Friday, 21 September 2012

Frock Autumn, Look At My Car Boot Buys!



 Yeah, you already know that I'm a freak because I don't embrace Autumn like 99.99% of the blogging world but you can keep your chunky knitwear, hot chocolate, dark evenings, tweed, prohibitive heating bills and stodgy stews. I'm sticking to crisp salads and pear cider and won't be swapping my neon dresses, in-yer-face eye shadow and Barry M nails for neutral autumnal hues any time soon.


Nylon's just as cosy as knitwear and the beauty of a maxi dress is that you can wang thermal undies, woolly socks and leggings on underneath and nobody's any the wiser. Thank goodness I stocked up on fake fur coats at car boot sales in the summer when they were £2 each and nobody else was interested. I've a new-to-me 1960s cropped white number I'll stick over this to the pub later.




The one good thing about this time of year is that these platforms which I'd been eyeing up since June were marked down to £5 this morning. Yes, I not only bought something retail but I bought two pairs whilst I was at it (in different colour ways), too. 


I reckon they'll look even more fabulous worn with some bubblegum pink opaques.


 Anyway, enough about the weather. Here's some of the things I've been buying from car boot sales this week.


A huge stash of 1960s and 70s dressmaking patterns including an awesome majorette costume which should be brilliant to make for next year's festival season. £1 the lot.


 Marcasite Art Deco buckle - destined for my stall at Sunday's Vintage Fair



A pile of fabulous mostly 1950s era satin scarves including one marking her Maj's coronation. How very apt! These are off to the vintage fair.



  A 1930s Wyndham Creation bias cut silk slip.


 How pretty is this rose trim? 


Two 1960s hipster belts in rainbow colours.


Unworn 1960s swimsuit, destined for the vintage fair.


Three fabulous 1960s frocks, one handmade and the other two by English Lady. I love all three but they're too big so they're off to the fair to find a home with a curvier girl.


Unworn 1960s Windsmoor woollen skirt suit. Another item for my stall.


I wore this 1960s crochet poncho today (yes, me and knitwear, who'd have thought it?)  and got lots of smiles so I'm keeping this. It was £2


A groovy psychedelic make-up bag to replace my manky Barry M one. It was 20p


This 1950s Midwinter Fashion Plate cake stand will be on my stall on Sunday.


I love this huge 1970s Diana Ross mirror but Jon hates it! What a shame, if it doesn't sell on Sunday then I'll have to keep it!


This 1930s/1940s full length gown is a work of art but not my style so this'll also be off to the vintage fair on Sunday where hopefully it'll find a loving home.


I'm off to the pub in a bit as I don't think going out on the lash on Saturday with a 9am start the following day is a good idea. I'll try and take plenty of photos of my stall (unless I'm inundated with customers!)

Cha-Cha of New Zealand maxi dress (Courtesy of her deliciousness, Helga), 1960s Vogue umbrella (£1, car boot sale)
Have a fabulous weekend!
See you soon.

86 comments:

vintage_kitten said...

You look so cute.love those shoes.Love that slip and that 40's gown.drool.I would buy out your stall.That diana ross mirror is amazing.you should keep it.xx

makinggooduse said...

I reckon you will be inundated with customers on Sunday - you've got some fabulous items to go on your stall. Looking forward to reading all about how you get on. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for you.

Lucy Nation said...

Poor Vix, you look so out of place in the overcast weather. I know you hate this time of year. However, you still look amazing in that dress. I absolutely love it. I knew before I even read it that you would keep that crochet poncho, haha! I would come to your vintage stall in a flash if only you weren't so faraway...sigh. Can't wait to see the pics xxx

c... said...

I think you look fab in that dress and thoose shoes ! The last dress i would die for.. but i am shore i wont fit me...Have a nice weekend !

Sara said...

Beautiful frock you're wearing! I also like that floral 30/40s gown, very pretty! Great finds as always :)

Kestrel said...

Wow, you got some beautiful things! Good luck with your stall at the vintage fair.

