Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Cool For Cats - Charity Shop Joy



 I wasn't feeling much chazza shop joy this morning after leaving the first couple of shops empty-handed. I was freezing cold, an old battle axe was breathing down my neck, trying to wrestle anything I picked up out of my hands and a couple of men stood staring at me with their mouths hanging open like I had two heads (much to the annoyance of their womenfolk). How frickin' rude!


Then I spotted this 1950s fake leopard coat in Age UK and my mood changed. Annoying woman looked at me like she was going to kill me as I handed my cash over and both pervy men got dragged off by their partners.


Bargain! I shall cull the cupboard of doom of at least two coats to make room.


Like my fake Litas? I'm like a proper fashion blogger now ('cept that I'm wearing a home-made dress made out of a curtain underneath my coat.) Wait a couple of years and the thing you covert invariably turns up on the market for £5.



 How attractive, my hands are turning blue from the cold & my week-old Barry M's developed a chip from all the rummaging!

Plastic ring (Sexilicous Sarah) and bigger turquoise one (the marvellous Miss Magpie)

 So, what else did I find? New stock for Kinky Melon!


For the ladies:
Clockwise from top left: Groovy '70s blouse, 1970s St Michael folksy tee shirt, vintage school blazer, Burberry's velvet trimmed wool blazer, 1960s embellished cocktail dress, 1960s lurex evening bag, 1980s drop waist sun dress, West German checker-board pussybow blouse, 1970s-does-the-1940s tea dress. 



For the lads
Satin trimmed tuxedo, 1970s Hornes jacket, 1960s navy mac and a vintage leisure shirt.



I couldn't resist this naff photo album for 50p


I've already got this 1960s St Michael scarf in blue and cream so for £1 it would have been daft not to buy an orange version!

1950s Sheraton Collection fake leopard coat (Age UK) worn with teal opaques, green suedette boots, Liberty of London scarf (£1, local junk shop), 1950s rose print bag (20p, car boot sale), enormous gold earrings (75p, Topshop sale, 2010)
Have I ever told you how much I love charity shops? (Even with pervy men and evil grasping rivals).

See you soon.

99 comments:

Fashion art and other fancies said...

You are rocking it!;)
Seriously, you look delectable;)
I simply adore the coat, nail varnish and those divine shoes!xx

Marla Robinson said...

Vix, that is one AMAZING coat. I can't believe you found this. I love your nail polish with those great rings.

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Ooh lurvely coat! I'm both shocked and horrified that there's a market for eighties drop waisted dresses! x

Carina Rosenholm said...

What a great Coat! Love the green shoes and your matching tights.
Ohh i love op shopping to!

illustratorclaire said...

Like my fake Litas?

YES I DO.

illustratorclaire said...

Like my fake Litas?

YES I DO.

Ivy Black said...

Wondrous! I love the coat and what a bargain. Toppest of top finds lurve.
Loves ya.
Em
xxxx

Lynne DeVenny said...

Oh no, a PROPER fashion blogger. I hope one of those weird bubble statement necklaces isn't next :o Improper fashion bloggers are my fave, fave, fave. I, alas, am limited by that freakin' day job in a law office :P

Coat. Gorgeous. Totes want to pet it.

Blue pussy bow blouse. Drooling for it like mad. What size? Is Kinky Melon online?

edie pop said...

I adore the coat, perfect with the fake litas, I quite like them, especially in that beautiful bottle green colour! Your latest outfits make me extremely happy, I really needed a colour therapy to contrast with the gray tracksuits zombies that I can see around, I hate them and all the pervy men:how rude! The only positive things of living in my small town is that nobody harass you!All your new finds are great, I hope they'll bring me Chazza Luck!!
Lots of Love
xxxxxxxxxxxx

Jet Kuhn said...

That coat! Looks so right on you! Oh I hate the pervs... was gonna hit the thrift today, but broke so I'll wait until payday! Great finds! and you look gorgeous (I feel like a broken record when saying that!) XXX

Joni said...

I have that same photo album. At least I thought I did. Are the pages filled with 70's suburban Caucasian girls in crochet and bell bottoms?

Love those taaallll shoes on you!

Susan Partlan said...

You look fab in green tights.

WTF was wrong with those men staring at you like that?

