Please give me your opinion - do I want to spend £50 on a cloak from a charity shop?

(72 Posts)
2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 08:10:08

Which I may or may not wear. At 48 I'd have trouble pulling it off, but it's soooo lovely - really heavy and well made. Think Scottish Widow style - but sadly I don't look a bit like her. And they've put it aside till this morning .....

RubyLovesShopping Sat 11-Jan-14 08:18:40


Dillydollydaydream Sat 11-Jan-14 08:20:57

£50? No, sounds like it could be an expensive mistake, sorry.

ChalkHillBlue Sat 11-Jan-14 08:21:05

Would you buy it if it was the same price in a high street shop?

thecherryontop Sat 11-Jan-14 08:34:05


BadgerBumBag Sat 11-Jan-14 08:36:06

Could you make money on it?

bunnymother Sat 11-Jan-14 08:36:06

If it's amazing, could you shorten it, if that means you'd wear it more often?

impty Sat 11-Jan-14 08:39:38

Yes. Do it.

BUT only if you can happily spend that on an experimental piece. I'm all for pushing the boundaries once in a while.

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 08:44:30

Chalk no I wouldn't buy it on the High St but I think the thing I like about it is that it's old and you don't see many like it. Badger in my dreams I'd be the sort of person that made money flogging stuff but I tried it a couple times with dds clothes and never did. I suppose if I were younger I might try and carry it off - I think I may run the risk of just looking witchy but it's one of those things that's so nice just to have. I'm thinking dds may want to wear it one day. Although they have said they won't come out with me if I wear it. But then we're not joined at the hip.

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 08:45:42

bunny it's the right length ....wink

senua Sat 11-Jan-14 08:51:09

What are the care instructions? Will it cost you another £50 every time you have it dry cleaned?

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 08:55:50

And I've got a £12 credit note from the shop, so really it would be £38.

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 08:56:47

Senua no labels and no care instructions and it's huge so probably sad

Jinglebells99 Sat 11-Jan-14 08:56:51

£50 sounds too much from a charity shop. How much would it have cost new? Although I suppose you could consider it as having made a donation to charity.

Custardo Sat 11-Jan-14 08:58:07

If are going to walk around the streets in a scottish widow type cloak, you must also carry around a cat under each arm

you will look like weird nobber, and you will likley be sectioned

only students with pink hair can carry that shit off

notnowImreading Sat 11-Jan-14 09:01:29

If you have £38 to spend, buy it. From the way you write about it, it sounds as though you love it. You might never wear it and you already know it's whimsical. It doesn't matter if it's a silly purchase or an expensive mistake, as long as you're not going to be destitute because of it. You're a grown woman and if grown women can't just choose something because it speaks to them sometimes, what the hell is wrong with the world?

The heart wants what the heart wants.

Roussette Sat 11-Jan-14 09:04:38

If you have £50 to waste, I'd say yes! Just think... it's in the charity shop for a reason. I'd imagine someone looking like Mary Poppins in it. Mind you, I can't bear cloaks or capes and think they look ridiculous on anyone, even young slim things. They do nothing for boobs and they just look odd. Sorry smile

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 09:11:17

Rousesett, I have no boobs in any case wink

RightInTheKisser Sat 11-Jan-14 09:12:20

Only if it's an invisibility cloak!

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 09:12:37

Custardo would a couple of medium-sized dogs work as well? Sigh. I think you may have a point ......

CrockedPot Sat 11-Jan-14 09:13:21

If you can afford it and you love it, then definitely yes. You will regret it if you don't.

RubyLovesShopping Sat 11-Jan-14 09:14:21

If you buy and it doesn't work out I suppose it would be useful for Halloween?? grin

Custardo Sat 11-Jan-14 09:15:58

no, i'm afraid it must be cats

preferably those ugly bald looking ones

FrugalFashionista Sat 11-Jan-14 09:19:32

Cloaks and capes are enjoying a fashion moment right now - saw someone looking stunning in one last night - but only the shorter, non-witchy ones wink

burnishedsilver Sat 11-Jan-14 09:30:48

No. It will take up valuable storage space in your house and serve no purpose. It will just be clutter.

Bearleigh Sat 11-Jan-14 09:35:04

If you go out in the evenings I would get it, as you can wear it over your dress (I have always wanted such a cloak for such a purpose), or if you have the space as it sounds fabulous. But make sure you smell it in case of mildew smells...

