At the last minute the plans had to change because Big Man's work rang to say that the driver standing in for him this week had suddenly entered a manic phase of his manic depression so could Big Man help them out blah blah blah.... He needed the car in the morning so we decided to go instead to Eastleigh which is a...well, I suppose it's a town. Bigger than a village and not a city so I guess small town would be right. It's very popular with me and Babcia when she visits because it has loads of charity shops including some small, obscure ones.
I think this shop is closed now but it was (not to put too fine a point on it) smelly
and odd. I got some really great stuff for eBay from here that I made loads on.
However, we were not chazzing today, although I would've liked to. Of course I would! Instead we started in Claire's Accessories where they had an offer - spend £10 and get a voucher for £5 off your next spend of £10 or over. We were able to spend £10 with ease on barrettes - mine are little red horns and Red's are small, blood-spattered skeletal hands. She says she's wearing them to work at Halloween but I'm not so sure they're appropriate when she's taking people to theatre and back. And a pair of 'deer in a woodland scene' knee socks for Babcia. She always has very cold feet, plus she mainly wears black so these socks can be a splash of colour under her trousers. You didn't think I meant she'd wear them with a skirt did you? She's not that eccentric! The girl behind the counter was a bit naughty. She wasn't going to give me the £5 voucher at all - I had to ask her for it. Wonder how many people walked out without one?
Next we moved on to Monsoon and Accessorize where I saw the most beautiful enamelled bird trinket box for £15. I didn't succumb to that but I did tell Red I'd like it for Christmas if she was wondering what to buy me...:)
Pretty. I want it.
They also had delightful little enamelled robins, Christmas tree ornaments I think, which I would have loved. But as I'd spent £45 (yup, the succumbing started at B&Q yesterday. And now we have so many decorations we will have to put both our trees up this year) on decorations the day before, I hesitated to get more.
Pretty. I want it.
Red found a dress she liked and tried it on. At £35 I thought it was a bit steep and it's not for any particular occasion so I said she should ask them to keep it for her for a couple hours whilst she looked round. I hoped she would forget all about it and save her money. We had a quick skeg in New Look (tacky, poorly-made, unflattering to anyone over 15, not even particularly cheap - that was Red's opinion and she's only 21); Dorothy Perkins (lovely costume jewellery but nothing to make you say 'wow!'); then into my favourite store in the world, after Century 21 - TK Maxx. And the spending began....
Betty Crocker Rich and Creamy Coconut Pecan Frosting...didn't need
Beano's Deli Mustard with Real Horseradish....didn't need either
Jelly Bean Factory Mint Sorbet Jelly Beans...didn't need but only 50p
Smoky Iguana Smoky Jalapeno Chipotle Salsa...definitely didn't need
Pair of Men's Socks by Pringle.....reduced but still unnecessary
Sebnini Floral Bouquet Scented Candle....not needed but oh, so wanted!
Sebnini Mimosa Scented Candle....ditto
Belle Maison Vanilla Verbena Scented Candle....definitely ditto!
Home Bake by Eric Lanlard.....Christmas present so semi-needed - just not right now
Desserts and Puddings Magnetic Jotter Pad.....another stocking filler...see above
Four Cupcake Soaps, Caramel Cream Variety.....ditto
July 2011 - December 2012 Diary...WHICH I NEEDED!!!!!
Advent Candle for Carb Addict.....would have got one sooner or later I suppose...
White Reindeer Head with Antlers to hang on the wall......ha! most definitely NOT needed but wanted sooooo badly.
And that, friends, is how you spend £65. I only feel a little shamefaced about the reindeer head but it is so cool and SUCH fun! I'll have to keep an eye on Carb Addict though - he seems a bit freaked out by it.
Similar to this but totally white. I'll post a pic when it's in situ!
I think because I haven't spent money on anything extraneous this year I went a bit wild but it won't happen again...just had to kick back for an afternoon. We finished off with a mooch around the wonder that is 99p Stores (if you don't have one near you then I pity you because 99p Stores RAAAAAWWWKKK!!!!) Who would believe that you could get so much wonderful, incredible stuff for less than a quid....sometimes two items for less than a quid!!! Forget Poundland, 99p Stores knocks it into a cocked hat. Despite it's all-round fabbishness however, we didn't buy anything. This time.
Red went back and bought the dress by the way. It is currently still in the bag at the bottom of the stairs, where I expect it to stay until I take it up to her room. I'm not the only one who succumbed to 'wants, not needs' today.