I thought a great opening to this post would be to blurt out the lyrics of Material Girl by Madonna as that’s exactly how I feel when day dreaming about things I want but don’t need. I don’t have a huge disposable income to lavish myself and my family on luxury goods but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to!
I grew up in a working class family, a proud working class family. Both my parents worked, we owned a Ford Cortina and took holidays at my grandparents house in Devon. It wasn’t a lavish upbringing with regular treats at the toy store, foreign trips or the latest gadget, but it was the best upbringing I could wish for. I remember the excitement of having a phone installed in our hall way and no longed had to run up the road with 10p to phone a friend.
And the microwave, oh the microwave. Many potatoes were baked once that beauty joined our happy little family. We had love and security which were worth more than any top of the range car, designer clothes or portable colour TV.
We weren’t poor, we weren’t rich, we were average. Which was fine.
And then it happened. I grew up and noticed nicer things out there, labels on clothes which were stitched on the outside so everyone knew it was the D’s, B’s. And I wanted a piece of that. Not a whole wardrobe full, my working class roots had grounded me. I guess that’s why they’re called roots, they anchor you down from cloud cuckoo land and remind you of what you need to keep it real and not get swept away into a hedonistic world of ‘stuff’ you can’t afford.
But I didn’t, I still don’t, see the harm in one or two pieces of luxury to make you feel that little bit special. An investment piece if you need the justification. From a diamond ring to a designer handbag, sometimes it’s the little details which is all you need to feel a little zi-a-zig-ah. As Coco Channel once said
Dress shabbily and everyone will remember the dress, dress impeccably and they remember the woman.
What harm is there in being remembered as the woman and not the lady in the shabby dress?
And there are clever ways of doing it without breaking the bank or having to starve for a month. I’m a big fan of the one in one out rule, if I buy something new, something old has to go, usually via Gumtree. And I’m a say shopper, or surfer to be precise. I shop around, to save my conscience and my bank balance. I call it Research Online Before Buying Internet New Goods or ROBBING. I go ROBBING. <wink wink>
I’ve built up a high street shop resistance over the years, there might even be a word for it, a condition or something. I very rarely go in to a shop and buy an item off the rails, instead I prefer to research and make sure I’ve got it for the best possible price. Obviously I don’t do this for the weekly food shop, but for clothes and shoes 9 times out of 10, I go ROBBING. (Don’t quote me on that)
And I have no shame in buying second-hand, or pre loved. With sites such as old fave eBay and luxury online boutique Xupes, you can buy a preowned Cartier watch or designer Channel handbag at a fraction of what it would cost new and no one need know you guilty little secret.
Actually for anyone who knows me personally, I have absolutely no shame in telling people how little I paid for something or that its second hand. Most quality goods are testament to their quality label, they stand the test of time and due the initial cost of them, have been very well looked after.
So I will wave my hand up enthusiastically and shout
“Yes, I am all about hand bags and glad rags!”
pre owned, pre loved and lot bloody cheaper than I should’ve paid.
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