I've had an email from Voucher Codes UK inviting bloggers to post their cheapest outfits and their bargain hunting tips. Just for fun I thought I'd give it a go.
Although I love a bargain I loathe cheap quality clothing. Not having the budget for designer pieces I spend every spare moment hunting down beautifully made pieces at affordable prices be it through eBay or in charity shops, jumble sales and car boot sales. This outfit isn't my cheapest one by far but I wanted to show you that it is still possible to find top notch clothing if you put a little effort in.
|Wetherall of Bond Street 1960's woollen military cape (£3.99 YMCA), English-made Waldybag handbag (£4.95 Age Concern) Tods' Python & Mink trim boots (£7 Car Boot Sale) Dents' leather gloves (25p Car Boot Sale), Vintage felt hat (50p Car Boot Sale)|
My biggest tip is (unlike fruit and vegetables) to shop out of season. No-one thinks of looking for winter coats and knee-high boots in the height of the summer and you will often pick things up for pennies. Don't ask yourself if it will be in fashion come the winter, a beautiful well-made piece will always be in vogue.
If you're at a car boot sale don't be afraid to haggle. Stay polite and if they refuse then so be it, at least you've tried. The seller of these Tods' boots wanted £10 but I stayed cool, offered a fiver and walked away, he was soon running after me telling me I could have them for £7.
Keep your eyes peeled for high-end make-up at car boot sales. I've found Lancome, Sisley and Christian Dior products in the bottom of 50p boxes, untested and still sealed. Friends are also a great source of cosmetics, the gang regularly have swaps trading our disastrous lip colours and nail varnishes for something more flattering.
Fancy sharing a few tips yourself? The Bargainista challenge's open until midnight.