Thursday, 26 February 2015

The Buyer's Archive - February

Last year I started keeping a note of the clothes I was buying.  My spending habits had decreased in recent times and I was craving more space and less stuff.  Being mindful about what my money went on with regards to non necessities seemed like the logical place to start.  I had an idea to compare my purchases from this time last year to the ones I've made this year and see if there's any change, and if I wasted my money on stuff that didn't last, or that I changed my mind about.  Last month I just talked clothing, but for the new purchases I'll be discussing everything my pennies went on from now on.

Here's what I bought last February...



  • H&M mens purple cardigan - £7 - This was worn a lot until a few months ago, when I started favouring thicker knits in my freezing office.  The heating is pretty much working again though so I can definitely get it back into rotation.
  • Topman tan pleat belt - £3 - I rarely wear belts so I'm not quite sure what possessed me to buy this...I like it with my summer dresses and skirts, which tend to be more fitted than my usual style, and it's good with jeans on the rare occasions I wear a shorter top.  Otherwise there's that lovely belt lump sticking out...
  • H&M stacking ring set - £5.99 - I coveted a set of rings like this for ages (damn you Pinterest) and I loved wearing them...until the inevitable 'green finger syndrome' associated with cheap jewellery appeared.  It doesn't stop me wearing them (albeit for shorter times) but again, it's about remembering to actually put them on.  I'm a bit clumsy for wearing jewellery to work - the amount of times I've walked into a handle or corner on my own desk is pretty embarrassing.

So, that brings my spend for February 2014 in at... £15.99.  Reasonable, but maybe not filled with the most practical of items.  I'm giving myself a pass here though - the odd pretty things are excusable.

Most of my February purchases from this year were made in the past week or so.  Let's start with the wearables...


  • Vintage floral dress from charity shop - £3 - This is the only wardrobe related item I spent money on this month, although I did try on a few things in M&S with the view to buying a knee length denim skirt.  The only one I vaguely liked was this Limited Collection number, the rest were a bit strange fitting.  The dress was found in Bathgate and Tam's mum swears she had an identical one in the 80s.  I love the design and it fits great, although the sleeves will be getting chopped and maybe the skirt shape will be changed.  I'm planning a day with my sewing machine soon so time will tell how it ends up.  I know for sure that the shoulder pads are on the way out anyway...



  • All books from charity shops - price from 50p to £2 each - I'm collecting up the Outlander books as my next series to read.  Ordering books from Glasgow Libraries is proving a bit of a challenge so I decided to look for these in the charity shops and, completely against the usual laws of charity shopping, I'm actually finding what I'm looking for.  I now have four of the eight books in the series, so hopefully I actually like it!  I picked up The Thief Lord for 50p in the same shop as the dress - I like Cornelia Funke's books for an easy fantasy read, and this one is turning out good based on the first few chapters.  And Pawnee by Leslie Knope, because I got my friend a copy when it came out and still haven't read it myself, and Parks and Recreation is one of the best things on TV, so the book can't fail to be awesome, right?



  • Staedtler fineliners 20 pack from Ryman - £8.99 - I've had my eye on a set of these pens for a while but couldn't justify the price for a hobby I only do once in a while.  We were passing Rymans on Sunday and I noticed they were half price.  Sold!
  • Pretzel stitch markers from Abso-Knitting-Lutely - £8.50 - I've been talking to Nadia on Twitter for a while and admiring her creations from afar, but I had to get myself a set of these stitch markers when she posted a pic of them in the making.  I was also getting Tam's mum the fox ones for her birthday so it wasn't a completely selfish purchase...  I think mine have sold out now but there's so many other good designs on there.
  • Fluffy red wool from charity shop 50p - Multicoloured thread from The Works £1 - I remembered a knitted gnome design I'd seen in a book and thought I'd use the fluffy wool to make his beard, if I ever get round to the actual making of the rest of him.  And I love multi coloured craft things, so the thread had to be mine.  Both impulse buys, but I've already thought up a couple of projects for them, so not a total loss.
Total spend in February was £28.48.  The majority of my purchases were second hand, and one supported a small business, so I can't feel too guilty about buying a bit of a pile of things.  If I'm feeling very generous, I'll even share my fancy pens with Tam...

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