Roussette Sat 11-Jan-14 09:36:37

Has it got those armholes where you stick your arms through and hoik up your bosom (but get your point 2sugars! )

Personally I would say step away from the cloak but I'm just boring and I don't push the fashion boundaries.

saintmerryweather Sat 11-Jan-14 09:38:31

I bought a ballroom dress I have no use for (I dont compete) and I dont fit in it. I like to look at it and put it on sometimes. If you want iy get it!

whereisshe Sat 11-Jan-14 09:42:18

Get it if you want it! Sometimes nice things are just nice to have, even if impractical...

willowstar Sat 11-Jan-14 09:43:24

I have a vintage velveteen coat with massive fake fur collar that I bought ina vintage shop in Austin, Texas. I have worn it a couple of times but mainly it just hangs in my room and I like looking at it. So I would say buy it and view it as a charity donation.

I have one from M&S (bought 2 winters ago) I haven't worn it (yet) because I need to take it somewhere to have the pesky fur cut off the sleeves , I can cope with the neckline fur at a pinch. There's no hood though

I bought it because I love it and it's the kind of thing that is classic and I will wear sometime
And actually, if I pull my hair back and look mysterious, I could do a good, if much older, Scottish Widows woman.

No cats but I've got two golden agouti brown guinea-pigs. Is that enough to get away with the look?

If you love it and you don't buy it how will you feel?

Ooh mines a CAPE not a CLOAK (and definately not a PONCHO )

My bad ...... grin

Floisme Sat 11-Jan-14 10:39:34

For god's bloody sake when did Style and Beauty get so negative? Op this sounds like a one-off piece so normal rules like 'will it suit me?' really don't apply. You obviously love it and I bet you would get a lot of pleasure from owning it. So the only question is, can you afford £38/£50? If the answer is 'yes', then get it. Please.

Oh go and get it. You know you want it.

Dumpylump Sat 11-Jan-14 10:46:53

I am currently lusting after a bright green Mongolian furry collar....which will go with nothing I own and I may never wear. But I love it. This thread has decided it, I am going to buy it.
It may be draped over the wire mannequin in the corner of my bedroom for ever more, but I will be able to admire it, and stroke it.
OP, go and get your cloak! grin

baskingseals Sat 11-Jan-14 10:47:01

What colour is it?

I would say get it. The problem with shopping is you never really know what is going to be a good purchase until you've got it and then you either wish you hadn't, or that you had bought two. It's all just a crazy gamble.

pootlebug Sat 11-Jan-14 10:47:04

Is it a charity you'd donate to anyway? In which case you can think of it as a £38 charitable donation and a free marvellous cloak!

If it sits in the wardrobe, better to have 'wasted' £38 in a charity shop than high street chain, imo

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 10:52:37

Custardo that looks strangely like my husband ..... If I could bear it he could be my accessory .....

Brillenbar Sat 11-Jan-14 10:55:41

Bizarrely I have a black wool Scottish widows cape. It is ankle length and has a floppy hood and balances on a very fine line between fancy dress and glamorous. It is utterly impractical and doesn't really keep you warm. I paid 7 quid for it in oxfam 20 odd years ago. It gets 2 outings a year, Halloween and new year if dressed up. I wouldn't part with it, but I wouldn't replace it for 50 quid myself

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 11:04:57

Thoughts from both sides of the fence make complete and utter sense. They were the thoughts I had too, that was the dilemma. It's black, basking seals, with a green lining. And I'm going to blame no one but myself. And I never do evenings out - last week there was a 6th form entry meeting and I got all excited about going out forthat, so no, Bearleigh! Thank you all so much - just goes to show there can't be a formula to it.

<<<<<Scurries off to cauldron>>>>>>>

TheBookofRuth Sat 11-Jan-14 11:06:35

HELL yes. In fact, if you don't buy it, please tell me where the shop is and I will buy it myself.

You will look fabulous, ignore everyone else. Haterz gotta hate!*

*did I say that right?

QueenQueenie Sat 11-Jan-14 11:11:09


TheBookofRuth Sat 11-Jan-14 11:12:18


QueenQueenie Sat 11-Jan-14 11:16:11

<That was no to the op and to Ruth>

BitchyFestiveFace Sat 11-Jan-14 11:41:47

Yes! I would. Even if I only wore it for the occasional walk in the countryside.

£50 seems a lot for a charity shop, but logically, I'd rather give £50 to charity than to some ordinary profit-driven shop; and the item is of higher quality than you'd get for the same price in a shop. So you win and the charity wins.

I feel strongly that when something speaks to you like that, you should stop thinking and do it. We'll all be dead in the ground in a hundred years, who'll care then if you wore a fabulous cloak that you loved, or stuck to the uniform deemed acceptable by the arbitrary rules of your day grin

OvO Sat 11-Jan-14 11:57:27

Yes, definitely.

You'll regret it if you don't.

