Friday, 1 October 2010

Bags Of Fun

My lounge last night

Did I mention my two jumble sales, yesterday? Well, last night's extravaganza in nearby Tipton was rather marvellous as you can probably tell from the array of black bags.

Some of the vintage blouses I snaffled
I successfully fended off the ferocious Black Country grannies and made off with enough vintage clothing and curtains to keep me in blog posts for weeks. 



Many people will tell you to head to the posher areas for second-hand bargains, but, as my dear late Grandma used to say, people didn't get rich by giving things away. Tipton was once declared by the BBC to be "a town without a middle class" and despite this I came away with literally armfuls of Jaeger, Eastex, Windsmoor, St Michael, English Lady and many other grand old names of British ladies' fashion.

This 1960's blouse is an "Exclusive Design by Sybille Claymar"

Washed overnight and dry enough to wear this morning.

These two 1960's beauties are my favourites. I'll be wearing them with high waisted shorts and my thigh-length boots.

These patent and suede lace-ups are by Miss Holmes of England, another fine name from yesteryear (and a perfect fit, too)

These patent courts are leather lined and labelled "Hand made in Norwich by Meadows"

Guess what? Every single item at last night's jumble sale was 20p. That's suits, bedspreads, curtains, shoes, handbags. No wonder I got carried away and spent £15.

Have a fab friday night whatever you're up to. Thanks for reading my daily ramblings and for the wonderful comments you leave.

49 comments:

  1. OMG! This looks absolutely amazing! Well done you on getting so many bargains. That white chiffon blouse looks gorgeous! x

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  2. Oh those Miss Holmes shoes are amazing!!!

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  3. I have just bought an almost identical black satin blouse from Zara as this one you're wearing. Needless to say it did not cost me 20p! Arghhh!
    I love a good blouse so looking forward to blousy posts - love the way you've combined it with those cute shorts - I notice they have a rather elegant tuxedo stripe - please don't tell me they cost 20p too!!!

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  4. You always find such wonderful things - that must be why I can never find anything vintage where I shop - it's all found it's way to you!
    Love the black blouse and Miss Holmes shoes x

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  5. Gorgeous blouses vix. How on earth do you find the jumble sales? I love them but there's never any near me :(

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  6. Absolutely brill, Vix. Love those blouses and the Miss Holmes shoes are the business. I do miss a good jumble sale! xx

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  7. What a ridiculously amazing array of bargains!

    I can't believe that all those things only cost you 20p each. I know I say this all the time, but I literally can't get my head round your super bargain hunting skills!

    I particularly love the Miss Holmes shoes - gorgeous, & the pretty cream blouse. I look forward to seeing these & more in your following posts :)

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  8. Incredible, all that loot for so little. I am shaking with envy here!

    The shoes are amazing, as are the pussy bow blouses. And I have to say I really love you with your hair up like that, you look so elegant.

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  9. What a haul, talk about pirate booty! So many lovely things to gaze upon. I love that white blouse with the sheer sleeves, both shoes but esp. the lace up ones, and you look great in what you are modeling for us.

    The Black Country Grannies would make a great Dr. Who episode (they are really daleks in disguise)!

    Have a great weekend and thanks for the update on your shopping spree yesterday.

    xxx Bonnie xxx

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  10. I love those blouses Vix, what a fantastic bargain. Have a great weekend xxx

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  11. Wow Vix thats some amount of fab buys! I love the hot pink blouse. I`ve seen lots of pussy bow blouses around but your vintage ones have much more character.
    Dx

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  12. I'm utterly jealous. What a fabulous haul. Well done you (yet again) for beating the old biddies to the bargains. Looking forward to seeing lots more.

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  13. Lol - you're the 20p bargain queen! As soon as I saw those bin bags at the beginning of your post I knew we were going to be treated to a jumble fest! I'm very envious of the suede lace ups.

    Have a great weekend x

    P.S. 'Sybille Claymar' and 'Miss Holmes' sound like extras from 'Are You Being Served'

    P.P.S. Hope your ribs aren't too bruised from those OAP elbows!

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  14. Vix, you are the bargain queen, I doth my thrifted cap to you

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  15. Blimey, what a haul! Tipton has to be good for something. You're a marvel! xxx

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  16. Man! you have soooo much stuff! lol, do you just keep on buying and buying? all the time? i'm just wondering, not in a rude way, as you have tones of stuff. wow!

