DESIGNER LABELS WITHOUT THE EXTRAVAGANT PRICE TAGS
DO I OWN TO MANY CLOTHES ?
Yes, compared to most people I probably do. I have no idea how many pairs of shoes I own, I can not identify all my dresses and at times I am known 2 overlook a handbag or 2 that I own.
DO I HAVE ANY STORE OR CREDIT CARD DEBT ?
Absolutely Not, none of my clothes, shoes, handbags or accessories have ever placed me in debt or affected my weekly financial budget what so ever
DO I NEED ALL THOSE CLOTHES & FASHION ITEMS ?
Of cause I don’t need them I could live happily and comfortably on a third of the garments I own, However when I am able to purchase a beautiful well fitting dress that I think looks really good on me for $3 which is less than a cup of coffee I am going to buy it.
WHY AM I OBSESSED-ADDICTED WITH THRIFT/OP SHOPPING FASHION ?
Growing Up I would always remember that the feeling I got when I was invited to a party. It was not the excitement that my friends were feeling. Nope I would immediately get this dreaded feeling, a knot in my stomach. It was knowing that I had nothing to wear to the party or that I would have to wear the same outfit that I had already worn to Amanda’s and Megan’s Party’s.
I’m not sure what girlfriends are like now days but back when I was growing up 10 year old girls could be very mean and cruel and for sure it would take no time at all for me to be ostracised. The dancing would start everyone would make a circle and slowly but surely I felt the hips and arms of the girls on either side nudging me until I was completely squeezed out of the circle. The whispers about my outfit were loud for me to hear in the snickering groups forming with the bullying rising to being intentionally skipped from taking a piece of shitty newspaper off the big wrapped messed filled with junky little toys in pass the parcel.
People have bad hair days and I had them too but my issue and what put me in a bad mood from the moment I woke up in the morning, frustrating the hell out of me to the point of giving me a head ache and pangs of pain in my stomach that parents did not recognise as important was the fact that I never had a good selection of nice clothes to wear and it literally, even as I entered adulthood would make me cry with sheer frustration. I’VE GOT NOTHING TO WEAR- WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR TODAY ? I CAN’T GO I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR.
This back then was due to finances I was a tiny framed girl in those days so it was never about finding the correct fit or size
When my parents divorced and I was pregnant with my first child again complaining about having nothing to wear my father told me that he had started shopping at Charity Shops and took me on my first excursion.
At the end of that day I swore to my self that I would never ever feel that knot in my stomach again nor would I ever, ever stress over having nothing to wear again and under no circumstances what so ever no matter how broke I ever became will my children have to experience any of those feelings I had felt growing up and I have stuck to my word and have been happy with my overflowing wardrobes of clothing ever since
WHY AM I SHARING MY STORY WITH YOU ?
I am certain that this morning at least one person woke up with that dreaded knot in their tummy, not because the hair straightener blew up… nope it was because they couldn’t find anything to wear. There will be another lady stressing all week over the wedding she has to attend on the weekend, wondering whether or not she is going to look to good in the outfit she has chosen to wear and another who is going out on Friday night and is sick of dressing in the same outfit in front of the same group of friends but doesn’t believe her budget can afford her to purchase something different.
SO I AM SHARING IN THE HOPE THAT AT LEAST THOSE 3 LADIES WILL BE INSPIRED BY MY POST AND ARE ENCOURAGED BY MY STORY & WITH AN OPEN MIND VISIT A CHARITY/THRIFT/OP SHOP TO SEE THE ENDLESS FASHION POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM.
This Entire Out Fit was purchased from Thrift Shops-TOTAL= $41
- ELASTIC WAIST (SIZE -16) 3 LAYERS AUSTRALIAN DESIGNER SKIRT- $4.00
- LAVENDER ROAD (SIZE 20) AUSTRALIAN DESIGN JACKET-$8.00
- HEINE (SIZE unknown) STRETCH SINGLET YARN KNIT LOOK TOP- $3.00
- ACCESSORIES- Scarf -$1 Earrings-$2 Necklace-$2 Bag-$12 Boots-$9
And then there is the Handbag “THE BIG SUPRISE BUY” now I haven’t yet mentioned that there are at times you will come across an item whilst thrifting that originally held a High Priced Retail Ticket.
It wasn’t until I was writing this post and looked up the Design Label of this Handbag that I realised I had hit the jackpot with this purchase
“LOUIS CARDINI LEATHER BAG SHOP IN THE ROCKS – SYDNEY ESTABLISHED HIS BUSINESS IN 1973 AND HAS BEEN DESIGNING AND HAND-CRAFTING QUALITY LUXURY LEATHER GOODS. LOUIS CARDINI’S PRODUCTS ARE THE ONLY GENUINE LEATHER GOODS THAT ARE FULLY LEATHER LINED USING THE FINEST QUALITY AUSTRALIAN LEATHER INCLUDING OSTRICH & CROCODILE. LOUIS CARDINI IS NOW AN INTERNATIONATIONAL RECOGNISED BRAND.”
The Handbag imaged below is available made to order from Louis Cardini Shop today. It is a Genuine Ostrich Handmade Leather Bag item Number 0929 FO and is the closest to the bag I have purchased and it retails for $3,150. I PURCHASED MY BAG FOR $12.00 FROM A CHARITY SHOP. The cheapest Bag from Louis Cardini is about $475.
Surely My Bag Story is enough enticement for you to at least walk into a 2nd Hand Op Shop/ Charity/ Goodwill and take a Peek-a-Boo at the prices and fashions available that may suit your budget and style. Even if all you do is look through the accessories, handbags, scarves & Fashion Jewellery.
Have I sparked anyone’s interest? Are you a likeminded Op/Thrift-shop-A-Holic with your own Fashion Story? Do you want to know and learn more about wearing and buying thrift/op shop fashion? I would love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment below or email me firstname.lastname@example.org