Saturday, 13 November 2010

A Grumble At The Jumble




Whilst rummaging through the heaps of clothes at last night's jumble sale the lady next to me exclaimed, "God, that is DISGUSTING" and threw what she was holding back down on to the table. What was it? A filthy, stained garment? A teeshirt with an obscene logo? No, it was the dress I'm wearing that had caused her outburst.

Ok, electric blue polyester and rhinestones may not be to everyone's taste but I was more than happy to hand over 20p for it.

What else did I get?


A pile of funky vintage fabric for my projects



Marks and Spencers petticoats, a half slip and nude, seamless strapless bra not only with the tags still attached but also in my size (just what I've been after but I'm far too tight to buy one from a shop).


A haul of woolies including a poncho, a couple of Shetlands and an Aran sweater.


A Miss Mary of Sweden 1980's frock and a 1970's coral knife pleated dress and jacket


More vinyl to add to the hundreds we already own. Whatever happened to a Flock of Seagulls?


How honoured am I? My beautiful blogging buddy, Reva, has interviewed me as part of her Blogoversary celebrations!  Reva is a gorgeous, huge-hearted, free-spirited bohemian chick and an essential daily read if you don't know her already.

62 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I just got back from a jumble myself, although nothing as wonderful as the items you found! That dress is just lovely on you. x

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  2. Absolutely stunning dress. You look gorgeous in it. You are a lucky girl with a shap eye for the good things in life.
    I read and love your interview.
    Magnificent and close to my heart.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  3. What amazing finds (as usual) and I utterly love that dress.

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  4. je craque pour ta tenue,magnifique il faut dire aussi que brune ca te va tres bien et que j adore le cobalt et le jade comme couleur ;O)

    bon w end !

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  5. As old Brucie would say ,'didnt she do well ' didnt see your poncho ...love Jan xx

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  6. Cheeky mare! It looks lovely on you. Teaser and the Firecat! Hurrah ...one of my favourite albums. I have it on vinyl too..used to be my mums. Have a top weekend.xxx

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  7. We don't all have your vision. I know you will make the red and coral outfits look good because it's you but I don't know that anyone other than you could invest some of these pieces with any credibility.

    The blue is outstanding but I'd have reacted the same way as your fellow jumblie. I admit I have no sense of style....

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  8. Yet again our paths merge, I have a dress exactly like the coral one, 'cept its brown and cream, newly in stock. Snap!

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  9. Hi there-the blue dress is stunning on you, you really make it your own and so stylish too! Great haul, especially the woolly pieces, have a good weekend my dear! x

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  10. Disgusting? Crazy lady! Of course, not all of us would look as fab in it as you do.

    I checked out that interview of you. Reva did an incredible job! And I was happy to be introduced to her great blog.

    Say...are you selling on eBay right now? I just did a post on blogging friends who are online sellers - and I couldn't find your eBay shop???

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  11. the shade of blue suits you so well vix, you look lovely! that woman's loss then, hey? and oh my goodness, all of those wooly jumpers are wonderful, especially the cream one. beautiful. xxx

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  12. What a fool!! Ah well, if it weren't for those silly women, we would miss out on all of the goodies!! That pile of fabric looks delicious...

    I promise I will post lots of photos of me in my party dress once I get it on!

    Thank you, Vix, for being such a lovely blog friend. Your comments always make me smile!

    xoxox Claire

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  13. Superb haul. What an absolute gorgeous colour your dress is, the colour looks fab on you. Loving your selection of knitwear!

    Shirl xxx

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  14. Her loss is definately your gain, that is a gorgeous dress! Oh well some people have no style do they! x

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  15. Well one woman's junk is another's treasure don't they say? 20p is a total bargain, and I also love that Miss Mary dress x

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  16. Hahaha how funny - I love it when spurned things are the thing you love. Looks fab on you and what a winter woolly haul xx

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  17. That dress is sweet, but the tights are amazing!
    Kandi x

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  18. Great colour on you, and goes fab with that nail polish.

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  19. haha that's so funny! I would agree with your verdict though- well worth the 20p!

    Love the aran knit too, bet it was a bargain? They're v popular at the moment, £15+ in every vintage shop/ fair I've been recently- crazy!

    Great haul!

    x

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  20. tu est superbe, et cette robe te vas très bien.
    Le gros pull blanc est magnifique

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  21. Fab finds as always...love the dress...very you! x

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  22. i like the dress, not everyone can pull it off!

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  23. I love your new rhinestone dress...and Id LOVE to have your tights too....shame on that lady....

    Stop by and say Hello ♥
    I’m an MTV Style Blogger of the Week!!!

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  24. "ay that lady was loca"..What jem you are in that blue dress..I especially adore how your lovely locks look in the sunlight..I didnt find any dress lots of cardis and sweaters oh bunch of skirts too.

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  25. Oh my word, how could anyone think that dress was anything less than fan? I love it. You jumble queen you. Xxx

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  26. Hi Vix, have just started follwing your blog and I think you are so fab ! You seem to have such a knack of finding bargains and even more of a knack for putting together amazing outfits.I love your mix of hippy chic and retro and you wear patchouli! I wear patchouli every day and love it's magical aura.

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  27. Dear Vix, another great haul. You had me laughing at title of this post. I'm always buying bras like that then losing them for some reason. What a good find when you needed one anyway. I will go over and read your interview, I know I'll love it. I've been an anti-social blogging person this evening so better go and have a drink for a bit! Hope you're having lovely evening xx

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  28. Just goes to show that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what a good eye you have! Love the colour on you. And my eye was drawn to the vibrant coral suit and red dress too. Looks like you'll be having some fun with your new goodies. Great haul!

