19 May 2009

More exciting finds

We went to a second hand sale at the weekend and found yet more fabulous bargains. Most of the clothes were under 30p an item! Total spend, including 8 cloth nappies for my friend who is expecting her first baby, gifts for three families who I will not name as I want to surprise them, and all of the things you see here, £20.I am so pleased that we've been able to find so many bargains recently. Partly for our budget, but mostly because I really hate that we have ended up several times buying supermarket clothes for price and convenience, whilst knowing the environmental and human cost of buying clothing like that. Gradually, over the years, I've become less comfortable with the compromises we have to make to live as ethical a life as possible with hardly any money. It's so wonderful when we don't have to compromise!Especially happy about the cloth nappies. Our friends are on a tight budget too, and have been struggling to choose what kind of nappy to buy, how many etc, well there is a lot of choice... But it's especially difficult when you can't afford to make a mistake. So second hand nappies are especially brilliant. I managed to get a few different kinds, so they can decide what they will use the most (if anything lol).

And on that note: I hope I don't come across as moaning about money... I think it's one of those things that isn't really talked about, and that nobody is 100% comfortable with for one reason or another. For what it's worth: We actually have spare money, at least spare for charity shop books and the occasional takeaway. We have options like organic food - which we afford partly by going without other things and partly by the luxury of having very very low rent payments. Nevertheless, budgetting and being spent up are often features of my life!

8 comments:

  1. Wonderful pre-loved buys :)

    Jenna looks so grown-up in that photo!

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  2. I take it that lovely little girl on the third picture [i]wasn't[/i]something you found in the charity shop?! Good bargain hunting day for you! x

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  3. Hehe the big girl is a home-made one... The dress she's wearing is her new favorite thing though, even though it's two sizes too big lol.

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  4. Home-made?! Your crafting skills are just impeccable hon!

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  5. 30p per item? That's impressive, and puts ebay to shame! It ssems that money is one of those necessary evils that too many people can't see beyond. We just see it as a tool that is used to pay for things we need, such as food and household bills, not something to be hoarded and to measure people by how much they have. Far too many people do see it like that though, don't they?

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  6. The nappies were less than £1 each; and half of them look unused. They would have been between £7 and £12 each new! Some of the clothes were 10p - the purple tie dye baby vest and the dark toddler jeans. It's just a shame that particular sale is only on twice a year lol!

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  7. Love the tie-dye babygrow! Rowan is going to be one cool baby!

    Broken Man's Wife

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  8. what fantastic bargains, please can I come with you next time :)
    sue xx

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