Sunday, 20 February 2011

Bargain Buys


Vintage wool cape (British Heart Foundation), Dollyrockers Maxi (eBay), Shoeboots (Local shoe shop), Country Casuals belt (Age UK)
This is what I wore last night. Much as I love knocking 'em dead in the aisles at Asda, my fragile state this morning left me minus the dexterity required for applying false eyelashes.

Nail Varnish (Barry M), Heart-shaped ring (Darling Helga)
 Yesterday morning was spent scouring the charity shops of nearby Bilston.


I found these grey 1970's leather boots with a wooden stack heel in the PDSA for £4.99. 



A pristine copy of a 1968 double LP by Pink Floyd, Beacon Centre For The Blind £1


Gripping reads, three books for a quid, again from Acorns Hospice. The Model was a huge favourite of mine back in the day.


This vintage picnic hamper was in the window of an independent stationers. The owner was emmigrating to Bulgaria and wanted £10 for it. He told me that it was a wedding present bought for his parents in 1957.


This will be fabulous on the roof rack of the Beetle if we ever get a decent summer.


Jon found himself some indigo skinny jeans for £4.49 which he wore last night along with the vintage Oxblood brogues I got from last month's jumble sale and a 1950's Dhobi mohair and wool overcoat that once belonged to my late Grandpa.

Food bargains!

If we go to the hellhole locally known as the 24 hour Asda an hour before they close for restocking the fresh food is reduced to silly money. Here's just some of today's treats.

Looks like a buffet style tea this evening, care to join us?

84 comments:

  1. Yum yes please :D

    Great bargains .. yet again my lovely! I espesh love those grey boots!! They would match my new nail varnish perfectly ;P

    Sal xXx

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  2. Those are lovely boots and I like those turquoise tights too. What a bargain that picinc set was! xxx

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  3. I adore the picnic hamper, such a whimsical find, nothing beats a traditional picnic. And I am by far impressed by the food bargains too xxx

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  4. This is the best-dress, most nomtastic looking Sunday. I am excruciatingly jealous.

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  5. Vix, you had the bargain fairies by your side.
    You outfit is lovely as usual and it make think of Arabian Nights. It looks like you and John were ready for a magic carpet ride!

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  6. Hi my dear-oh what an amazing cape, it looks wonderful over your gorgeous maxi dress, purple is a stunning colour on you and both you and Jon looked really great last night. Fabulous bargains yesterday, the picnic set is such a find and will be lovely to use in the summer and I adore those grey boots too!! Enjoy your yummy food, I've a rumbly tummy and am rudely drooling over your buffet tea-do enjoy!! xxx

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  7. I'd love to join you gorgeous looking beasts!
    Bloody hell,it's certainly worth the trouble of going to Asda at a certain time of day,then!!
    Loving that picnic hamper,fully intact!!Score!
    That cape is to die for,how very divine!
    XXXXXXXXXXXXLove Helga!

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  8. ooh I love a nivce Bouffont! The cape is gorgeous, I love the colour! Jon looks very dashing in his outfit too! What a dashing pair you make!!

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  9. Fabulous finds(esp love the boots and vintage picnic hamper:)!

    x

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  10. Lookng good! Is that the cape the grannies tried to nab a couple of weeks ago?

    Great hamper and how nice to know it's story. Would love to join the buffet, looks yummy, but we're having a roast dinner for once!

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  11. I love the hour-before-they-close deli haul! The Asda 'whoops' sticker is my snacking friend! :)

    That pick-nick basket is so deeply, deeply wonderful. Even if the weather stays terrible, I'd whack a rung down in the living room and indoor pick-nick on my Asda haul!

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  12. Hello Vix! I love your nail color!! Which reminds me I have to paint mine today.
    The boots are gorgeous and what a awsome price paid for them.
    I ADORE that picnic basket. I am currently looking for one to put on the back of my Bicycle so the man and I can ride places and have a picnic. haha I have seen a coupld but nothing as nice as yours!! I only find ones with some plates cups and cutlery. No thermos's and other lovely containers.

