A Buyer's Archive | December 2016

Friday, December 30, 2016

This year I've been joining in A Buyer's Archive with Elise, keeping track of my spending on clothes and accessories.

I didn't go clothes shopping, I didn't have anything in mind that I wanted this month, and the time raced by so fast, I'm surprised I purchased anything at all. 

White Stuff shirt (ex-stock)  |  ebay  |  £12.80

It's a great replacement for a Mango blouse I found in a charity shop last summer. I loved that blouse, but finally had to admit that it'd become unwearable after the cotton tore irreparably at the back. I'd been wearing it under cardigans for months to hide the rips!

Summer 2015

I liked it so much that I set up an ebay search on the off chance that someone would be selling one. After several months I was presented with an ex-stock White Stuff shirt - a pretty good alternative. It has all the qualities I loved about my Mango blouse - lightweight cotton, ditsy print, pintucks, and cap sleeves.

I deliberated for a while before clicking 'add to basket', leaning closer and closer to the screen to get a good look at the photographs. Wondering would it be good enough to fill the gap left by my Mango blouse? Unlike almost everything else I've ever bought on ebay, I had the option of returning it if it didn't live up to expectation. Thankfully it did, I'm really chuffed with it.

Do you sometimes find it hard to let go of particular items of clothing? I seem to become ridiculously attached to some things!

I thought that my spending for the month would end there but towards the end of the month Rachel had a sale on Instagram and I couldn't resist having a little look. I treated myself to a new blouse (£9.00), one I'd admired on her blog a few months ago. Luckily for me it wasn't her usual style and she decided to part with it having worn it only once. It's not my usual style either, and maybe it won't look right on me, but I'm looking forward to experimenting with it.

Both of these shirts are going into my winter capsule.

Total for November: £21.80

Overall total for 2016: £742.39

Which leaves me £2.61 under my £745 target for the year. I have to admit there were times I didn't think I'd manage it.

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  1. I really like that, it's so pretty. I'm not a blouse wearer really, I seem to go for tops, but I'd like something like this in my own wardrobe. Well done on staying within your target for the year.

    1. Thanks Jo. I don't wear a lot of blouses or shirts but these just really took my fancy.

  2. First of all, how amazing that you managed to stay under your target! I don't think I would have been able to do that. Love both your final buys and I'm glad to hear the White Stuff shirt is living up to your expectations. I've had problems letting go of certain items too. There's one pair of boots, in particular, that I'm still wearing although they are letting in the rain - and it's worth it having them repaired again - so I can only wear them on dry days. xxx

    1. The pressure is on to spend even less this year! Just think of your boots as sandals - you wouldn't wear those in the rain either ;)

  3. Excellent work, coming in under-budget! I have so many items of clothing that, if anything happened to them, I'd be distraught. Despite buying a lot of clothes - as my Buyer's Archive attests to - I tend to stick to certain old favourites. I bought a duplicate of my favourite H&M dress on eBay this year and it's the best thing to know I have a fall-back once this one dies.

    1. I'm glad I'm not the only one who becomes attached to clothing! Normally I don't find good replacements for things, over time I find something other things I love but it's rare to replace something. Sadly, most of my favourite buys are second hand and not easy to buy a back-up for. That said a favourite spotty summer top has a backup, both from charity shops - the second is in a different colour but it's still good to know it's there.

  4. I think I've found a replacement for my trust denim travelling waistcoat as, after 20-odd years, there's more hole than denim! I so hope it turns out as big as a success as your blouse! xxx

    1. I hope so too! I've set up an ebay search for a denim waistcoat after seeing your Travels With My Suitcase post - I loved how it worked with summer skirts and dresses. I really must go back and read all of your India posts...


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