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Wednesday, May 04, 2011

I was screening desperate Hurst wives in mid-Sussex yesterday, so at lunchtime I hobbled two hundred yards down the road (which is about my limit these days) to visit Hurstpierpoint's one and only charity shop. According to its fan page on Facebook (because obviously it has one), it is in fact "the WORLD'S GREATEST charity shop", and having popped in yesterday, I'm inclined to agree.

I only go there once a year when we do two weeks of clinics at their health centre, but in the past I've picked up clothes, DVDs and enough wooden toys to fill a tree house. Yesterday, however, I took the bargain-hunting to a whole new level by coming away with this...

MBT Tariki Shoes
And they threw in a second one for free. It's a pair of MBT Tariki shoes. In perfect condition. And in my exact size. Which, should you wish to buy me socks at Christmas, is 9½.

African tribesmen swear by them, so naturally they don't come cheap. The recommended retail price for such a fine pair of footwear is... (take a deep breath now)... £159.95. Although you can get them for a hundred and ten if you shop around.

If, however, you shop around in the Hurst Community Charity Shop, you can pick them up for three quid. And you get a free carrier bag. But that's not all. I also bought Amelie a pair of pink Next trainers for a pound...

The Hot Shoe Show
I must admit, there's probably something slightly immoral about picking up two hundred quid's worth of shoes, and then standing there waiting while they hand you some change from a fiver. But I didn't let that stop me. I wore my new shoes for the rest of yesterday's clinic, and I've been wearing them all day today. These things could work wonders for my plantar fasciitis. And my fashion sense. It was the bargain of a lifetime. I spend one day saving the sight of the Hurst wives, and I end up robbing them blind.

13 comments:

Phil's Mum said...

Well, you deserve a reward for all your suffering.

Dave said...

Have they got any in size 8?

Phil said...

No, but they did have some nice tap shoes if you're interested?

Dave said...

I'd fall in the sink.

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