirts and hoodies – charity shop all the way for me now! 🙂

  7. L Hughes

    Love a good charity shop find! Some of my bargains are unworn with original tags on (more money than sense!). I have had Laura Ashley, Monsoon, Boden,Coast, Fenn Wright Manson and Per Una in my purchases.

  8. tjparis

    I applaud your sense and sense of adventure. I would rather search for lost treasures than pay top dollar for items that everyone else can buy. I also like the fact that you are not overwhelmed with choice if you shop secondhand. With 5 kids we had to make do and now all of our kids love he thrill of finding a treasure or two of their own. Great blog and best wishes to you!

  9. tjparis

    I applaud your sense and sense of adventure. I would rather search for lost treasures than pay top dollar for items that everyone else can buy. I also like the fact that you are not overwhelmed with choice if you shop secondhand. With 5 kids we had to make do and now all of our kids love he thrill of finding a treasure or two of their own. Great blog and best wishes to you!

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