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.