Thursday, 24 February 2011

Lets Get Ready To Jumble


Want to see what we got from the jumble sale preview sale?

Deco tea pot by Goblin (originally part of a teasmaid).
For my lovely non Brit-based readers a jumble sale is a general sale of donated, second-hand goods, piled high on trestle tables and sold cheap to raise funds for churches and other charitable causes. Admission is between 10-20p and it's rare for anything to be priced at over 50p.
Jumble sales are a tradition in the less affluent, working class areas of the UK and have been a huge part of my life since I was a child hence the reason I'm rather good at bagging a bargain.

Vintage Derwent hand-made in England lead crystal slipper. I don't like cut glass as a rule but this was too kitsch to miss.

How do I get an invite to see the goods before the general public? By being a model jumbler, not stealing, haggling over prices or being rude, which unfortunately is often the case. I didn't ask for the privilege but I'm honoured to be part of the upper echelons of jumble sale society.

Boxed wood heel mules, unworn Bronx stilettos, vintage chain belt, 1950's travel playing cards, Spanish-made cowboy boots
Unlike most people I don't dress down to go to a jumble sale and it's beneficial. Fellow jumblers know my style and throw suitable things in my direction. Being considered "an arty type" meant this pile of fabric offcuts and crafty bits were mine for the taking.

Hen & chicken embroidery, assorted vintage fabrics including tartan, psychedelia, crimplene & Arthur Sanderson
I knew I was onto a winner this morning when another of the chosen few shouted, "Them ay clothes, they'm antiques" which, translated from the Black Country vernacular into the Queen's English, means vintage galore for Vix.

Guilloché dressing table set with natural bristle brushes. The design is engraved and not plastic coated. Thanks, Kitty darling.




A small selection of the 1980's day dresses I bought.


The 1960's psychedelic "Ada" frock in the centre has an inbuilt padded bra, I love it.



Two 1950's era blouses, the printed pussybow one has never been worn.


These 1970's tab and dagger collar blouses fill me with joy especially as they also appear unworn and perfect. I don't remember Brentford Nylons selling clothing but the memories of their nasty itchy sheets instantly take me back to the bedding of my childhood.


The 1950's cotton skirt is pristine and like new, the Miss Marple number is by the super posh English label, Gorray.


I didn't iron this 100% rayon, Japanese hand-embroidered wrap before taking a photograph.


Isn't it beautiful?

There was more, lots more, but with another jumble sale kicking off at 6pm this evening I'll have to dash. I'm just another punter at this evening's do so I need to get a good place in the queue ahead of the Black Country Grannies. Wish me luck!

71 comments:

  1. oh my those dresses, those shirts!! what a fantastic lots of finds!!! x

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  2. Wow Vix you ARE queen of the jumble sale, unbelievable! I see no jumble sales round here but I'm sure they must exist, however I doubt very much whether they would be 50p bargains, sadly even the charity shops have nothing cheap round here :o(

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  3. Great finds Vix! I particularly love the brush set and teapot. Xx

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  4. Truly I bow down before you, oh goddess of the jumble! [looks into train tickets to Black country] I am especially jealous of your cowboy boots x

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  5. The glass slipper is my absolute favourite, so significant and hard to resist! The dresses are all fabulous and the fabric stash was meant to be. Amazing finds as always xxx

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  6. Wow! What a haul - I'd be heaven if I ever came across such a fantastic selection! The hen and chicken fabric is too cute, too cute. And loving all the clothes of course.
    xxxxxxxx

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  7. Wow impressed at yet another amazing haul! There are hardly any round our way, or perhaps I just don't find out about them! Love your chicken embroidery!
    Kandi x

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  8. Lovely post..

    Keep going and good luck with everything!

    Very special virtual tie { dyi present from
    http://nicoledeponte.com/index2.php?v=v1

    and me

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  9. Great finds as always - I wish we had regular enough jumble sales to get previews. I usually dress down for jumbles and car boots, but I think I'll take a leaf out of your book from now on x

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  10. Love your booty! Wish I was there, nothing better than a church sale. I'd like to link back to your blog about a post I'm writing titled save the maxi dresses. I think your outfit styling makes a very convincing argument to stop the chopping!

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  11. Fabulous! Brentford Nylons! ha ha.. I had one ugly green BN dressing gown when I was teenager..I'll have to send you a photo of me wearing it then with a hangover...true Coronation St!

