Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Hot Fun In The Summertime


Hoo-bloody-ray! After a seemingly endless week of icy temperatures and oppressive grey skies the sun has finally burst through and in a fit of solar-induced madness I've banished all my cold weather clothes to the suitcase on top of the wardrobe and unleashed the madness of my summer wardrobe. 


It's been a few years since this 1960s two-piece lounge set made an appearance on my blog and crazy to think that it was originally from staid old Marks and Spencer, isn't it? Whenever I cut through the Walsall branch to get to Poundland or the train station it's a depressing mass of greige polyester and feeble prints.

Wearing: 1960s silk Dollyrockers maxi, gold space boots and a heap of charity shop jewellery

So what have I been up to since I last posted almost a week ago? On Sunday we travelled down to South London to trade at our first vintage fair in three weeks. I'm looking a bit bleary eyed in the photo as it was a 4am start. The fair got off to a slow start and by lunchtime we'd only just covered our pitch fee but by mid-afternoon the good people of Balham arrived en masse and, vastly helped by a visit from our regular overseas buyer, we ended up having a good day. Other than that I've been charity shopping, had a boozy day in 'Spoons and in between I've been sewing like a madwoman (including the 35 vintage fabric wired hairbands I ran up yesterday ready for the festival season).

Me-Made-May: 1970s Moghul print mini, 1960s Scandi fabric skirt-tain, patchwork bathmat made from tatty vintage bath towels and a 70s fringed bed cover

As promised here's last week's charity shop finds:

Clockwise from top left: 1960s psychedelic mini dress (unworn, still with the original inspection label); 1970s gents' printed shirt; Julie & Leonard (a Texan designer label, apparently) metallic jacket; 1980s cropped leather biker jacket; 1970s gauzy cotton maxi; 1970s tab collar shirt; Stainless steel pendant; 1960s Ban-Lon knit; 1970s ditsy print cotton maxi; Tooled leather shoulder bag; Tootal embroidered dinner shirt; 1970s fitted tee shirt; Alice of California psychedelic maxi; 1980s Dutch boating blazer; 1970s Celtic pendant.

I don't know if Walsall's got its own eco-system (which wouldn't surprise me, we're a funny lot) but according to the TV news the UK is having its driest Spring in years and there's a real threat of a drought come the Summer. WHAT? It never bleedin' stops raining here. Every time we've tried to get to a car boot sale it's been too wet to even attempt it. Not this morning though, today we managed to get to our first boot sale of 2017!



You won't find much today, Vix warned Ian, one of the regular traders, when we pulled up in the van this morning. The Wednesday one is rarely amazing - manky Primark tat piled in greying heaps on muddy sheets of tarpaulin, out of date biscuits and fake designer sweatshirts - but it's always worth a look. 



This 1960s three-button worsted wool jacket was one of the first things we bought. A checked sleeve caught my eye, peeping out from a heap of acrylic jumpers and fleeces. Shannon's was one of Walsall's largest textile mills, in 1905 it employed two thousand people and produced over 706,000 items a year bringing much prosperity to the town. For a large part of my lifetime the edifice of Shannon's Mill was an intrinsic part of the skyline, that was until a massive fire in 2007 reduced it to ashes. Jon's keeping this, it fits him perfectly and it's a bit of Walsall history.


A lady called me over telling me she had some clothes she'd long since grown too big for that I might like and she was right, I couldn't say no to this 1980s Phool sun dress.


She bought this heavy cotton wraparound skirt on holiday in Greece in the 1970s. The more I look at it, the more I think I'm going to keep it especially as a trip to Greece might be on the cards.


This Moroccan lantern is going to be planted up and hung on the Kinky Shed. Even the man selling it couldn't understand why he'd only priced it at £1. Bargain!


1960s floppy felt hat, 1980s rose gold leather belt (I might keep this, it matches the sandals I bought in Mumbai last year and, believe it or not, its nigh on impossible to find belts in smaller sizes) and a 1980s chain mail (or, as the Australians call it, Glomesh) cross-the-body bag.


I love this 1960s tan leather jacket, very Fight Club.


Not the most exciting thing, a box of 50 heavy duty skirt hangers, but they are something we always need and average at around £30 on-line. The smell of the seller's spliff was so strong I was getting high just chatting to him. He started off at £5, which I said was a good price but he was so stoned that he haggled himself down to £3.


Jon was very excited to find this Cry Baby wah wah pedal especially as the lads selling it didn't have a clue what on earth it was and charged him £3. They retail at around £79!


