As most people who have known me awhile can attest, I love cardigans. I have many cardies, of many colours and fabric weights and types. They have been a main staple of my wardrobe since I was a teenager. Recently, however, I noticed that 2 of my favourites (a black 3/4-sleeved fitted and a brown 3/4-sleeve) are getting a bit ropey. They’re faded and hole-y. The black one isn’t too bad, so I may dye it black and see how that turns out. In the end, though, I decided to shop around for some replacements. There are some massive summer sales on at the moment, so I ended up looking in every shop on the high street…and finding nothing. Sure, there were some cute bargains, but nothing that I thought I could wear with some regularity. Also, they were fairly pricey–ranging from £10 (a horrible but quirky striped number) to £25 (a really really nice green one). I finally ended up in one of the bigger charity shops in town. They had loads of cardies! I thought to myself, JACKPOT! I ended up buying 2 (1 brown and 1 black) cardies, a 40s style navy blue leaf-print dress, and a book–all for less then £14. As my mom always said, its not secondhand, its ’boutique’!