We’re on day three of secondhand safari, in which everything me or Mr SHS buy for a year must be secondhand. So in theory by now all of those question marks to the right of this should have been banished, and replaced by our first lovingly-chosen safari purchases, right?
I was initially going to start out with a bang, and spend a few days running round every charity shop in town, posting my purchases with gleeful abandon. But it’s been a busy few weeks and while I’ve popped into a few secondhand emporiums the gods of thrift just haven’t been smiling on me yet.
The first, and most important rule of secondhand shopping is that if you walk into a shop, boot sale or whatever and there’s nothing you want to buy, then don’t buy anything. This sounds simple and obvious, but because secondhand shopping takes a certain amount of effort it’s super tempting to always make sure that you come home with something. This is a lesson I’ve had a hard time learning over the years, but I’m not breaking the rule now. So please be patient gentle readers, and it won’t be long before you get to have a nosey at the wares I pick up. I have a secondhand trip to Sheffield planned tomorrow, which is brand new territory for me (anyone got any tips for Sheffield? Please tweet me at @shs_suzy). Then on Saturday if the publicity is to be believed it’s Manchester’s biggest vintage fair. So I’m largely saving myself, although I suspect I’ll do my usual Chorlton charity shop run today on the way to the bank.