I like to tell myself that buying pre-loved is my way of saving the planet and saving some money, but if I'm honest, it's always those impulse buys that are my downfall. They are worse than a counter of chocolate bars at the checkout till.
It's hard to find a balance between picking up pretty things to admire in your home, and actually filling it with STUFF. I know I drive the Old Man bonkers with it.
I do try to enjoy things for a little while and then pass them on or re-donate them, but I'm essentially a hoarder so letting go is difficult. It's pathological.
Sometimes I just see something that I HAVE to have, and when it's only a quid it's hard to refuse.
My daughter is currently obsessed with mermaids (or is that me? The lines blur a little sometimes). We have Mermaid bath times, crafting and dressing up. She went to school for World Book Day as the Singing Mermaid recently, and her poor costume took a battering. Apparently it's tough for a mermaid at school, kids keep treading on your tail. Her wonderful teacher came into school the next week and gifted her a replacement outfit as she'd been clearing out her daughter's room, wasn't that kind?
So when I saw these, I had to get them for....mermaid tea parties!!
And when I got them home and showed Ruby, she instantly exclaimed the same - like mother like daughter!
Funnily enough, I didn't buy these at the seaside last week, I actually bought them in a local charity shop at the weekend.
I saw the other week, the brilliant Family Days, Tried and Tested had made a little small world edible beach, so inspired by that we'll be having crushed ginger biscuit sand and turquoise lime jelly for pudding today!
Suffice to say, the Old Man thinks I've completely lost the plot, and I suspect if I try and bring tat like this home again, he may just leave me.
How do you control your second-hand habit? Or don't you?!
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