Thursday, March 15, 2012

What Would Bet Lynch Do?

If you're not a longtime fan of Coronation Street like me, ignore the title. It's just not that important to the content of this post. And when I claim to be a "longtime fan", I mean that I watched the show with my parents from about the age of three and then finally gave up a few years ago after the plot lines got too ridiculous and sensational. When the writers go back to penning stories that involve Norris choosing his wardrobe for his upcoming summer holiday to Bournemouth while Rita makes pithy remarks from the back room of The Cabin (are Norris and Rita still alive?), I'll start tuning in again.

But I digress. Here's what I actually want to talk about:

My new leopard-print jacket! I am one peroxide job away from being Bet's younger sister.

This jacket is a perfect example of what I was talking about in my last post (has it really been almost 2 weeks? Yeesh!). I found this while having a leisurely browse through a few of my favourite online window-shopping stores. This faux-fur leopard-print jacket was in the Cleo clearance section. The original tag on it was $200, and I got it for $30. On my last trip to Value Village, I found a few similar used coats of lesser quality than this one in the $50 range. I won't harp on it. I did that last time. But this strengthens my resolve to stay out of that place.

When my coat arrived in the mail, I ripped it open and pretty much just stuck my face into the amazing furry softness. My mom had a couple of faux-fur coats in the early 80's and I can promise you they didn't feel anything like this. Faux has come a long way! 

Then I had a look at the attached tags and discovered that, in addition to the insane discount and dreamy softness, this coat is also safe to put in my washer and dryer. No dry cleaning required! Can you hear angels singing yet? This is the thrift shopper's equivalent of winning the lottery and on the same day discovering that Colin Firth has a crush on you! So, as you can probably guess, I'm feeling rather pleased with myself. 

And also a bit like putting on a low-cut top and some stiletto heels and pulling a few pints...

12 comments:

In Real Life said...

Sweet! Nice Coat! Gorgeous photo! :)

Tricky Nag said...

You would totally give Bet a run for her money in that coat! Too awesome for words!!

GLENDA BROOKS said...

I actually have a rabbit coat given to me as a gift, way back when it was fashionable to wear animals. I couldn't wear it even then. It still hangs in it's mesh bag in the garage. Love the idea of Faux anything! This looks wonderful and I know you will totally enjoy it. Hope the boys are doing well!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Gawd yeah, Bet Lynch would love that coat! It looks good on you -- have fun wearing it!

Granny Bob said...

Love it! You did great with your finds once again. Have a great weekend! Take care.

Suburban Princess said...

Great find! I love my leopard faux fur coat!

You would need huge earrings too if you want to be the new barmaid :O)

Frostbite and Sunburn said...

Bet's younger sister - ha ha, brilliant - and perfect too! Looks like fun - enjoy!

Oh, and some Scampi Fries with that pint please!

bmsaqt said...

I LOVE that coat on you! As Tricky Nag said , you really WOULD give Bet a run for her money!! My faux furs never looked anywhere near as nice as yours does...
Love the photo!

Jane said...

Very nice :) The quality of faux fur has come a long way. The fact that VV had one priced at $50 is ridiculous - as far as I'm concerned (unless it's a piece of furniture or electronics) nothing should be $50 in VV!!

Laural Out Loud said...

I LOVE that coat! Sometimes I wished I lived in a colder climate so I could wear coats like this. As it is, we're moving to an even HOTTER climate, so I'll just have to enjoy posts like yours!

As for your last post, I've pretty much stopped shopping at thrift stores because the prices are the same as sale items at the regular store. It's getting ridiculous!

Janine said...

Hi Wendy!! Love that coat!!!
Sorry I haven't been around much! I just posted a few things on my blog... after a few weeks. Seems like there are no hours in my day for fun stuff!!
thinking about you!!

Karen said...

I LOVE IT! Some day I'll tell a story of my love affair with leopard print clothing back in the mid90s!