Friday, 23 March 2012

Boot Sale Buys & Charity Shop Chat



"See her over there" one lady say to another in a charity shop, pointing at me, "Every week she comes in here, buys the kind of crap nobody in their right mind would look at, wears it to town a week later and looks so good in it that I feel bleeding stupid for not buying it myself".  You've got to love a straight talking Black Country woman.


Our favourite car boot sale restarted yesterday. I was beside myself with excitement to get there and stuck in, rummaging like a woman possessed, but it's still very early in the season and my favourite house clearance dealers or the 20p man weren't there. Despite the plethora of teens offloading last year's fashion and mums with mountains of faded baby clothes & stuffed bears there were a handful of interesting finds to be had.


Here's what I got: 
Indian elephant embroidered bed canopy (for Gilbert's dashboard), 1970s chevron striped playsuit by Kittiwake, framed kitsch print, 1980s Gina Bacconi for Frank Usher sequinned bolero, 1970s revival  platform boots and a Rajasthani mirrored mobile, all for a grand total of £7.50 (including the 50p parking fee).


We've just had a phone call inviting us to next Thursday's jumble sale preview so they'll be no car booting for us next week. Hopefully the season will be firing on all cylinders when we get back from India in May.

Cheesecloth tunic (£3.30, Cancer Research), 1960s patent belt (50p, Bridging The Gap), denim waistcoat (40p, jumble sale), African beads (£1.99, British Heart Foundation), Tooled Leather bag (£3.99, British Heart Foundation), Psychedelic maxi skirt (made by me using vintage fabric sent courtesy of Jennie)
It's a night in with rum and home made pizza for us.
Have a fabulous weekend whatever you decide to get up to.
See you soon.

72 comments:

lady liquor vintage. said...

Gorgeous buys as per! Especially love the print, amazing boots & sequin jacket. XO

delia hornbook said...

Jumble sale preview ;-)) Wow i never know people did that i bet that is great and you know where straight to go to when it opens ;-) You look so lovely today love your blouse and skirt there really pretty and with your denim waistband its such a gorgeous look. Cheeky women but there was a compliment in there ;-) Great buys love the playsuit. Enjoy your rum and pizza and have a fab weekend, dee xxx

Rachael said...

Wow you even find bargains on the car parking! In Yorkshire i'm sure that would have been a good couple of pounds!

MyStyle said...

Hi my dear!! Yes, so pleased the boot sales have started up again and I must say you've scored some early bird fabulous bargains, well done! looking lovely, the maxi skirt is great! have a nice weekend too xx

Anita said...

What lovely finds! The chevron play suit is just too much for words, and I bet it looks fabulous on you!

I spent a few hours this morning at an antique co-op, and could have spent many hours more. I love the thrill of finding a treasure made for one thing and using it for something completely different, like you are doing with the canopy for Gilbert. You must share a picture when you put it on the dash!

Have a wonderful evening!

xo, Anita

señora Allnut said...

love when you share with us your purchased goods!, so many delightful things to enjoy!. And so funny what people says about style!, sometimes I hear similar things and laugh so much about it!
And always love your bijouterie, specially when it's a 'family jewel' with a story to tell!
besos & fun

Le Material Girl said...

I am really loving that playsuit. I hope you have a great weekend. I sent u an email btw! xo

CarolineGsbM said...

Love the charity shop comments!

My mum is organising a newly new sale and I'm loving getting in first. Got some great jewellery and tops for bargain prices.

And our car boots are at least £1 to park!

Caroline
xxx

Fashion, Art and other fancies said...

Ah, adore that lovely playful.
Please invite me next time to one of these. Will you?;-)

Fiona said...

Ha ha, a back handed compliment or what? How exciting to be invited to a JS preview, didn't know there were such things, it sounds very exclusive. Love your outfit today especially the lovely blouse and beads, the lady in the shop is right about one thing, you certainly know how to put a look together. Enjoy your pizza & rum, and the weekend. x

Katrina said...

What wonderful finds, as always! Love what that woman said about you) You`re such a cool blogger.

>'.'<

the gardener's cottage said...

gee vix i just love that skirt. and i love all your charity shop chat. i find the most lovely people in my 2nd hand stores. it's hand-crafted beer and tacos tonight for us. cheers!

Melanie said...

I absolutely love your top! It's so pretty and you look as gorgeous as ever xxx

Straight Talking Mama! said...

I love that comment, I had to read it out to Paul it made me laugh!

Good finds and yes I always find car boot season at first is a bit sparse isn't it? Never mind will soon be in full swing and raining ;o)

Dina said...

That playsuit is so cute!

Mrs. Exeter said...

What a fun outfit - I do love the belt! Great compliment from the Charaty shop lady - its true, no one can put an outfit together like you! Enjoy the pizza! xxx

Kezzie said...

What a delightful top! It's TOTALLY the type of thing I love wearing in the summer! Beautiful!

Trudie said...

You did well.
The playsuit and bolero are my favs.

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Great scores! And I love the skirt you're wearing.
I can FEEL your excitement at the start of the car booting season! Trying to contain your frenzy = LOve it!

