Yesterday, my usual city centre car parking facility had been transformed into a pop up vintage fair. Thinking it’d be rude not to look as I was passing through, I stopped for a moment. As I browsed the rails – filled with chunky knit jumpers for £25, leather skirts for £30, faux fur jackets for £70 – I found myself tutting and frowning. When did second hand shopping get so expensive?
Maybe I’ve been ruined by car boot sales. Once you’ve scored a leather suitcase for £2, paying £35 for one seems sacrilegious. I’m not adverse to paying a little bit more for something really special, but £25 for a floral dress from 1997 doesn’t sit well with my vintage moral compass.
The overpriced ‘vintage’ inspired me to hit the charity shops in search of a real bargain. One leopard print dress and a fluffy beret later, I scored…
I am bowled over by this beauty. As soon as I spied the faux fur pelt, peeking out from a rack of polyester and fleece, my step quickened. I was over there like a shot, throwing it on my shoulders and waltzing around the North Leeds branch of Mind like Marilyn Monroe (kind of). The leather panels break up the faux fur, making it much more wearable, while the longer length gives it that old Hollywood glamour. I love the gold chain belt loops and the exaggerated collar – it’s little details like these that make this coat so special.
The tag read £45 but after a little bit of negotiating with the shop manager, I walked away £35 lighter with the coat tucked under my arm. Certainly not my cheapest second hand buy (in fact, it’s one of my most expensive), but still a complete bargain. And I can’t wait to wear it!
Did you bag any bargains this weekend?