I often deliberate when is being frugal really thrift?
Earlier this week I was in Stoke on Trent at the end of the day and was walking back to my car when I happened to walk past the factory shop for Royal Stafford.
So I popped in.
It is full of beautiful items, like all the factory shops for ceramic ware in Staffordshire. Visiting any one of them is a lovely day out and you will get a good deal compared to high street stores.
I especially like the “seconds” which are imperfect goods sold at a fraction of their perfect siblings’ price. E.g. perfect price for a plate £29.95 seconds price £10.50.
In Royal Stafford they had a section of items on the floor, baskets filled to overflowing with mugs, cups, saucers, plates etc. All seconds and end of lines. And, all reduced to 50p. Yup 50p!!!
And fell in love immediately.
So I bought some……..umm, actually I bought 10. Total cost £5.00 yes they have almost imperceptible marks (I went though all 50 or so plates to find the best) but I like them a lot.
So is this frugal? Surely the thrifty way, would have been to not buy them at all and keep my £5.
And, why the hell did I buy 10? When there is only little old me at W Towers.
However, I did reason that I could give them as gifts with a cake.
Actually, all is not lost my friend K at sewing class fell in love with them too and said she would have them off me if I decided to sell.
Currently they are in the halfway house of my car boot awaiting a decision.
What do you think I should do?
And, did I save money by buying the plates at 50p, or spend £5?
I am not sure, but I do still really like them.