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  12. Hi my dear-gosh, you are QUEEN Vix of the jumble and most deservedly got your VIP place!! What a fantastic haul of treasures!! I adore the Japanese gown and all the dresses and shirts, they are just unbelievably brilliant bargains, well done indeed!! Go for it tonight too, I'm sure you'll come back with arms full, lol!! xx

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  13. amazing haul! I love the teapot!

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  14. Get in there, Vix! That printed 50's blouse is gorgeous.
    God, Brentford Nylons! I had purple sheets from there when I was a kid...nasty!
    xxx

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  15. Oh vix! that 1950's floral blouse looks amazing! Please show us it on you soon. xx

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  16. What a haul! The dressing table set, 50s skirt and 60s mini dress are my favourites. I went to a boot sale 2 weekends ago and it cost me a fiver to get in, bloody London! xx

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  17. Gosh this is making me so Jelous! You found so much great stuff!
    All I have been able to do the past months is thrift shop.. because garage sale season has not started up yet here. Hopefully within the next 2 months it will. I want to pay 50 cents for items too! LOL

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  18. Oh my goodness!!! Well done you! I nearly cried when I saw the 50s skirt and the pussy blow blouse!!! And I actually like the look of the 80s stripey too! Oh and why stop there - I love practically all of it! Fabulous finds as always. x

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  19. Wow, more fantastic finds! Think I'll go a quick scoot to my fave charity shop tomorrow in search of some bargains! :)

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  20. Meant to say I particularly like the Ada dress!

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  21. Didn't you do well hun! Oooh Vix, I adore that hen & chicken embroidery! What a find. xxx

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  22. Please let me know if the red, grey and black 80s number is for sale Vix. I might have to purchase that if it will fit.
    What a great haul!
    Jesa

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  23. Love the glass slippers and what a loot!! ok, thats it, I am going shopping right now!!

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  24. Thanks for the explanation on jumble sales. Its always a good policy to be nice to others and wear you best clothes!

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  25. Gawd,how utterly divine,darl!!! You're a classy wench,of course you get invited for first dibs!! What amazing scores,I was gasping with envy as I cruised down the pix!! I am gagging for a dose of chazza normality!!Can't wait to see what you score tonight!! Can't wait to be rummaging around at a jumble with you one day!!!
    LOVE you!! xxxXXXxxx Helga!

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  26. Everyday I wait for your post like the first icecram after a long winter.
    How I enjoy them, and laugh...
    You are so fantastic Vix.
    Much love and besos.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  27. Inbuilt padded bra? Genius idea! Everything I buy should come with that! Love the brown cowboy boots. xx

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  28. all these pieces made me feel jealous!

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  29. Wow - what fabulous items - I would LOVE to go jumble saling with you Vix! I especially love the cowboy boots and the chicken (tablecloth?) and I have a 1950s skirt snd blouse that looks VERY similar to your 1950s blouse! Can't wait to see lot two for the day!

    Sarah xxx

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  30. Wowwee Ms Vix! Amazing. I love the glass slipper, the eighties dresses and the blouses! What fabulous finds! I need to check my area for jumbles. I am also considering raiding my nan's closet - with her permission of course!! x

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  31. Dearest Vix, you are the jumble sale queen with your amazing eye. What brilliant finds. I agree you couldn't pass up on the cut glass slipper. Those cowboy boots and stilettos look great too.

    I'm sure you've found some great stuff tonight too. Those grannies must cringe when they see you! Love, C xx

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  32. great finds, and such a lot of jumble sales you can attend!, there's nothing like this here and I miss it a lot!
    Love the tea pot, and all the dresses!!, I'm admired!
    besos

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  33. *Bows down* I love ya you jumbo sale whore..I never find gret dresses only trinkets..love the spotty frocks and vanity dressing brushes..crystal slipper is hard to pass up amor.would love a preview I think in this little village the volunters take all the good junk.

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  34. thanks for the lovely blog comment Vix, I've missed you too x

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  35. Thank you, I LOVE you, dear!

    and this last post of yours is too inspiring. Saving each image for inspiration

    <3

    Leon

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  36. Good luck, missus! That pink 80s day dress is lovely... x

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  37. WOW! That's almost all I can say....WOW WOW WOW! You got such GREAT things!!!! The dresses!!! The tea pot!!! The SHOES!!!! I'm dizzy with envy and yet strangely happy for you! LOL ~Serene

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  38. Oh Vix sooo jealous I am lol LOVE those boots and the brush set,

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  39. Fab haul as always. I like the cowboy boots and the green cotton skirt! As I've said before jumbles are just a rarity up here, sad times. x

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  40. the chicken embroidery! such a find.

