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Yesterday was a lovely sunny day in Leicester, and it saw the start of the car boot season! I’m a sucker for a good car boot, so I forewent my Sunday lie-in and headed to Measham car boot, with a purse full of change, to see what treasures I could find. As I expected, it was VERY busy, and though there were hundreds of stalls I only came away with a few bits and pieces. In fact, all I bought was some pins and a tape measure for my sewing projects, which I’m pleased about as I needed them and they were an absolute bargain, and the best bargain of all… a real leather Topshop bag, which cost the princely sum of just £1!
Admittedly, the bag is showing a few signs of use (a couple of studs are missing and the lining has been stitched in one place), but the leather is beautifully soft and in excellent condition, and it still has plenty of wear left in it. I love the slightly slouchy style too. I’d been looking for a generously sized plain black leather shoulder bag for months, and this is ideal. It’s really roomy, with a large main compartment and smaller side and internal pockets – perfect for work or a shopping trip.
Will you be going car booting this year? What do you hope to find?
As my regular readers will know, I’m always on the hunt for a bargain, and last week something special caught my eye through the window of my local Oxfam charity shop – a gorgeous little bag with a rabbit motif on the front. Unfortunately the shop was closed, but I knew I needed that bag, so the next morning I whizzed on down to buy it, with my fingers firmly crossed in the hope that it hadn’t already been sold. Luckily it hadn’t, and I was surprised to find that a) it was an ASOS bag (I half expected it to be from Primark), and b) it looked brand new!
A quick Google search revealed that, though ASOS no longer stock this bag, it was quite a popular design last Autumn/Winter, and cost £20.00 on their website, and is regularly being sold on eBay second-hand for close to that. I paid the small sum of £4.99 for mine, which I’m very pleased with considering it looks new!
The bag itself is made of mink coloured faux leather and is also lined. It has a nice sturdy shape to it and is accented with gold corners and, of course, that beautiful little rabbit motif. The strap is long so it fits across the body, and adjusts with a buckle. I just love it, and though it’s not a colour I’d usually wear, it’s neutral enough to go with almost anything.
What do you think of this thrifty find?
As I’m sure you all know by now, I love a good bargain. I’m a big fan of browsing eBay, charity shops and car boot sales for thrifty finds and I’ve recently had quite a few, so, I have decided to introduce a new feature to my blog! Every few weeks, or whenever I’ve gathered enough budget buys, I will post my Thrifty Finds for you all to see. Today is chapter one, and I will be sharing all the clothes I’ve picked up cheap this week. I apologise in advance for the bad pictures – taking photos of what you’re wearing is difficult, especially when there’s nowhere to balance the camera to put it on timer! My sister did come along and help in the end but they still didn’t turn out very well.
First up, dresses. I wear dresses throughout the year, just dressed up or down depending on the season, so I’m always on the look out for pretty new pieces to add to my wardrobe. These three dresses were all from eBay.
Black shift dress with silver skull print. £3.64 including postage.
Ditsy Tea Dress. £4.49 including postage.
Red Skater Dress with Black Bow Print. £3.70 including postage.
I also bought this brand new top this week from a charity shop. I hope I can get some wear out of it before summer ends!
Floral Print Sun Top. £2.99.
The last two items I bought in anticipation of Autumn. The purple one was from a charity shop, and the deer print jumper I bought today from a car boot sale. Both are previously unworn.
(Sorry if this just looks like a close up of my boobs… I really couldn’t get a good photo of it! It shows the detail on the top nicely though).
Purple Jumper Dress. £3.00.
Brown Deer Print Jumper. £1.00.
And that’s everything! Although I did find two very rare books in a charity shop earlier this week as well… They were £3 each, but I’ve seen them going on the internet for £150 each – amazing! Do you like thrifting too?