    Wow the prices on that food! Jeaz they would never clear out food that low here, they are practically giving it away. hahaha

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  13. Could I have a closer look at those gorgeous rings Vix? please? :puss in boots eyes:
    I adore you for mixing goth and boho chic together into such a marvellous outfit. Gotta give it to you, who'd expect egg and cinnamon to be whipped into a totally delectable dish? ;)

    Oh and Jon totally complements you. :) I like.

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  14. Does Jon look the business or WHAT? ;o)

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  15. grrrrrr i SOOO want your cape!

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  16. great stuff, I especially love the picknick hamper!

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  17. I am feeling mighty jealous of your hamper. What a fabulous wedding gift, l cam imagine a couple in love, her on a circle slimy and bobby socks sitting under a tree on a blanket on a summer'@ day x

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  18. It would be such a trest to joing you for supper!!!!
    You both look fantastic in your wonderful bagain wonders.
    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

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  19. I can imagine that you turn heads in Asda! You are looking gorgeous and that cape is just awesome. The picnic hamper is fantastic find.

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  20. You look wonderful in that cape!! I also love the grey boots, grey is the best colour. I always go on the look out for m&sw food seems to get reduced on a tue afternoon near me x

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  21. Wonderful bargains .. I love wool cape!

    Great outfit!

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  22. I do love your gorgeous cape and that nail polish is totally fab with it. We often pop into Tesco and M&S around the corner in the last hour too - again, I like the chance factor!
    xxxxx

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  23. Me and Mr Bossa have always wanted a vintage picnic hamper...but we perhaps need a car first to transport it around...

    And yay for pristine Pink Floyd! xx

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  24. I adore that cape, and what a bargain those gorgeous boots are. You're a right shoe fiend lately lol xx

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  25. I'll join you for that buffet, as long as it's on the floor with the picnic stuff! Fingers crossed for that sunny summer! x

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  26. Great bargains - down to the food! How fab that Jon can wear your grandpa's coat. You really must have wowed them in Asda in that glorious cape and looking that glam!

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  27. Fabulous finds as usual! And I still love The Model!!

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  28. Your purple cape is bewitching!

    That picnic set is a great find! I love how it's all neatly packed and it looks like nothing is missing which is always a plus! Very sweet and quaint indeed, an English necessity!

    Ooo Asda Extra Special, lovely food bargains there! xxx

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  29. Wow amazing finds! I wish we had thrift shops like that here. What a steal on the leather boots, and Jon looks fab in the skinny jeans! I really love the outfit you wore too, you always pull off the best looks and you look so confident in them too. http://thearcenciel.blogspot.com/

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  30. Vix you look absolutely stunning. I remember you blogging about fighting a granny for a cape! I can only presume this must be it? I would have been fighting too, it's a true gem! The colour is fab too (I really do have a Purple thing going on at the mo!)

    Hope the heads feeling a little better this evening. Sounds like you had a good weekend! At least you can have a knockout tea to recover.

    Much love,
    Trayci x. X

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  31. I looove getting discount foods! We were hosting a dinner party last saturday, and were planning to make fish. Mr went to buy it and came back with 10 middle sized fish for, wait for it, 64p!!! CRAZY! and to know they would easily charge 14 quid for one in a fancy restaurant! Makes me sick , haha! : P

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  32. 'bargain' is one of my favorite words. amazing finds! and you look brilliant!

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  33. Dear Vix, what a gorgeous couple you are and I love you in false eyelashes.

    Love the cloak. I went mental and left a bid on a ridiculous one on Ebay this afternoon and I've just won it for the full price... Ooops!

    Very impressed with the bargain food, I'd eat all of that. Speak soon, love, C xx

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  34. Love love love the picnic set. It looks in fabulous nick, as of course do you and Jon! Gorgeous cape.