My favourite find has to be these sewing notions and zips. I've hardly got any zips left in my stash so I was thrilled to get a carrier bag full for £3 and just look at those trimmings! Belt buckles, needles, hooks and eyes, press studs, beading, 1960s flower braid and metallic trims and white marabou, too - all for £2.

Not bad for a half-an-hour stroll around a field.

1960s St Michael lounge set (birthday present from Curtise years ago)
I'm off the water the plants before they ban hosepipes and, as it's Wednesday, I'll be rewarding myself with a cheeky rum 'n' coke or two after tea.

See you soon!

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  1. I love garage sale season (our version of car boot sales). I went this past weekend but the pickings weren't nearly as good as a couple of weeks ago. Still found a couple of things to resell and a really nice top for myself for $1 - Sold!

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    1. They're fab, aren't they? So frustrating when it starts raining when you've been excited about going to one all week. Bloody weather! xxx

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  2. The 70s Celtic pendant!!!!!
    Amazing crop and bells <3

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  3. Fantastic scores! Love the story of the dope smoker. Haha. What a dope.
    You look great in your new mini dress. You'll have fun with your pile of zips! xxx

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    1. Thanks, Em! What a fool, eh? If I'd have chatted to him for any longer I think he'd have paid me to take them away! x

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  4. YES, the car boot sale season is in full swing, look at what treasure you found!! And you look amazing in that two-piece (or 'co-ords' as they call them today). xx

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    1. Yes, co-ords, hipster speak!!
      I love car boot sales, I just wish the weather would play nice! xxx

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  5. people don't understand getting excited about really good hangers. Good score.

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    1. They make so much difference to customers. If they keep touching stuff that drops off the rails onto the floor it puts them off rummaging. xxx

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  6. Wow, what happened to Marks ands Sparks? Greige seems to be their go to option these days. Not been to a carboot for ages.

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    1. I love a car boot sale. Not sure if the weather's going to stay dry enough for any this week. xxx

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  7. I'd forgotten all about that St Michael set, happy to see it's still getting some wear! You always rock a colourful psychedelic print, they just feel like YOU.
    Ha, the stoned car boot seller story made me laugh. There's a lesson there somewhere...
    Is that splashy floral maxi skirt a tiny size? If it's not (my waist is expanding as yours shrinks...) I might get my dirty mitts on it on Sunday, it's a beauty.
    Love the lantern and the Fight Club jacket. You found some great stuff - you always do!
    Looking forward to catching up with you both at Stockport, love you! xxx

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    1. Its about time it had another outing, i think the last time I wore it was in India 5 years ago!
      How fab to see you on Sunday! Love you! xxxx

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  8. You do hot weather best, Vix :) Yes, go to Greece! My mother in law went and had a great time and came back with spectacular pictures.

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    1. I was born for hot weather, its a cruel mistake I'm English! xxx

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  9. There are so many goodies in this post, I love the psychedelic lounge suit, the Moroccan lantern and your bath mat amongst others but, bizarrely, the thing that excited me most were the trims and zips. I have trim envy, is that a thing? I can't resist trims and sewing bits, what a find!
    I wish we had a shower, it's been bone dry and freezing cold here, until today which is hot and sunny 😊 finally xxx

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    1. I know, I was ridiculously excited about those zips, too. I couldn't wait to tip them out of the bag and have a good look at them. Car boot sale gold! xxx

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  10. I love the dives into your life that you serve up here, Vix, from the bath mat to the hangers. The car boot sales look inviting, especially when yard sales or garage sales, which are a similar thing here, usually require driving to each separate address. I'm glad your weather finally turned around!!! You look stunning in your lounge set. And a Greece trip? Ooooh, that would be good.

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    1. Thanks, Melanie! I like reading about other bloggers' everyday stuff, too. Car boots are such a great idea, all in one place, usually a farmer's field a short drive away. The only problem is the weather! xxx

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  11. You look fantastic in both the lounge suit and maxi dress! You scored some great finds today. Inspired by you, I took myself off to Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire today, which I really enjoyed! xx

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    1. Thank you! Wimpole Hall looks glorious, I've Googled it. I'm glad you enjoyed it. xxx

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  12. Eek! Your midriff is exposed, you naughty little girl! Hee hee! I am SO in love with that pink outfit. You're rocking the heck out it! And Greece? Um, yes! Let's go!

