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. We were taking a pause from listening to music at the Dart Festival. This dress caught my eye ‘ Don’t buy it ‘ said my chum. ‘I’ve got it in my wardrobe at home. I bought it for a wedding and have never worn it since. 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 over several wears 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 was a bit indecent. Sadly it was finally thrown in the rag pile, not even good enough for the charity shop. I missed it though and decided to hunt for dress Mk 2.
I decided to set up a search on Ebay. Surely in the 50,000K plus items that they have for sale in my size dress Mk 2 would come up at some time. It was just a matter of patience. 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.