How did you find nail polish to exactly match the color of that ring?

DearHelenHartman said...

I think you can ONLY be called a fashinista if you are wearing something like a home made dress under a thrifted coat - because otherwise you are just a fashion assembler, put trend A with trend B. You look great and oh how I wish I could have come to the vintage faire in your last post - oh that hair, it's so high you risk birds getting their toes tangled in it.

Kezzie said...

Gorgeous items!!! Love the Litas- they are a great colour!

Shybiker said...

Great shoes.

grunge-queen said...

Love the faux fur coat, Vix, you look killer in it - I bought one today too (though the women at the cash insisted it was real fur and didn't let me have the sale price - she was wrong). But thankfully I didn't have to contend with annoying stalking women and gaping pervs! xoxo

Lucy Nation said...

When you first came up on my dashboard, I thought you were wearing skinny jeans cos I couldn't see your shoes! Then when I opened the post I realised it was a pair of teal tights, phew! Skinny jeans would be so wrong on you! I love the leopard coat and all the stuff you found. Especially the floral dress at the bottom left. You find all the best stuff, I don't know how you do it!! You look gorgeous. I especially love the eyeshadow today xxx

PinkCheetahVintage said...

Fucking pervs are annoying, but that coat is incredible. So weird that you found those green 'fake' (who cares!) litas because the only litas I really ever liked were the green velvet ones!!! Lucky you!! Although, I have to admit there are some other JC shoes I covet...
Your rings and jewelry are amazing, as usual.
Becky :)

That's Not My Age said...

I love your thinking, 'Wait a couple of years and it'll turn up on a market stall.' Brilliant! x

daisychain said...

Oh Vix,

I have a shoe and coat crush brewing x

Wean said...

Vix - you tease ! I wanted to see your dress made out of curtains !!

Linda said...

AHHH! amazing shoes! where did you get them? and the coat, what a find!! Fiver, nuts!!

Liz said...

Love the coat - looks really cosy!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Sacramento Amate said...

I love the story, and I can just picture the whole scene, hehehhehee.
What a wonderful coat.
Love your fake liters, and all your bargains, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Patti said...

You look delicious in your new coat! What a fabulous bargain too. And your rings are too, too crazy-good. xxxooo

freckleface said...

Haha! There you go causing a stir again. Honestly Walsall is so lucky. All that free entertainment you give them, not to mention the glamour. I'd love to know if they got told off :D

The coat is a winner! Looks great on you, you cool cat. I have a fake leopard skin coat and I love wearing it, it's so cosy.

Great stash for your shop. You have such a good eye. Lita's? That's new to me. Must look them up. On top of everything else, this blog is educational. What a marvel you are! xxxx

Donna Speight said...

I love your blog and I'm always impressed with your charity shop bargains! Your style is totally amazing and I love the fact you are so knowledgeable too. Thank you for entertaining me with you blog posts. xxx

http://totallyvtg.blogspot.co.uk/

Lucys Lounge said...

those shoes are amazing. I never really get much in the charity shops in Ireland markets are the places I hunt. I have to say the staff always seem narky in the charity shops I've gone to maybe that's what puts me off. I like the scarf too. if you ever find irregular choice shoe size 5 will you keep me in mind. thanks lucy

Vintage Jane said...

That gorgeous coat's enough to make any girl purr! Love it. God, those shoes are fab, although I would n't be able to walk more than three steps in them! M x

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

There is nothing like the high of thrifting, is there! Plus it doesn't damage your body :-) Fabulous, magnificent find. A queen of coats. Great accoutrements, as well.

You do look cold, however. Hope you were able to to thaw out at the nearest pub, or at home with a libation. Have a great week!!!!

Sara said...

LOVE those green shoes! They would be perfect for St. Patrick's day, oh!!<3

Rose&Bird said...

I have to confess, I've never heard of Lita shoes - I'm so not a fashion blogger! They look great, i love green shoes. How rude of that woman - maybe she's seen you shopping and is jealous of all your fab bargains! The new scarf is lovely too - at £1 you could afford one in each colour! I've been having a big clear out too - it's currently in a pile on the living room floor waiting to be ebayed!

Helen Le Caplain said...

That coat looks fab-u-lous and I love your green booties *eeek* xx

www.mancunianvintage.com

Helen Le Caplain said...

