When I first heard about “Magpie Monday” at Me and My Shadow
, I had every intention of joining in immediately. It’s taken me 3 months, but here is my first post…
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I bought this dress 2 years ago for Â£15, a big spend for me and…I HAVE NEVER WORN IT! Usually, this would fill me with guilt. I’m not the kind of girl who has unworn clothes in the closet – I refund with pride and sell old stuff on Ebay.
But this dress is different. Yes, it’s vintage Louis Feraud. Yes, I could sell it for a profit. And yes, I could do with the cash. But here’s the thing… I bought this dress when I was 6 months pregnant and had just moved to a new town. I was getting my bearings (navigation by charity shop being the most reliable way) when I happened upon it in perfect condition, in my size.
When I say “in my size”, I mean my pre-pregnancy size, possibly a bit snug over the bust. Obviously I’d have to wait a bit, until I’d lost the weight… But, like I say, I could always sell it on Ebay, if it didn’t work out between us.
I didn’t reckon on breastfeeding.
I’ve been breastfeeding now for 21 months. Not full time any more – I could easily wear something less easy access during the day, even a dress like this. Unfortunately, since I bought it, my boobs have grown 7 cup sizes, show no sign of deflating and I can’t zip it up past my waist.
I really should sell it to someone who can wear it. But I won’t, and these cute little embroidered lampshades are the reason why.
They were bought on impulse in a charity shop a decade ago. They cost me 50p and I didn’t know they were from IKEA. I bought them for my daughter. Except of course she didn’t exist then.
But dreams do come true, and this year my beautiful daughter will turn 2. I plan to decorate her bedroom to match the lampshades. Except her bedroom doesn’t exist yet. And nor does our house. But they will. I have the lampshades to prove it.
Chances are, I will never get to wear this dress, but I suspect it will stay in my wardrobe until my daughter is old enough to wear it. It carries all the excitement and wonder of my pregnancy and all the joys and frustrations of new motherhood and I just couldn’t bear to part with it.
About me: I adore charity shops, junk shops, car boot sales and everything else in between. I also love finding things that are preloved but “on trend” to sell on Ebay or Etsy. That thrill of getting it right and finding something unique that a stranger might treasure is exactly why I love my day job as a retail buyer.