black and white 50s style skirt

Casual Friday | Consignment Store 2: The Return

black and white 50s style skirt

All the best stories have sequels, and it turns out all the worst ones do, too, because today I bring you the excitement-free conclusion to last week’s ‘Casual Friday‘ post. And you thought Good Friday was LAST week!

(It’s just occurred to me that, by writing these posts, I’m making it seem like my entire life revolves around my infrequent trips to the consignment store, and that I spend the whole week planning what to wear for them, and that is absolutely true. NOT true, I mean. NOT true. Ahem.)

Anyway, in our last instalment of ‘That One Time I Tried to Take My Clothes to the Consignment Store But Forgot to Make an Appointment First’, our plucky heroine had… well, the clue is in the title, really, isn’t it? I had also tried to unlock the car using the remote control for the camera, but I wasn’t about to make the same mistake twice, no matter how amusing it was in retrospect, which is why I’m about to lose everyone’s good will here by admitting that, like many sequels, this one is nowhere near as good as the original. I opened the car in the normal fashion. I got to the appointment on time. I remembered to bring the bag of clothes with me (at the last minute. As I walking out the door, in fact.). I was PREPARED, people.

What I wasn’t prepared for so much was the fact that the consignment store people would actually open the bag and go through the clothes in front of me, while I stood there watching them and resisting the urge to snatch the prechus items out of their hands, shouting, “What are you doing with my clothes, you varmints?” (I’ve always wanted to use the word “varmint”.) It was a strange experience. The thing is, even although I had spent quite a bit of time preparing my package of clothes, and was 100% sure that they were all items I had no use for, and would never wear again, the second I saw them being picked over by vultures, I started to doubt myself. That dress I hadn’t worn for two years, for instance: would I REALLY never wear it again? Was it not more likely that, the very second I walked out the door, a situation would present itself in which THAT DRESS was the only possible sartorial choice? Probably.

“You should follow us on Facebook,” said the store owner, cheerfully. “You might see your own clothes!”

“I’ll definitely do that,” I said politely, remembering how I’d unfollowed them on Facebook THAT VERY MORNING, and for THAT VERY REASON. I mean, I’ve written about my sentimental streak before, right? You all know how I form attachments to inanimate objects, and have  hard time believing those items don’t have feeeelliiings. Feelings which could be hurt by me ruthlessly abandoning them? In a consignment store, say?

“Oooh, this is nice!” said the woman, pulling a skirt I have never worn, and will never wear,  but now feel I should’ve kept just in case, out of the bag. “I think I’ll put this one in the window!”

And that’s why I won’t be able to walk down the street that store is on until that skirt is either sold, or returned to me. (The store keeps the items for three months, and if they haven’t sold in that time, they give them back to their rightful owners. I’m guessing I will be both relieved and insulted if anything comes back to me. It’s hard living inside my head, sometimes, it really is.)  It’s also why I’ll never have a career as a boutique owner: another dream shattered!

But, of course, ‘Casual Friday’ was supposed to be about showing you a casual outfit from the week just gone, so here I am, wearing a not-particularly-casual outfit*, which isn’t even the one I wore that day OR the one I originally had on this post, but which I like better than the original. And that, my friends, is why I don’t normally post my causal outfits here. Still, at least these clothes actually still belong to me, hey?

Tune in next Friday, folks, for another thrilling instalment: I promise it won’t be about consignment stores this time…

(*Well, I mean, I don’t know… This is just a skirt and top (with much lower heels than I usually wear), which I would consider fairly causal, but I know a lot of people think that if you’re wearing a skirt AT ALL then you’re “all dressed up”, and if you’re wearing even a tiny heel, you’re obviously on your way to meet the queen or something. Gah.)

[Wearing: Principles skirt // Topshop top // cardigan from local boutique // Charlotte Russe shoes]


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  • I’ve only ever sold bags through consignment, and yes, it was difficult. I tend to get swayed by buying stuff from them with the money I make though. X

    April 25, 2014
  • Beautiful!! Love the bag


    April 25, 2014
  • I like your outfit:) but am surprised you didn’t wear mint green shoes as well! Good luck with selling your clothes!

    (And if they do get bought then they’ll get worn and will feel much more loved than if you had kept them and not worn them right? I have the same thing – the attachment to inanimate objects and thinking they have feeling etc. but only with toys and such. Stuffed animals can literally break my heart!) – this teddy bear (in one of the middle photos) for instance. I HAD to buy him because I made up in my head that no one wanted him and that he was sad and needed a home.

    April 25, 2014
  • Your post are always amusing to read, no matter how long and intimidating the text seems, haha.

    I don’t know how you do it, I find it really difficult to get rid of my clothing. I look at my mother and all her suits from the 80’s crammed into her wardrobe that she hasn’t worn since.. well, the 80’s, and I’m always scared that will be me in 30 years’ time. Yikes!


    P.S. Is that a jumpsuit? That totally looks like a mint jumpsuit.

    April 25, 2014
  • Louise


    I really need a shoe unit like yours – but can’t find one anywhere – please could you tell me where you got it? Love ALL your outfits btw! x

    April 25, 2014
  • In the past, my problem getting rid of clothes was with the fact that I would give them to my friends. I don’t know how many former items of mine that I have seen and wished I never even got rid of. Now I try and sell them at consignment stores, but it is always a BIG disappointment when these stores don’t take any of them – which happens sometimes. Ah, it’s not easy getting rid of clothes! 🙂

    April 25, 2014
  • Louise


    Well done to your hubby! I suppose I could ask mine to have a go – he is a carpenter by trade but I dont hold out much hope for a successful outcome!

    April 25, 2014
  • You look super cute with bangs! Alex

    April 27, 2014
  • Hi Amber. I wish I could do the cosignment store shops. I have an illness and I just can’t stand that long, or I suppose even the patience it takes looking through things. I like you outfit quite a bit, as I am a red head too, and love the green cardigan with the stripes. I have also gotten into more fuller skirts as well.

    Very pretty look

    April 27, 2014
  • Hey Amber,

    I’ve never taken my clothes to a consignment shop, just donate them to charity. I don’t mind giving things away but hate to see them again after that. Even things I never liked such as the embroidered denim capri set which had been a gift. When I saw it hanging up in the shop weeks later I felt terrible and got all maudlin, as if my mother, who lived over 1000 miles away, would somehow find out. If she were all knowing, she would have known there is no part of embroidered denim capri set that I would ever wear.

    Thanks for your blogs, they brighten my days.

    April 29, 2014
  • Can you tell me a bit more about consignment stores? I haven’t really heard about them and I am curious!

    June 13, 2014