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(@ajthairms)
Estimable Member     Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
Joined: 2 months ago

Out shopping on my own in man-mode, I popped into a local charity (thrift) shop to see what women's clothes they had. Usually they have a load of dross.  To my surprise they had a dress in my size (24), very nice one - navy background colour with a multicoloured small star pattern. I looked at the label - it was a David Nieper (UK), the prices of their dresses online is circa £150. The dress was hardly used and in good condition for the price of just £5.  I couldn't get to the till quick enough .. 😀 

Whats your recent Best Buy ?

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
Joined: 5 months ago

Famed Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@ajthairms 

I've been pondering over buying an overcoat, but realistically I doubt I would have the opportunity to wear one. Today in my lunch hour I went charity shop browsing, and found a lovely Laura Ashley double-breasted wool/polyester overcoat in maroon. It was only £5. I was itching to buy it, but reluctantly placed it back on the rail.

I know it doesn't count for your question as it wasn't a Best Buy, but it oh so nearly was!

Actual Best Buy was two M&S pullovers at the same charity shop for £5 each. One in yellow and one in maroon, which I'm wearing in my profile cover pic.

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(@melodeescarlet)
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Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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@jacquelinelarkspur Wait wait wait....we have to have a reasonable reason to buy a fabulous item?! Are you sure about that? 🤔

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Famed Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@melodeescarlet 

I wouldn't go so far as to say a reasonable reason. Maybe a reasonably reasonable reason.

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(@melodeescarlet)
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Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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@jacquelinelarkspur (ponders) I mean...that's reasonable.

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(@ellyd22)
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Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
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@melodeescarlet Within reason, obviously.

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(@ellyd22)
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Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
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@ajthairms 

I've bought a few really nice things recently, but the 'best buys' are always either:

a) the things I find in charity shops when I least expect them, or

b) the things that I win with a ludicrously low opening bid on eBay.

In the former category I have a glorious knee length lavender grey M&S cardigan bought for £3.50, which I plan to wear almost continuously until it falls apart; in the latter there's a pair of brown leather lace-up Clarks ankle boots for £4 including p&p. I'm pretty sure the seller will have made a loss but hey ... not my problem 🙂

At the moment, I'm hunting for the perfect bag ...

Hugs

Ellie x

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Famed Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@ellyd22 

The perfect bag is one where everything you want is at the top.

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(@ellyd22)
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Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
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@jacquelinelarkspur EVERYTHING I want? This is going to have to be a VERY large bag ...

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(@melodeescarlet)
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Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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@ellyd22 One recalls some certain DW purchases at quite a reduced rate, hardbacks, no less! 😉

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(@jacquelinelarkspur)
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Famed Member     Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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@melodeescarlet 

DID YOU HAVE FUN?

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(@melodeescarlet)
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Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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@jacquelinelarkspur They were @ellyd22 's purchases! 😉 Only noting her lack of mention of this obviously fabulous purchase!

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(@ellyd22)
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Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
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@melodeescarlet *Feeling persecuted* I THOUGHT we were only talking about clothes and accessories.

If we're opening this up to ALL fabulous purchases, well ... we could be here all night.

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(@ellyd22)
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Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
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@melodeescarlet ... and since then I've bought even more ...

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(@melodeescarlet)
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Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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@ellyd22 You're welcome! 😊

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(@ellyd22)
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Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
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@melodeescarlet ... and I've had an unexpected addition to my DW library courtesy of a mysterious flame-haired stranger.

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(@melodeescarlet)
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Noble Member     Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
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@ellyd22 Oh I meant for getting you back into DW. As to mysterious flame-haired strangers...well, the circles you keep, missy. I'm a blonde, after all. 🙂

(when it's convenient)

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(@ellyd22)
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Illustrious Member     Norfolk, United Kingdom
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@melodeescarlet What are you when it's inconvenient?

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(@harriette)
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Famed Member     Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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@ajthairms My most recent purchase was of three LBDs from Melanie Lynn, a sister company of Laura.

They were $200 each, more or less, and cost me $50-60 each. Not $6 each, but they are good quality.

I just need an occasion to wear them. 🤔

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(@emilyalt)
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Famed Member     North County San Diego, California, United States of America
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@ajthairms 

This is going to sound horribly boring but I'm always shopping for bargains on everyday wear.  When you're full-time, everyday essentials are your wardrobe staples.

I have an acute need for bottoms that aren't jeans.  Especially versatile bottoms that can go from the office to hiking trail to happy hour with ease.  One brand that excels is Prana.  But their gear is pricey and I refuse to pay full price for it.

Lucky for me I occasionally get steep discounts from a friend that works for them.  Yesterday I picked up 2 pairs of their Halle Straight Pants at 50% off.  They're some of the most versatile pants you can buy.  They work for business casual offices, dinner or drinks, backcountry hikes, and travel.  I'll probably buy 2 more when I get another opportunity.

/EA

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(@lucyb112)
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Noble Member     Staffordshire, United Kingdom
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@ajthairms 

My best recent buy has been a first mid length skirt last Autumn.

Previously it had always been knee length or above, but this has been a real game changer for me. I was surprised how comfortable it felt, so much so that I’ve now got 3, and they’ve become my go to skirts now.

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(@alison-anderson)
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Noble Member     Middlesex county, New Jersey, United States of America
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@ajthairms I haven't made any clothing purchases recently. But a long time ago, I also made a good purchase from a charity shop for a coat.

