Screw the Sales, Hit the Charity Shops.

Arrghhhh, every one is going sale and bargain mad now it’s the post Christmas spending meltdown season. I did have a little look in the sales and picked up a few bits and bobs but after about 3 shops I just decided to head to the Charity Shops instead! If I didn’t want anything on the high street full price, I don’t know why sales are even tempting me?! Newcastle Under Lyme is great for Charity Shop shopping and in the Douglas Macmillan one I always find so many Laura Ashley garments, including my favourite tweed skirt ever (which mother accidentally shrunk!!). I didn’t have anything in mind when going into the shops but there always seems to be this person who magically wears the same size as me and likes to drop off designer and expensive pieces now and again. And as I’ve mentioned they’re always a wash with Laura Ashley things!

The most exciting thing I picked up was this Paul & Joe Blazer. I think it’s one of those brands a lot of people (particularly old dears in Stoke) haven’t heard of and to be honest neither had I until a few years ago when they released those cat shaped lipsticks. I knew they were a clothing brand originally though and when I saw this for a fiver on my way out of the shop I swooped and got it!! When I got home and googled it the same one but in pink was coming up for ยฃ400!!!!!! FOUR HUNDRED QUID!! But reduced to 200odd in a sale. And I paid a fiver? Are you kidding me?!!? It is a little tight though and I can’t quite fasten the button (I think it’s a size 6/8) but it’s still very flattering open and looks so nice on (outfit post imminent in the future!)

I went a bit mad on velvet too when in the Charity Shops and spotted this Edinburgh Woollen Mill velvet… uhm, jacket/shirt/blazer? It cost ยฃ3.99 and it a lovely deep purple colour. It’s perfect for what I wanted it for too, as it’s a size 12 so comes in really loose fitting and covers my bum a bit! It’s really soft and lovely to wear. I wanted something like this to wear with leggings as they’re my new obsession of late and I’m always a bit paranoid about my bum sticking out so this is a winner all round.

And finally this Laura Ashley Velvet dress!! It was a little pricey…. at ยฃ8 but I bought it anyway and I just loved the deep wine colour. It’s a size 10 but I’ve found particularly older cuts from Laura Ashley are a little more fitted so I do have to breathe in slightly to zip it up! I almost put it back because of the length though…..

However, it was nothing a bit of wonderweb and some hair straighteners didn’t solve!! (I don’t have an iron) I just cut around the length I wanted the dress to be, folded it up, got the hair straighteners to make the crease then popped the wonderweb in and went over it again with the straighteners, voilรก! New dress new dress! I know these pictures aren’t very good but it was around 9pm last night I decided to alter it so it’s the best I’m taking for now, proper outfit post will come soon though!

Have you picked up any bargains in the ALL SEASON sale? Aka the Charity Shops. I did spend some of the Christmas money my nan gave to me on these things so it made me feel very lovely that I didn’t waste the money on things which were completely useless and the money has gone into a very good cause.


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Hannah Isted
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Love this post! The colours are gorgeous! I've just written a post about my charity shop bargains, i got a blazer too!
Hannah x

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Dot (Claire)
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I absolutely love what you've done to the dress! Perfect.

Cannot believe you found that Paul and Joe blazer in there. xx

Hollie-Anne
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Your Laura Ashley dress is HOT. Like, you look INCREDIBLE!

Mimi
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you got some amazing stuff here! ๐Ÿ˜€

<3, Mimi
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StaceyFacex
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That's very true, I never really thought about it like that! I just wanted to stop by and say that I think you're very beautiful, your photo at the top is just lovely ๐Ÿ™‚ I'm having a giveaway if you'd like to enter ๐Ÿ™‚ http://improvisedintentions.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/christmas-giveaway.html Hope you have a good NYE! xx

daisychain
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That dress is AMAZING! the charity shops in my town are dire, never anything good and ALWAYS overpriced.

Em
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I am a charity shop addict at the moment Terri! How amazing is that blazer!!!

Em

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Lucy Old
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This is amazing!
I literally cannot get over how cheap this all was, for such beautiful items.
I never find anything ๐Ÿ™

Louminous

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Iona Bellingham-Baird
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I love love love that Laura Ashley dress, especially now you've shortened it! I've love charity shops for granny jumpers and cardigans are dirt cheap prices ๐Ÿ™‚ when I lived in Australia I loved shopping at Savers (a charity shop superstore!) ๐Ÿ™‚ love your post ๐Ÿ™‚ x

Gemma Tossell
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Love what you've done with the dress! Totally brought it into another era! x

Cassandra
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Ah perfect DIY going on there. Love the colour of the dress and the blazer xx

ABI
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I wish we had charity shops in spain… I absolutely love them!! You always find great bargains! I love the blazers and with the rest of the velvet fabric from the dress you can make a bag or a purse ๐Ÿ™‚

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I cannot believe you found a Paul and Joe blazer in a charity shop. This is my exact facial expression :O

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Sophie
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Wow, you've worked wonders on that dress, it looks stunning now! ๐Ÿ™‚

Beauty's Bad Habit
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That velvet jacket is AMAZING. I've been wanting one forever but they're either hard to find or crazy expensive when you do :/ Nice find!

Sarah Winder
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Might have to take a look in Newcastle. Hanley charity shops are rubbish

Sarah Harradine
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Oh I forgot – my pleather trousers are Oasis, they're ยฃ20 in the sale right now.
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Sarah Harradine
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Weren't you looking for a dress like that?! I feel that sometimes the charity shops call you and you HAVE to go, and you find everything you've been dreaming of and more.

Crewe's good for chazzas too, if you're ever round that way.
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Gill at Gillian, Etc
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This is the best post EVER. I love charity shops although I need to travel quite a bit for them and we never seem to have any massive bargains (its all George at ASDA and New Look aha!) but there's nothing better than a rummage around in a charity shop ๐Ÿ™‚

Love,
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