Back in October, I spent weeks lusting after a wool coat from Marks And Spencer. I had to convince myself that I didn’t really want it, that I couldn’t justify the expense. Who needs to be warm in winter anyway? Since then, I’ve been wearing my trusty spring/autumn coat from Matalan, which has led to more than a few “Aren’t you freezing?!” comments from my husband. (Well, I suppose it has been fairly cold and stormy….)
But this week, something truly brilliant happened. The January sales gods were looking down on me and decided that I would be a chosen one. On a lunch break at work, I nipped out to grab a quick sandwich. I called my husband as I walked along, and distracted, found myself standing outside Marks And Spencer while I finished the call. I said goodbye, hung up (well, I pressed ‘End Call’, but isn’t it funny how we still call that ‘hanging up’?) and thought I may as well have a very quick peek inside the shop before buying my lunch. Inside the store, I hurriedly worked my way along a sale rail, stopping at one oversized knit before realising it was three sizes too big and therefore taking the word ‘oversized’ to the extreme.
Then I turned on my heel and there they were. Seven, eight, maybe nine wool coats. Not just any wool coat… *my* wool coat. The object of my affections a few months earlier. I checked the price – it was reduced from £139 to £99. So tempting, but I still couldn’t justify spending that much money on a coat (especially when I *cough* bought a £25 cream and black coat from Primark last week.) And then something caught my eye that made my heart rate increase and my throat dry up. One of the coats had another sticker on the tag that said “Now £65”.
I tried the coat on again, but really, we all know it was just a formality. I’d already decided to buy it.
At the till point, I remembered I had been given £30 worth of M&S vouchers for my birthday – double win. So really, the coat – my dream winter coat – ended up costing me £35. This coat and me, we were clearly meant to be.
What’s been your best recent sales buy? Do share, so we can all revel in our collective smugness…