Friday, 12 November 2010

Instant Karma


I was asked to help out with a market research survey in town earlier and was rewarded by a £10 high street voucher. Rather than fritter it away on tat I didn't need, I took it to the Salvation Army and donated it to their Xmas appeal. How lucky was I? The ladies had been given a donation of vintage goodies which they'd put on one side especially for me.

Here's my goodies:

A vintage beaver lamb coat. Not as vile as it sounds, "Beaver Lamb" is actually sheared sheepskin, processed so that it resembles beaver fur. It was very popular throughout the 1930s and 40s. It's nice to find a coat in a smaller size. The Salvation Army aren't allowed to put sheepskin or fur out in the shop but they were happy to accept a donation.


A couple of fake fur hats. I love this one, it actually fits my H-U-G-E head. Remember when I forgot something in town the other day and had to walk back? It was a new nose stud, but in my dopey hormonal state I must have chosen the biggest and blingiest one in the shop.
 This one even has a matching collar, perfect for trimming a chic 1950's tailored jacket.

Some fabulous framed handbags. I do love a Granny bag when I'm dressed down in jeans, they add a ladylike touch.


This English-made Chamelle bag by Essell not only had the matching gloves tucked away inside but also a handful of confetti, how cute is that?

Vintage beaver lamb coat worn with a 1960's style dress (Peacocks £5 Nov 2009), Edwardian leather lace-up boots (British Heart Foundation £4.99), Beaded earrings (Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Pondicherry), Rupee coin belt worn as a necklace (Street market, Karnataka)
I hope the vintage fairies carry on working their magic, there's a jumble sale this evening.

Have a fantastic friday!

42 comments:

  1. What lovely finds and well done on donating the £10 voucher-it was meant to be..in return you were got some cool stuff. :0) the hot pink dress in the 1st pic almost makes the fur coat look bright reddish :)

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  2. Love the coat.. and I also love a Granny bag xx

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  3. Hot pink seems to be your colour - it looks fabulous on you! I was very interested to learn about the beaver lamb as I wasn't aware of that. I've seen the odd beaver coat before on ebay but now thinking about it they were probably beaver lamb. Love the bags!

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  4. As I said yesterday - you really do carry bright colours fabulously!

    I love the idea 'fake' beaverskin being real sheepskin - never heard of it before - the hat a collar is lovely!

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  5. Great job on donating your voucher and yep Karma is a great thing!

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  6. Instant karma indeed. I knew the term beaver lamb but didn't know the meaning, so thanks for enlightening me. I have a coat in the shop with a beaver lamb collar, and it is beautifully soft. Love the teal nanna bag, won't it look great with a colourful mini dress.

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  7. Well done you! I don't know what is up with my karma this week but it has not been good and I do not know what I have done wrong x

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  8. Pink dress and great boots. Good karma going around and coming around indeed.

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  9. Green bag!! Eeep!!!

    Sorry, will stop drooling now! That coat is lovely, such a fab, rich colour. The vivid hot pink underneath is rather good too! I had never heard of beaver lamb - you learn something new every day on this blog.

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  10. Love your coat Vix, and the boots are gorgeous! Hope you find loads of wonderful things tonight xxx

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  11. Good karma indeed!! What a haul, I had never heard of beaver lamb before and yes it would have weirded me out if you hadnt explained it LOL x

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  12. You do good and get good! Such great finds YET again! :) Love the hot pink on you ... !!! Carrying it beautifully with those boots and that coat!

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  13. love that coat! you have reminded me of an afternoon long ago in the 70's when my mum was given a beaver lamb coat and spent all afternoon trying to find out it it was real fur or not! this was pre-Google, so involved lots of phone calls and running round to the neighbours!

    Thanks for the memory!

    Bx

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  14. Pretty in hot pink Vix!
    And some good karma well rewarded, I love the bag with gloves. It's so nice to have a little story behind your finds, I wonder where and when the wedding was?

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  15. I always believed the more you give the more you receive blessings from the Gods..you are beautiful creature inside and out..I am an addict of vintage furs and pursees..that green purse is so unique ooooh and the vintage gloves..what a surprise.

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  16. I like the vintage green bag.

    windowshopz.com

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  17. Wow Vix,
    you are the epitome of kind hearted.

    I love that coat!

