Friday, 29 January 2010

Retail Therapy

Vintage Wetherall of Bond Street cape and 1960's cap (Charity Shop), Celia Birtwell shopper (Car Boot), Gloves (Present), Purple platforms (Local market stall)

There's nothing to beat some retail therapy for brightening up a cold, dull January day. The mere sight of a charity shop never fails to get my pulse racing and on entering the hallowed ground my heart is all of a flutter. No clothes rail is left overlooked whilst boxes of bric-a-brac, tangles of beads, bangles and conjoined belts, shelves of books and baskets of underwear are rifled through in the hope of uncovering a hidden gem.

Today's finds in the British Heart Foundation included a TopShop ditsy print ruffled blouse for £2.99 and some TopShop suede pom-pom pumps for 1.99


These vintage glass decanters were 10p each from the Salvation Army and perfect for filling with brightly coloured bubble bath. 

The cute 1950's tooled leather handbag was a snip at £1.99 in Acorns Hospice charity shop.

Despite today's weather, Jacob, my 34 year old tortoise decided to make an early appearance from his winter hibernation. 


  1. Great finds, and what a cute turtle!!! he looks so big! :)


  2. Ahhhhhhhhhh! Tortoise! AMAZING!

    I really want a cloak but I haven't managed to find one I like. Yours is beautiful!

    And that bargain handbag - sweet! Good thrifting skills! x

  3. Ahhhh Jacob!! we must have woke him up asking about him the other day. He's a cutie.

    Love the cape, gorgeous colour. And the charity shop finds, well as always amazing stuff.
    I'm hitting the charity shops this weekend (had a hair appointment change giving me some much needed free time!)hope I get as lucky as you!!

    X x

  4. Look at Jacob! bless him! Hey he looks good for his age!
    Im loving the outfit today as your wearing my favourite colour!
    I have posted some home stuff today and I have a decanter so similar to one of yours, how strange!

  5. agh! i love jacob! amazing finds too, i have the suede shoes in black, so cute! and such a bargain for you! i know exactly what you mean about pulses racing at the sight of charity shops! x

  6. Jacob is soo lovely! The colour of your cape is amazing. I can't believe those decanters were 10p! love the bag too x

  7. i love the pom poms on those shoes! adorable!!!

  8. Purple is such a lovely colour on you! And yet again you have managed to find some amazing bargains!

    Jacob looks very wise!

  9. Wow all i can say is what a marvellous bargain you got with the decanters and what a fabulous idea about filling them with bubble bath - I can only imagine how lovely they will look! I'm so inspired to do that myself!

    I love having a good old rumble in charity shops myself, but the ones in my town sadly seem to be lacking, they seem more full of tact rather then anything that is worthy of being reused! Sadly!

    Glad I stumbled over your blog too, its a great read!

  10. New to your blog and just had to say I love your style...reminds me of me many moons ago in my hippy days ....I used to love putting outfits together from second hand shops and market stalls...I can't remember there being charity shops per se....will pop back again ;)

  11. I'm so freaked out by your tortoise. I LOVE them but man, that guy is huge!!!

    You look divine as always. I cannot stop looking at Jacob! He's stealing the show here, honey! :)

  12. Fantastic! Martha Trust is just that kind of Charity shop, a whole morning can easily be spend there, i love the glass decanters


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