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
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!