Thursday, 21 October 2010

The Model Shopper - Jumble Sale Tales


Some people get invited to Selfridges or Harvey Nicks for sale previews but I get let into the monthly Methodist Church jumble sale first. No champagne or canapes for this shopper, just a black bin bag to fill with goodies and a mug of tea if I'm lucky.


How did get I bestowed with such an honour? Apparently I'm the model jumble sale goer, I queue in an orderly fashion, smile at the volunteers and never quibble about the prices. Yes, believe it or not in my deprived home town people actually argue about being charged 50p for a coat and often try and walk out without paying.

So, what treasures did I find? Here's a few highlights:


This beautiful suede coat with a faux fur collar, great fit but sadly the colour of the living dead on a woman with my complexion, besides wearing beige is against my religion.

A fabulous 1960's Boots' framed print to go with my ever-increasing collection. It reminded me of my fab Flamenco dancing blogging pals, Veshoevious and Dusk and of course, the ultimate Spanish señora, Sacramento.

Some marvellous vintage frockery
Mister Dee of London knife pleat dress, Handmade 1960's cotton sundress, Spinney Crimplene mini dress, Mondi tea dress
Even more vintage treats
1960's crimplene tunic, 1970's dagger collar shirt, 1950's lace shell top, 1960's print blouse, 1980's heraldic blouson top
Vintage leather bags by the armful
Two leather and suede patchwork hippy-chic duffles, chocolate framed handbag and hobo shoulder bag

A huge pile of 1950's Hollywood annuals plus some suede Governess shoes
The annuals are packed full of the glamorous stars of the fifties and feature interviews with the rising new stars such as Paul Newman, James Dean, Roger Moore and Anthony Curtis.

Vintage pendants
An 1980's enamel perfume bottle and a typically 1970's "Gemini" pendant
And a rather splendid vintage fringed bra.

I wonder which of the elderly ladies of the congregation once owned this beauty?
And what did I wear for my fumble at the jumble?


Vintage leaf print maxi (Courtesy of the beautiful Helga), 1960's leather boots (£4.99 British Heart Foundation), Cropped wool jacket (£2 Car boot sale), Antique Ruskin Pottery brooch (Inherited), 1960's wool beret (50p Salvation Army), Oversized shopper (Made by me from vintage curtain fabric)

54 comments:

  1. That fringed bra is quite something!

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  2. Fab finds & lucky you to be in at the "preview"!

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  3. L.O.V.E the bags, those strict governess shoes, the coat...and all the other goodies. That bra top reminds me of Mel & Kim and your coment made me chuckle! And that outfit you're wearing looks lush, especially with the contrasting greens.

    Thanks for the jumble vibes too! xxx

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  4. Wow, love the fringed bra and your green hat - how fabulous you look!

    I love the look of that coat, but I'm totally with you on the horror of beige on my skin colour. Yeuchhhhhhh

    You'd be most welcome to come visit and stroke my frocks, but only if I can come and immerse myself in all these amazing things you have...you'd have to dig me out to remind me to eat...wow!!

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  5. Thanks a lot for your mention: flamenco y olé.
    Well I would definitly love to wander into the jumble sales than anywhere else. I haven´t been to one for ages. we usually go to England in summer so we just go to charity shops, but for the sound of it, car boot sales and jumbles are better deals, aren´t they??? And how do you find about them. Well I shall pick your brain next time we go to England.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXx

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  6. LOL @ wearing beige is against my religion!!

    I love the length and fit of ur cropped green jacket - goes very well with the maxi dress..

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  7. People will argue on price on anything over here too haha. The suede coat looks beautiful and love the handful of bags you scooped up!

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  8. Wow, I just can't beleve these jumble sales are for real - it's incredible. I've been seeking out local car boots and will be visiting them pronto! Last jumble sale I went to was mental - people snatching things off other folk and the like. Good manners cost nothing, eh? x

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  9. You did amazingly! I love the bags, the dresses and the coat is gorgeous even if it is beige! x

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  10. You did brilliantly as always. I know exactly what you mean about beige. The green on you is far more fetching!

