Tuesday, 28 July 2020


It was just warm enough to wear this dress on Saturday before a thunder storm with torrential rain drove everyone indoors mid afternoon.
I bought it from a charity shop last autumn for about £2 in an end of summer clearance sale and it found its way to the back of my wardrobe and I forgot about it. It started life in Next.

I am in two minds about keeping it. I quite like the pattern but I am not convinced about the style looks on me. It is also shorter than I prefer.

My teenage daughter, Hannah, quite likes it so I may donate it to her. It will probably look better on a younger person!

Tuesday, 21 July 2020

Charity Shop Dress

I am so pleased more and more charity shops are now reopening. I couldn't resist a tour of the shops over the weekend, proceeding with caution due to the social distancing and other Covid 19 restrictions.

I bought one sleeveless dress in a purple and white floral design with a black belt and edging. It was new to M & S and cost me £4.50.

I wore it on Sunday afternoon and Hannah took some photos which will also be added to her college portfolio.

Tuesday, 14 July 2020

Back Again!

I am so pleased to have something to post again!

Our charity shops are opening again with social distancing restrictions. Only two customers are allowed in at the same time and you can't try on garments in the changing rooms. Some of the rails have also been removed to create more space.

As from next week we will have to wear face masks when entering shops.

I could not wait to have a look in my favourite shop as soon as it opened and just had to buy something. I chose this sleeveless summer dress with a largely blue floral pattern. It is a little shorter than I prefer but it only cost £3.00.

We just need some warm summer weather now so that I can wear it.

Hannah got me to wear it on Sunday so that she could complete a photo shoot for a college project - hence the rather strange pose!

Sunday, 10 May 2020

Woollen Top.

I am hopeful that our charity shops will be allowed to reopen within the next month with appropriate social distancing arrangements as I am now experiencing real withdrawal symptoms at not being able to browse in my favourite charity shops for nearly 8 weeks now. People's health is far more important of course though as we strive to beat this terrible virus.

One item that I bought some time ago but never got around to posting is this black top in a thin woollen material with a silver leaf pattern around the neck. I would have paid around £2.50 for it and I have worn it several times at weekends.

I am wearing it here with my dark grey trousers.

I hope that you like this top.

Sunday, 3 May 2020

Lilac Dress

With charity shops being closed for over six weeks now, I have severe withdrawal symptoms being a charity shop addict. Hopefully the lock down will soon start to be relaxed here in the UK with appropriate safeguards and non-food shops will start to reopen perhaps by the end of this month.

I have been search through pictures taken during the last few years to try to find some outfits that I didn't get around to posting on my blog. I found this lilac patterned dress. It is knee length and sleeveless. Features include the decorative belt and wide pleats.
The colour is not so good in the sideways view which may be why I didn't post earlier. The dress does not have a manufacturer's label but it would have cost me about £4.00 to £4.50. The shoes are Clark's.

Monday, 20 April 2020

Another Dress

I hope that you are all keeping well in these challenging times. It seems like we have been in lock down for ever but it is actually four weeks ago this evening.

I have really missed meeting my friends and colleagues - working from home is not the same (but I don't miss the journey to the office when the roads are congested) but of course it is essential to keep everyone safe.

It is five weeks since the charity shops closed and I think that I am recovering from my withdrawal symptoms of not being able to have my almost daily search for bargains during my lunchtime.

I have found these pictures of yet another turquoise dress that Hannah took probably over a year ago. You couldn't possibly guess that turquoise is my favourite colour.

This dress is knee length, which I prefer, and has a St Michael label. It would have cost me about £4. I found it in the back of my wardrobe after seeing it in these pictures and will definitely wear it again when we can go out and about again this summer.

Monday, 13 April 2020

Summer Dress

With all charity shops currently closed, I have no new finds to show you so I am currently going through some photos that I did not get around to posting last year.

Firstly this summer dress. As regular readers will know, turquoise is one of my favourite colours so I quickly bought this dress as soon as I spotted it in my size. It was priced at £4.00 and I rather liked the pattern.

It was slightly shorter than I would have liked and virtually sleeveless but I thought I could wear it in cooler weather with a cream or white cardigan.

However I was too quick in buying it and should have examined it more carefully as there was a flaw on the back. A slight hole! I am sure not too many people would have noticed it but once I spotted it I would have felt self conscious in wearing it. I donated it back to the shop pointing out the hole and no doubt they put it in their recycling bags.

Have you ever made mistakes when buying clothes?