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

I LOVE English Lady! I have a psychadelic dress by them that fits me like a glove and a recent find was a quilted nylon(!) maxi skirt that's almost a bit Versace. With the added bonus of a total nostalgia trip with the quilted nylon on your bare legs. It's what our dressing gowns were made of in the seventies! Cracking finds!

Fiona said...

Can't wait to hear/see how your stall goes at the weekend, you've got some fabulous bits and hopefully will make a bomb. The scarves and the belt buckle are especially lovely. You used the word 'wang'! Brilliant!
xxxxx

lady liquor vintage. said...

I love the dress you're wearing, but ooft, those platforms! So beautiful. All the stock for the fair looks great, you'll do so well! xo.

Krista said...

I am totally drooling over this post, OH. MY. GOD. First off this dress Helga sent you is making my head spin, you know I love it and it fits you perfectly, you are the prettiest girl in all of Walsall, the UK for that matter. That umbrella is adorable too! I'm so with you on not wearing dreary dull colors just because it's fall or winter. PINK YEAR ROUND BABY!!!

You have some fabulous stuff to sell at the Fair and that slip OMG Desire will be emailing you asking how much?!?!?! The belts are beautiful and the bathing suit is sure to go too. I can't believe all the goodies you will have to sell, I so wish I could shop your stuff!!!!! Please set up an etsy store Vix, pretty please!!!!!

I bet your ears were burning last night because we had dinner with our friend Chris (the jean maker) and talked about you and Jon all night! Talking about how much fun we had makes me re-live it all over again. BLISS.

Talk soon!
LoveyoumorethanPINK!
Krista

Vintage Coconut said...

*Good luck at the vintage fair*
I am sure you will sell a ton.
I like fall because I can wear faux fur!!! *lol*
Oh and boots lots of boots.

Trudie said...

Loved your intro to the post about autumn, hiliarious. I too hate how when the colder weather arrives everyone gets into all their darker colours, it's depressing really.

Your dress is very sweet and the colour of those shoes is amzing. Did you buy two pair in the same colour. I shan't imagine you did, so curious to the other colour.

What wonderful goodies you picked, I hope the vintage market us a great success for you. I'm very eager to hear the results.

I rather like the Diana Ross pic.

Lisa G said...

Great haul Vix, I'm sure the buyers at the Vintage fair will be in for a huge treat when they get to your stall. Yes please do try and post photos if you get chance. I hope you make plenty of money for your next trip to India!!

I greatly admire your steadfast refusal to bow down to the change of the seasons, I on the other hand rather love Autumn so am quite happy to be in 'leaf kicking' season!!

And WHERE ARE THOSE SHOES FROM?!! They are simply gorgeous.

L xx

Linda Wolf said...

Another beautiful dress for a beautiful woman. Good for you for once again ignoring fashion rules. Who makes these silly "rules" anyway?

I happen to love autumn as it signals the beginning of the end to all the blistering Southern California heat as well as vacation crowds. It also means HALLOWEEN, baby! We're fools for that holiday out here and there are a lot of creative events going on! I happen to wear orange and black together year 'round. Pink will always be my first love, but it does nothing for me; orange is another thing. But you rock on with those brights, girl. YOU GO!

Best of luck at your vintage show. Hope you make wads of cash and have a blast! Look forward to your follow-up post.

carrievintage said...

I want your new shoes!!!!!!!!!

Veshoevius said...

Good luck with the stall! Can't wait to hear all about it. I'm with you on avoiding autumn/winter gear for a bit, still don't feel ready for all that despite it rapidly cooling down. I want to enjoy some colour for some time yet. And your hot pink maxi and platforms and providing me with the inspiration to do so! x

Emsipop said...

I love that you are such a dedicated summer person =) and I LOVE those shoes! xx

Kezzie said...

I love seeing your bootsale hauls! Brilliant! That pink dress is so flattering and beautiful on you (as is everything you wear!)
And I am SO glad you said that about Autumn!!! I am so bah-humbug in my mind about it!!!

Le Material Girl said...

Those shoes look amazing!!
And I love that 1930s slip - gorgeous detailing!!

Clairejustine said...

