Ooopsie. My financial belt is supposed to be undergoing some serious tightening this month while I try and pay off some of the debt I amassed doing The Kitchen. As such I was intending to spend as little as possible this weekend. I needed to pick up one ball of yarn for my current crochet project (and I was very proud of myself to buy just that one ball) and treated myself to some much needed Saturday tea and cake. My spending was supposed to end there. Instead I had decided to take myself on a slight detour on my way into town which took my past a charity shop I had not visited for sometime. I could not resist this Pure Wool vintage Marks & Spencers (St. Michaels) jacket for £5.50.
I wanted it instantly but being both vintage and a Size 10, I really didn't think I would fit into it but gave it a go but to my surprise and even though I was wearing a thick woolly jumper I was able to do it up comfortably which made it even more appealing. It's a bit short in the arms but I do have unusually long arms so that's something I've had to learn to accept when buying jackets.
This particular detour also happened to take me past a newly discovered antiques shop. I'm sure it's been there decades but it's not on my usual path so I only went in for the first time over Christmas. I saw these wooden animal napkin rings on a stand during that visit but somehow resisted them as I thought maybe the £8 price tag was a bit too much and so walked away. Since then I have thought about them on several occasions and wished I'd bought them so I had to go and see if they were still there. To my joy they were so they are now safely in my possession.
I hadn't properly seen what particular animals they all were but they seemed to be woodland-type creatures. That was until I got them home and studied them. They are: a rooster, a bunny, a hedgehog, a bird, an owl and a whale. I have no idea why there's a whale thrown in there. If anyone can clarify the link between these six lifeforms please let me know.
Unfortuantely from the point of view of my purse, sat happily right in front of the napkin rings in the display cabinet was this shiny owl brooch. When the shopkeeper was unlocking the cabinet for me I could not stop the words "I'll take that as well" falling out of my mouth. So for £6 he is now happily pinned to my new jacket.
So my purse is once again a little lighter than I had hoped but I'm very happy with my three new purchases. Hope you did some good thrifting this weekend.