A Buyer's Archive December '17

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Each month I'm posting my clothing and accessory purchases in A Buyer's Archive, inspired by Elise, to keep track of what I'm buying and spending, and to compare with that of last year.


When I looked at the items in my capsule wardrobe in mid November, I felt truly uninspired. Once I'd removed all the maternity clothes from the capsule I was left with my usual colour palette of predominantly navy, grey, and beige and it left me feeling flat. I wanted colour, and lots of it! So I indulged in some online shopping and I bought all the colours of the rainbow. It cheered me up to wear some colour, and I needed my spirits lifted. Clothes can be more than just garments to keep us covered and warm.

I was over the moon with my first purchase of the month - burgundy knee high boots, £24.99, pre-loved from ebay, originally from Topshop. I just adore them.

An ASOS order saw a pink jumper (£20.80 in the sale), and a colourful stripy jumper (£25.00) added to my wardrobe.

A small trip around the charity shops in Felixstowe mid month had me heading home with a not very colourful, but gorgeously soft grey and white scarf for £3.75.

A quick charity shop rummage in Ipswich offered up a gorgeous green Zara jumper (£3.99), and a grey pleated M&S midi skirt (£3.25).

I picked up a tapestry skirt for £9.00, and a statement necklace for £7.00, in a few Instagram sales. And whilst doing a few last bits of last minute Christmas shopping I came home with a pair of burgundy tights (£3.00), to wear with my new boots, and another scarf (£18.00) for myself.

But it doesn't end there!

An ebay search offered up a black mini skirt, won for £4.20, that matched the one I had in my mind's eye when I wrote my shopping list at the beginning of the year. I also bought a light blue pre loved Topshop midi skirt that took my fancy, I had some Nectar vouchers to use so this ended costing me just £3.00. I'm still waiting for this to arrive...

That's a lot of clothes shopping for one month, certainly more than I anticipated. But when you crave colour and have none what are you to do?


I made just two purchases in December '16. Two shirts, one ex-stock and one pre-loved, and both have been worn a number of times, and will continue to be worn.

The short sleeved shirt was £12.80 from ebay and the other was from Rachel the Hat in one of her Instagram sales for £9.00. Both excellent purchases I think.

Total for December: £125.98

Overall total for 2017: £663.03

Total at this time last year:  £742.39

Obviously my spending this month takes me over my budget of £600, but I am still under my total of last year, so I'm taking it as a win anyway.

Wishing you all a very Happy New Year! I hope 2018 brings love, fun, and positivity (and lots of gorgeous charity shop finds).

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  1. I absolutely love that striped jumper! x

  2. I love all your colourful choices. Colour therapy can be really helpful if one is in need of cheering up, so it doesn't matter if you spent a bit more than you intended. AND you spent less than last year! The burgundy boots are fabulous! Wishing you a Happy New Year! xxx

    1. And a Happy New Year to you too.
      I think the addition of colourful options will be a thing for 2018 :)

  3. I usually love bright colours but currently am very drawn to neutrals, am loving ebay will post some if my wins soon. Love your stripy jumper, it's a classic.

    1. The stripy jumper is seeing a lot of wear at the moment. Would love to see some of your ebay wins!

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  5. Colour makes the world go round!! We went charity shopping today - it was so gloomy and dark and I had real difficulty in the shops who colour coordinate their stock - who want to look through rails of grey, black, brown and beige when it's so miserable outside?
    That jumper has the best sleeves!

    1. I prefer it when they organise things by size, even on a nice day it's hard to see what's what on the black and grey rails.
      I have all the love for that jumper!


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