I love to see what you have been buying,great bargains,love your poncho :) you look fab in your pink dress and your umbrella and shoees are amazing buys,have a fab Sunday I can't wait to see your pictures :)

Annie said...

I can't bear how cold it's gone since I got back from Ibiza. Horrible! But you've got some wonderful stuff for your stall, and I know you will make your airfares for India. That's the important thing!
I would love to come along, but I am doing stalls for our local Permaculture Group both days this weekend. I'll be knackered by Sunday night! Still, I shall look forward to hearing all about it next week.
Have a wonderful weekend Vix xxx

Paula lalaboo said...

Good luck with your stall Vix!

Love that slip and the 40's was pretty. Totally love the different coloured belts though.

I am afraid i am one those autumn winter loving girls, but in my defence have always worn black all year through! lol. Things are changing in that direction though. I put it down to me being a ghoul at heart and dream of old gothic building roaring hearths stormy weather and the odd bump in the night.



Of the ghostly sort...........




Have a cracking weekend



P x

Thrift Bee said...

"nylon is just as good as knitwear".......priceless. Never knew about your aversion to Autumn, but in lots of ways your dead right.
Inudated or not I need to see your stall. Please take lots of photos. Hope (and imagine) you'll have a killer day.

Sissy said...

don't see too much tweed in my neck of the woods, and my tastes for outerwear favor crushed velvet, satin, and of course leather....looking great as usual Vix, love seeing your goodies and good luck at your sale can't wait for pics...

Louise Mc said...

I love how you still rock the pink and other summer colours long after the rest of us have jumped into woollens. What a stash, I love that coronation scarf, also, I think that the mirror is gorgeous so I hope you get to keep it. I'm off to the pub soon too, have fun. Xx

Lynne DeVenny said...

"Stodgy stew" made me giggle. And I don't think we have car boot sales in the ol' southern USA, 'tho' we do have flea markets. I love seeing the pictures of the things going up in your stall.

You also look incredibly lovely and refreshing, and great score on the retail shoes :)

Heather said...

Love that dress fits you perfect!! Fall is not here yet keep the bright colors going!! Good Luck with your stall and have fun!! ~Love Heather

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I don't know where to start!! The 30s dress is so gorgeous I want to explode. You look fab - I love the pink with that amazing umbrella. Oh dear I love Autumn, although I love summer more. I'll be in my tweeds very soon! Everything you bought is wonderful - the slip is beautiful - you have such a talent for spotting stuff, although it's not just talent it's also persistence! xxxx

Ivy Black said...

Blimey girl, you won't be able to move for punters on Sunday and you'll sell out. I saw the same Liz scarf going for £30.00 at the last vintage fair I wen to. The Diana Ross mirror is fab.
Have a great weekend.
xxxxxx

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

How do petal! ♥ finally working my way through the blogs I've been neglecting lately. Ya know when we're out on our Suesdays we often see stuff and we say 'Oh now that's soooo Vix...or sooo Helga or sooo Sarah!' You really must come out here one day we could have an international op shop tour! How cool will that be :D Anyway you look smashing as usual...off to catch up on some more posts ♥

lovelygrey said...

Please keep Diana Ross. You deserve her!!! x

Joyatri said...

Wow and wow! Another stellar haul. You'll have the best stall at the fair. I wish I could visit it. I'll be in the UK soon, but not soon enough. I hope you make a killing and fund your next trip and then some.

Melanie said...

I don't quite understand why bright colours are not popular in fall and winter; if anything, we should be swanning about in them all the time to brighten the dark days. This is a stellar dress from Helga. Good luck with your sales!!

Trees said...

Such a pretty pink frock and its even lovelier now I know its from New Zealand:)

I'm a fan of polyester in the cooler months - it keeps me toasty and boots and tights can work wonders! Fortunately it never get too hot or cold in Wellington.

I wish I could come to your vintage stall! I hope you'll have the chance to take lots of pics to share:)

Loo xx from Jumbles and Pompoms said...

I totally agree with you about autumn. I can't be doing with it. I want a summer! Anyway, the dress is gorgeous even if it is nylon (I remember nylon sheets only too well). Good luck on Sunday. I'm sure it'll go really well. Xx

one denim bird said...

