Thursday, 4 June 2009

second hand rose

Today I am joining in a little show and tell and helping Katie krackernuts with her challenge to wear second-hand and op shop purchased clothing and accessories to save money, cut textile waste and reduce the consumption of carbon-emitting fashion product.

The contribution, my thrifted happy day dress and shoes. Most of my favorite possessions had a former life in someone else's home or closet. When I was younger and studying at college there was no consumerists paradise like Primark or Peacocks chucking out disposable clothing to spend my weekly allowance on and Sainsbury's just sold groceries (thankfully), I was an avid charity shop riffler, these days it's more vintage shops and antique stores. The 1970's dress was about £12 from a second hand shop and gold disco shoes were £2!! from a charity shop that supports our local Hospice.

The shoes have a crack in the sole now from too many nights out dancing but I will still hold on to them, how could I not? The dress is still going strong and I pull it out of my wardrobe every summer. The floaty sleeves keep me cool and the bright red colour makes me smile.

The way my budget is heading I am lucky I wear a uniform five days a week and on those treasured days off I will be a happy second hand rose, all summer and well into Autumn.

If you would like to raid your wardrobe and write about your best second hand fashion buys and where you got them, remember to link to Kate's 1 degree op shop challenge in your post.

Hooray for thrift!

13 comments:

Patchwork Harmony said...

love this post, totally agree, so much more fun rifling in charity/vintage shop than a quick unthoughtful Primark purchase that falls apart after a week.
and those photos are wicked!

xxx

darling savage said...

yay for secondhand clothes! most of my wardrobe is secondhand, it's always fun {and cheaper} to buy used goods. i think i shall blog on this subject too...

katiecrackernuts said...

Oi, you are a thrift shopper extraordinaire. That dress is fabulous, and the shoes. I am swooning over the shoes.

A Bun Can Dance said...

This is a great idea for a blog entry and I'll certainly join in! What fun.
As for me, I can't walk past a charity shop and I'm usually in our local ones at least twice every week! As you say, some of my favourite clothes are pass-ons or from charity shops. I love it and so does my bank balance!
I love your dress and shoes....
D x

Susannah said...

that dress is simply divine!

Gstar said...

What a gorgeous dress! Loving the colour and the sleeves.

It's funny you should say that about Primark, I was just talking to a friend the other day and was saying pretty much the same thing. I didn't have the paitence to go thrifting in those days so it was a case of just saving up and then buying the odd item when needed. I'm glad I've discovered the joys of thrifting now though ;)

Gx

umama said...

Shoes on the table... so you! I need to find a good thrift store in my area.. way to many cute goodies out there!

Rhia said...

Thrifting is one of my favourite hobbies =) most of my clothing is either thrifted or selfmade. And many of my shoes are thrifted aswell. One good point in thrifting is that you get unique stuff no-one else has =) and many old garments are made more durable and high quality ways than new fast-forward fashion.

Kristina * said...

what a fabulous dress and gorgeous shoes, too! have been looking for a dress like that for months now. just hoping it's out there waiting for me somewhere :)

love the idea of buying vintage and of posting one's favourite thrift pieces. might just join in - think i'll have to browse through my wardrobe then...

Conversation Pieces said...

Love your dress! That's so beautiful!! A great idea for a post :)

Grace Albaugh said...

I love second hand stores. In fact I'm wearing one of my finds as I sit here and write this. I go to my favorite shop on Tuesdays when items with certain colored tags are sold for only $1.49 It's wonderful!

Relyn said...

What a terrific idea. Your finds are marvelous. I generally buy far more used books than clothes, or anything else. Of course, I buy more new books than clothes, or anything else.

Maggie May said...

love your shots, really pretty