Guest Blog: Author Toni Kent tells us about her experience of Saying No to New!
Freelancer, writer, corporate escapee, wife, mother and all round lovely person Toni Kent is our guest blogger. Toni tells us about her adventures into the world of saying no to new:
Saying No to New | Fancy Dress Challenge
Have you ever tried to find a fancy dress outfit two days before the event is due to take place? This is the position I found myself in a couple of weeks ago when hunting for an outfit to wear to the Belinda's Wish 80's themed fundraising disco. I couldn't help thinking that I'd left it rather late….
As it was 'fancy dress' my first stop was, naturally, a fancy dress shop and whilst there were a few character-based outfits that might have fitted the bill along the lines of Penelope Pitstop and Wonder Woman (although was she more 70's?), they were either a bit skimpy or very, very expensive for an item designed to be worn once. I like Penelope Pitstop but did I like her enough to pay £34.99? Wouldn't that money be better off put in the pocket of the charity?
Then I remembered Victoria mentioning the 'Say No to New Campaign' and that she'd found a pair of Abercrombie and Fitch jeans in a local charity shop. What was I waiting for?! With a renewed sense of purpose I headed into the Helen & Douglas House Hospice shop where the following happened:
The Most Amazing Shopping Experience Ever
Me: "Do you have anything 80's?"
She: "What size feet are you?"
Me: "Size 5"
She: "Well you're in luck"
The manager proceeded to bring out the beauties in the picture and then looked me up and down to assess my size before finding a neon pink shirt with the all important word "Miami" emblazoned across the chest, and a sequinned bolero jacket that couldn't look more Eighties if a member of Bananarama had burst in wearing it.
The sum total of my shop came to £10.50. I had an outfit and the money that I spent on it had gone to another great charity - win, win, winner!
What I learned
· People who work in charity shops know their stock
· Buying second hand (or pre-loved if you prefer) feels good
· I look better in neon stilettos and a pink t-shirt than I do in a "sexy" Wonder Woman outfit
All in all, a great shopping experience, a great night out and one great pair of shoes! I’ll definitely be doing it again.
Toni Kent is a freelance blogger, writer and author.
You can follow her @tonijkent or visit www.tkbc.co.uk to find out more.