I hit pay dirt straight off with this one, acquiring a pair of jeans and three pairs of work trousers – £4 a pair – all in very good condition and all in the right size and even in the ‘short’ length I need to avoid having to fool around with needles, turning hems up. I also spotted a barely-worn chocolate-brown M&S leather jacket for £10 and added that to the stash.
Things got even better when I spied a box of Action Men in another charity shop. I was seized by the thought that here was the opportunity for hours of fun, so I purchased the handsomest one and a bag of Action Man clothes, for £6. I spent a happy hour that evening putting him into ridiculous poses and taking his photo helping with the cooking, savouring a glass of wine and relaxing naked on the stairs while having his crotch sniffed by the cat.
One of my regular blog visitors, Kate, to whom I emailed the pictures as I knew she’d appreciate them, thought I ought to go back and buy another of the Action Men so he’d have a friend. I did so the next day and took some more childish pictures in the evening, but none of them are really suitable to show in public. I wonder if one ever gets to the age where putting dolls into ludicrous faux-erotic poses stops being amusing.