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    1. I am so bad, aren't I? I keep trying to read your latest blog post and I'm getting a "Danger! Virus!" warning. Hope you get it sorted. xxx

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  13. Looking pretty in that pink paisley!
    The Moroccan lamp is stunning! I'd hang that in my home & light a candle in it rather than risking it get bashed up outside!
    xox

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    1. Thank you! If our ceilings weren't so high I'd be tempted to have it in the house but it would look a bit feeble. xxx

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  14. I can well believe a drought would be on the cards, it's been ridiculously dry here down south. Looking very pretty in pink here, I must say! xxx

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    1. I keep hearing about your lack of rain. Its wet here...again! xxx

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  15. You took quite a risk changing to your summer wardrobe! You're absolutely sure it's not going to snow again, then? That said, I love the pink paisley M&S two-piece! You right, M&S just isn't that exciting anymore! I squeal with joy whenever I find a vintage St. Michaels piece! My, you didn't do too bad at the car boot. I can't resist any sewing notions either. I have so many I just have to learn how to sew properly. xxx

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    1. I wasn't too hasty, I just packed away the heavier velvet and lurex stuff. The fake furs are always to hand!
      You do need to have a go at sewing. Don't worry about learning, just make it up as you go along...like me! xxx

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  16. As I was reading I was going along with you to all this places, awwwwwwwwwwwwww. How lovely of you to share your adventures.
    Every year is the same story in England,it is going to be a very hot summer and there is a drought, ahhahhaha

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    1. I know, we're always told we're going to have a heatwave and without fail we end up wearing boots, gloves and coats in August! xxx

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  17. Gosh, I remember those cropped tops and flares from my misbegotten youth! Those cropped tops were also popular with skirts. I had a white crochet set and thought I was the dog's whatsits!

    You do look lovely in your outfit - all that was missing was a beach and a beach ball. What a lovely day it turned out to be.

    You have made some lovely items - I loved the mini dress and skirtain and din't you do well at the chazzas? But you really had a fruitful car boot rummage. I love the idea of a car boot on a Wednesday. The lantern is beautiful and I'm envious of the hat.

    I picked up a bag of cotton spools for sewing machines in a range of colours for 5p a spool, yesterday. I'm going to give them to my friend who sews professionally.

    Have a fab weekend

    xxx

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    1. Wasn't it a lovely day? A dim and distant memory now, it's horrible again!
      Great score on the thread! xxx

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  18. God, I do love that two piece and doesn't it sing summer? I can't wait for some full on sunshine hosepipe bans an' all! Love that your sewing mad at the mo'. I can't wait to get my teeth stuck in to my projects....just one more assignment to put in and then I can get in front of the Bernina. You've inspired me. Do like a bit of Phool-used to have a fair bit of it back in the day. A trip to Greece? I should say so!
    Loves ya!
    xxxxxbb

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    1. I bet you're itching for some sewing time. I might have another bash this week now I've broken up for a bit!
      Love ya! xxx

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  19. Brave you putting you winter clobber away. I'm sticking with my boots and tights a bit longer yet. It's a bit breezy round the nether regions.
    You look delicious in your little two piece off Curtise. I'm so looking forward to meeting up on Sunday yay. Wouldn't it be great if Tania turned up as well.
    We've got new friends coming over from Sheffield on Saturday so it's going to be a mad weekend. Xxx

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    1. It is! I had my coat on again today - must have looked a right loon in sandals and a crop top in B&Q this afternoon!
      Wasn't it lovely to meet up yesterday? Tania needs to get up to Stockport before the end of 2017. xxx

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  20. You are fabulous! Re: the weather - yeah, I heard from some folks in UK that they haven't had rain in SEVEN weeks. Crazy.
    What a bunch of great deals - that lamp!! That wah-wah peddle. Score !!!
    xoxox

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    1. Talk about a north/south divide! My water butts are overflowing!! xxx

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  21. That M&S print is fab! It does tend to be a bit greige nowadays, doesn't it? Great deal on the hangers and wah wah pedal and totes lovin' the haberdashery bits - always my favourite find!!
    Zxx

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    1. Hooray for vintage M&S! Always goes down a storm at vintage fairs, too. Don't make it like they used to! xxx

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  22. Love those high lapel jackets, they remind me of my dad. As for M&S, a mass descent of all the saints in heaven couldn't help it nowadays.

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    1. They're really smart, aren't they? Jon loves them! xxx

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  23. I'm with Lynn and wearing a jumper and opaques today, it's still chilly although we've had no rain to speak of for weeks. Your May makes are fab, you've such imagination as well as ability! For a midweek car boot I think you did bloody well, no wonder you snapped up the Phool and the Greek skirt. (where are you going btw?) And it goes without saying that you are a vision in pink paisley. xxx

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    1. It should have been jumper and opaques today but I'm not budging!
      It wasn't bad for a Wednesday, the new tat usually out numbers the old stuff. Not sure if it will be car boot weather this week, its awful today. xxx

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  24. Oh man, that Wah Wah brings back memories. I seem to remember them being massive things, at least compared to other pedals. Good find.

    The Greek skirt is a beauty-and a trip to Greece sounds like a good reason to hang onto it. I had no idea M&S made such cool clothes in the 60's. Here's hoping your weather stays warm so you can wear all your wonderful summer clothes.

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    1. I'm dying for Greece, now we've broken up I'll start searching for flights.
      M&S was great back in the old days or maybe fashion in general was. Its all so lame an bland nowadays. xxx

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  25. the pink lounge suit is a stunner on you - and it looks soooo muuuuch like (the very needed) summer!
    you´r busy bee trading, searching for new stock and sewing fab things...... i can totally imaging you in the greek skirt exploring the streets of good old europe!
    xxxxx

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    1. I'm keeping that skirt hanging up near the computer to nudge me into booking a flight this week! xxx

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  26. Hope to see you in that blue sundress soon! (My favorite color)
    And you DID find some useful bargains! With your skill, those sewing notions should pay for themselves in just one piece of clothing.
    I've heard it might be dry here later on, too. Hard to believe having come through some very wet stuff last week!

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    1. I do love blue, too!
      Dry sunny weather seems like a dim and distant memory after a day or so of grey and rain. Hope you got some sunshine. xxx

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  27. What a colourful feast for the eyes. Love your outfit and so jealous of your Greek skirt. My fav. thing of all.

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    1. Thanks, Sally! If I decide to sell the skirt you'll be the first to know. xxx

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  28. LOL...I got a chuckle reading about the vendor that bartered his own price down. Too funny. You got a good haul and I'm happy to hear that Jon is keeping the jacket. It looks awesome.

    Your paisley outfit and my paisley jacket could be related. So happy that you are getting to wear it now!

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    1. Car booting - far more interesting than normal shopping. I can't imagine an employee in Marks and Spencer getting away with being stoned on duty! xxx

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  29. Resently I came across some pink pasily fabric. Thought of cutting and working it into a some locker hook rugs I been working on.
    Coffee is on

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    1. Pink paisley rocks! Not sure what locker hook rugs are, I'll have a Google. xxx

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  30. Hi Vix, yes we Australians call it glomesh, it's funny because only this week I found my first ever vintage glomesh bag. I've been wanting to buy one for a while, but they were always too expensive online. Enjoy the sun. Xxx

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    1. What a strange coincidence, two chain-mail/glomesh bags in a week, a world apart! xxx

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  31. I remember that outfit from way back. It's iconic you. You're very brave. I haven't got my legs out yet! Take care. xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm probably more stupid that brave, it's cold again here today! xxx

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  32. That's from M&S!! I sometimes see some nice items advertised as being sold in M&S but they can only be found in flagship stores, they never find their way into our sad old Ipswich store, we get the greige and feeble prints.
    I love your bathmat - what a great idea. I'd keep that wrap around skirt too. And the Moroccan lantern will look fab planted up, I think I'd put a solar light in it and hang it in our walnut tree :)
    Sounds like a lovely few days - and hurrah for the sunshine, it only hit us yesterday afternoon but the weekend is supposed to be warm :)

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    1. Ipswich must be like Walsall, all elasticated waists and polyester! Their '50s and 1960s stuff was incredible and often pops up in charity shops usually in better condition than the limp rags adorning their rails these days!
      Oh, a walnut tree. Id love one of those. xxx

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  33. I really do think you find things in a sea of lumpy Primark tat because you have a treasure hunter's eye to spy and seek your type of thing. I tend to be able to do that too with the type of thing I like although I cannot recognize vintage like you!! Brilliant finds, esp the findings!! X

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    1. I think that's the reason I hate Primark so much, I've seen how nasty it goes after a few wears, the chazzas and car boots are full of it. xxx

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  34. You got some great things this week! The blue dress will look fab on you and Jon will have a blast playing with the wah wah pedal, I'm sure.
    Greece? How exciting!

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    1. Its always good when we find stuff to keep! xxx

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  35. We had quite a rainy April. But mostly just cold!

    It's funny about M&S - they always had a reputation for 'plain' in the past, but now they are way plainer.

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    1. M&S ought to concentrate on brightly coloured basics rather than dabble in fashion. I don't think I know anyone who buys anything but food and undies from there these days. xxx

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  36. Hoorah for your summer wardrobe! It's hot sauce.

    I follow M&S archive on Twitter and they've done some lovely stuff in the past, I always want to respond with BRING THIS BACK when they tweet one of their 60s ads. I think half the problem nowadays is that they have no focus. They don't seem to know who they're selling to, or what they want to sell. Once upon a time they could at least be relied upon for good-quality basics, but they don't even have that now, everything's been glitter-barfed. That said, they do have some decent shoes. And I'd be lost without their lingerie; most other shops relegate G-cups to a couple of dingy gondolas at the back but M&S stick them in with the main line. So they still get my custom.

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    1. You're dead right. As I commented to Perdita, they should concentrate on well made colourful basics, shirt dresses, great tee shirts and vests, skirts rather than compete with the high street.
      Their undies (and bra fitting service) are fab. I bought my first bra in 11 years from there recently and I love it. xxx

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  37. Great finds Vix! I'm always looking for good skirt hangers at the thrift as the ones in the stores are crap. Love your outift by the way! :)

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    1. Thanks, Laurie! Those plastic skirt hangers are hopeless, my skirts always end up as a crumpled mass on the wardrobe floor! xxx

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  38. I love that lantern! I can think of so many places to put it! You lucked out on your car boot finds! I am going to start looking around at various yard sales here in my neck of the woods and start sewing. Mom said she will gladly help me with starting me off in the right direction.

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    1. How lovely that your Mum is going to help you learn to sew, Tracie! The yard sales might be good places to look for cheap fabric and notions. xxx

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  39. Finally the sun is out!! We have a parallel weather here, and I doubt there will be a danger of drought here either! That Greek skirt is FUNtastic, it will be wonderful to see it on you flaunting the ancient streets. And guess what, I have almost exactly the same pants, can't wait to wear them this Summer! <3

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    1. I'm dying to see your twin pants, Natalia! Fingers crossed your weather is better than ours and we get to see them really soon. xxx

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  40. I'd forgotten Phool I recall having a dress or two of theirs. This bloody weather! we have had frost again this week then yesterday it was baking hot.

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    1. If you find any of the 1970s Phool grab it and stick it on eBay, it sells for over a hundred quid!! xxx

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  41. I defy anybody not to have fun wearing that festival outfit...even the grottiest jobs would be improved. I'm known for my love of bright and/or strong colours all year round...definitely makes me feel much more chipper. Tescos are currently selling a white t-shirt with a multicoloured pom pom fringe round the bottom...when I saw it I thought I know where they've got their inspiration from!! Arilx

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    1. Bright colours make everyone happy and they're a real ice-breaker, too. the dress I wore for work yesterday was positively neon and I think everyone who passed me commented.
      Tescos and pom poms! Who'd have thought it?! xxx

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  42. wouuuu, you're gorgeous in your summery outfit!, really cool!. And I'm glad that you 'unleashed the madness' of your summer wardrobe!! that sounds amazing!
    And I love all those pictures of your fab purchases, and those little pieces of fun that you sewed!. Also love those 'car boot sale anecdotes', the stories involved in every piece!, that's my favorite part!
    besos & lots of sun!

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    1. Thanks, Monica! I feel much better now my wardrobe is crammed with sleeveless dresses and halter tops even if the weather isn't playing nicely! xxx

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  43. I absolutely love, love, love that two piece pink paisley beauty. And you look stunning in it with your flat tummy. I only wish I could wear outfits like that now. I don't think it would look very flattering with my Rago shaper sticking up out out of the top of the pants! So many cool finds, too. That Moroccan lantern is fab and the price. Wow!

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    1. Thanks, Theresa! Those trousers are such a good shape, i might have to copy them and make more. xxx

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  44. Poor old Shannons Mill, a sad loss

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  45. What a gorgeous outfit. You are utterly rocking this. I can't think of a single person who could pull that off as well as you do. You find the most brilliant stuff. I LOVE the "Fight Club" jacket and wish that it was in my size. Vintage is so much more stylish than the tat that is in the shops at the moment. I despair, where did all our style go? Xx

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    1. Thanks, Kelly! I really wanted that Fight Club jacket to be my size but it turned out to fit Jon perfectly and he looks brilliant in it!
      I know, the high street is so depressing. I fancied a new pair of shoes for the Summer and ended up having to have them shipped from Sweden, the stuff here was too dull. xxx

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  46. I was in Denver visiting Judith for a few days and it was in the high 20's (celsius) which was a welcome change from the grey, chilly weather we've had at home (although today it's a sticky 29 so I don't know what's going on).

    Even though to others it appears there's not much worth buying, you and Jon know how to spot the good stuff - that tan jacket is gorgeous, no wonder Jon kept it. The story of the pot-smoking vendor made me laugh too.

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