The frock is fabularse Vix! I must admit Autumn is very welcoming after such stiffling summers here in OZ but I dont do Autumn colours (on me anyway) they just make me look washed out. All your car booties look fab - and good luck with the Vintage Fair!!!
xox

Sue said...

I like PINK!! Good luck with your stall on Sunday, I am sure it will be a success!! Looking forward to the post revealing the day.

Loulou said...

I say frock you to autumn too. But alas, there is no avoiding it. Surprised to see the vine behind you already changing colour. Love it all, particularly the cute bumbershoot!

thorne garnet said...

I love fall weather. After the heat and humidity(since May) it's a much needed break. I've been looking longingly at my sweaters and socks! BTW fall happens here sometime in late October.

Wish I could check out your stall, but I don't have a TARDIS. Good luck with that.

All the downed trees are being cleared away and I've very greatful the giant pecan tree in my backyard didn't fall on my house.

Penny-Rose said...

Oh Vix, what a fantastic post!!! I think the pink dress is divine, and the umbrella is amazing. Good luck with your stall, I am looking forward to seeing some photos. Spring is springing here in NZ, and my first Rhododendron is coming out and also the native clematis. Hope you have a great weekend.

Leticia said...

It´s pretty in pink, darling!!! and the shoes, i look like a tower with those but who cares? gorgeous! I also love that poncho, lovely and comfy! and I loooove the way you embrace autumn! fuck normal! let´s be special! ;) have a lovely weekend, doll! much love, always!

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Please may I? said...

And why not stay glam? You look fabulous. Good luck with the stall, I'm sure you will do amazing. I want to buy it all!

X x

Helga! said...

I'm on my 5th gin and tonic and so my reaction to this FABULARSEHOLE POST OF DELIGHT may get a little out of hand!
Firstly, that frock is heavenly and you look so gorgeous in it!! And you're going to add a white faux fur for going out later?! EEEEEEEEK!
Your scores are tremendous,some incrediblty great finds that I hope make enough in one fell swoop for you and Jon to spend a month in India!!! I'm not normally into 30's (wouldn't suit me in a million years) but that frock is beautiful.
The platforms are amaing, for 5 quid I'm pleased you went all out, too good a deal to pass up for shoes you'll wear the hell out of!
The majorette pattern makes me SQUEE, you so better make that up in a hurry!I expect you have the perfect trim ready to ROCK!
The Diana Ross mirror is so bad it's fantastic, Jon!!! I can imagine being scared by it in the loo in the dead of night!She was such a bitch!Probably still is, she ain't dead yet!I loathe her watery voice!
Yay you got great comments in that poncho...you are the only woman I can think of, apart from Cher, who could possibly make one look good!
You ROCK, sister!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx
PS: Hope it goes really well. So well you make enough to stop off in India for a couple of weeks and then come on down to us!
(I can dream!)
XXX

CityScape Skybaby said...

Your pink dress and poncho remind me of outfits I had and loved in the 70's Vix, though the poncho was responsible for the little scar on my chin as it wrapped around me when I fell and rolled down a hill, so I couldn't put my arms out to stop myself rolling!
The satin slip and the 30's dress are absolutely beautiful, and I love your bargainous new shoes! Peeing myself at Helga's critique of Diana Ross too!
Good luck at the vintage fair, wish I could be there, your stall will be fantastic. xx

Valerie said...

You are SO right about the nylon. I have a couple of nylon vintage frocks that I wouldnt dream of wearing on a hot day.
V
xxx

Linda said...

wow! so much stuff! your stall is going to be amazing!! love the Autumn leaves behind you in the pics xx

Katryoshka said...

What a vision in pink, that beautiful work of art dress is us to be a winner at the fair. Hope you have a great day, Kat x

Young at Heart said...

you are summer on a plate!!x

Nava said...

OMG that umbrella O.o Rihanna would envy you lol!

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Devil made in Heaven said...

