25 Things To Do In A Dull Town at Lunchtime #1: Find nice and useful things to buy in charity shops


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.

12 thoughts on “25 Things To Do In A Dull Town at Lunchtime #1: Find nice and useful things to buy in charity shops

  1. Joli says:

    “I wonder if one ever gets to the age where putting dolls into ludicrous faux-erotic poses stops being amusing.”

    I hope not.
    p.s. For added fun, how about printing a scaled-down Twister mat for them to play on…

  2. WSW says:

    If you’re really looking for fun, get yourself some cast off Barbie clothes and cross-dress Action Man. It’s so much more fun than fatigues and surf shorts.

    1. WSW says:

      It’s quite hard, of course, to find Barbie shoes that fit — a common tranny problem — but where there’s a will (and a full bottle of Rioja) there’s always a way. In a pinch, you can always paint the toenails with a Sharpie marker and have the boys go “au naturel.” The possibilities for make-up and tattooing with this approach are endless. I’m looking forward to the photos.

  3. Lucy says:

    This reminds me of when I was a kid and my older brother thought it was great fun to steal my barbie dolls and get his Action Man figures to do unmentionable things to them, it was terribly upsetting when I was eight but now I see the funny side, all such things are hilarious (especially where a glass of vino or two is involved).

    1. Sue Fenton says:

      Children can be so cruel. I seem to remember my friends and I hanging dolls from a tree, following a pretend ‘trial’ – for some minor misdemeanour – that could only be described as a miscarriage of justice.

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