Thursday, 7 May 2015

The Buyer's Archive - April

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.  I kind of kept forgetting to post about last month's purchases - especially unusual considering I found possibly the best dress ever and I'm not shy about showing off my favourite finds!  More on that in a minute though...

Last year's April purchases were pretty tame, probably in a response to the March Madness that seems to come over me each year!  There were a mere three purchases, of which I pictures.  You'll be able to use your imagination here, trust me.

  • H&M basics long grey tshirt - £5.99 - I wore this with leggings a lot in the winter and it's one of my favourite things to throw on and not look like a total scruff.  It's about the same length as the chunky jumper I never took off all through the cold season so they worked well together for layering.
  • M&S black and white bras (£15) and black padded bra (£18) - Ah, the bi-yearly bra restock.  I love the black and white set and wear them all the time.  I only buy black or white underwear so it keeps things easy!  I actually have two of the black padded bra now - I have a slightly unusual size so I always go to M&S since I know I'll find something to fit if I try on enough styles.  I really like the fit of this bra but the padding has started curling out at the top on each, so it doesn't give a smooth line under clothing now.  I'm not sure if it's due to washing, wear or both, but it's about time they were replaced anyway. 

So, total spend for April 2014 was £38.99.  A good deal considering all four items are in constant rotation and have (mostly) held up to the wear.  Now for the recent purchases...

  •  Blue floral vintage dress from charity shop - £3.50 - I found this at Easter when I was staying with my mum and I was pretty pleased with myself.  It's not often I find my size in vintage charity shop clothing, and especially not in something that's totally my style (blue! floral! long enough!).  This dress was basking in my love until something even better showed itself...
  • Vintage floral shirt dress from charity shop - £5.50 - THIS DRESS.  I'm just gonna tell a huge story here so sit back and relax.  Picture the scene - I'm walking to the supermarket and decide I'll let myself go into just one charity shop, the full extent of last month's purchases fresh in my mind.  I go into the first one I come to, admittedly the scene of a few bargains in the past, but I'm feeling strong.  I look up from browsing the mens section and something pretty catches my eye on the dress rail.  But... there's a woman with a pram blocking the entire area.  'No biggie' I think, taking her in, noting that our styles couldn't be more different, but she's still taking her sweet time in front of that rail.  After the longest ten seconds ever, she moved and I pounced.  And there it was.  Floral.  Knee length.  Perfect 'eighties does fifties' style.  IN MY SIZE.  In other words, my dream dress.  I then proceed to have a tiny inward panic when I realise that a size ten from thirty years ago is not the same as a size ten today, as my waist and boobs can account for.  Luckily, this shop has a fitting room.  Praise the charity shop gods!  I was in there in a flash, stripping off and struggling into that flowery cloud of fabric.  Guess what?  It fit perfectly!  Yes, there was twirling.  I was changed and handing over my money as quickly as I could before it somehow escaped my grasp.  And that's the story of how I now look like an extra in The Darling Buds of May.

  • Mens wool cardigan from charity shop - £4 - I need precisely zero more cardigans.  I have nothing green in my wardrobe.  Well, besides another cardigan.  And yet.  This was just too giant and cosy looking to turn down.  In my defense, I'd been in every charity shop in the west end that day on a jaunt with my friend and this was the only thing I bought.  Talk about willpower.  (Honestly, there just wasn't many good pickings, but feel free to believe I'm a saint.)
  • M&S black reversible slip (£19.50) and white padded bra (£8.99) - I needed a new black slip and happened to come across a white bra in my size on sale when I was in there.  This story sounds pretty boring in comparison to the dress one, eh? 

This might be the best shopping month of the year so far!  I love everything I got, and I even had a £25 M&S voucher from Mother, which absorbed most of the cost in there.  Total spend for this April was... £16.49.  That is freaking awesome.  What is not so awesome is the extreme tight fit my wardrobe finds itself in since I switched my winter clothes for my summer ones.  Sure, most of the stuff is in there year round, but the dress and trouser section swells quite substantially in the warmer weather, meaning my already smaller than average closet is struggling to cope.  Looks like it'll be new outfits every day for a while!

(Janet's joining me again this month - check out her lovely purchases here.)


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