Admit it - you love a challenge. In fact, your fervour for challenges is only superseded by one thing...
the thrill of A BARGAIN. With this in mind - today's post kind of wrote itself: set myself a ridiculous challenge in a thinly veiled attempt to legitimise my obsessive vintage shopping habit (this blogging thing sure has its benefits - Lisa actually sounded impressed when I told her I was off to spend our money...). So, with the Glasgow sun shining (expect to see this comment again in June), £30 flush in my pocket, a song in my heart and your help (thanks Instagram chums)... that's exactly what I did.
Part 1 : The Challenge
11:00am: GO TIME
My first stop was obvious: my Glasgwegian home-away-from home, The Glasgow Vintage Company£10 dress rack. It's quite honestly the best thing to happen to me since I landed the coveted role of The Laughing Gnome in my school Christmas pageant (don't ask). Essentially - if there was nothing for me here, then I was chucking the whole bloody challenge in the bin as an utter lost cause.
I spot a delicious autumnal print and yank it out to find it has... a pencil skirt (though, an unusually stretchy pencil skirt), I start sweating profusely and grab wildly at handfuls of other dresses in my full-circled comfort zone. Meh. Thighs-schmies, that's what shape-wear is for... right?? I whip out a £10 note and make for the register. Oohhhh.... what's that?! A scarf alight in warm greens and oranges for £2?!? Yes please!
Setting off towards Byers Road I drop into Shelter charity store. I spot a pair of cute, bronze/metallic heels (by cute, I mean mid-heel height), brand new (£50 Clarks tag, thank you very much) for £10... I umm and ahhh. What?! Shoes and winter jackets are half price? A few bracelets and £7.25 later, I'm on my way.
12:55pm: Is that the time?! Surely I've earned a celebratory snack...
If there's one thing that naturally complements the purchase of figure-hugging clothing; it's sugar, fat and carbohydrates. Time for a break! I pop into Nic's NYC Deli for an INSANELY GOOD lemon cream doughnut (and a sneaky cinnamon to go...).
1:10pm: Righto, back to it!
With a belly full of tea and doughy goodness, it's the final stretch - I just need a brooch (obvs) and a few extra accessories. Oxfam DIY Shop offers up the find of the day with a sausage and mash ring (Yes: SAUSAGE AND MASH ON A RING) for £2.99 and the darlings at Vintage Guru complete my look with a fab lime-green, polished-stone brooch for £3.
1:50pm: BOOM! #NailedIt
And 10 minutes ahead of schedule no less (there's a first for everything). I may have missed adding a handbag and earrings - but at less than £25 (doughnut included) I'm ready to forgive myself. Okay, let's take a look...
Part 2 : The Look
Snagged your own style bargain recently? (apologies if I'm wrongly assuming you're not so lame as to have masterminded your own ridiculous challenge... if I am, then tell me!). I'd love to hear about it!
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26/2/2016 08:11:32 am
You are simply and inspiration in more wyas than one Miss Hayley xx
26/2/2016 08:48:55 am
You're a doll GG! Keep making those fab op-shop donations... struggling writers like me need to shop too! xx
26/2/2016 09:14:35 am
Positively gorgeous, Hayley!! and my gosh, THAT RING!! An outfit to die for <3
26/2/2016 09:58:28 am
Good luck Sami! I'll be sending you all my very best vintage-buying vibes! To be honest - buying this way was kind of amazing for a few reasons:
4/3/2016 07:30:47 am
I wish I had the patience for thrifting. This is such a glorious outfit that nobody else will have... Now we are friends, you must take me shopping and show me your secrets!
4/3/2016 09:47:44 am
It's a date! To be honest - I felt the same way for such a long time but, for some reason, being in Glasgow has totally re-sparked the thrifting passion I had in my teens (aspiring to Kurt Cobain's lofty style status took dedication, after all). Actually - scratch that, I know exactly the reason: having chucked in my corporate job I am once again earning about as much as I did at 16. I'm clearly regressing. Meh - happy to trade my miserable work wardrobe for a swath of classic 80s St Michaels frocks any day and Glasgow vintage stores make it so easy!
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