Have a lovely weekend.
x

Little Blue Mouse said...

Ha ha, I loved the comment about you in the charity shop!
How privileged to be invited to a jumble sale preview.

Rebecca said...

My favourite car boot sale starts up again next weekend and your post has me itching to go nowwwww!
hehe, I love the charity shop comment! xx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

You find some fantastic stuff - will you take the playsuit to Goa?

Krista said...

I love this conversation you heard, heck yeah that's RIGHT!!!! It's outfit magic and they wouldn't get it ;p The print on this maxi skirt is delicious and I love the leather bag! The pastel jumper is so cute and you must wear it with pigtails :) maybe even those boots :) MEOW!!!!

Here's to sunshine, beautiful bargins and Jons homemade pizza! Talk Sunday.
LOVEYOU~
Krista

Sue said...

Fantastic outfit Vix, totally love the cheesecloth tunic. Gilbert is going to look pretty special with the new dashboard trim!! Enjoy your weekend ♥

The Brunette said...

That top is stunning you look lovely.

Did that woman really say that loud enough that you could hear it? ha ha what a laugh. xx

The Brunette said...

Oh by the way thanks for the comment I will try and get a photo of me wearing the dress xx

Alexandra said...

Love that playsuit! Have a great weekend xx

hippiebohoreloaded. said...

love that waistcoat - have a similar one by levis from the 70s. that white tunic is awesome, too xx

Lisa G said...

I love that sort of compliment you got from that woman!!

You find the most amazing things Vix. The shiny black midi skirt I got from a charity shop recently was a Gina Bacconi one!

Lis x

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

And she was quite right, you bloody do! Maybe you should take her under your wing a la Gok and do her a chazza shop makeover? (Scratch that, come and do me!)

Have a fabulous weekend, and spare a thought for my poor frayed nerves (12 kids and a baby tomorrow for smallest's birthday)

xx

Please may I? said...

Your first quote so made me laugh, I could actually hear it being said!

Loving the top you have on and all of your buys too.

X x

Sue W @ Living the Good Life said...

I miss car boots! They never really caught on over here, although there are a lot of garage sales, quite a lot of American influence in NZ. Love the outfit V, I would wear that, but I'd have to lose a serious amount of cuddliness! :D Nice scores at the boot sale.

4kids, 2 guinea pigs, 1 happy family said...

I love car boot sales, we are lucky that our local boot runs all year!
My best recent find was a Emma Bridgewater cake tin!
x

Bespoke Biddie said...

lovlely as always your jewelry continues to make me swoon

- PRADA SUNNIES GIVEAWAY -
- PRADA SUNNIES GIVEAWAY -

Sunnie
(.=

Alice said...

You always see the potential in the most unsuspecting of items and that’s what makes your taste in clothing so wonderfully unique. I love the striped playsuit, very sweet indeed xxx

Mary Lou said...

oh the playsuit is sweet as candy and i love your gipsy tunic, really fabulous!
love and kiss,mary

Louise said...

I love your tunic top so much, it just makes me think of summer. That sequinned bolero is pretty fab! Xx

VainGlorySinner said...

I swear I have seen that play suit before! Maybe on some 70's model or something from a film?! and those black platforms remind me so much of Helga!

Love that cheesecloth tunic - those ladies at the charity shop should follow your blog then they'll know how to spot treasure amongst the tat too! xxx

Style Sud-Est said...

Everything about this outfit is gorgeous
The beautiful maxi, the amazing skirt and love the purse, i have one similar that i got for .50 cents!
We do not car boot sales but we have garage sales all summer long !

I sent your parcel today i hope it will get there before hou leave for India

Lots of friendship

Ariane xxxxx

Paper Moon said...

that skirt and bag is amazing. x

Paper Moon said...

that skirt and bag is amazing. x

Helga! said...

'Tis the beginning of the season of fabulous finds!!! Mind you,your scores are fabulous year round!It just seems to amp up come boot sale season!That playsuit is the cutest thing;I'm pretty keen to see you rocking that with a faux fur gilet,splendid jewellery and killer heels!!!(please?!)
Thta's brillant,what you overhead that lady saying in the chazza shop!And so flattering!I wonder what they say about me......?Nothing as wonderful,I'll bet!
OOOO,jumble preview?!SQUEEEE!

OMG LOVING that skirtthe fabric is divoooon!
Love you long time!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Vintage Bird Girl said...

Hehe that ladies comment made me laugh! What a fab maxi skirt you're wearing & some great finds too. Hope you have a wonderful weekend. Xx

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

You always look incredible but there's something about this outfit that stole my heart. I think it's the white embroidered tunic and belt combination that got to me. Everything else is (the perfect) frosting on the cake. Delicious.

Love, Jean

Trees said...

I love that skirt you're wearing Vix. Also that chevron playsuit is cute!

Melanie said...

Something about the tunic brings to mind watching my mum ironing when I was a kid, spraying aerosol starch or sprinkling water by hand on linen, maybe it's the pattern... Regardless, a beautiful piece. The whole outfit is gorgeous. I love your playsuit find. And the woman's remark, well, yes, that's quite a compliment, uh, I think, yes. Ha. Is she the one with the barge pole?

