Oh, Tootsa Macginty. How I love thee.
No, seriously, you guys. I do. And only fractionally less than I love Kirsty, the boys and the dog.
I have Chloe from Sorry About the Mess to thank for this new-found romance – it would probably have taken me a wee while longer to discover this adorable, locally-based brand. And I would certainly have missed the sample sale from which I have just returned had she not tweeted about it. So thanks, Chloe! (Although admittedly, my bank balance is not quite so happy with you as I am. Silly, fussy bank balance.)
Having never been to a sample sale before, I had only the vaguest idea in my mind of what one might be like. This one, I’m happy to say, was vastly friendlier than I thought it would be. Less tussling over tiny clothing and a lot more cooperation and chatting. I did nearly trip over a toddler or two but as I can no longer see my own feet, I thought that fairly understandable (and the parents took it well!). And it was so fun. So incredibly fun. I’ll admit that I love shopping anyway, but surely even the most shopping-adverse person would be able to find some joy in acquiring seriously adorable styles at bargain prices.
Despite the fact that it was a clearance sale, I found that there was plenty of variety in sizing. That said, I suppose that the advantage of having unborn babies to shop for is that I could afford to take any size, season-depending. Although I did get a few baby items, most of what I bought is actually for toddlers – including their Christmas jumpers for next year! There was one hairy moment where I was forced by lack of smaller sizes to buy a jumper aged 5-6 years (yes, forced, I tell you) but I plan to put it on one of my eventual three-year-olds and just roll up the sleeves.
I feel that the ladies helping out deserve a special mention. They were so helpful and friendly, and as one of them is a fraternal twin, she spent some time telling me all about her experience growing up as one. Another sweetheart walked past me outside the town hall and made a point of waving ‘goodbye’.
Best of all, I managed to swing a wardrobe that the ladies estimated was worth £500 for only £150! It feels like my birthday. No, really.
I shall definitely be keeping an eye out for sample sales in the future, although I’m not sure that this one will ever be topped.
Here are but a few of my new acquisitions from today. In the absence of sprog models, Posy kindly agreed to step in and show off some of the jumpers. Hm – I wonder whether Tootsa Macginty have ever considered expanding their range to fit dogs..