At Farmers she earned 23 shillings a week - and her boarding was 20 shillings a week - which left very little. Her Dad sent her 10 shillings a week and that paid for her fares 'and something sweet for the week's treat'. She said that the Landlady took her into town one day and showed her how to lay-by and slowly but surely she bought herself more 'city-like' clothing.
After a year at Farmers she saw an advertisement for a shirt maker - and she liked to sew (though can't remember where she learnt because her mother didn't sew so she guessed it was her Dad's Mum) and she interviewed and got the job! She learned first how to make and attach collars, make the sleeves and button holes and eventually master a whole shirt. (This would prove useful some 15 years later when she was a single mother of three and making all the kids' clothes)
When Nan received her first pay she had never seen so much money - 3 pounds 75 pence! So what did she do? She bought a new hat. Of course she did - one without a brim and trimmed in flowers.
Bless my Nan, I would so have done that too. She 'needed' that hat. I believe her!
Do you remember your first big purchase with your first job (or even second?) I seem to remember buying myself a citizen watch....
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