Saturday, 18 February 2012

What I Wore To A Jumble Sale


A gold lurex floor length frock and 1970s white fake fur jacket aren't the usual attire of Black Country jumble sale goers but it was Friday night and I didn't want to waste valuable drinking time by popping home to change before hitting the pub.


It paid off though, a lady who managed a charity shop in a nearby town noticed that I enjoyed retro fashion and invited me to come for a private rummage in the shop's stock room for choice vintage tit-bits so that's what I did first thing this morning.

£4 for all three, who says charity shops are expensive?

When we got to last night's jumble sale we discovered the doors had opened 15 minutes earlier than advertised. Despite everything being priced at just 20p an item there was still plenty of jumble left. The majority of buyers aren't in the least bit interested in the kind of stuff I like so I managed to grab this little lot without any fuss.



Clockwise from centre: 1950s handmade cocktail dress, detail from hand-rolled vintage silk scarf, grosgrain evening bag with Bakelite fastening, nylon maid's pinny, 1960s psychedelic swimsuit, 1950s printed rayon & acetate scarves, Japanese-made swan, green leather gloves.

Had enough yet? No, me neither. Jon and I found time to go to two more jumble sales today (although I swapped the gold lurex for a turquoise satin mini and snakeskin boots).


Clockwise from top left: Pimp-tastic psychedelic hat, handmade mohair cobweb shawl, 1980s leather riding boots, gorgeous beatnik prints, Scottish-made 1950s deerskin handbag, groovy floral wrap.

Lurex maxi (courtesy of the wonderful Nelly), Saluki fake fur (£2, car boot sale), Ganesh & skull necklace (hand-made by the beautiful Krista)

We're all shopped out now so we're off to the pub shortly for some liquid refreshment.
Have a fantastic rest-of-the-weekend and thanks for visiting.

66 comments:

Sophie said...

I'm off to a car boot tomorrow and hope i get lucky like you vix! you have brought some cracking items! Looking lovely as always!
sophie
x

Love from Poppy said...

Great buys Vix. Great outfit too!
Dx

delia hornbook said...

Wow great buys and finds today. I adore that 50's handmade cocktail dress that is stunnning and the blue bag in the same picture. That hat and those boots are fab and i so wish i could find those 60's children prints like you do. Have a lovely evening. dee xx

Scarlett said...

You are vintage finding royality - thats so amazing that you got to rummage in the stockroom! Your jumble finds are fabulous. I went to a jumble today and it was a load of complete rubbish :o( Scarlett x

Rose&Bird said...

Love the finds, especially the second set. There wasn't a great deal at my jumble either, but I found a few bits.

daisychain said...

I am developing a slight obsession with that dress your wearing! xo

sacramento said...

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh I am drooling all over your finds, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Take me to a jumble sale I am sooooo COLD TURKEY!!!
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

WeShop said...

That cocktail dress you picked up looks incredible. I don't want to know how much you paid for it - it'll make me weep with envy! xx

Melanie said...

Lucky you! What finds. I have never been to a jumble sale, I think I'll go to the next one in the village!

Miss Millie Mae said...

Your blog is fantastic! And the 1950s cocktail dress? Such a steal! And as always your style is completely inspirational :)
x

Ma Bicyclette said...

What an amazing set of finds! Although my favorite item has to be the dress you are wearing in the photos!

Stephanie
ma-bicyclette.blogspot.com

The Brunette said...

I bet when you walk in they all gasp at the glamour!
I love your jacket it reminds me of my fake fur jacket thats very similiar.

Love those boots you bought and the bag xx

Miss Rayne said...

Drool-worthy as usual, can't wait to see you in those boots - ooh err!

Krista said...

I know you are the hottest gal in all of Walsall!!! I love this dress and the faux fur is perfect for your evening out. You look luscious dear!!! SCORE on all your goodies! I seriously can't wait to go shopping with you. I love that sparkly blue dress and that hat is cool! Countdown to our talk can't wait sweetie see you soon!
LOVEYA~
Krista

makinggooduse said...

Brilliant and amazing jumble sale finds as always - and you're looking totally brilliant and amazing in your outfit too.

Terri said...

The cocktail dress is fabulous...will you wear it or will it go up on eBay? (I fish for information!)

