It is fair to say that op-shopping is one of my favourite things to do. Without question. I am always in the mood for it and will seek out op-shops wherever I go. If I go somewhere and they are thrift-free, I am disappointed and sulky. What kind of town doesn’t have an op-shop??? That’s just craziness and I don’t understand it.
These past couple of weeks, when I should have been saving money after the Christmas spend-up, I did a fair bit of op-shopping. My Mum is my enabler in this. She loves it as much as I do, although she is more restrained than me. I get caught up in a bit of frenzy and end up with bags of stuff that I have no room for in my wardrobe. Which then necessitates a clear-out of said wardrobe, which then leads me to the op-shop again when I go to donate stuff. It’s a bit of a vicious cycle. Vicious, but oh so enjoyable. Plus it isn’t costing me a fortune (I tell myself, too scared to actually add up what I am spending). And it’s a form of recycling, right? So I am being eco-friendly! 🙂
Here are some things I got recently. I actually bought a ridiculous amount so I won’t bore you with all of it. But I snagged a few bargains and some designer stuff as well as a few things I got for other people (because I really, really like the pieces but am too fat/short/stumpy/long-in-the-tooth to wear them myself). Apologies for the crappy photos – I am yet to figure out how to take decent photos of clothes…I probably should have worn each of them for the photos, but a page full of pictures of me seemed cruel and unfair punishment to my readers.
- Pale Blue Linen Dress – I wasn’t sure about this one as it is very plain and I tend to prefer pattern or dark colours to hide any wobbly bits ha ha. It is very cool though – great for Summer – and easy to wear and accessorise. I’ll wear it with a belt I think to break the monotone-ness up a bit.
- Review Office Dress – Very excited to see this on the rack as I can’t afford Review brand new. Their clothes are very well cut and made and this fits really nicely. I’m trying to be more professional-looking at work and I think this is a good start.
- Simple Shift Dress – Again, I wasn’t sure about this one. I ‘don’t tend to wear a lot of shapeless stuff – it makes me look lumpy and sad. This dress is pretty shapeless, so I might wear it with a belt or just have it as a casual, bumming-around-the-house kind of dress. I do like the print though – nice and bright and Summery.
- Maxi Dress – I suppose this isn’t technically a maxi dress…but I am short and so it is maxi on me 🙂 It sits really nicely and drapes well – I don’t usually wear clingy materials but this is ok. I liked the colours and pattern of the fabric. I’m not sure where I think I will be wearing it – it is fancier than what I would normally get, but will be a good standby if I suddenly become sociable and get invited to lots of soirees 🙂
- Plain Office Dress – Hard to take a photo of plain black items, but this dress fits nicely and, other than my pudgy arms, is slimming. I will wear it with a coloured belt to break up the black and also to pretend I have a waist ha ha (I do, actually – it is the only part of my body I don’t complain about).
- Sunny Girl Love Heart Dress – LOVE this dress! It’s so cute! I showed my friend last night and I had to wrench it out of her hands because she wanted it for herself. I love the heart print and the style of the dress – the skirt sits just right and isn’t too short, and I think I am just on the cusp of being too old to wear this style but I am going to wear it anyway, so there! I tried to find a similar one from Sunny Girl online last night but couldn’t…so my friend is out of luck ha ha. I think this cost me $2.50 – such a bargain 🙂
- Blue and White Tiered Dress – This dress is SO eighties but when I tried it on it actually looked nice and I thought I would give it a go. The frills at the bottom actually hide my less-than-model-perfect thighs and backside and does a cute swirly thing if I jig about. It is cool and I love the print.
- Print Dress – I REALLY liked this but it is way too small for me. The top part fitted fine which surprised me as it is a size 6 and I am so NOT a size 6 normally. But the bottom part – Jesus, I could barely get half a leg in it. So disappointing. I bought it anyway as I thought it would look great on my friend who is a size 6. She tried it on last night and couldn’t get in to it either. So I’m not sure what kind of woman-child hybrid person they think it is supposed to be worn by, but it made me feel better that maybe I’m not quite the heffalump I think I am. Having a little, skinny friend not fit into something you’ve also tried and failed at is a comfort. Anyway, I might see if I can make the dress in to a top as it fits fine there, and I have run out of tiny friends to offer it to. Please excuse car keys in the first photo – whoops…
- Ruby & Kit Floral Backpack – gotta say, I am a bit in love with this little bag. It was brand new and un-used, plus I really like Ruby & Kit stuff. It will be my new op-shopping bag now – hands-free shopping! Could be dangerous actually… This was $7.25 which is more than I would normally pay but I liked it and it was something I have wanted for a while.
- Review Lace-Detail Wrap Dress – now this wasn’t something I purchased (a friend at work gave it to me) but it came in at the same time as the op-shopping haul so I have included it. Love navy blue and the lace detail on the shoulders of this piece is so pretty. I am always wary of wrap dresses – they always seem to gape and threaten to come undone at inappropriate moments with me… However, this seemed to look ok and fit really nicely and I certainly wouldn’t have bought it brand new (because I am a tight-wad).
So, that’s just a bit of the haul I ended up bringing home (with serious buyer’s remorse/guilt, seeing as how it was just after Christmas and I probably didn’t need any more stuff…). I also got skirts and tops and narrowly avoided buying a clock…and a silver reindeer perfume bottle. I am now in self-imposed op-shop exile…no more shopping for me for a while. This is what I tell myself, anyway. You can all be my witnesses 🙂