I thought I would just show you what I bought at the charity shop on Thursday...
This lovely hardback book cost me just £1.49 and it's a step closer to learning how to do patchwork. As a bonus there are some cross stitch designs in there too. Now I do know how to do cross stitch although it's been years since I actually did any. It was a real bargain. I actually went into the CS to see if I could find any nice bric a brac to sell on eBay so that I can save for a sewing machine but there was hardly anything. I used to find shelf after shelf of really nice stuff but now each shop seems to have just two shelves with a few plain glasses and some holiday junk. What has happened? Perhaps they find clothing more lucrative to sell? There did seem to be an enormous amount in every CS mostly priced at ridiculously high prices too. There were some quite plain tee shirts priced at £4 and when you think I bought a new one from Sainsbury's for £3.20 when they had a 20% off sale-day recently, I didn't fancy paying their price.
I have been reading up on Project 333 with a view to sorting out my wardrobe into a wearable capsule one but I have had a bit of a day of reckoning today. I am shocked to discover that lots of my clothes have become very tatty without my realising it. I think the idea of the project is to have 33 decent items per season which all work together. My TOTAL wardrobe consists of 27 items plus lots of costume jewellery :-/ I have:
1 short waterproof
1 fleece duffle
1 black mock suede (for best) but at least 7 years old
5 tee shirts
1 3/4 sleeve blouse
1 black jeggings
Grey suede pixie boots
Black low heeled boots
White toe post sandals TOTAL 27 items
The rest of my stuff is just suitable for gardening, housework and dossing in! You don't count nightwear, undies or socks and I have discounted my lovely warm but tatty snowclearing coat. I don't have a dress, skirt or decent blouse to my name, I am ashamed to say. Somehow I don't think I qualify for Project 333 but I realise I do need to save a bit of money for something new for Christmas day, at least. When did I become so careless about clothes?