And yeah for private invites to storage rooms.

Please may I? said...

How stylish you must have looked Vix. Loving the dress in the first group of pictures and the riding boots in the second. I must make the effort to find some local jumbles this year.

X x

VainGlorySinner said...

I want to go to a jumble near you! There's never anything half as cool as your haul around here!

I've banned myself from going to any charity shops or second hand places until after we have finished the living room as we have far more important things to pay for, but the thought of what I may be missing out on is quite saddening!

Love the tapestry handbag, the swan and the grosgrain evening bag!

Absolutely gorgeous fake fur jacket! xxx

Helga! said...

Lurex IS the new black!!! Gorgie frock,with the fur just perfect for an evenings jumbling followed by drinkies!Your hair is looking especially sleek,darl!!!
Yay for the awesome scores! Those riding boots are amaing,as is the 50's frock!! More kids for the wall of misery,great bags,a stunning hat...etc...etc!You wnet hard and scored BIG!!! YOWZA!
Love you more than jumbles!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Rachael said...

You find the most amazing jumble sales!! I love all the bags you found, but especially the one with the Bakelite fastening! So nice!

Amie K said...

thankyou so much for the lovely comment you left Vix! I love your haul as ever you've swept the board! Wonderful pieces. Oh and also I am intrigued to learn the proper name for my floppy old slippers! So thank you!! xxxxxxxxx

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

I think me and Sue need to come to the UK and have a Suesday! I don't think I ever set foot in one when I lived there! Such a waste! :( Awesome finds there lady!

Fiona said...

What a splendid haul Vix and you must have been the most glamorous jumbler ever. Love your bags, boots and jacket. Have been out to the chazza shops myself today, didn't get a private rummage tho'
Have a terrific weekend. x

Pretty Affair said...

i'm in love with this look - specially with the fur coat!! looking gorgeous :)

Miss Simmonds Says said...

you are lovely and will look tres hot in all those fab clothes, but I can't help feeling , as a fellow dedicated jumble queen, a tad nauseous at your fantastic finds. xxxx

Le Material Girl said...

I am loving your outfit. It's gorgeous!!!

Fab finds too!!!! :)

Kestrel said...

Wow! What great finds. An excellent day's shopping.

Lucy Nation said...

Wow, how lucky have you been lately! I love the cocktail dress, the tapestry bag and the other bags. In fact, I love eveything. Sometimes it really does pay to stand out from the crowd xx

Mrs Munster said...

You're looking divine! I love that psychodelic hat. Awesome finds again.

Sabina said...

Wowwww amazing finds, especially the floral wrap dress. And the artwork. I swear you'd find the vintage needle in a haystack.

pinktutu72 said...

I'm so excited to see you jumbling again! You come up with the best stuff. That cocktail dress is gorgeous! The dress you're wearing is a knockout too!

Anita said...

First of all, I love your outfit! Lurex dresses are a favorite of mine! And the light colored for shows off your hair beautifully.

And secondly, what such fabulous finds! I can't wait until Bob is able to walk unaided so that we can go to the sales again. I'm happy to live vicariously through you in the meantime, though!

Enjoy the remainder of your weekend,
xo, Anita

DearHelenHartman said...

Great shopping style! That cocktail dress and those gloves are top of my list of best finds ever!

the gardener's cottage said...

vix did you swap that dress in the 1st pic? omg, it is gorgeous on you. one of my all time favorites. and i adore those riding boots. what a day of bargains. xo janet

Vintage Sweetheart said...

You're so lucky people in your area don't love vintage! That cocktail dress is divine. xx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Yay I love second hand shopping! Such fun seeing what you got.. great scores!
Just an aside - I've NEVER been to an evening jumble sale before - it's generally a Sat morning thing over here..
x

Miss Peregrin said...

I am totally in love with those riding boots you found! Amazing. You look pretty damn amazing too. I bet you knocked the socks off some of the other jumble-salers!

Emma said...

Gorgeous dress! I LOVE the print and colors!

Nat said...

Love the cobweb shawl! You did well :-)

Misfits Vintage said...