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  17. goodness, gracious me. i am so jealous of your finds, and more so the prices! you are the queen of secondhand shopping, vix, you really are! out of curiousity, do you ever sell these finds on ebay, and if so what's the most you have made on an item? xxx

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  18. that's amazing, most the of jumbles I've been to just have rubbish that smells of wee!

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  19. I have said it all already about your finds. You look wonderful in that outfit.

    Have a super weekend.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  20. Hi there-wow, good for you to find all that treasure, so pleased its all gone to an appreciative home and to you who will style it up as it should be!! Have a good weekend my dear!

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  21. Absolutely great finds- could be your best to date!

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  22. 20p?! Crazy! You got some amazing things! How do you find out about these amazing jumble sales? It seems to be a once a year thing around here and even then, the sales are piled up with toys and baby clothes! x

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  23. I love these blouses. They looks so fresh and tempting to put on right away. No wonder you got carried away ... 15 Quids did you say! I envy your ability to find stuff at that price!!! You look great in your shorts. btw!

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  24. No wonder you got so much at 20p!!! I absolutley love the white blouse with the sheer sleeves, what fab finds!

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  25. If I didn't collect Rayne shoes I'd collect Holmes (and DeLiso Debs and Dolcis and Lotus....)

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  26. I was blown away by your descriptions earlier on but the pictures are just unbelievable! Please let me know if you're ebaying any of those blouses and I'll snap your hand off for them! I'm struggling almightily to find a nice one in the shops at the moment.

    You look absolutely gorgeous in that Sybille Claymar beauty. What a great name by the way. Modern labels have no poetry.

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  27. The saying around here is "When you snooze, you lose!"

    I must have been snoozing because I'm WAY behind on reading your posts. What fabulous finds, Vix! In THIS particular one, I don't know what I like better - the shoes, the blouses, or the PRICES!

    Good for you!

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  28. I am sure that you have loads of wonderful stuff! The shoes are so sweet.

    Thank you very much for following,
    I have returned the favor :)

    Designing clouds,
    Berlin

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  29. Wow looks like you did as well as I did this morning. I've just gotten home from the sales and we bought a ton of furniture today, some of which I'll show on my blog. Oldmate has 7 carloads to pick up now while I relax at home with VB, it's already 2pm and we've been on the go since 5am.xx.

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  30. That purple blouse is absolutely gorgeous, and thanks for the tip about not always going for the "rich" areas: I'd always thought they'd be the best places for thrifting, but I've found some of my best bargains in the town next to us, which is anything but a wealthy place! And the thrift stores in the "nicer" areas always seem to have much higher prices anyway, so my motto is to never just walk by a charity store, no matter where I find it!

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  31. The shoes are fantastic - think I need to get myself to a jumble sale, haven't been to one for years - and I love your granny's quote!

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  32. Thank-you so much for setting me straight with the coat, I had no idea what era it was likely to be from at all, I’m still in two minds about wearing it, if only I could pluck up the courage.

    What an incredible splurge, it sounds like you found some amazing clothing, the blouses are immaculate and will look lovely, I can’t wait to see them in an outfit xx

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  33. Wow, congrats on such an amazing haul. I love when that happens!

    Also, I have to compliment you on (in my opinion) having a better eye than many vintage shoppers. A lot of the stuff you buy is stuff that usually doesn't look great on a hanger, and many shoppers pass on these things for that reason alone. But I SWEAR... those types of items are often the most amazing when worn! And often the most timeless as well. As your outfit posts have proven : ).

    -SJ

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  34. Wow hunnie..you did great!! I love the blouses...and of COURSE the shoes too!!!

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  35. lovely blouses, I really like the 1st one you are modelling-its a great colour on you.

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  37. Wow what a great load :D

    Love the look of the white sheer blouse and the red shoes are fabolous!

    Sal xXx

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  38. Love the all-black blouse, shorts and tights - you look very chic. The bracelet is fab with it too. xx

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  39. Wow, what fantastic bargains! Esp love those red shoes, aah, so jealous!

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  40. Great finds! I went to my first jumble sale today and was so shocked at how aggressive they are, haha x

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  41. Dear Vix, the shorts and blouse are FABULOUS on you. I love your hair up too. Tres chic. Hope you're having a wonderful weekend xx

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  42. Fecking HELL!! O,god,I love those blouse & shoes!O god I can't BELIEVE that amazing finds youi...find!!!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  43. As I've said before, one can only wish to be more like you.

    Great stuff! x

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  44. those blouses look so amazing! the one you wore that day is far too gorgeous! love it!

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  45. Love those pussy bow blouses! 20p a piece is amazing!!

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