Trying to buy very little is mildly annoying when I've been used to having whatever I fancy as long as it meets my budget. However, now the house is sold, and I am madly throwing out things I no longer need, or will need in the future, I have to show restraint. At first it was quite difficult, deciding what to part with, but now I think, oh, what the heck, just get rid and wipe the slate clean! We are moving from a high ceiling Victorian terrace to a low ceiling detached cottage in a village, with no loft space, so getting rid of stuff is necessary. Most of my furniture and belongings were bought or sourced (cheaply or just free!) to fit into a high ceiling house so will just not go in our new cottage.
I actually managed to fill two cardboard boxes with knick nacks that were adorning the shelves in the kitchen. When it was all gone I was unable to spot the difference, there was still stuff on the shelves, just not as much, so I could see the bits and pieces I still had.
It does make you think about what you actually need in your life. I vaguely remember a programme a few years ago where they analysed life at the turn of the 20th century, comparing it to life at the start of the 21st century . The average person back then had 200 possessions, sounds a lot? Mmm, not if you think it included furniture, linen and kitchenware, all clothing and footwear, toiletries, the odd book, maybe a couple of pencils and a pen, hairgrips and possibly an item of jewellery! I think I have over 200 cooking implements alone, and don't even think about looking in my shoe cupboard and glove/scarf storage area, eek! Apparently, nowadays we average around 20,000 possessions each, I can agree with that!
Anyway, aside from that food for thought, I have purchased some bargains this month. Although the weather here has taken a sudden Autumnal dip, I did manage to steer clear of jumpers, as I have too many, and jackets, although all the lovely wintery things do appeal to me, I love snuggly clothes.
A local charity shop is still getting rid of stock for £1 or less and I managed to grab this delightful bias cut and embroidered Laura Ashley white linen fully lined skirt for £1, woohoo!
Next, literally, something I have been after for an absolute age, a cute short denim skirt from Next, which fits both my hips and my waist, hurrah! Another pound from the closing down shop.
Couldn't resist this silk and rayon mix devore scarf for just 50p from the same shop, amazingly my only impulse buy of the month.
There we are, a total spend of £3.50, aren't I a good girl!!