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Why that Mulberry handbag could be a better bargain than a Primark one!

It’s always so tempting to nab that bargain.  But even at only 99p for a top - how much of a bargain is it really if it falls apart after you’ve only work it once? That’s why I’m a real fan of buying quality.

I’ll be honest, I don’t always practice what I preach - it’s a lesson I have to keep re-learning for some weird reason!  I don’t know why, but the temptation to buy cheap is sometimes just too great. But on the few occasions I do splash out on quality, I never regret it.  It doesn’t even have to be designer, but if it’s good quality it more than likely will outlast any cheap piece. You may spend £70 on a beautiful cardigan, but if you wear it 70 times, that’s a cost per wear of just £1. Whereas you could spend a tenner on a cardi from a bargain store and only wear it once.  AND it makes you feel pretty rubbish when you’re wearing it.

I don’t know about you, but I just don’t have the time to spend hours shopping any more, even online.  So having a wardrobe of great quality items, that I can wear again and again is an absolute god-send.

And when I’m wearing that beautiful quality coat, not only does it last a heck of a lot longer and look more special, it also makes me feel better about myself.  Because it’s an awful lot nicer to feel some beautiful quality fabric next to your skin than an itchy, ill-fitting shirt.

Don’t get me wrong, when I say quality, I don’t necessarily mean expensive (although often it can be).  I’ve bought a beautiful immaculate black velvet Jaeger blazer from a charity shop for just a tenner, and I wore it to death (now that really was a bargain - cost per wear).

Best places to grab a quality bargain:

  • Lots of online stores now have an outlet website or webpage - take a look before you splash out on full price.
  • Some high street stores (like Superdry) have an official ebay shop for discontinued stock  - check out the list of stores here.
  • Take a look in charity shops - be prepared to disappointed more often than not, but if you target charity shops in well-off areas you’ve got a good chance of finding something.  I’ve found suit jackets/blazers are often in immaculate condition as people tend to buy them for weddings and then only wear them once before giving them away.
  • Fashion outlet villages can boast some unbeatable bargains - Bicester Village is one of my faves.
  • Good old TK Maxx can’t be beaten if you’re willing to trawl through the tat.  I once got a beautiful Clements Ribiero cardigan from there which I bought for £30 - it was originally £150.  And I still love it now.

So that’s why I LOVE to buy quality (plus any excuse for a reason to buy a Mulberry handbag!) Any other tips on where to grab a good quality bargain? Please spill the beans so I can take a look!

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