I recently lost a viscose pashmina style wrap in faux Burberry colors and I miss having a scarf with camel color, so I freaked out and bid on this. I ended up having no competition and won it for less than 10 dollars, at which point I realized it is not vintage, but new. That price was not realistic for new Scottish cashmere, so I took a look in the feedback and saw someone mention that their scarf didn't pass the burn test. Others said it was so soft and they loved it, though... so I hope it's at least a nice soft acrylic.
Live and learn. I feel pretty dumb about this one, but it's not the end of the world. Lessons learned? Remember to always apply your standard filter (Item Condition: Used) before bidding and don't get overly excited at the first hint of camel cashmere.
The last purchase I'll share is my favorite thing of the 4 items. It arrived yesterday and I'm extremely pleased with it. It's a Charter Club cashmere camel mock turtleneck. It was another item I watched and then received a really nice offer back on it, $23 with free shipping. I waffled at first because I purchased a 90s acrylic version of the exact same style/color of sweater on eBay for $20.54 (shipping included) in December. I really wanted this color and shape in my life and thought the 90s Sag Harbor realness would be an enjoyable piece of nostalgia for me, but it's got that vaguely squeaky quality that some acrylic has and I felt cheap in it. Not something I wanted to wear to work. That was a big lesson - I generally avoid acrylic, but sometimes I get sucked in. I just hate it though. So this last eBay waltz with acrylic is my last.
Lesson learned: be patient until you find a wool or cashmere version of what you want. I leveled up my camel mock turtle sweater to cashmere for a mere $3 more. Wish I hadn't dropped $20 on that first one, but I'll still wear the acrylic version under my Key Imperials when I'm stacking wood and doing yard work in the winter.
Second lesson learned: Don't fall for cute listing photos over fiber content! Left one is the acrylic, right one is the cashmere.
That's my emotional shopping extravaganza in a nutshell. I like what I bought, but I don't want to be buying more stuff just because I'm lonely or tired. That's no way to live. I decided to just go for it and buy the Big Bud Press trousers I should have bought instead of these 4 things and then go back into No Buy mode. I'm going to do a No Buy for online shopping through the end of March and just shop my closet, love what I have, and sew a few pieces in the next couple months. If I do want something in that time period, I'll wishlist it and revisit if I still want/need it in April.
A bit about me:
My grandmothers grew up in the Great Depression and their stories, skills, and resourcefulness made a beautiful mark on my heart. I am always making something, usually with fiber or textiles. I love scraps and reusing things and rescuing overlooked treasures. I think about a lot of things while I am making. Here is a record and, hopefully, a connection to the thread of my story.