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  35. Gorgeous, as always. That picnic hamper is so lovely. And I can beat those reductions - we managed to get to everything just as it was yellow stickered down to 1p last night. The freezer is now full and we have a glut of hot cross buns!! :) x

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  36. Great look (you make me want to try false eyelashes!) and super buys, Vix. The hamper is perfect for summer and Jon has succeded in what I'm still trying to do... Finding the perfect 2nd hand jeans. xxx

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  37. Gorgeous Vix, and snap with the food bargains. We raided our local supermarket after a few ciders for some reduced goodies. :)
    Looking back on the previous post, flipping heck love good work on the shoes!! Those platform boots are fab!

    xx

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  38. That cape is amazing. I bet Minerva McGonagall would have had one when she was young (JK Rowling should so do a book on her youth). And I love the picnic basket (plus bargain food). Thanks so much for following my blog - I am in awe of your bargains! I need to learn the way of the jumble sale, obviously.

    You may be jealous that charity shops are open on a Sunday in London (not round my way, mind), but they are definitely more expensive. Yesterday I saw something from Zara priced at £12. Admittedly this was in Kensington but they had Marni cashmere at £45. Weird pricing I think. Even in S. London ones it's hard to find clothes under £3.50 at the mo. Maybe I need to extend my hunting ground.

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  39. I know I always love how you look, but I do find this outfit particularly stunning on you - it's fabulous. I'm also loving the picnic hamper, I can also see it popping in the camper van for fab days out and maybe an airing at a festival or two?

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  40. Love the picnic set! I saw a gorgeous 1960's suitcase picnic set in an op-shop ages ago and regret not picking it up!! I'd love to find another.

    The boots are great too!! Love the colour.

    We often hit the supermarkets late at night to get cheap bread and other goodies. I'm still buying marked down christmas puddings!

    Xox Claire

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  41. the grey boots--unbelievable and they just look so right with the tights. My husband and I shop salvage foods too--often expensive, whole foods.

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  42. Oh my god I don't know whether to be more excited about the PInk Floyd album or the 1957 picnic basket. OK, obviously Floyd wins, hands down. But the basket is pretty frickin awesome too!

    You look incredible, as always, and I would like to see you singing Gypsies Tramps and Thieves - or riding your steed across the moors singing Wuthering Heights in that amazing cape!

    Your Jon looks gorgeous too!

    Sarah xxx

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  43. Wowww that cape! I bet you feel amazingly dramatic making entrances in that!! What amazing finds, plus The Model is a brilliant song ;D
    xxxxxxxx

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  44. Oh wow, love your tights and your boots!

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  45. Holy hell a true blue bargainista - I do the supermarket rounds and pick up the end of day deli and bakery bargains too - I always feel very smug;))). Jon looks utterly fantabulous - waaaaaaaay more stylish and handsome than hipster guys I see wearing head-to-toe new designer - I want your boots!!!!!! You have me blushing Vix - such sweet comments:)))). Oh I lost and found a parcel I got ready for you BEFORE Christmas - in the post now. xoxoxo

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  46. The grey boots are ah-mazing!
    Love that cape on you Vix.
    And what a fantastic hamper. I've a feeling it'll not be getting used for a few weeks yet though. It's crazy cold here still ... will it end *sob*

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  47. I am in love with that vintage picnic hamper. So adorable! And, as per usual, your outfit is gorgeous. I will never stop being amazed by your awesome collection of printed maxi-dresses!

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  48. I have to start doing stuff like that, I didn't know they reduced to those prices an hour before closing, must make a visit on Sunday afternoon!

    Love that hamper, what a bargain!

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  49. A very groan/gasp-like OOOHH! noise at the sight of the Kraftwerk book, which I didn't know existed! Purple is great on you.xx.

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  50. Fantastic outfit! I like wearing falsies too but they are so annoying to put on! let me know if you want to follow each other :)

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  51. The colour of that cape is fantastic, looks great with your maxi. Kraftwerk is still a favourite of mine.

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  52. Those grey boots are gorgeous.
    The Model is indeed a great song; there was a lot of good music around in the 80s.

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  53. Loving your dress and cape. Your picnic basket was a spectacular bargain at only £10 ... :0)

    Shirl xxx

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  54. You gorgeous fabulous woman. You are magnetic in so many ways... even the bargains jump to be with you!

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  55. Excellent bargains - especially the food! I somehow never seem to time it right in Asda, altho my bro works there and he gets some weird and wonderful reduced stuff! :)

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  56. Ooooh food bargains! I love shopping in the clearance/offers aisles, they always yield a treat!