That coat looks fab-u-lous and I love your green booties *eeek* xx

www.mancunianvintage.com

VintageVicki said...

Loving the coat - can't beat a bit of leopard print :) One day one will turn up for me in the right size!

Cute-Kitty-Caz said...

Oh Vix, you've done it once again, looking truly fabulous, as with literally ALL of your finds, your gorg-faux-fur coat was clearly waiting for you and ONLY you to find it! The perfect thing for today too, there's nothing like bringing out your inner Bet Lynch on a cold, snowy day! Plus you're wearing THAT beaut Liberty scarf again - I still want it! Saying that, your new St Michael scarf looks brill too.

Damn those old bids trying to steal your finds, then they have the cheek to blame 'the younger generation' all the time too! Sharp elbows at the ready I say!

Thank you so much for your reply Vix. I'll get back to you tomorrow. Have a lovely evening. C xx

Valerie Beattie said...

Haha, I have that very same photo album, it came in a battered old suitcase filled with my Grandparents photos. I couldnt get the photo's out if I tried, they are welded to the now yellow perspex lol.
Amazing coat find, well jealous lol.
V
xxx

Style Sud-Est said...

Oh! Nice finds indeed!
That leopard coat rocks and those shoes! Yep a proper fashionista!
The guys were looking at you cause you are so gorgeous darling!

Ariane xxxx

Alice said...

Your fake Litas are fab, I love the colour Vix! I’m glad you found some charity shop treasure today, that photo album is fabulously tacky.
Is that a LAMB bangle? (the chunky square one), I have the exact same one :) my undying love for Gwen Stefani goes a long way xxx

the gardener's cottage said...

vix i must thank you for the lovely poem you left on my blog this morning. tears were shed. thank you for that. miss doris was the original thrifter and incredibly cool but she had no idea just how cool she was, even though i told her all the time.

i adore your new coat. today i'm cleaning out my things...letting go is so hard but at the same time exhilarating.

much love,
janet

The Vintage Knitter said...

Superb coat and a fiver too! Now that's what I call a bargain! Happy hunting! xxx

Miss Simmonds Says said...

Nice shoes

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

Five quid, five quid, five quid, five quid, five quid, five quid, five quid, five quid, five quid ... I would have skipped out of the chazza screeching my new chant over my shoulder and at the world at large!!!! Holding that glorious, precious, beautiful coat over my head like the FA Cup and maybe a "go feck yourself" as a loud aside to the gloomy feckers in the shop. Hey I think we should start a trend of dancing in the streets like a load of drunken louts whenever we make a huge op shop discovery! Can you imagine?!!! It's the chazza equivalent of a football final! So, so, so happy YOU were the one to walk away with the prize!! xoxoxoxoxoxoxox

judith said...

Bonito abrigo!!!
Saludos
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Miss Simmonds Says said...

Seriously £5 for that coat? That's bloody amazing, you're the Queen Of Chazzas, although you do seem to live in the holy city of vintage bargains. Ha! Those bitches knew you were amazing and their dull boyfriends obviously don't see birds of paradise like you floating around very often. I can imagine you walking round Walsall like this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7K_yKLNhWL0

You got some great stock for Kinky Melon. I love the blazer!
Those shoes are just so VIX and only a fiver too? Lucky wench xxxx

Krista Gassib said...

$5 NO WAY!!!!!! They charge almost $50 for the cheap made it China coats these days, OMG this is friggin amazing!!! You look so sweet in this with those adorable green dollie shoes, wow I can't really blame those guys for staring, I bet they were drooling! I love your blue hands, your I don't give a shit attitude and for sure YOUR STYLE!!!! All your finds are really sweet you store is stocked with all kinds of goodies!
ILOVEYOU!!!!!
XXOO
Krista

Bella Q said...

Great deal that looks like a million bucks on youse! I would love to see you in shopper's action Vix! You are such a star, you make fake Litas looks cooler than the originals ever were.

Dina said...

Love the colour of your heels. Very interesting colour :) x

Val Sparkle said...

I love that scarf with the leopard print, and I'm usually kind of tame about pattern-mixing. But this one is great! And your rings are gorgeous!

Misfits Vintage said...

