I bring you more rich pickings from my Hitchin shopping trip!!
The sun has returned, and sadly I haven't been able to twirl my brolly yet, but at least the herald of spring means Ruby can start to wear frocks again.
I'm not one to spend huge amounts on designer labels, but am always thrilled if I find something for her in a second-hand shop.
I picked up this darling little lilac linen dress by Gap for £2. It is printed with spring violets and trimmed with ric-rac at the hem. Apologies for the lack of domestic-goddessness in regards to ironing.
Next up was this beautiful Boden needlecord pinafore. A rich aubergine colour with cerise velvet ribbon trim and patch pockets. It's got a little ruffle hem and is aged a couple of years older than Ruby currently is. It fits her now as a long dress, and I'm hoping we'll get many more years out of it. It cost the princely sum of £2.50.
Finally, I spotted this shocking pink needlecord dress also for £2.50. I'd never heard of the label 'uju' before, and I'm not even sure they are still trading. I hope they are because they sound like my kind of brand! The dress has a pale pink velvet ruffle hem and a bold applique flower. I love it and I think Ruby might wear it for her birthday party next week.
I also finally found some cups and saucers! Hurrah I hear you say. Well, maybe not...
I spotted the gorgeous primrose yellow trio on a bric-a-brac shelf and snatched it up. It was only after I'd been wandering around with it in my hand for a while that I noticed the price : £5.50! Hmm, perhaps it was Spode or Minton.
No such luck. I was ambling along the rows of bric-a-brac bemoaning the fact that my fellow magpies seem to find pretty teacups for ten pence, when I spotted a matching trio. Why these had been put so far apart on the shelf I have no idea. I picked that one up, and...it was priced at £6.50!!
Now, these were identical. They both had faded, worn gilding, and a minuscule chip to the rim. Why the different prices? Much as I hate haggling in a charity shop, there was no way I was paying £1 more for one than the other, and even at £5.50 they were over-priced. I went up to the counter and explained my dilemma to the officious old dear serving. I said they were priced differently, but I'd like to pay £10 for the pair. Much to my annoyance and embarrassment, she said "yes, dear but it would be £11". She totally missed my point, and I couldn't be bothered to argue so I handed over my cash.
They are very pretty, but £11? Hardly deal of the century!
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