Monday, 1 February 2016

The Buyer's Archive - January

shetland sweater cardigan multi coloured fair isle charity shop vintage

Two years ago, I started tracking my spending on everything that went into my wardrobe to see exactly how much of my outgoings went on non-essential items.  It's been an interesting experiment and one I plan to continue indefinitely.  Check out my journey here.

I was quite focused on getting some money into my savings account in January.  Between Christmas money, some gift vouchers for the supermarket and an impending council tax refund, I did pretty well and managed to stash away over half my pay.  I think because I was in a non-spending mindset, I naturally gravitated away from the shops (and towards the library, funnily enough - I've read many books since Christmas!)  More about that in a minute though.  First, here's how last January's purchases have held up...

M&S lambswool mens cardigan tesco finest cashmere jumper sweater charity shop

M&S lambswool cardigan via charity shop - £4
I haven't worn this one so much recently since the material is quite thin, but it's a favourite when the temperatures aren't quite so low.  I had to patch up one of the elbows a few months ago and I'm not sure it'll last another year but I'm quite happy to wear it until it falls apart.  I remember pairing the cardigan with everything in the summer, plus it has all-important pockets!

Tesco Finest cashmere jumper via charity shop - £4
As much as I like this sweater in theory, the sleeves are just on the tip of being too short.  Even though I tend to walk about with my sleeves rolled up, then down, then up, then down... they still annoy me a bit.  Like I said last year, it does go well paired with something less fitted on my bottom half, like wide legged jeans, but I'm not sure I wear those styles enough to justify giving the sweater wardrobe space.  I think I'll make an effort to wear it more this month then make a decision.

2015's January spend came to £8 and this year's wasn't much above that, even if I did make a slightly impractical purchase...

shetland coloured fair isle vintage cardigan charity shop

Shetland wool cardigan via charity shop - £4.49
Obviously, this wasn't the impractical purchase.  The last thing I needed was another knit in my life, except that this one came from Shetland and has ALL THE COLOURS and omg of course I needed it!  I've worn it a few times already despite a few holes needing patched up, but I couldn't wait.  I found it on beach/cake day so evidently the universe was smiling on me.

M&S white canvas summer shoes plimsolls retro vintage style strap

M&S canvas shoes via eBay - £7.80 (£5 plus £2.80 postage)
Summer shoes.  I bought summer shoes.  I'm pretty sure I live in a country that requires me to have way less nice weather shoes than rotten weather shoes, and, looking at my wardrobe, I definitely have that round the wrong way.  I'm still not sure what possessed me to look for shoes on eBay but I buy most of my footwear in M&S anyway, so I was fairly confident that they'd fit.  I liked the retro style, the newness and the fact that no-one had bid on them with two minutes to go.  I'm a little miffed that I won't get to wear them out for months, but I'm already picturing them on a beach somewhere.

This January I spent £12.29.  Another nice low total and a couple of good wardrobe additions.  As far as the rest of my spending went, all I bought were craft supplies - yarn from the charity shops and a few bits in Remnant Kings for projects I have planned (and one I already made up).  I should probably work on knitting my stash down now - it's getting a bit out of control with all these yarn bargains!

Has anyone joined in this month?  Leave me your links and I'll share them on Twitter!


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