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The Toast clothes sale

Earlier today, I ventured out to a village hall for the annual Toast sale. Toast is a shop local to my hometown which sells ladies and men’s clothing as well as beautiful home-wares. It was started in Wales in 1997 and currently has nine shops in the UK. Unfortunately, much as I love the designs, it is usually a little pricey for me and so when I learnt of this weekend’s sale, I jumped at the chance to browse and stock up on some of the company’s classic clothing.

Clothes were strewn all over the hall and shoppers had to rummage through to find the bargains

Like many other jumble sales, the clothes were strewn all over tables in the hall and shoppers had to look carefully through to find the bargains. But this only added to the excitement of the sale and everyone there soon got into the spirit of finding themselves a good buy, with many friendly strangers admiring and helping others by observing what clothes suited them.

Bargain hunters had to have a good eye to look through all the clothes

The hall was quite busy for a Sunday morning

There were quite a few good bargains and some which weren’t so great, as unfortunately many of the clothes had minor snags and tears and some of the shoes had been worn and returned. But all the imperfections were highlighted by stickers and labels and some were still a good buy even so. And I suppose it’s a small price to pay for shoes and clothes that were originally approximately £100 and upwards.

Some of the items I picked up

Shoes were on sale for a fraction of their original price. This pair were £10

I came away with some really nice items, including a silk dress, which I paid £15 for, but sadly not the brogue-like shoes I could only find one of.

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International Women’s Day celebrations

Last week, I attended the Oxfam Boutique’s fashion show which they held in celebration of International Women’s Day. As part of it, they held an auction to raise some funds for the cause, with a dress donated by Alex Jones from the One Show, as well as holding a raffle with prizes donated by local companies. There was entertainment from local poet/comedian Mab Jones, who, I must say, was incredibly talented, as well as music from Ellie Makes Music, not to mention the fashion show itself. Students from Coleg Morgannwg were given unsaleable clothing from the shop to transform into wearable items, which are now once again on sale in the shop. The ultimate in recycled clothing.

Here are a few photos from the evening:

Singer Ellie Makes Music

Singer Ellie Makes Music

Poet and comedian Mab Jones

Poet and comedian Mab Jones

Decorations (which I helped make) in celebration of International Women's Day

A dress, donated by Alex Jones, for the auction at the Oxfam Boutique

And, just to remind ourselves why we’re celebrating and campaigning for equality for women, here’s a lovely video: