Friday, 7 October 2011

Prints Charming



I spotted this vintage hand-made dress listed on eBay a couple of weeks ago, the description simply said "Paisley Print Dress" and the photograph was fuzzy but I loved the colours and thought it worth a punt.

1960s maxi dress (£3.19, eBay), Fringed suede jerkin (£9, local junk shop), 1970s scarab pendant (£1, car boot sale),  rose print bag (20p, car boot sale)

When it turned up I noticed tiny fishes, ducks and peacock feathers nestling amongst the paisley.


It's an identical print to my friend, Liz's red dress. What's the chances of that happening?



So that's Friday's frock. How about a favourite thing? This week it's this morning's charity shop finds:


From top left: 1980 knickerbockers dressmaking pattern (55p), Indian beaded cuff (20p), 1960s love beads (20p), Rajasthani mirrored caftan (£1), Vintage goat hide pot stand (10p), kitsch kitty cruet (£1.99), 1970s tooled leather purse (50p), Psychedelic linen apron and oven mitts (95p), 1970s Holmes of Norwich green patent leather & snakeskin bag (£3.99), Paisley print mini dress (£3.50), 1930s carton of Mendine glue with bulldog motif (30p)


Hope you have a fantastic weekend, I'm off to rake up that whopping mountain of leaves between the torrential rain showers and probably reward myself with a chilled can of pear cider when I'm done.

See you soon.

80 comments:

Kestrel said...

Nice finds! Love the apron and oven gloves

Vintage Sweetheart said...

I love that it has little fishes mixed in the pattern it's fab! Looks like you scored again with your finds. I like the look of those two pussycats.

Em xx

Little Blue Mouse said...

I love your new charity shop finds, especially the mini dress.

Kitty said...

Gorgeous dress, can't go wrong with paisley, it's always a winner in my book! havea fun weekend, it's 11pm fri night here now and I've just got home from the shop, my weekend will be spent writing another big tutorial, blah.xx.

HIPPIEBOHORELOADED said...

love that amazing necklace and how you layered this gorgeous dress with the waistcoat!
hippiebohoreloaded.

Sonia said...

I'm loving the delicious blanket of leaves crunching beneath your feet! All the colors of your ensemble overlapping the background is just lovely. And that bag! Wow!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

How amazing is the print in that dress! Wow! Love the bag in the last picture - lovely yellow roses xx

Please may I? said...

Such fab finds Vix.

Loving the new dress, the details are beautiful on it, as are the colours.

X x

Mimi and Tilly said...

That dress is gorgeous. I have some black knee length lace-up boots that would look smashin with it. Thanks for joining in with FTOF. Em x

pastcaring said...

Oh Vix, that print is just fantastic! You can still pick up some cheap goodies on Ebay if you keep looking, can't you?
And the chazzin' gods are smiling on you as usual - another fab dress, love the green bag, the oven mitts and of course the cutie kitschie kitties!
Have a brilliant weekend, enjoy your pear cider!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Nat said...

I used to own an exact pair of those kitsch kitty cruet... inherited from my grandmother :-) Sadly, I didn't bring them over with me when we moved to the UK, so who knows whatever happened to them...
Have a lovely weekend!

Krista said...

Reading your blog always makes Fridays that much better. I adore this bright burst of psychedelia on you that print is gorgeous! Another deal!!!! I love those kitty cats you picked up! You big purse with yellow roses I love too.

I hate racking leaves I did ours yesterday. Enjoy the weekend love!!!!

vintage_kitten said...

You look gorgeous,fabulous,sexy,beautiful.I am running out of comps.hee hee.Just love the colors in the dress the purple and green look pretty together.Love those little kitties you found,and the braclet,pattern and the tea pot.love love love.xx

the Citizen Rosebud said...

I'd love to drink a glass of pear cider with you- and rake your leaves!

You look so fab- love the colors and the print of that dress. I've been seeing a few long dresses here in Cali and they remind me of you. I need to do an homage to sweet Vintage Vix! <3

Miss Rayne said...

such a cute print, it took me ages to see the ducks....

Style Sud-Est said...

Hi Vix! gorgeous kitchen you have there! it is exactly like i saw them at a show we have here - called House Hunter's international! Flapjacks look so good - i think i going to bake a bunch of them this weekend along with the Apple pies - Got the Anna Sui dress! it will be on the next post! Your outfits in both posts are gorgeous!

Have a good weekend - Ariane xxxxxx

LUCEWOMAN said...

Love the patterns/colours, very interesting print, that one. Fancy you and Liz having matching fish!

Enchanting little collage of finds, I just want to dive in and meddle with them!

Have a great weekend, courtesy of apples and pears (cider)

Lucy x

Frocktasia said...

Dearest Vix,
what are the chances indeed....what a fab find, you must have been thrilled when you realized. I think I commented on how much I digged Liz's frock and in particular the print. Not only is it paisley but triptastic paisley with fishes & ducks...AWESOME!
Have a grand ol' weekend gal.
Lot's of love,
Jennie
xXx

pinktutu72 said...

I think the dress is very pretty. I love the fishes. The kitty cruets are adorable

Emma said...

Amazing dress and Super Amazing print! You find the greatest things!

Movies on my Mind said...

Man, imagine if someone on LSD saw that outfit. They'd proper trip out. They'd go all grilled.

Tis a very fetching design though. Would wear it myself!

The Vintage Knitter said...

You scored some great bargains today, Vix; the oven gloves and green bag are my faves. I love your new ebay dress and isn't it freaky that your friend's dress has the same pattern? Super rose print bag too.

trashsparkle said...

A lovely clutch of finds - isn't that green bag exotic! Fab paisley frock - uncanny how its the same print. The leaves-raking - so good for the upper arms, but try not to think there'll be another huge pile in a few days! maybe you'll find a leaf-hoover at the next carboot? ;) x

Louise said...

What a quirky print with the fishes on. Sometimes it's just worth taking a punt. Xx

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

What a fab pattern on the dress - and one morning's charity shopping? You are blessed with the best!

Faff said...

Gorgeous dress! I love little secrets on fabric like that. Love your bargains too, fab sewing pattern! :)

Dolly Cool Clare said...

love your oven mitts and apron! I always look for those things and never find - And 60s chopping boards too! New dress is fab what a Ebargain :)

Rachael said...

you must have some great local charity shops if they sell things for under a pound! Most of the ones by me are £1.50 upwards for little bits and bobs. Mind you i even saw them selling Primark jewellery for way more then it would have ever been originally.

RETRO REVA said...

I'll rake your leaves any day!
You're tooo pretty to do real work!
Have a great weekend!
xxx
Reva

SabinePsynopsis said...

Funny, must have been a really popular paisley print. The dress looks wonderful on you. Also, I'll neve grow tired of YOUR arm candy, Vix :)

xoxo

Rosalind said...

20p for that amazing rose print bag???? That's definitely my favorite thing. Mind you, then there's the green patent leather handbag AND your divine paisley dress. Bargainous maximus.

Ben said...

Love your layered oufit, you look simple gorgeous. Looks especially good against that leafy background!
X

www.twolittlebirdies.co.uk

A Woman Of No Importance said...

I love the greens on you, very sweet, Vix Have a fine weekend, mon ami! xxx

VainGlorySinner said...

I thought of Liz's dress as soon as I saw that print! What a coincidence!

What a wondering pattern though, very misleading! The colours in that dress are also very gorgeous and you look like a true hippy chick standing amongst the Autumn leaves!

You hit the jackpot today didn't you?! The kitsch kitty cruet set is obviously my favourite and the 1970s Holmes of Norwich green patent leather & snakeskin bag is so adorable with those little elephants!

I hope you have a lovely weekend Vix! xxx

Aquí said...

such a fun vest! I just love the fringe! Ok, lets talk about that bag for a second, I love the shape! Looks like it snaps at the top? What a great find!

La Dama said...

Amorcito,
More great freaking finds! I could of used those cute kitty today. Gorgeous green paisly frock, loving your fringe vest. I need a cowboy fringe shirt for my cowgirl fotos.
No! dont clean the leaves up, I love how your fotos look all Autumnly with the leaves. I was looking for stacks of leaves here today but Buddy was too tired to take me anywhere.

luv ya

Cordelia said...

You are really lucky with your finds, do you work hard to find them or is it something that comes naturally?

I can't wait until I have lost weight then hopefully my thrifting days will be a bit easier.

Cxx

p.s please drop by and say hi.

Jennifer Fabulous said...

That dress with that vest is PERFECTION.

Vintage Coconut said...

Awsome dress the ducks and fish are so cute. I love how imaginative alot of vintage clothing is. (Alot nicer than the more drab, boring & plan styles they have out now.)
My God so many great things in your finds pic.

jules said...

Vix!! I love that dress, you're right the colours are gorgeous together!!!

great charity finds! :) *insert jealous quote here*

jules

Miss Peregrin said...

I love the print of this dress! The colours are gorgeous, and I adore the little fishes. Definitely a good one to take a punt on!

All your charity shop finds are great too - my favourite is the tooled leather bag.

Natasha said...

Looking as gorgeous as ever Vix, and thank you, I'd like to think I'd make a good pirate :) The ;eaves in your back garden look amazing too! The tree outside our kitchen window is only just starting to turn brown.

Sue, Joe and Michael Webber said...

I so wish I had been into charity shopping when I was back in the UK, it took moving to NZ to find out what fun it is! Great finds.

Nelly said...

love,love ,love x a million that dress.

Lizzie said...

I LURVE the crazy prints! and your kitchen! WOW!

I love your blog :)

Suzy's Vintage Attic said...

Fabulous dress, I love the design and colours!
Isabelle x

Scarlett said...

Great ebay bargain, always good when the photo is rubbish on the listing and then the item turns out to be this fabulous!

In awe of all you CS finds, been rubbish in the CS here at the moment, all the best stuff must be up there with you.

Have a fabulous weekend hun. Scarlett x

shooting star said...

what a wonderful find!!

its such a bright peppy number!!!...andn u look so cool in it!!!

