Monday, 10 August 2015

The RE-giveaway winner and Tilley hat love.

I promised that I'd draw a number out of the hat for the Simple Living Handbook re-giveaway if Kathi from Florida, the original Simple Living Handbook giveaway winner, didn't reappear. She didn't. If she ever does I promise I will make it up to her. 

I got one of my kids to draw a number out of the hat. The number was 9. Commenter number 9 (if you take away a duplicate commenter) was Louise Houghton so Louise is the winner this time! Pleeeeease drop me an email via the blog's email (everydaylifeonashoestring@gmail.com) with your address, Louise, so I can post the book to you. 


That's my Tilley hat in the picture. One of my favourite possessions. Tilley hats are not cheap but last year I invested in one (and it was truly an investment at nearly £60) in the interests of good sun protection. Usually I'll scrimp and save and look for the secondhand or cheapest option but sometimes it's worth spending out, especially when personal health is concerned. And Tilley hat owners must be a loyal bunch who hang on to their hats - you won't find many bargains on eBay. I was also after, once and for all, a hat with a brim that doesn't flop around and which doesn't blow away in the slightest gust of wind - the Tilley stays firmly put and even has adjustable strings for extreme weather conditions. 

Tilley, a Canadian company, pride themselves on making good quality products "handmade with Canadian persnickitiness", that last. Their hats come with a life-time guarantee - worn-out hats will be relaced for a small fee. A letter in a recent Which? consumer magazine from a Tilley hat owner praised them for successfully replacing his hat after 18 years.  

I'm hoping that this is a case where the initial investment will be outweighed by the fact that I will never ever need to purchase another sun hat again and so it will work out to be a frugal choice in the long run. I just mustn't lose the hat. 

What also swayed me in my decision were the environmental credentials of my particular hat - the Tilley 'Mash-Up' - it is made of 70% recycled hemp and 30% organic cotton. It's not a flashy hat - it's simple, eco and I think frugal. That's how I like it.

I'm curious - what items are you prepared to spend more on, in the hope that they will last well and save you money in the long term?

All opinions my own - this was not a sponsored post in any way.

8 comments:

  1. Eeek! How exciting! I've just emailed you. Thank you so much.xx

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    1. Great! I will get it in the post! Hope you enjoy it!

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    2. Sarah, the book arrived this morning. Thank you so much. I have just been reading it with my lunch and already have post it notes on various pages. Usefully so, we are today taking down furniture etc in our bedroom and our family chill room ready for moving so the chapter on closets/wardrobes is inspiring me. I am now thinking about those clothesI have been carrying around with me since before I got married (ten yeasrs ago) which I have not been able to fit into! Time for a change. Hold my feet I'm going in! xx

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  2. I've never heard of Tilley hats. I looked them up and they are quite interesting. I was thinking of getting a different sun hat, and these will be in the running.

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    1. Definitely would recommend them - lots to choose from.

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  3. A zoo keeper in Ontario Canada had his Tilley hat snapped up and eaten by an elephant, not once but three times, the trainer waited until it passed through the elephant, retrieved it, gave it a good washing and continued wearing it!

    You will find this story on the Tilley website in comments and testimonials.

    I am sure you will love your new hat - just be careful when you are near elephants!

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    1. This story was floating around when I bought my Tilley hat in Toronto in, ummm, 1986? My hat is still going strong, but has always been known in our family as my "Elephant hat", to everyone's amusement!

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    2. I had heard the Elephant story too, Jeanne! I don't often come into contact with elephants but I will be careful when I do! Great that your hat is still going strong after nearly 30 years Gill.

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