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Top tops, low price…

Top tops, low price...

So, I know a lot of people say they can never find things they like in charity shops, and others who wouldn’t go into one for fear of being seen looking at second hand clothes. After some particular success today I thought it would be good to show the quality of clothing you can get in the hope of convincing you that you really do NOT need to spend crazy amounts on labels you love!

On a break from Uni today I took a stroll down to the Scope shop in Camberwell High Street to see what they had on offer… And scored a few bargains! Inspired by my success, I also stopped a the big Barnardo’s in Brixton and picked up a few more things.

I should mention that these items are labelled Jigsaw (cardigan), Promod (sleeveless blouse), and Warehouse (purple long sleeved blouse). You may also be interested to know that the unpleasant long sleeved blouse is current season and selling in their stores for £40.00!

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5 Days to Go – Have I been brainwashed?

I have five days until I start this challenge… an entire year of buying only second-hand clothing.. it’s a great challenge, will make me feel good about my impact and interaction with this planet and will also have a positive impact on charities I will be supporting every time I spend in one of their shops…

…..so why am I having an overwhelming urge to go to a shopping precinct and spend-spend-spend as though I will have nothing to wear for the next year? I have long loved buying vintage clothing and yet this self-imposed ban has me realising exactly how brainwashed I have become by living in this consumer society which places importance on fashion and image over many other very important issues (like… say…i don’t know…. health. substance. wellbeing. the future of the planet….).

I am resisting these urges to go out on a spending spree to rival Katie Holmes’ reported recent 6-month $10m spree (its okay – it wasn’t on herself, it was on her six-year-old daughter!). After all –  it is not like I am also throwing out all of the perfectly acceptable and useful items of clothing sitting in my closet*… so why does it feel like it?

 

*okay… some are on the floor…

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