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Fourth Daughter said...

It's been ages since I dropped by and for some reason I can't comment when I look at your blog at work, but I still check in every now and then. And every time I am envious and in awe of your hunting and gathering skills, not to mention your styling... loved the gold outfit worn with turquoise tights and shoes from a few posts back, and the navy lace in the same post, and... and... and... just everything!!!

The Style Crone said...

Your Friday frock is stunning, and the long fringed scarf is the perfect accessory.

YEYE STYLE BLOG said...

That dress is amazing, I really like ti with the fringe vest :)

xo!

-Izzy

littleowlski said...

Love the little kitsch kitty cruet set and your bag! That dress is fab - why can't I ever find things like that on Ebay?? Emma x

The Brunette said...

The detail on the dress is gorgeous xx

Alison Cross said...

You've got THE most incredible sense of style! Another fantastic look pulled together by you - not that I'm surprised - every one that you put together is a winner!

Ali x

Penny Dreadful said...

Excellent bargain hunting, can't wait to see a pic of you an lovely Liz posing in your paisley together xx

Mary Lou said...

ooooh i love the fringed suede jerkin!! this is so perfect for so many of your seventies dresses!!! and the colours and print of your frock is really beautiful too, oh i wish i would have you living near to steal your fabulous dresses ;)
love and kiss,mary

Sacramento said...

Beyond gorgeous, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
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I love your kitchen very mutch.
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fee~bee said...

hi vix
love the dress and the bag
xx fee

Helga! said...

I'm late,I'm late,for a most important date!!! I WAS rather befuddled yesterday indeed!!
OMG,was this frock worth taking a punt on or what?!Holy feck,darling,it is gorgeous!!!That print is so unusual,I can't believe it matches Liz' red frock!!!Bizarro!
Oooo,I do love a good collage of goodies,that bag looks mighty fine!Hope the can of cider was as delicious as YOU!!!
Loving you madly.......Helga xxxXXXxxx

Heather said...

ooooooooh love the dress and wow on the same pattern as your friends what are the chances that would happen!! Must have been fate ;) you found some super cute stuff love the knickerbockers pattern...well everything you found was really neat...What I can't get over is all the leaves in the background I love it!!!.....it's fall there....still crazy hot here but thats ok I put out fake fall leaves and pumpkins around my house hehehe the Arabs are going to think I am bonkers I have a scarecrow I was thinking of putting on the front porch hehehe ~ Enjoy all your new treasures the dress looks beautiful ~Love Heather

Misfits Vintage said...

Oh that maxi is BEAUTIFUL! I LOVE the colours - and with that bag is PERFECTION!

As always, you have scored the BEST bargains - I love the pretty frock and the cats!

Sarah xxx

Comtesse de ferveur said...

I cannot get over the amazingness of that print and also the rose bag! Magnifique! xxxxx

Alice said...

Fab print, you really do have the best eye for an eBay bargain xxx

Ronnie Rabbit said...

What a fantastic print, and perfect colours too, my favourites~ green and purple!

Perdita said...

OOHHH. Now I NEED me some paisley.

I almost paid full whack for some Chelsea Girl repro yesterday, but your ebay tips always have me trying online first. I'm inspired to find me a paisley 60s dress now...

Kezzie said...

Vix the bargain-queen extraordinaire strikes again!! Fab!

chrysa said...

Amazing print that dress and you 've made a great combination! I liked a lot your outfits in your "New to me" post:)

Following you now on Bloglovin, I would love it if you followed me back!

Chrysa
Stories and Sequins

Veshoevius said...

You're a vision against all those golden autumn leaves. That is a stunning maxi! The colours are amazing and I love the tiny details of the fish and feathers. The orange tone of the suede vest looks wonderful against that deep green.

WeShop said...

I've always loved paisley prints - this dress is gorgeous colours. xx
We Shop Therefore We Are

Caroline Ergy Erg said...

Buying that dress was definitely worth the risk! I love the fishy print :D I wish i had your vintage maxi finding skills, haha!
xxxx

Jen said...

What a fantastic autumnal look - accessorised perfectly with all those leaves! Love the fishies on your dress. x

Alice (VESTIGIAL WINGS) said...

that is a beautiful paisley!


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Fashion Tales.... said...

I believe you're the best bargain shopper on earth! This print is beyond gorgeous... such vibrancy and what dashing autumn photos! -xx

Trees said...

Such a fab frock - I love it when internet purchases turn out better than expected :D

Lena said...

I love this dress, amazing colours and print. And how fab is the kitty cruet!x

Style Eyes said...

What an amazing dress. I love the shape, the colours and the print. Glad I am not the only one to drink far too much wine on the weekend.

Laura-Jane said...

I have been a long time reader of your blog but always wonder how you get the lovely vintage look to your photos? What camera do you use? do u use photoshop etc? please could you post some tips!? x

maranda (persnickety vintage) said...

oh man that bag is fantastic!! you and liz need to do a photo shoot together in your matching dresses :)

DeniseAngela said...

love the print on the dress, what a lovely surprise. Adore your fall photos too!