I Must Confess…I got me some bargains!
I’m not much of a shopper. I shop more out of necessity, not so much out of fun. Don’t worry, I do enjoy the occasional shopping trek outside of the fortnightly grocery shop (I am human after all!) but after a couple of hours I’m ready to move on – I’m done.
I must confess I’m intimidated by the fancy stores – I tend to walk through the glitzy part of Westfield as fast as I can feeling the accusing glint of the chandeliers on my back the whole time. It’s as if they know that in my heart I am a big fat cheapskate.
Yep, the cheaper, the better for me. I’ll pass on Mimco, Country Road and David Jones but point me in the direction of The Reject Shop or Kmart or Big W and I’ll happily browse for a couple of hours. Even worse than being a cheapskate? I’m more a looker rather than a buyer. I guess I really am a retailer’s worst nightmare.
Given my problematic shopping history and the difficulty I have in parting with my money it’s no surprise that it has to be a real bargain for me to consider a purchase. And I’m not talking half priced Christmas decorations on Boxing Day – that’s really a lame sort of bargain, if you ask me.
No, I really, really enjoy grabbing items for half or a quarter of their original price. Particularly things that happen to be $10 or less. I really wasn’t kidding when I said I was a cheapskate!
I haven’t had much of a chance to really go out and shop lately. With Dad in hospital I tend to stick close to home when I’m not travelling to Sydney to visit him. There’s also the small matter of not having a job and being on a strict budget. Nothing like a budget to dampen the shopping enthusiasm.
However. those factors did not prevent me from scoring some great bargains at my local shopping centre just before the end of the year. I headed in to go to Coles but couldn’t go past the pop up stall selling bags and purses on my way through.
I’d been in search of a beige tote for ages and at half price ($10) I couldn’t resist this one. It’s comfortable on my shoulder and I really do like the faux quilting on the sides. All the purses were down to $5 too so I grabbed a new purse with navy and beige stripes which also matches another bag I already own. Win!
After I eventually emerged from Coles (yes, I did make it in there!) I took the opportunity to stop in at one of my fave clothing stores, Crossroads. I was drawn to two black and white tops which can be dressed up or down. Since finishing work I’ve been struggling with a wardrobe that doesn’t fit my new, non-office needs so these were perfect for my new reality.
When I saw their sale price I knew it was meant to be. Originally both priced at $34.95, their sale price of $7.50 represented a saving of nearly 80% – that’s my kind of bargain! And they are comfortable to boot – I could not ask for more. Well, I could have done with a selfie stick for my outfit shot…maybe next year 🙂
So for the princely sum of $30 I managed to purchase a tote, purse and two tops. Definitely bargain worthy purchases – and not a chandelier in sight!
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