It started with a skirt.
It was £1.99 from the local British Red Cross charity shop. I picked it up and swooned at the bargain price for a Next Special Purchase item.
Famous amongst my friends for ‘not doing stripes’ I thought that this little beauty could turn things around… but when I got home on that fateful June afternoon the size 16 mini skirt wouldn’t go anywhere near me.
I felt betrayed by my own body.
Then I felt fat.
And then I felt sad.
And then things got much, much worse to a point where I gained a whole dress size in a month because I was so down about my size. Logic? I know…
By July 2015 I had stopped shopping because I refused to buy size 18’s and 20’s. Instead I joined Slimming World and changed my life – you can read more about my journey here – and the rest as they say is history.
Since then I have been even more passionate about paying less for clothes. I love a good rummage and a bargain even more – but I do draw the line at the Next sale… I just haven’t got the 4 am start kind of fight in me. Plus thrifting is just so much more sustainable!
My thrifting buddy and I have a general rule that anything second hand that cost over £5 either needs to be something much coveted or designer.
So with this in mind, I thought that I would link up with Julia at Rainbeaubelle again and share my FIVE under £5…
My Top FIVE Thrift Items Under £5
1. Monochrome Butterfly Print Top – Florence and Fred
£1.99 Clare’s House
Easily matched with skirts, trousers or jeans – I love how versatile this top is with colours. Oh how I love when things are black and white and
red yellow all over. I wear this top for work a lot on those days that I have ‘nothing to wear’.
2. Yellow Jersey Skater Skirt – Dorothy Perkins
50p Car Boot
I’ve had this for a long time, but did stop wearing it for a while because the skater cut doesn’t disguise tummies so well. Well worth the price tag and has washed like a dream. I love yellow but it doesn’t suit me and so I can wear it on my bottom half without looking washed out.
3. Brown canvas ankle tie wedges – Per Una
£1.99 British Red Cross
I think these look great with a skirt or under a flared pair of jeans – but I will admit they are slightly evil after a few hours… but look how pretty?!
4. Blue Floral Shirt Dress – LK Bennett
FREE – Gifted by a friend
I have a friend at work that skinnied right the way down from a size 14 to a 10 over a year. She very, VERY kindly gifted me a bag full of items as gorgeous of these and didn’t want anything in return. WHAT A GAL… I paid her in coffee and she seemed pretty pleased with that.
This is a little on the big size for a size 14 but some day’s I really don’t want to wear fitted. This dress is great on it’s own, with tights or leggings. Great for a family day out.
5. Blue Funnel Neck Crop Sweater – Zara
£1 – Jospice
I nearly didn’t buy this because it is a size 12. Slimmer? Yes! But a size 12 top I am not! I wear this super soft funnel neck to layer over the top of dresses and pretty peplum tops. It was one of my favourite winter items and will be kept safe in the bottom drawer
if when the summer arrives.
Having such a large bosom, I do have to be careful how I wear cropped items as they do sometimes make me look very square!
So there we have my five under £5 – What do you think?
Do you shop charity shops?
Thanks so much for reading: It started with a skirt… Five under £5
Love and charity shop luck!