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  41. what lovely clothing finds! I love that vanity set the most

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  42. wow, what buys, i duno how you do it all, looks tiring! but what a haul !!

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  43. Oooh you're so lucky!! I have been looking for a Japanese robe for a long time and have yet to find something so beautiful! I love that gorgeous red one you bought!

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  44. OMG those blouses, skirts, the dressing table set and above all, those boots !!!!!!!!!!!
    You rock my dear.
    I am gonna save my pennies and come see you when i'm around 70(ish) so we can boot together!
    Love always
    xXx
    Reva

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  45. oooh... the teapot! but again that black dress next to the psychdelic frock is pretty too...

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  46. Wow, I wish we had jumble sales here. No such luck. Amazing finds again for you. What do you DO with it all. Your house must be a tardis. X

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  47. Wow, great finds!:D

    The crystal slippers? So fun! The brush set? I want!:D

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

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  48. OMG, that tea pot...I'm in love! I need to go jumble sale-ing with you. Quite the haul, Vix.

    xo, Bonnie

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  49. Wonderful bargains! Brentford Nylons now that takes me back. I remember my mum buying flannette sheets from there and I also vaguely remember them selling nylon work pinnies.

    Love your crafting bits and bobs! ... :0)

    Shirl xxx

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  50. Blimey - where do I start?! Its all a vertitable stash of simply faboulous bargains; the kimono, Goblin (I can never read that word with a straight face after remembering certain teenage jokes!) deco teapot, that rail of clothes including that boob-holder dress and those either side of it, the 50s skirt.......... All lovely stuff indeed. You did well! xxx

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  51. i love the chicken embroidery, and i remember having a brush set like that at my nan's house when we were younger..
    is it bad that for my bday i have asked for a teasmade? i don't drink tea, but have always really wanted one?!

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  52. I have always wanted a gown like that Red one. Used to have a blue one my dad bought when I was younger.
    Gorgeous buys Vix, I'd imagine you to very charming when it comes to the jumble in the jungle. ;) Manners cost nothing and bag some amazing bargains.

    xx

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  53. Love the juxtaposition in the phrase: "upper echelons of jumble sale society"!!

    My faves from this post are: that gorgeous (Sanderson?) flower and bird fabric, the red and grey dress and the blue and white blouse - you are a lucky girl! xx

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  54. A great lot, you should do well from it! The dresser set is lovely, I'm guessing its plastic-coated rather than guilloche? Lovely all the same. the ada dress will look ace on you, will you keep it?

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  55. Vix - what a haul! Brentford Nylon - that's a blast from the past. Nylon sheets is what I remember from there too!

    My favourite thing from your haul - the shooooes and boots!

    Ali x

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  56. I am salivating at the mouth and I'm not even embarrassed about it. I am so adding going to a jumble sale with the Vix to my bucket list.

    Best of luck on the next one. Can't wait to see the next post. Slurp.

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  57. I do wish you luck and a terrific weekend.

    Love you much,

    SB

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  58. You find a nice bunch of beauties ,especially all of those dresses.

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  59. amazing finds again ... these cowboy boots and the blush coloured 80s dress make my heart go round.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  60. I'm utterly in awe of your wonderful haul - the green pussy bow blouse is to die for and I can just see you rocking the built-in bra sun frock this summer:). How exciting to get in early and get the best pickings - hope you had some success at the evening one too - I'm so jealous!!! xoxoxoxo

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  61. Great loot - I love that red kimino and the engraved dresser set. I've learnt a new term - tab and dagger collar - didn't know they were called that. Can't wait to see you do with that pretty batch of fabric too!

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  62. Wish we had jumble sales in Australia... We have garage sales, markets and some car boots sales too actually. I adore the 1960's dresses you got.

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  63. I absolutely adore your jumble posts. Everything is always so bright and colourful - makes you realise how dull modern fashion is when you see all those gorgeous colours and vintage patterns!

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  64. I don't know how you do it! you always come home with so many nice things I love the 1950s skirt next to the miss marple one
    xx fee

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  65. What a great deco teapot. I've always thought 'one day I'll start collecting teapots' but strangely enough I can never bring myself to buy them. Perhaps i feel that my starting a collection of ceramics may be like admitting to myself that I'm getting old...and ugh, maybe even slightly more sensible ;)
    Love the polkadot pleated dress and that wonderfully patterned skirt too
    x

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  66. That tea pot is amazing. That deco stuff here costs a FORTUNE.

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  67. All of your finds are great, but my heart belongs to this amazing tea pot. I love them and this one is simply gorgeous <3

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