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  18. I love colorful outfits and am trying to put more color into my own daily outfits, you're an inspiration =)
    Have a lovely evening!

    Jungle World Citizen

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  19. Hi my dear-the beaver coat is just fabulous, two gorgeous coats in a week, very well done indeed! love the bag haul too, the green one is lovely! x

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  20. The beaver lamb coat is amazing, such a rich color!:D

    I love granny bags too!:D

    Have a great weekend!:D

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

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  21. Please, please take me to the jumble sale with you!!!!Ayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy (despair). Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh (sigh)
    I hope I am making you laugh now!!!.
    Love your coat!!!

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  22. pink is ur color!!love the green hadbag..

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  23. I love that you did something wonderful like that donation and was rewarded ten-fold! Beautiful items lady! x

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  24. You're looking gorgeous in pink yet again Vix. Lucky lucky you. Fab items as always. And a jumble sale tonight - I can't bear it! V. jealous.

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  25. Lovely outfit - pink definately suits you. Hope the vintage fairies have been good to you this evening! xxx

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  26. Agree with all of the above - the coat is fab, you look divine in hot pink, the finds are FAB (I especially love the bag with matching gloves and confetti!) and here's a question...

    Do you know why the Salvos are not allowed to sell sheepskin or fur over there? They happily sell both here in Australia. (As a 20+ year vegetarian and animal activist I often wish they wouldn't!)

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  27. What a coat I love it lots and lots. Really great of you to donate your survey win, I have a soft spot for the Salvation Army :)
    Kandi x

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  28. Aren't you sweet? I adore the hot pink Vix, combined with fur, wear that when you go out next time, hot hot hot! XX!

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  29. How stunning you look on a grim November day ,Some time, would you tell us the story of your Header picture ,you little stunner you ,I went to a meeting today wearing a poncho I had made some time ago ,and was called a hippy chick (at nearly 70 I loved it hee hee ) ...sigh !!...love Jan xx

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  30. What a wonderful exchange! Love all your furry items paired with the hot pink. I didn't know that charity shops are not allowed to sell fur, but now that you've said it - it's true, there is never any fur. xxx

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  31. I've learned something today, I had no idea what beaver lamb was. You look great as always but those handbags are gorgeous. I love the one in the foreground of the picture of three GORGEOUS xxx

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  32. Dear Vix, gorgeous!! I love the jacket and the hot pink! How lovely that they put them aside for you. I hope you've had a great evening. I must email you tomorrow. I've had a mental week xx

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  33. The fairies have been good to you! Today, I am going on a mission to find a vintage frock for my 21st birthday party next week! I hope they're good to me too!!!!!

    xx

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  34. OH MY GOODNESS, VIX!!!!
    THOSE HANDBAGS!!!!
    I BET THE GLOVES AND CONFETTI WERE FROM A NEW YEARS PARTY!
    YOU DO HAVE GREAT KARMA :)
    LOVE ALWAYS,
    REVA

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  35. Great coat, I didn't know what beaver lamb was either, thanks for the info.
    I'm so jealous of all the jumble sales you go to. There's been none in these parts for years.

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  36. I'm here after reading your interview at Reva's blog. New follower. And do you have friends behind the scenes at all the charity shops?

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  37. Great put aside item. Lovely Sally army ladies.
    And so good to donate the £10 voucher. I might do those surveys now if I get one of those then I can give it away.

    Love the hot pink and the blue granny bag xx

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  38. I think I just went about as green as that handbag. I am on the lookout for a vintage metal framed handbag, and you have got three!!! How lovely of them to put that aside for you. x

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  39. The coat is very special - I like the hat and matching collar - and those handbags! Hard to pick a fav! What a "haul"!

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  40. Vixy,
    You’ve got them Sally Army old dears well trained ;)
    Great lot of handbags & I love the outfit you are wearing, you are beautiful!
    I scored some vintage fur myself the other week...I know it's SHAMEFUL, especially with me being vegan as far as food consumption is concerned but this is my opinion on the matter; it would be an even greater tragedy if we didn't use the fur at all.
    Anything newly produced, I wouldn't touch but I'm hypocritically all right with vintage fur.
    …xXx

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  41. You are so kind hearted, it just shows for every good turn there is one waiting in return. Those granny handbags are just lovely, so structured and classic xx

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  42. Great jacket and boots. Love the pink dress and tights!

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