Miss Peregrin said...

Oh wow, that playsuit! I think it's the cherry on top of a day of great finds! I also loved what the charity shop lady had to say about you. What an awesome compliment! Well deserved, as you do always look stunning - today is no exception!

DeniseAngela said...

Cant wait to see you in that sequined bolero....love that you made your skirt & top has beautiful detail! Have a fab weekend Vix!

lasophia said...

What a quote! Love how the locals are recognizing your talent. Some very good finds in there. I'm fond of anything chevron and sequin. Right up my alley.

Style Eyes said...

It's not what you wear, it is how you wear it and you definitely wear it with style! That skirt is beautiful.

Vintage Sweetheart said...

The jumpsuit and the bolero are freaking fabulous. I love that straight talking ladies comment. You must of made quite the impression. xxx

pinktutu72 said...

I love that skirt! It looks so pretty with your tunic. Your garden is really looking great

Mandy said...

That sequinned bolero is seriously gorgeous! I'm so jealous! :)

Rosemary the Shopper said...

Lookin' amazing, as usual. I love the quote! "Buys the kind of crap no one in their right mind would buy!" She needn't feel bleeding stupid, as it would look dreadful on her (whatever she looked like.) It takes a certain type of girl to transform things into the incredible outfits you pull together. And trust me, most people can't do it.

Much love from Rose,

www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.com

Ronnie (RR) said...

LOL well at least they said you looked ffffabulous darling! They are only jealous. Lucky ol' Gilbert, he will love that toran :)

daisychain said...

This is one of my top five favourite outfits from you x

triskelos said...

I think that the words of that lady are actually the definition of a truly stylish person with a great eye for clothes and accessories))
Ad what a great finds! Love the sequined bolero and those killer boots)

Aquí said...

I love the chevron playsuit you found! The colors are really nice and bet it would be so fun wear around. How often do you travel to India? I've always wanted to take a trip there!

Sandie said...

Blimey, it'll be wardrobes needed next! LOL!
I adore that cheesecloth top!

If only I could get clothes this cheap in my size xxl humungous!
There's always bedsheets and curtains I suppose as I am quite handy with the sewing machine....
I remember in the '70's, I saw this lovely stripey open-weave pink material (curtaining on the roll) on the market and bought a couple of yards and some pale pink cotton lining and made myself a maxi skirt and a shoulder bag out of the remants! I even bought some leather scraps of another stall and made myself a belt with long thongs on each end..those were the days...when I had a bit of a waist, can't find it now LOL!

Have a great week,

Hugs,

Sandie xx

Make Do Style said...

1. Jumble sale preview invite has to be the tops!
2. Jumble sale chat was the tops!
Xx

pastcaring said...

Oh gorgeous Vix, I LOVE the fact that you are famous (infamous?) enough to be gossiped about in town!! It's definitely a compliment. And true - you have an amazing eye and know exactly what will look amazing on you. Which may well not work on anyone else...
That blouse is so pretty and the skirt you made from Jennie's fabric is beautiful. You're beautiful!
I'm booking myself in for a car boot with you when you're back from India, please! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Amila said...

Hello you beautifull women!

I missed you !

<3

Leticia said...

Yep, you buy AWESOME things, doll and look fabulous in them! great style and good taste should always be celebrated ;) loved the ladies comment. That maxi skirt is great and a denim vest is always the vest accesory, at least for me ;) vest addict here! hahahah. First thing we do when we meet, get lost in grest sales, ok? ;) awesome post, as usual darling Vix! peace

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Terri said...

I love the overheard conversation! Was admiring the tunic you're wearing when I saw the beautiful bolero. It looks to me that the season is off to a good start.

Fashion Tales.... said...

Divine selections Vix! Between the playsuit and the sequined bolero, it's a winning wardrobe party! I love the cheesecloth tunic-xo

Lucy Nation said...

A jumble sale wouldn't be complete without a kitsch 60's print!:) Once again, love all your buys. Can't wait to see what you find at the preview xx

Georgia Rose said...

AMAZING finds! That chevron playsuit makes me want to weep, why do I never find anything as wonderful?! It would've been perfect for me at the big hippie music festival I just got back from! You are a vision, as always. xo

Young at Heart said...

too gorgeous........loving the white top......fabulous xx

Misfits Vintage said...

Bloody hell, you are officially the Opping Shoppingest Queen of the Universe! The top is gorgeous - of COURSE you made that fabulous skirt (the pattern is spectacular!) and the bag is AWFUL, seriously HIDEOUS! It suddenly looks a lot warmer there - your garden is sunny and green and almost as beautiful as YOU.

LOVE! Sarah xxx

his_girl_friday said...

I love that you overheard that comment! You do look good in your crazy finds!

Veshoevius said...

Haha! Bet that comment made your day - just goes to show that a good eye and imagination goes a long way. LOVE that top and maxiskirt - so beautiful!

La Dama said...

Those ladies comment made me crack up.them granny's should take fashion advice from you amor.
Once again you found some awesome treasures.gorgeous bolero.
love you in this peasant tunic outfit.lovely fabric and your pure genius.
luv ya