Four things I bought: from the perfect dress to the Big Issue, it’s all in Joy’s shopping bag

Joy French reveals her last four buys
Joy French reveals her last four buys
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What has you reaching for your purse? We want to know! Mum of three and budding author Joy French, 38, has found a new chapter in her shopping life is unfolding.

Now all three of her children are in school, Norfolk Park church and community volunteer Joy French has discovered a new lease of shopping life.

“My four-year-old, Moses, is now happily enjoying the classroom so, for the first time in four years, I’ve been able to go shopping without having to entertain a small child. It was also my birthday recently, so I have been having an autumn shop-athon! I’m always on a budget, though. I like to bring home a bargain whenever possible.”

1. PRINTING OF PARTY INVITATIONS, £3 FOR 50, COSTCO

I’ve just written my first book, Ordinary Mum, Extraordinary Mission, about being a mum while trying to share God’s love. My book launch party will be at Tamper: Sellers Wheel cafe on Arundel Street. I made my invites and had them printed by Costco. We often use them to print family photos, posters and flyers for church events and the results are always great.

2. PICTURE FRAME, £35, MATALAN

I didn’t actually buy this enormous frame. Actually, my husband bought it me for my birthday and I’ve really enjoyed filling it with lovely pictures of family and friends. I really like being surrounded by photos, particularly of the children, who are four, 12 and 14 now. It’s easy to forget how they were when they were smaller, but having pictures around helps to revive the happy memories.

3. DENIM DRESS, £45, OASIS, MEADOWHALL

I really enjoyed getting some new clothes for my birthday. One thing I really love is this denim dress from Oasis. I’ve been looking for exactly the right denim dress for about three years and as soon as I saw this one, I knew it was what I had been looking for. It can be smart or casual and it’s both comfortable and flattering – what more could a girl ask for?

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BIG ISSUE, £2, CITY CENTRE

I bought a copy of Big Issue from a seller outside John Lewis. We’re all rushing from one place to another all the time and it’s easy to become hardened to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. I almost didn’t buy the mag. I had a moment of inner conflict. But after I did, I felt so much better and I realised I’d probably benefitted from buying it more than the seller had from my purchase.