You always find the most gorgeous stuff..... Love the platform shoes.
I wished I lived a bit closer, then I would come over and visit your stall. :)

Rachael said...

You have such an amazing eye for hunting out a bargain. I love that umbrella!

Misfits Vintage said...

OH

MY

GOURD

You in that fabularse pink maxi blows my MIND!!! And THOSE SHOES! Holy guaca-frickin-mole! AMAAAZING!!!

I love all of your treasures - especially the incredible floral frock, the poncho (yay! we need pics of you modelling it pleeeease), the SWIMSUIT, the beautiful slip and the darling scarves.

Good luck tomorrow - I'm sure you'll make a MOTZAH!

Love you more than Holy Bejazus, the pink maxi is EXQUISITE! Sarah xxx

edie pop said...

You are gorgeous in pink!!!!
I love that Helgacious dress so much and it's super perfect with your beautiful shoes and Vogue umbrella!
You are always a great muse for my daily outfits!
Good luck for your vintage stall, the clothes you are selling are the best!
xxxxx

The Pugnacious Vegetarian said...

Those shoes, that umbrella, and the make up bag are to die for!

I am in full on, hunker down it's autumn mode, but I am trying to remember to wear color too.

Good luck at the fair!

Miss Magpie said...

Another one all in pink! LOVE the chevron pattern lurexy dress.
I'm looking forward to see your after fair blog. x

Bambilegs said...

Cant believe I only just discovered this blog! In love!

Love a good booty!

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pastcaring said...

Now we KNOW you don't like the cold, or knitwear, or hot chocolate, but there is no law that says you have to wear a jumper or eat cake if you don't want, haha! A maxi and a faux fur, accompanied by a cider to two, that's much more you, Vix!
Love the frock from Helga (she's no Miss Ross fan, is she?!) and as ever, your booty is fab. That sounds wrong... CAR booty, I mean! All the frocks are amazing, gorgeous scarves, great cossie, beautiful buckle, fab belts... The list goes on!
Good luck with your stall, bet you'll do really well. xxxx

menopauselsupermodel said...

You look fabulous as always!! Those shoes are AWESOME (how I wish I could wear them!)
You got loads of amazing things for your stall--that 30's gown and slip are GORGEOUS!!
I know you will have the swankest, most amazing stall at the fair and
Vixify everyone who stops by and buys your fab stuff!!

Lou said...

Hope tomorrow goes well for you! I'm sure it will, I'd be straight to your stall. Groovy umbrella, I love patterned brollies to brighten up a rainy day! x

The Brunette said...

That dress is absolutely stunning, I love pink as I think its looks stunning with dark hair and that is just divine.

You look gorgeous xx

señora Allnut said...

I love your umbrella and fabulous shoes and I admire you a lot because you're able to walk wearing them!, your dress is so you!
And I'm one of that Autumn huge fans (our warm spanish autumn, of course!) but I'm not going to sport any muted shades, No!!
besos & colors forever

Nikki @ Penelope Cat Vintage said...

I love your pink dress - it's gorgeous and you look fab. Nylon/polyester does keep you warm, I'll have to put a bit more of it in my wardrobe for the Winter. It's cold today, but lovely and bright.

Another fantastic haul - I adore that gown especially. I really must move to Walsall if that's the calibre of car boot finds.

Good luck for your fair! I'm so upset I can't make it - next time make sure it's on a day I'm not working and/or skint! :)

Nikki x

shooting star said...

those are some seriously amazing heels!!!


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Sophie - CGDN said...

I can only imagine the full glory of your stall! I add thermal layers but have to add jumpers and jackets too as I feel the cod terribly. Booo!
Your platforms are amazing, very you x

Rose&Bird said...

It would certainly be a big suprise if you suddenly admitted to a penchant for chunky cardis and cake! I'm afraid I'm with Jon on the mirror (sorry), but everything else is great, especially the 30s dress. Hope you sell everything tomorrow x

Stacey said...

I wish I could come & shop your stall! I love that you keep wearing bright colours & fab frocks even in Autumn/Winter. Personally, I do have a penchant for chunky knitwear - but I like mine in bright colours & combined with cute dresses, lol. Your Autumn/Winter style is rocking.

