• goaskellice

.... Another man's treasure

Hi everyone!

I'm here today to talk about something I have found a love for lately. In my slow-but-steady attempt to become more sustainable, and feel less guilty about my impact on the environment, I have uncovered an (almost) guilt-free way to spend my money. Second-hand shopping!

I know, I know, it's hardly a groundbreaking revelation, but for someone who shudders at the word 'vintage' it's not something I delve into often. The thought of rummaging around in charity shops to find a bargain fills me with fear, I always feel way above my head. However, I have been a user of eBay for as long as I can remember, finding it the easiest way to make a quick quid from the not-so-loved items in my wardrobe. eBay is not somewhere, though, I have considered for actually purchasing clothing of my own.

Sure, we've all made mistakes and ended up receiving an unwanted item (hello £135 I spent on a Vivienne Westwood skirt that doesn't even fit!) but let's try and look past those woes. In my opinion, when you know specifically what you are looking for and how to narrow your search, eBay is a complete treasure trove. Introducing, this dreamy mohair tank top I became the owner of last week...

Now, I forget exactly when I initially laid eyes on this Bella Freud and Fred Perry collection, but I do know it was at least three collections ago, if not even more. I'm sure you know how it is, you first see an item of clothing and quickly decide "that is NOT my thing!" and forget all about said item. Unfortunately, though, with these limited collections, there is only a small amount of 'decision time' before it becomes quite a rare item indeed. When looking through my wardrobe, I came to the conclusion that what I was lacking was a sleeveless knitted tank to pair with shirts and polos alike. Where had I seen one of those before? Oh yes, this little powder blue number!

I took to eBay and typed exactly what it was that I was looking for and, low and behold, there it was on it's own - in my size. If that isn't fate then I'm not entirely sure what is. Brand new, and at an absolute steal of only £60 I had entered my PayPal details in before I had chance to even take a breath. I teamed the tank here with my beloved Brutus London shirt - the blue tone with the orange gingham is just a match made in Heaven. I have high hopes for other combinations, including the long sleeved red and white Bella Freud x Fred Perry polo, featured in my last post, as well as many many more.

It's crazy to think that an unwanted item of clothing from one person's wardrobe could transform my own, in such a great way. It really is true what they say, one man's trash truly is another man's treasure.

Until next time,

Jacket - Levi's

Shirt - Brutus London

Tank Top - Fred Perry x Bella Freud (eBay)

Jeans - Levi's

Socks - Dr Martens

Boots - Dr Martens

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