    Stunning boots!
    xxx

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  57. OMG Vix...that is just the best outfit ever! x

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  58. cool outfit both you and Jon look rather exquisite! and while i am for bargain food, i just hope it was still good!
    www.cocoandolive.blogspot.com

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  59. fashion and food! you look amazing, and that food looks sooo tasty! xx

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  60. you're a bargain queen, I'm so admired of your great acquisitions!, love that cape and long dress, and love your nail color!, but I'm enthusiastic with the picnic hamper, it will be delightful using it in summertime!!
    besos

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  61. Looking lovely as ever Vix! That cape is lush! Xx

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  62. I wish, I needed at cape for our holiday..I looked for capes here ,but no luck. your looking lovely as ever..love those lashes amor.
    oh wow! what bargains ..the picnic thingy is the best. and of course those fab boots,books and heart ring..Jon is lucky man to have you finding all that stylish gear.
    oh great Asda bargains..we go late for the Indian half price currys at Sainbury's.

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  63. Gorgeous purple cape - love it! Pleased to find another supermarket bargain hunter - my heart beats faster when I spot a yellow label! xx

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  64. I'm running so behind on my blog reading, I'm sure I'm always the last person to comment on your posts! That picnic set is amazing, you can always have an indoor picnic on a rug in the loungeroom. Looks as though you already have the ingredients! I do love a good mark-down, wish we got bargains like that in M&S (our area is too posh for Asda, so I get most groceries online and fresh veg from our local barrow boys) xx

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  65. Hi, just found your super blog. Given me loads to read and all your fab pics to look at. Well done!

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  66. it goes without saying I love your purple cape-totally gorgeous, I also love Jon's outfit-I love that look on men, and who else bt you could post about reduced Asda food and be so chic at the same time?x

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  67. that picnic basket is too cute!!!

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  68. You look fabulous as always and your other half is looking mighty fine too. I just love the idea of those oxblood brouges. What a fine looking couple you make! I have tights that colour too. Coloured tights re so the way to go. Hope you enjoyed your bargain feast x

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  69. I love a good yellow sticker hunt. Our freezer is full of M&S goodies - there's one right by work but it's far too pricey to shop at as a general rule, so I tend to stalk it at 5pm when the bargains go out.

    Hope you both had a fab night - you were certainly dressed in fine style!

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  70. oh no! I'm comment 74!!! How did that happen, I've been sitting at this damned computer all bloody day and not got your update in my feeder *grrr*

    Anyway - you and Jon look stunning - you have got a brilliant eye for a bargain. I'd love to tag along with you one say and see what bargains you can unearth for me :-)

    Food bargains are great - hope they were tasty! and, by being a bargain, all the more money saved for your next charity shop jaunt!

    lotsaluv

    Ali x

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  71. Tu est MAGNIFIQUE, et très jolies photos, j'adore tes bottes

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  72. You got such a great deal on the boots.

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  73. tell Jon he looks fabulous! And you look amazing as well. LOVE the picnic hamper!

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  74. Love the purple cape! Very vibrant and beautiful.

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  75. That picnic hamper looks very inviting indeed.
    And your cape is truly divine - am taken in by its colour. xx

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  76. love the hamper.. you cant beat it for adding a bit of style to an ordinary picnic can you!!
    loveing your cape.. colour is gorgeous.. i lost out on a cape on ebay the other week. it only went for £1.49.. i was gutted!!!!!..
    thanks for the ideas for my dressing table.. ive painted so many pieces of furniture pink before now. .i cant understand why i never thought to paint that!!..
    am thinking new handles and a glass top is the way to go .. sure ive got some paint knocking about as well!!

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  77. I love the harmony of the colors of your tights, rings and nail polish !
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  78. What wonderful finds. I totally adore that picnic basket. We had one like that when I was little and I loved it. No idea what happened to it in the end. x

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  79. Great boots they remind me of some my mum had in the 70's I used to love trying her clothes on as a kid lol. She always dressed really nice.
    Look fab on you with your lovely legs twit twoo xx

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  80. Loving the picnic basket how fabulous xx

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  81. the cape is pure beauty! you look so smashing in that outfit!

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