Bloody hell, that jacket is DIVINE!!! If you only knew what utterly dreadful price I paid for mine, you'd never talk to me again.

You look amazing, darling - I love the fab bright scarf and of course, all of your fabulous details.

Love you more than leopard! Sarah xxx

Loulou said...

Wow, what a fantastic coat! You were lucky with that find. Worth putting up with grabbers and perves.

thorne garnet said...

Well done at the chazza! I don't ever encounter such rude people. It just dawned on me I haven't been shopping since before New Years!!!!! Holy cow, I'd better go next weekend or my Cheapskate Card is going to be taken away.

Francesca Giusti said...

love this leo coat and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
Pass to my blog and if it likes you follow me too, I will be so glad :D
kisses
http://francescagiusti.blogspot.com/

Gayle said...

I love that coat....and you wear it well.....I THINK I AM A BIT JEALOUS!!

Forest City Fashionista said...

I agree with Desiree that there should be a special cheer or dance that is done when one makes a particularly good score at a charity shop (it would annoy the hell out of the grabby biddies and oogling men). That coat is sooooo VIX! I like the green shoes a lot - wish I could wear heels that high.

Ofelia said...

Fantastic finds!
Your outfit is brilliant for melting some snow and some perv bad intentions!

Sue said...

Score with the coat!! Love a bit of animal print, and especially fur!! Pervy old men indeed, you would have made their day, and as for the old ducks, pure jealousy. Yay for you standing out in the op shop crowd!!

WendyB said...

That coat is a FIND! I might stalk you in a shop too, so I could benefit from your good taste :-)

Silhouette de Femme said...

Wow what a steal on those beauties! That faux leopard...love.. I love!
Denise

Angela B said...

I love the color of your nail polish!

Camelia Crinoline said...

That coat is to die for. The green fake Litas look great with it too. I love leopard print and green.

Claire Justine said...

Ha sound like a fun time, sometimes I wonder if it was cos they had their eye on what your buying or wish they had brought it. grr I remember an old ladie taking something out my hand looking at the size then giving it me back when she knew she had no chance of getting into it. Love your shoes and coat such bargains, you look great in them :)

Fiona said...

The girl did good, five quid for your leopardskin lovely is a bloody bargain. Love your Marks scarf.
x

Nike Onile said...

That white bracelet is stunning!

xoxo
Nike O.
Eight Hundred Sq. Ft.
Small Space Pick of the Week - Valentine's Day Glamour Lounge

Lyosha said...

sexy Vix. I don't know why I feel this outfit like a very sexy one.
and I L O V E your skarf. great add to anything!

Lyosha
Inside and Outside Blog

Ronnie (RR) said...

Dont let other people negative vibrations get to you, just ignore them and keep doing what you are doing as you do it so well and so marvellously dressed too!

Veshoevius said...

Fab coat Vix! Worth contending with the competition and the pervy men to get that one! Love your Lita's too! x

Style Eyes said...

That leopard coat is amazing what a find. I saw something similar in the window of the local vintage shop but unfortunately it was a silly price. I had to laugh about your account of charity shopping, whenever I go to the charity shops where I live, I am usually the only one in the shop!

Kelly said...

LOVE those shoes, what a gorgeous colour. And that coat - you can't beat a bit of leopard print.
All in all, worth getting glared and barged.
x

tanaya said...

I want to go charity shopping with you Vix. This coat's purrfect and the shoes are divine...Totally worth putting up with grasping rivals, pervy men on the other hand are my most disliked sort of yucky thing!

Lucy in the Clouds said...

Fantastic coat and whatta bargain! Not surprised the fellas had their tongues out ;)

Ulla-Marie Nilsson said...

You will survive this winter thanks to your lovely gown.

Please may I? said...

Looking fabulous Vix and what a great find. That lady obviously knew what amazing skills you have at spotting a bargain!

X x

Young at Heart said...

I love the green shoes......utterly gorgeous and good for keeping feet off the snow no??x

delia hornbook said...

OMG i love that little green and white dress with the belt its gorgeous. I say you did great with the bargains today. You look hot in that fake fur no wonder that women was after it and im also not suprised you were being starred at your gorgeous. dee xxx

Hippy at Heart said...

that coat is insane! definitely need your kind of thrift stores in my life.

songbird said...

i alternately despise or pity those women.they hate the girl or feel insecure about themselves.
your posts are always a tresure trove..love those fake litas!hehe..

mrsmsmeanderings said...

