My new boots were purchased from the charity stand at our local market this afternoon. The brand name is Renata - previously unknown to me but apparently a high quality Italian make. These boots are beautifully made of soft taupe leather with a printed python skin design and leather lining. I couldn't believe my eyes as the stall was quite depleted and getting ready to pack up when I spotted them lying there. I couldn't try them on quickly enough - they are exactly my size and so on trend for A/W11 - and cost me all of £5. They are probably unworn from the look of both the insides and the soles. Certainly never been walked outside of a carpeted floor. I am now wondering what treasures had been hanging on those empty clothes rails earlier in the day. (" Get up earlier!" shouts Mr EM.)
Well-heeled and cuban style - just the job for me
Behold - A Goodie Bag from L'Occitane!
Clutching my new boots closely, I walked across the market square and passed lots of ladies holding L'Occitane carrier bags. As I turned the corner I spied a lovely old tradesman's bicycle, its wicker basket piled high with bunches of lavender, parked outside a new shop whose hoardings had been taken down at last. L'Occitane was open for business! I was offered a glass of pink sparkling wine, chocolates, a stalk of lavender and the goodie bag displayed above. I had a quick look but had to rush to collect my new specs, but have promised myself a proper visit tomorrow as they are offering a 15% discount until Sunday to celebrate the opening.
BTW the designated charity stall in our weekly market changes each week, so a variety of mainly local charities which often don't have dedicated shops, all have a chance to raise money. I usually try to at least purchase a book or some other small item but occasionally I make great finds for myself or my vintage fashion stock. Today's charity, Dogs for the Disabled, deserves a mention, especially because I had never heard of it before and it pulled at my heartstrings - particularly for their work with children with autism. It has been nominated for a NatWest CommunityForce Award ( no, I'd never heard of this either despite being a NatWest customer) which could win them £6,000 to help in its life-changing work. Do please give them your vote - they only have 36! I have also added it to my Facebook page. To be honest it's a bit of a fiddle because you have to register with NatWest CommunityForce first - but surely worth a little bit of effort to help this brilliant charity. As a mother and grandmother when I look through the photos and videos of my children and grandchildren I daily give thanks that they are all healthy and whole.