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  11. "A day without dressing up is a day wasted."

    I LOVE that!

    I wish we had these vintage kind of sales in india!

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  12. Hi my dear-am so pleased you found all these treasures, the fringed bra and all those bags are my favourites, just love the Gemini pendant too! Very well done indeed! xx

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  13. People argue over 50p? Haha! They want it for free?!?! I love your HUGE bags! Also living the Green in your outfit today!!

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  14. Model jumble sale goer... What an honour! Fabulous finds, Vix, I'm finding it hard to decide what I love more - the fringy bra or the beautiful suede coat. xxx

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  15. I love those bags! and your maxi dress is gorgeous xxx

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  16. Wow - you find the greatest things.

    Perhaps we should send you our wishlists ;)

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  17. I love the color of your green coat.

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  18. Once again you cleaned up Vix! Love the handbags you got. x

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  19. The Hollywood Albums looks very exciting, you'll go through a fair few cups of tea reading those. And I'm with you on the beige - love it on other people, hate it on myself. Anyway, you look fabulous in green.

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  20. Crikey,love,those are some super scores!!EEeeek! Love the flamenco print!!All those frocks look exciting!!
    You look hot inthe frcok and I'm loving the jacket & beret-fab shade of green!!!
    LOVE Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  21. People try and pilfer from the jumble sale!!! I am in love with those lace up shoes, and great finds as always!

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  22. O my goodness Vix, your outfit today is fantastic. I love the green jacket and hat!
    Great bargains too.
    Dx

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  23. Top scores Vix...I used to have the flamenco print and left it in a bedsit...arghh! Love the shoes and the green jacket you wearing.xxx

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  24. Love the pretty green!!
    and that fringe bra is def needed in my lingerie drawer!


    xoxo
    Miss Neira

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  25. Wow the bags were worth the trip if nothing else ..love Jan xx

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  26. The duffle bags. The necklaces. Love.

    x x x

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  27. What amazing finds! The bags are yummy and despite its beigeity I really love the coat. I managed to locate a jumble sale last Saturday but sadly there were no more than 5 garments on the clothing table and they were all navy. There was a whole separate room for books piled high though, I filled a bag for a quid!

    xxx

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  28. Vix, I'm so not surprised you're a VIP in your hometown vintage sales- you're one of the nicest bloggers on the web, and I'm so sure you're just as generally lovely in real life! As for the finds, I was gonna comment on them, but I'd want to say something about everything, and that's just too much- I love it all! the bags, they look amazing, not worn out or 'old' at all, jewelery, shoes, frocks, and the COAT! oh mine, you're a perfect treasure finder, I never get anyhting remotely as cool as you always do!
    and of course, you looked lovely as your usual self! :)

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  29. you look great! love your patchwork bag!

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  30. I'm SO happy for you, Vix! It's ALL good. But I'm absolutely smitten with the green jacket you're wearing. It is VERY stylish.

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  31. Dear Vix, I love that your the "model jumble sale goer." Your town sounds hilarious. I love all the stories.

    You did brilliantly as always. I love the fringed bra! What size is it? xx

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  32. You are fabulous in green hunnie!! Wow...thats print is so pretty and the nag compliments the whole look....an I cant forget that super cute hat too....really put togther!!


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  33. Well done Vix, it certainly pays to be nice! I am intrigued by all the treasures you found but I do love brown and blue third dress from the left. I also love your green jacket. The fringey bra you found reminds me of your friend Helen, Queen of the Nautch Girls!

    I am so impressed with your finds, Bonnie

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  34. Dazling darling. I adore the green and the orange together. You look fabulous. And good on you for being a model shopper! And yes, beige is a tricky colour. I have one shade of beige that I look good in...close to that coat, but I can't be sure with the picture. You should ebay it.