I bought a woman's red wool knee length trench coat from a charity shop for about $14.00. I don't know what it would have cost originally, but looking today I see similar looking coats for $100 to $150, ignoring the cheapo sites that I wouldn't exactly trust.

I still get use out of it a couple of times of year. It's too formal looking to use all the time. For everyday use in the cold weather, I have an ankle length quilted nylon coat with a hood. That will keep me warm for long periods of time (I often take hour long walks in the winter) no matter how long or short a skirt I'm wearing underneath.

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(@ajthairms)
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Estimable Member     Poole, Dorset, United Kingdom
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@alison-anderson 

Its nice to find a good coat for a knock down price.

I bought a nice white/back herringbone coat last autumn, which is a bit dressy. Occasionally I wear it out, I wore it on a little shopping trip in January.   Usually I wear an anorak or if its very cold a parka with a fur hood.

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(@michellemybell)
Honorable Member     Clearwater, Florida, United States of America
Joined: 3 years ago

About a year ago I went  thrift store shopping the first time to the local Goodwill and found 5 wonderful Calvin Klein dresses in my size for around $7 each.  I'm guessing that they were all donated by the same lady.  i've been back several times since and found a few nice things but nothing that compares with that score.

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(@rebeccabaxter)
Prominent Member     Cornwall, United Kingdom
Joined: 3 months ago

I get a load of stuff on Temu, always cheap, if not always good quality, however, I have bought three very nice dresses from them and four wigs, oh, and a gorgeous pair of knee-length boots with 3.5" heels (although they weren't all that cheap).

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(@catgurl)
Noble Member     Marietta, Georgia, United States of America
Joined: 5 years ago

Found a beautiful blue dress in my size at Goodwill with a Torrid label in it, perfect for wearing a large petticoat under it. 

What made it so special was the price.  It was first reduced by a color coded label and again by the fact it was Thursday.  Goodwill stores in this area offer a color code discount each day of the week, according to what color the price tag is.  Additionally, Tuesday is senior discount day, and Thursday is First Responder/Military discount day. 

My walk-out price for the dress was U.S. $3.00, a fantastic price, considering most dresses in Torrid stores run a considerable amount higher. 

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(@oliviac)
Estimable Member     Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Joined: 8 months ago

I went to a charity shop on Monday and they have a $2 rack every Monday. I saw a lovely summer dress and thought for $2 take a risk. I bought it and about 3 other tops. So for my $8 I got a top that didn't fit me. Two reasonable tops you could wear casually and the summer dress. I put it on and nearly fell over. It is one of the best things I have ever bought. It's not often I buy something and when I first put it on I go that really suits me. I now had a problem. I just love how it looks on me but where do I wear it. I think it is too formal for shopping but I'm not sure or maybe I could wear it to get a coffee from a coffee shop but not sure about that either. So what could I do with this dress ? Then I got an idea. On Tuesday I took a picture of me in the dress and posted it here on CDH. I named the picture "Where Could I Wear This Dress" and got some suggestions from some of you lovely ladies. Yes I was right, it is too formal for shopping but no reason I can't wear it on a sunny day to nowhere in particular. And if I ever get the chance to go anywhere more formal I'm set. And all for just $2

 

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(@michellemybell)
Joined: 3 years ago

Honorable Member     Clearwater, Florida, United States of America
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Nowhere in particular is the ideal venue for a pretty summer dress.

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(@ab123)
Famed Member     Surrey, United Kingdom
Joined: 4 years ago

Recent best buy- I was out with a GG friend who I meet every week. We went to a local town to have lunch and a browse. There are clothes shops and quite a few charity shops. I have no reason to buy any more things as I have too much already. We were in Romans and looking at the clothes and my friend called me over to the sale rail,'This is so you' A black and white patterned A line tunic dress with 3/4 sleeves reduced 50%. I saw it reasoned with myself, quite reasonably I might add,and then in a flash all reason left me and it was purchased.

I have these phases when I buy quite a bit then it subsides and reason returns. Then a couple of days later...

The way I see it is that spending most of my life unable to shop and have a wardrobe of nice things I am making up for lost time. 

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(@caroline2k)
Honorable Member     Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
Joined: 1 year ago

I think my own recent 'best buy' must be the pair of thigh boots I bought from Vinted for £5.

I saw them for sale and they looked pretty good - black, size 9(UK), 4" stiletto heels, and thigh length - and for £5 I decided that I'd risk them not being the right size - I've bought and returned so many pairs of boots because they are too small, too tight or too baggy in the leg.

Imagine my surprise and delight when they arrived and I first pulled them up my leg and my foot slid easily and comfortably into place! 😀

They're still a little loose around my legs, but not too bad - they look good when worn. And as I say, for £5, I'm not complaining.

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(@haileyd)
Reputable Member     Wisconsin, United States of America
Joined: 2 months ago

A pair of boots and heels.A woman had them for sale on poshmark and she was close to me

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(@Anonymous 91593)
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I think my best value buy was a gorgeous Boden skirt in as new condition. It was sitting there in a charity shop shouting buy me. It was from their current range priced at €75 . Mine for a mere €4 .When I showed my wife she thought I'd been blowing money in the designer shops 🤣

 

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