Have I ever mentioned how much Jon likes shopping? I don't mean trawling the high street looking at racks of identikit clothing or rip-off designer wear, he loves second-hand shopping. Give him a jumble sale, charity shop or a car boot sale and he's in his element, elbowing folk out of the way, charming the grannies and rooting out the vintage from the chainstore tat.
|Bischitz of Austria 1960's print blouse|
When we found out that that there was a jumble sale last night and I'd already arranged to go and see my Dad, rather than miss out on a vintage bargain or two, Jon merrily went off on his own.
|1960's sleeveless print top by Bellino|
Here are some of his finds:
|Detail from hand embroidered white blouse made in the People's Colony of Hong Kong|
Jarvis Cocker would kill for this 1970's Dhobi wool windowpane check jacket.
The gents' 1960's pure wool overcoat is also made by Dhobi and has a button-out lining. The beige check jacket was made by a clothing mill in our town which closed down in 1976.
Lotus "Woodstock" suede brogues, tan leather Hornes and black Grenson shoes. The quality of all three pairs are outstanding and all were made in England.
Quality vintage menswear can be tricky to find as men tend to wear their clothes until they fall apart.
St Michael flat cap, Tootal scarf and Duggie wool scarf - very mod.
Woven-backed driving gloves, fur lined gloves and Jon's favourite buy of the evening a pair of 1950's leather motorcycle gauntlets. He reckons he's now got the perfect excuse to buy that vintage scooter he's been eyeing up for months.
How gorgeous is this Minquilla faux fur coat? Apparently there were quite a few trendy-ish girls at the jumble but they were more into last year's limp Primark frocks, H&M horrors and River island jeans. None were interested in this beauty. I bet they wouldn't think twice about spending £50 on a fake fur coat in a chain store.
Didn't he do well? There's more but it's still in the washing basket.
Total spend : £5