Ooh that maxi is GORGEOUS on you, amor - I love the colour - and the faux fur is divine. You look especially beautiful for some reason - your hair is perfect and your eyes are so clear and bright and shiny - jumbo sales suit you!

Now - is that baby blue 1950s cocktail dress my size because I LOOOOOOVE it! What fabulous bargains!

Love you more than cocktail frocks! Sarah xxx

Style Eyes said...

I love your maxi dress and fur coat. I haven't been to a jumble sale for ages. I hardly ever hear about them any more, sounds fun though and you got some amazing stuff.

Couture Coco said...

Your maxi dress and fur jacket is one of my all time fav looks! Decided to try fur and been looking for a jacket exactly that shape but no such luck.
Fantastic haul as usual! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Ronnie (RR) said...

Such an amazing outfit, think this one is my all time new favourite...great finds again, well done :)

Nelly said...

I knew you would rock that dress and I was right xxx

Perdita said...

OOh your jumbles always sound tops! Annoyingly round my way the vintage stuff is EXACTLY what people want, so I have to be quick!

Alexandra said...

Great finds! I love your maxi dress! xx

Dolly Cool Clare said...

SWOON! That 50s dress is stunning! Very envious of that one, and I bet you got it for nothing as well! Well done on all your fab bargains hope you had a lovely weekend :) x

Straight Talking Mama! said...

WOW well I'm going to be very predictable, I love that 50s dress it's gorgeous and the grosgrain bag.

Dina said...

You are so inspiring! I just joined your list of "followers" :-)

his_girl_friday said...

I love the jacket!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Jumble madness! You've done amazingly. Looking beautiful, Vix - and no way must one loose precious drinking time. xoxo

vintage_kitten said...

you look so cute.love the dress and jacket.that jacket looks so warm and comfy.You got such lovely things at that sale.I just love the dresses.Especially that blue 50's one.gimmie gimmie.hee hee.great finds.xxx

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

You've done it again! Now you just need to find a pub and curry house which accept vintage in lieu of cash ;-)

I especially love the second set of photos, amazing boots and handbag and I love the robe too.

pastcaring said...

Vix, you look just as glamorous as can be, all set to do battle with those black Country grannies! Beautiful frock from Nelly, and naturally you can't go wrong with a little faux fur!
Wonderful things, as always. The 50s frock, evening bag, crazy hat and boots are my favourites, I think - but your taste is always impeccable!
Hope you've had a really great weekend. xxxxx

Caroline Ergy Erg said...

Obviously going to say i love the lurex dress!! You're so lucky being invited to rummage around in the charity shop stock room, i'm going to dress head to toe vintage next time i go charity shop shopping in hope someone will say the same to me, haha!
xxxx

Peta said...

you find THE best things!

Style Sud-Est said...

Great finds Vix! I love everything!
So neat that you invited to a private vintage sale!
Me to i usually go for things peeople do not want
Your outfit is fabulous , i love the color of the dress!

Take care my friend

Ariane xxxxx

Joyatri said...

I can't wait to see what outfit you put together with that hat! That's my favorite of your incredible finds.

Fashion Tales.... said...

I am always in awe of your fabulous jumble sale finds. I LOVE that powder blue cocktail dress and those green leather gloves. Your rose/camel outfit is perfect for the occasion. -xxoo

The Vintage Knitter said...

Only you could dress as glam as that and head off to a jumble - sheer class! I totally love that outfit. Super haul of goodies there too - talk about being a bargain magnet!
xxx

Comtesse de ferveur said...

Fab finds all! Those riding boots are rocking and the swing jacket is quite the stunner. And that dress is magnificent on you! xxx

Kitty said...

too, too, jealous of the pics!!! grrrr :)

La Dama said...

Vixcita,
Oh my look at everything you bagged!
So lucky to find all those treasures at the jumble sale. our jumble sucks.
love how you always dress so chic when going to jumble.
that swing coat marvelous!
besios

DeniseAngela said...

so love the pretty finds.....& so beautiful for a jumble sale!

Alice said...

Such wonderful finds as always, you always unearth the best treasures from the most unsuspecting places Vix! The tapestry handbag is my favourite, I'm always hooked on beautiful embroidery xxx

Susan Tiner said...

I love your expression in the last photo. So glamorous.