Normally when I set off to have a hunt through the local charity shops, I don't go with finding anything specific in mind - 'cos that would really be pushing the 'luck of the thrift hunt' just a leetle too far. Last week, with the heatwave in full swing, I went specifically to find something (anything) to increase my very capsule heatwave wardrobe. Surprisingly enough, I was rather successful.
My first foray netted me: one sleeveless cotton vest top - in a rather loud orange shade (but beggars can't be choosers - though as the inimitable Dave Allen once asked 'why the hell not!!'); one pair of scarily-bright jade shorts (strictly for home and garden use); and a not-strictly-necessary purchase of a swimming cossie. Both the sleeveless vest and the shorts are George items so were never very expensive even new - I think I paid £2.49 and £1.49 respectively. The swimming cossie only cost me £1.00 (as did a rather spiffy pill box hat - now listed on ebay) as that particular charity shop was having a closing-down-for-refurbishment-everything-half-price-sale.
I'm rather sad that that particular chazza is being tarted up as it was the only one left in Kingswood that was of the total-glory-hole-but-you-never-know-what-you-might-find-reasonably-priced variety. No doubt the shop will have a 'Mary Portas' overhaul and the prices will sky-rocket accordingly - grrrrrrr!!
Saturday was a tad cooler so I made another foray to Lodge Causeway - they also have a very convenient Tesco Express along with two charity shops and my fridge was looking very depleted so I killed two birds with one stone. There I found another George sleeveless cotton vest top - in a slightly less scary bright blue colour - brand new with tags for only £1.50 plus a rather spiffy pair of over-sized sunglasses for £1.00. It wasn't until I got home and gave them a good wash that I realised they were originally from Next - nice. They'll make a welcome change from my Aldi sunglasses that I've been wearing for the past five years or so.
So, now I've got a slightly larger heatwave wardrobe it is, of course, sod's law that the weather is on the change. I'm quite looking forward to being able to wear my usual jeans and long top combo and I'm keeping everything crossed that we get a really good thunderstorn in the next day or so. I do like me a good storm.