Buy Quality Items You Will Love
In this modern hectic lifestyle it is becoming ever more difficult to stand out from the ordinary and develop your own style on a budget. The fantastic price paid earlier this week for a reported Leonardo da Vinci artwork (a record $450m) and an Angolan Diamond $33.7m had me choking on my cornflakes.
For most of us these days the shrinking pound has made it even more important to buy wisely. I come from a hard working family. We didn’t have lots of money to buy stuff, everything we had seemed to come from the market; was inexpensive; and had a tendency not to last very long. The irony was we had no money and yet we were forever buying.
I remember buying my first piece of jewellery. I had been invited to a rather swanky Christmas do and wanted to look my best. I bought what I considered was a lovely bracelet, hammered texture with a black oxidised surface. I bought it because it looked good, was unique, none of my friends had anything like it, and more importantly it was something I could afford.
I thought I looked a million dollars and felt very confident. An older woman who was stunningly dressed asked me about the bracelet. I remember feeling a swell of pride and elation that of all the women at the party she had noticed me. ‘I like your bracelet, is it silver?’ I said, ‘no’ to which she replied ‘oh, you should really buy something of quality’ and with that she was gone.
Little did she know the impact those few words had on me. I was mortified, crushed and left the party shortly after that. I later found out my ‘lovely bracelet’ was made from a metal alloy with a plastic coating. Needless to say I never wore the bracelet again.
Without realising it I had got my first and most important lesson in buying something of quality, which is to always buy the best value and quality item that you can afford at the time. Even now I look for things that I really love, are of good quality and that I can pass on. My Pinterest Board is full of items I would like to have but not necessarily need or afford.
So regardless of the cost of the next Renaissance Painting or rare diamond find, it’s the quality that will stand the test of time.
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