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  29. ...and forgot to say above - read and very much enjoyed your interview!

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  30. MY DEAREST VIX :)
    THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR CELEBRATING WITH ME!
    I AM SO HONORED AND BLESSED TO HAVE MET YOU.
    YOU ARE AMAZING!
    I WAS OUT WITH A BLOG-BUDDY WHO SAYS SHE'D LOVE TO COME AND STAY WITH YOU ;)
    YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL !!!
    xXxXx
    reva

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  31. What a fabulous dress and as usual your awesome finds! This blue looks absolutely fabulous against your complexion ... Hope are having a great weekend! :)

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  32. Great color! Lately, I've worn a couple of polyester dresses and I have really like how they moved. I am old enough to remember though when the styles began to veer away from that fabric. Nowadays, I wonder why.

    I wish I could go shopping with you!

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  33. O,feck,that is one spectacular frock!! Adoring the colour & the rhinestones as well as the fabulous fit!!! Looking damned hot!!
    Yet again you have a nice little haul!!The strapless bra will be useful.
    Ooo,must check out your interview!OOOO,you glamourous creature of deliciousness!
    Love HelgaxxxXXXxxx!

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  34. Goddamn it I never see jumble sales round here any more! That dress is great on you, silly woman who thought it was disgusting that's not even my era and even I can see it stunning! Still I guess not everyone can have great taste and style like us ;o)

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  35. Vix you are fab - even fabber you seem to have magic wardrobe wrangling skillz. Can you do a feature on managing a wardrobe? You see lots of advice out there but more aimed at a 'normal' volume wardrobe - not a vintage/charity-shopped one :) Are you secretly ruthless as to what you keep? Do tell!

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  36. Absolutely fabulous finds you've had. That dress is utterly awesome and you rock it!
    xx Comtesse xx

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  37. How very odd? I was bracing myself for something really foul, like dirty knickers lol! It's a gorgeous dress! I wish I had loads of jumbles near me. xx

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  38. Ha! Isn't it funny - one person will find something 'disgusting' and someone else will squeal with delight over the same item! I have an almost identical dress (same colour, same sleeves, same fabric) only it's a maxi and I LOVE it - if anyone called it 'disgusting' I'd call their sanity into question! You look amazing as always Ms Vix - you are such an inspiration! (And thanks for reply - received and appreciated.) Sarah xxx

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  39. haha! that made me giggle! i hope she seen you buying it ;) i love that colour of blue.

    yesterday must have been the day for jumpers, i hauled an aran sweater too, it's rather large, but perfect for some fireside snuggling
    x

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  40. "Rumble at the jumble" I love it! Definitely not disgusting at all, you look hot! Great finds! Donna Summer woo hoo! XX!

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  41. Ah Vix I didn't get to read your blog in ages because this stupid laptop! So sorry if I don't comment in a while <3<3<3

    x x x

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  42. Just read the interview there; made my day! Vix you are the secondhand Queen.

    <3

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  43. I love the blue of this dress it really suits you xx

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  44. I love the translucent bell sleeves of the "DISGUSTING" dress, and the sparkly embellishment makes me think of a stylish snowflake. It would be fun to wear that dress for a holiday party.

    Congratulations on the great feature on Reva's blog! I enjoyed it immensely, and will comment there too.

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  45. What???? That woman needs her head examined!!!! This dress is divine!! made even more divine by you of course but seriously... WTF is wrong with her???? I too would wear this dress in a heartbeat! It's a vintage treasure.

    Donna! Cat!! Ohhh... and you always find treasures honey!

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  46. Aren't people bizarre?? If I saw something like that I'd snap it up in a heartbeat (and then send it to you, obviously!) Even if it's not to my personal taste, I'd hope I can appreciate a beautiful, bold piece of clothing whatever form it comes in.

    Absolutely love all of the woollies.

    ps - your hair is looking gorgeous in these pics.

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  47. How rude! I'm so glad you rescued the blue wonder and gave it a good home. xxx

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  48. How can anybody not like that frock, the cut & colour is spectacular…it’s that ‘Finnish blue’ that I told you about…maybe her husband had been lured away by Anja the attractive Finnish au-pair girl and that’s why the dress caused her to react excessively?!
    …xXx

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  49. oooo... those tights:)) despite the fact that it shows only a bit, that drew my attention.

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  50. Love how you wore green nail color with the dress. the color and cut of the dress is just fab!!

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  51. Oh My GOD! What a silly stupid woman! that dress is GORGEOUS! You really suit blue. I hope I can find such beautiful treasues like you when I start thirfting to save for my wedding. XXX

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  52. Oh my that dress was meant to be yours. The sleeves and cut are both lovely. I don’t know how anyone could be so insulting to a piece of fabric! I often hear people mimic clothing in charity shops and think well really you are one to talk when you are wearing nothing too fabulous yourself! Stunning xx

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  53. That dress looks fab! I love the colour, especially for the winter. It's nice to wear bright clothing when it's grey, it brightens up everyone's day (except for grumpy jumble sale lady!!) x

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  54. The blue dress looks fab with the ankle boots. Great Arran sweater too. xx
    http://www.weshopthereforeweare.co.uk/

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  55. Hahahaha! Always happy to wear something that someone with no imagination has found disgusting. Love that Cat Stevens LP too, wish I had a record player again.

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  56. What a truly amazing haul of goodies!! The few jumble sales I seem to hear of are always when I'm at work. That blue dress is simply gorgeous. x

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  57. Clearly she was mental! Ace tights too!

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  58. OMG I can believe someone said that to you! For the record, that dress is gorgeous, one of the nicest I've seen you wearing :)

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