Love that coat, Vix - though it looks more tiger than leopard to me!! Who cares - it's fabulous, whatever!

Rosemary the Shopper said...

So you're attracting pervs. Well, someone's gotta do it. At least you know you are still catching men's eyes!

Love the jacket-- you scored!!

By the way, I would love to trade you something, or buy those cranberry/black 60s lace-up boots if they fit me.

Much love,

Rosemary from www.foreveronthecatwalkoflife.blogspot.com

alison said...

Can I say I havec just found your blog and I am in total love with this blog!

Perdita said...

Lovely coat.

Yuk, I hate pervy men staring, it's worse if their girlfriend's there, just SO rude.

Perdita said...

Lovely coat.

Yuk, I hate pervy men staring, it's worse if their girlfriend's there, just SO rude.

Alexandra said...

Fantastic coat Vix! x

MyStyle said...

Hi there! you absolutely scored with the leopardprint coat, it looks gorgeous on and I love those Lita style shoes too!! xx

carrievintage said...

stunning coat!!!!!!!!

Helga! said...

Have I told you how much I love you and your pervy man inspiring luciousness?!
Feck ME that is a DREAM COAT!!!!
I yearn to find such a delight.One day! As you say, if you're patient these things turn up, such as Litas! Great colour, those! That's a fine score like my LAMB shoes! (Which I am planning to wear out tomorrow night)
I had a little gasp when I saw the first pic today, as this outfit is making me cream myself! Wonderful colour and pattern cobinations! I always love that bag, and the jewells! To DIE for.SQUEE!
Hope you warmed yourslef up with a nice rum or soemthing like that, darl! You've earnt it!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

Hayley Rose said...

wow! love your loot :) pretty jel atm X

Mary Lou said...

meeeooow i love your leoprint coat and your gorgeous green heeled legs;) green is recently my new favorite color, well next to blue;) also those founds are great i have to take a closer look at your Facebook page what else you found;)
kiss,mary

rosyragpatch said...

Your new coat is such a bargain. No wonder you love charity shops. You look fab in that outfit.

Vintage Coconut said...

That coat is just delicious!
And I am in love with your green shoes.
The two green dresses you bought are rather lovely and grabbed my attention immediately.
WOWZA!

You should have jabbed the ole coot with your elbow. *heheh*

wardrobeexperience said...

this leopard spotted coat is fabulous. love it.

pastcaring said...

Now THAT is what I call a coat - and a bloody fine bargain too! Well done you, surviving the battle axe and the pervy blokes and their tutting women, and sashaying round Walsall like an exotic 1970s rock star, nabbing all the great stuff!
Love the green dresses you found, and the print on that scarf is beautiful.
I have never heard of Litas, fake or otherwise... I know, what kind of a style blogger am I? Not a very informed one, obviously... But they are one fab pair of shoes, whatever they are!
Stay warm in your faux fur, darling, you'll never let the weather or the locals cramp your style! xxxxxx

Sarah said...

What a fab find, I love the coat! I hate unwanted attention from pervy men, it makes me a bit uncomfortable (I go dancing and unfortunately for me a man old enough to be my dad has taken a bit of shine to me and it's freaking me out a bit I need to bring the boy along to scare him off!).

Melanie said...

Gorgeous coat! I will always have a soft spot for leopard print xxx

silkpathdiary said...

A good leopard print is SO difficult to find let alone a fantastic one like this - it's wonderful! Well done! Good to hear not even pervs can put you off your shopping x

Nikki @ Penelope Cat Vintage said...

Purr-fect coat and such a great haul. I'm jealous - I can't remember the last time I found anything vintage in a chazza!

x

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

Do you know, I don't believe you have. Tell me more about this charity shop thing ;-)

Lurve the coat and shoes xx

CityScape Skybaby said...

Ooh that coat is gorgeous Vix, really really gorgeous! Well worth braving all the rude gawpers for such a fantastic bargain. I love it with the green tights and fab green shoes too, even though I've never heard of Lita's either, I just know they're fab shoes. xx

vintage honeybee said...

I love those shoes. And I have a cheetah trench that I love too.

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