I have one and it's gorgeous. Rarely wear it but just poncing about in it in the house makes me feel great. grin

Every single person that's seen it has been dying to put it on straight away and then do Scottish widows/Dracula or similar impressions and always end up with big smiles on their faces. Worth £50 just to see 60 + grumpy family members pretend they're Harry Potter. wink

2sugarsandadog Sat 11-Jan-14 13:59:47

Thank you all so much. Heart won over head.

Poof! wink

Floisme Sat 11-Jan-14 14:08:02

Hurray grin Now make sure you wear it!

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Sat 11-Jan-14 16:14:00

Don't do it. Sounds like a waste of money.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Sat 11-Jan-14 16:15:01

Ah. I see I am too late. Well best get it on and make sure that you use it grin

DelGirl Sat 11-Jan-14 16:19:10


Xoticdreamz Sat 11-Jan-14 16:27:46

I would . Even if I only pranced about the house with it on I would still buy if I loved it .

Merguez Sat 11-Jan-14 16:32:39

Yes, it sounds like a classic vintage piece that you love and you will probably wear it a few times a year for the next 10 years - go for it!

£50 is not that much for something well-made from good fabric.

VestaCurry Sat 11-Jan-14 16:33:19

No no no and thrice no again

Merguez Sat 11-Jan-14 16:35:06

Ah - I see you have bought it. I hope you enjoy wearing it lots, and I'm sure the charity will be grateful to you.

impty Sat 11-Jan-14 17:48:56

Yay! Sensible is boring!

WandaDoff Sat 11-Jan-14 17:53:07

Can we see a photo?

thelittlemothersucker Sat 11-Jan-14 18:10:24

Yes, yes - pic

BitchyFestiveFace Sat 11-Jan-14 18:51:58


Aquelven Sat 11-Jan-14 18:58:20

Good! Glad you got it grin
If you'd let it go you'd never see anything like it again & it would be a niggling regret. Now you own something you love, will never part with. Just think how brilliant it will be for walking the dogs in the freezing cold....much more fun than a boring parka.

AwkwardSquad Sat 11-Jan-14 19:27:58

Walk the dogs in it at night (and if the cloak is long enough, wear roller skates). Start a new neighbourhood spooky tale smile

Binkybix Sat 11-Jan-14 19:37:07

I want a cloak. Can we see a pic?

FiddleDeeDees Sat 11-Jan-14 20:45:47

Good for you OP!

Succumbed to a similar cloak a few years ago, and it's still hanging in my wardrobe...although I very rarely wear it, I would never get rid of it - firstly for sentimental reasons (my husband proposed to me the first time I wore it, on a weekend in Paris!) and secondly because there might still be the odd occasion when it will be exactly the right thing to wear...this year I looked quite glam at a Eurovision party smile

Imagine one of those 'cloak' events coming up, and just thinking about the cloak you so nearly bought, but didn't - too awful to contemplate!


2sugarsandadog Sun 12-Jan-14 09:04:47

Thank you all!

TheBookofRuth Sun 12-Jan-14 09:47:35

I'm so glad heart won! Last year in a similar vein I bought myself a full length white fake fur coat. I'm sure I look ludicrous in it, but I feel like the Snow Queen, and I count that as a win. Plus it's really warm!

D'you what?

This week I'm going to take my cape to some Friendly Local Repairs who will remove the rather OTT fur from the sleeves and I will wear it.

I've seen loads of people wearing them and when I go somewhere enclosed, I often don't wear a jacket because I feel too warm (47 yo, flushes y'know)

I will do The Full Scottish Widows Face (though looking at the newer advert she doesn;t have as much make-up on as I remember)

Now, we need some nice wintery weather to wear it. smile

NewBeginningsSnoopy Sun 12-Jan-14 12:05:32

Lol re: bald cats

ReluctantBeing Sun 12-Jan-14 12:10:37

Sounds like a posh charity shop.

KatyMac Sun 12-Jan-14 12:15:32

My nan left me a full length opera cloak with a ruched hood. It's lined in lilac silk and is Irish gabadine

I love it & wore it for my January wedding, various formal dos, the Rocky Horror Show & I always feel amazing when I wear it

DD is now tall enough to wear it & I wonder where it will take her - it is an heirloom piece

Dollydishus Sun 12-Jan-14 12:20:51

Oh yes buy it and wear it! I've got a full length black velvet coat lined in pink silk. Rarely wear it as it's very goth, but when I do, I feel amazing. And it's always admired.

Think posh concert, posh dinner, wedding, one-off events...lovely to have a really special thing to weAr, when everyone else will be in some dreadful debenhams occasion type outfit.

capsium Sun 12-Jan-14 12:24:33

Yes. If only to support the charity. This alone justifies the spend wink

sunshinemmum Sun 12-Jan-14 13:42:52

Oooh I would. It would be fab if you ever go out to concerts or evening dances.

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