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Thursday, 19 July 2007

The tale of the Aquascutum Coat

It was a hot day in September 2006. My mum (Gill) and I were shopping in Carlisle and were searching for a hideous nightie for her to wear onstage. I wasn't looking for anything in particular. However, I had said to myself in Stirling that once I had a well paid job in Carlisle I would treat myself to a posh winter coat, for around £100, as my current one had gone bobbly even though it was worth £70 from Topshop. I bought it the sales for £30 though.

We went into Age Concern on Botchergate and there were several ladies winter coats on the rack, all in pretty decent nick. I looked at the tag of one that was a lovely gray - size M, £2.75. I couldn't believe how cheap it was, I would be perfectly willing to pay £10 or more for a winter coat in a charity shop.

I took the coat down from the hanger and it was so heavy! I didn't really want to try it on as it was so hot but the thought of a bargain spurred me on. It was only when I came to put it on that I realised how much of a bargain it was - the coat was like new and sported an Aquascutum label inside. I showed my mum with glee and we could hardly believe the good fortune.

The coat fits me like it was made for me. It is the warmest coat I have ever owned. So I did get to treat myself to an expensive winter coat that year, only it cost me just £2.75! I am not sure exactly how much it's worth but I reckon that a second hand Aquascutum coat could probably set you back about £400! So it just shows that you should always keep an eye out in your local charity shop.

The coat pictured above is almost identical to mine, except mine is not tweed, just plain grey. People have asked me if I'm going to sell it on eBay to make a profit. I have to admit that the idea is a little tempting but I love my coat too much; I may never sell it and keep it as a family heirloom.

Besides I love looking like a KGB agent.


Jen said...

Damn the page crashed just as I posted my comment, so I shall write it again! That's quite a find, I've never heard of aquascutum being the anti-cool person that I am, so I went and checked out their website and a new winter coat from them is over £2000!!! I reckon if you like it you should definitely keep it, and who knows it might be worth even more in the future! xxx

mutterings and meanderings said...

Wow! That is one amazing find!

Gill said...

It is a really beautifully made coat.

Gill said...

Just looked them up on wikipedia- apparently it was the first waterproof wool coat- established in 1850's and the sufragettes loved wearing them!

Gill said...

and they are designed for people who prefer style to fashion- darling that is YOU! Keep scouring those charity shops!

Karen said...

I think I had only heard of them through my grandma Jen - you know I don't give a monkey's about labels usually!

It is indeed fairly waterproof as it tends to dribble down the front of the coat. Apart from my hair and legs, which stick out from the coat, I have never got wet in it.

I do indeed prefer style to fashion as I only wear styles that are "in" if I like them. I am well known to hoard clothes and if they still fit I will wear them year after year regardless of whether they are fashionable or not!