Make Do Style said...

Has been wonderful catching up on your posts. Loving as ever your outfits. I hope the fair went well on Saturday.
xx

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Hardly need to tell you that I love the silkdress ... and pastels do fall easier!

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

Ehum ... strange english, but I tried to say that pastels are fine even in autumn.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

Ooh, how much would we ALL like to come and rummage around on your stall? I hope it's going well.

Love your new shoes!
x

Rosemary the Shopper said...

Good luck with the vintage fair. You probably have a loyal following of Vix-wannabes. Hope you've made a pile of money!

Cheers,
Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.
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wardrobeexperience said...

fabulous finds again and again ... but the umbrella is my fav!

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MyStyle said...

Hi my dear! what gorgeous finds for your vintage fair stall, I so hope you've had a successful and fun day!! I adored your BIBA dress you found, it really looked gorgeous on but I can understand why you are selling it on too xx

Midlandsannie said...

As a fellow midlander I have had to sign in and say how much I enjoy your blog. I am so boring clothes wise and would never be able to wear anything like what you wear. I don't even know how I came across your blog but it has me hooked and I am constantly in awe at what you find and how you wear it.
Also how on earth do you store everything.
Oh and where is this stall you have

Keep up the good work

Vix said...

@ Midlandsannie! You are too kind. Thank you so much for signing up and leaving me a comment. I was in Pelsall today (just outside Walsall) and loved it. I'll be doing more fairs over the coming months. I'll post them on my blog in advance once I've booked up. xxx

Charis said...

In yo' face!!!! I wear autumnal stuff all year round (knitwear & scarves) cuz I'm always bloody cold!

You look gorgeous as always Vix ;)

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

Delish in pink!! Hope your sales were stellar!!!! I especially love the groovy belts :-)

Punk Glam Queen http://ideefixemon.blogspot.com said...

I can always count on you to cheer my otherwise dull day! Sorry I'm late, but I hope you did fantastically at the vintage fair! I can't see how you wouldn't with such great finds and of course the dealer being you! I had so much fun doing a few a couple of weeks back, makes me miss my flea market days -- you meet some great characters! I can't wait to hear how it went and what characters you came across! I hope you came home with nothing and sold out early! XXX

Forest City Fashionista said...

How awesome would it be to go shopping in your stall at the vintage fair!! I don't know how you could part with the gorgeous 30's slip so hopefully that was something you kept. You look so pretty in the pink maxi - I'm afraid I've started reaching for the black section of my closet now that it's cooling off.

The Style Crone said...

You have great ideas to keep summer around when the chill arrives. Another gorgeous maxi and the shoes are divine. The 1930's silk slip would fit right in with my vintage lingerie collection - one of my favorite eras.

Excited to hear how you did at the vintage fair!

Shakti Dove Scircle said...

stodgy stews? When you put it like that no wonder you don't like fall
Love the umbra!

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Bella Q said...

Lady you can make anything look good! Love the pink (I don't normally like pint) and those shoes on you (I'm not into the Jeffrey Campbell Lita shoe camp) but you make me want to wear pink and maxis and umbrellas and pastel green polish. Which I am wearing by the way on hands and toes- and I know who inspired me. xo.

Style Eyes said...

I love the umbrella. Yet more amazing carboot finds. The swimsuit and scarves are great.

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Stunning pink dress! I love the touch of flounce and frill! xxx

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

What an amazing haul!! The slip is divooooooooon and how about that cracker swimsuit? Yep, everyone's going to be moaning about the lack of vintage faux fur now that autumn's arrived up your way, why they don't buy out of season, I'll never know!! Lurve your brolly and frock and hell's what is this crap about "switching" to fall/winter colours? Honestly, it's just a ploy to get people buying more shite to clutter up their lives isn't it? I swear winter would be a happier place if people wore bright clothing, make up, nails and shooooooooooz!!! *drools* xoxoxo

Alice said...

I've got a lot of love for that Vogue umbrella, and the funky psychedelic make-up bag is so you. I've missed you Vix xxx