How’s this for a sweet little story? I absolutely love a charity shop bargain and like a root around whenever I’m out and about. About five years ago I was in the hospice shop in Dartmouth with my friend, Red Mel. This dress caught my eye ‘ Don’t buy it ‘ said my chum. ‘I’ve got it in my wardrobe at home. You can have it.’
To be honest, after she’d gifted it I wasn’t that sure that I was so keen. But I gave it a go and it grew on me. It was comfy, flattering and quite a good crossover between more casual and dressier wear. I ended up wearing and wearing until it got so holey it got a bit indecent. Sadly it was thrown in the rag pile, not even good enough for the charity shop.
I decided to set up a search on Ebay, Surely in the 50,000K plus items that they have for sale a replacement would come up. I searched ‘Wallis Black Paisley’ and waited until this never worn example came along. Then it was just the matter of a generous bid. I probably paid over the odds but no matter. Per wear its cost will work out at pence.