    Do you ebay stuff? If so you should put a link up to your ebay. I am certain many of us would be very interested.

    heart: Kimberellie

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  35. Dear Vix,
    So many wonderful goodies...did you get any sharp looks from the non-VIPs when they were eventually let in?
    I love the Spinney dress, the 60s print blouse & the stunning collection of leather bags, you're a lucky gal so you are.
    I too wonder what saucy minx once wore that tasselled beauty, she certainly must have been a right raver at one point, I hope she still is...who knows what scandalous under crackers these black country grannies are hiding underneath their respectable Sunday Best?
    …xXx

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  36. Oh, hells bells and buckets of blood...I totally forgot to compliment you on how LOVELY you look!
    Green really is a fab colour on you & Helga has done herself proud, yet again cherry picking another cracker of a vintage frock.
    You are a vision of vintage loveliness!
    ...xXx

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  37. So many nice things!!!:D ... but I can't take my eyes off of your green capelet!:D


    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  38. You model jumble sale goer you! In fact you are the model blogger with great pieces/photos and inspiration galore! I've also been catching up on posts - your patchwork skirt is wonderful and very 70s. I remember being little and having a jacket like that for the summer.

    Vix - do you have an ebay shop - are you selling the tan patchwork bag on the left? Can you tell I love it xx

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  39. You rule!! :D

    Love that yellow sundress and the square pendant!! :sighs:

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  40. you're right! these pieces you found are treasure!

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  41. Oh you always have such brilliant luck with your jumbling !!
    I'm particulary coveting the fringed bra and the bright yellow dress :)

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  42. Ooh what gorgeousness, I want it all, including your outfit! Altho I may pass on the fringed bra hehe. That coat is especially lovely :)

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  43. That green looks fabulous on you! I love it! That is so funny about getting let into the church sales early, it's really cool, though! You impress me so much with your amazing eye, Vix! Such cool stuff you find! XX!

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  44. Vix, what finds!! Everything is just wonderful but I think I like the mini dress the best, it's such fun.

    ps - absolutely love your outfit. Green = win. Helga has super taste :)

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  45. i love your outfit!! perfect for fall and that suede coat is gorgeous

    xoxo

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  46. I think you must go to the best jumble sales ever. Great finds, and the privelidge of a preview...did you manage to avoid being elbowed by the grannies or were they even at it during the preview? x

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  47. Lots of lovely goodies. I'm loving that outfit on you: green really suits you. I absolute love, love and love some more the boho patchwork leather duffles. If you can bear to part with one let me know! ... ;0)

    Shirl xxx

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  48. I bet you look pretty hot in a bikini, you have a fab figure! Think I just saw your hubby on midlands today??? He is looker! You must make a great looking couple! Glad he is on the mend! xx

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  49. You know all the right people Vix, clearly! The haul is impressive. All the bags are lovely and I really like the crimpolene tunic. x

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  50. amazing finds..love how you match the green..love the suede coat very 1940's..adorable house dress too..and the annuals..you are the queen..*hats off*

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  51. I am amazed that people try to leave without paying for things that are already so cheap and being sold for a worthy cause!
    Love your green jacket and beret - they should invite you to be the poster girl for jumble sale style.
    I'm not a beige/camel fan either but that coat is stunning - could you dye it maybe?
    Thanks too for the shout out. I love that picture and those old style flamenco dresses - I'm pretty sure it's part of a series by an artist whose work often pops up on the walls of old bars in the town I used - must look up the name and email you details.

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  52. Looks like you got some real delights here. My favourite is the enamel perfume pendant, so pretty. And you’re dressed to impress too. I adore the green wool beret xx

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  53. New follower, loving your blog!! I really like the fringe bra and the coat!!! :o)


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  54. Loving the red dress! :D And go the faux fur! hehe

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