Tuesday, 8 February 2011

Road Trip


Vintage maxi skirt (Darling Helga) worn with 1950's Elgee jacket (Sue Ryder), wool beret (Salvation Army) and inherited Art Deco belt
Jon won a roof rack for our VW Beetle on eBay and, like most things he tends to win, it meant a long drive to pick it up.


Our journey today took us to the Derbyshire Dales to the lovely market town of Wirksworth calling in on Matlock on the way. 


Whenever he embarks on a drive out I always check the Association Of Charity Shops website first to see whether it's worth me tagging along. There were several listed in the area and although the prices were good the pickings were a bit modern for my old-fashioned taste.

 It's been such a beautiful spring day that it didn't really matter that I only spent £3


Vintage glass swan £1

Some fabulously groovy dressmaking patterns at 50p each. These will go with the ones I won in Shirl's giveaway last week. I can follow a pattern but often need supervision as I'm a bit impatient and rash. The 1963 Jiffy one is apparently a simple one so there is hope.

Jon's very excited about this apparently rare 1970 edition of a buggy building magazine for 50p - just in case we ever get bored with the Beetle we can pimp it up.

My meagre finds were soon forgotten as I arrived home today with three fabulous parcels awaiting.
 I won this 1970's green tab colour blouse on eBay last week and both the fabulous Sarah Misfit and awesome Alex had sent me treats. 

Vintage maxi (courtesy of my fabulous Helga), 1970's blouse (eBay), Tribal collar (Inherited), 1950's bag (Car boot sale), Vintage beret (Salvation Army)

More will be revealed tomorrow!



53 comments:

  1. Lovely pics and I love your maxi skirt! <3

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  2. Great road trip and the swan is a great find!

    Love your maxi skirt still and I've posed and posted about the housecoat now! It was crying out for a blue turban xx

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  3. Hi there-sounds like a lovely day out, the weather has been gorgeous today too, I really love your outfit, stylish chic as always xxx

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  4. Ah well, at least it was a nice day out! At least if the weather in Derbyshire was anything like it was over here - it's been chilly but beautifully sunny all day.

    That maxi really is a stunner and so is the new blouse. Also huzzah for the postie, I wasn't expecting that to arrive so soon. Fingers crossed it doesn't swamp you...

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  5. You are so lucky getting so many pretty things. And that little town looks so adorable!

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  6. Looks like a great trip and you look fab! Love the glass swan too. Thanks for sharing that website- I always end up Googling 'charity shops in...' and never get a full list x

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  7. I love road trips..that skirt goes with everything..50's coat is so elegant..never seen one like that one..atleast you found that delicate swan amor.looks like a cute town..Jon looking dapper.yay,I also got a package from Sarita today.

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  8. Do you know that I was thinking about that charity shop website only today as Mr J and P and I are going on a cheeky charity shopping trip on Friday - and I couldn't remember what the site was called. Will save as a favourite now. Georgeous skirt.

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  9. What a great day you had weather wise and lovely colour-coordinated outfit even to the car.

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  10. Ohh i love Matlock its really gorgeous there. That glass swan is lovely xx

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  11. What a brilliant day out! I am a bit of an ebay wanderer myself! You look gorgeous in that outfit!

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  12. Looks like a glorious day to be out and about. As always great finds and lovely outfit!

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  13. Vix you look great. Do you know that my nickname is Beetlebabe.. because my first car was a bright yellow VW beetle... xx

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  14. There's nothing better than coming home to parcels!!!
    Looking gorgeous for your road trip,sweetheart! Yay you did get some little scores! I'm a bit worried about the buggy book,Jon may well be tempted to create some monsters!!! He was looking mighty fine,incidentally!
    LOVE you, Helga! xxxXXXxxx

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  15. Glad you had a good day! Great patterns xxx

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  16. Thanks for the charity shop link, Vix; I'm heading up to Lancashire soon and will check out some of the shops up there.

    The buggy book looks like a great find; I love those big chrome wheel trims on the front cover photo.

    P.S. Monkeychild has just seen your photo and said 'That lady wears cutie things' - nothing like influencing them when they're young I say!

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  17. What a nice day for a drive out. That swan is lovely, what a bargain!

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  18. You are looking killer, Vix... When I see this I tell myself to wear more patterns. Love your finds on your pretty road trip. I'm just in the process of breaking my ebay virginity by buying a knitting machine. xxx

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  19. The swan was a lovely find. I look forward to see a parcel post! xxx

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  20. Thank you for the link, I will pass it on to Victor, my husband, who is the charity shop planner hehehhe.
    Mil besos guapa.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  21. Loving the maxi skirt. Shame about the poor pickings in the charity shops, but thanks for the link to the search site - it will come in very handy. xxx

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  22. Sounds like fun - I sometimes tag along if Mr R&B has to go to a meeting, but no amazing finds as yet. What a great day for a drive - and a great outfit as always x

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  23. I love road trips, especially if the sun in shining! And hello that charity shop link? Thanks! I do like the print on your maxi skirt!

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  24. Looks like you had a fab day. Loving the skirt.

    I had a blue beach buggy many years ago, which was no use nor ornament when you live in the midlands. strangely enough I didn't keep it too long.

    Much love x x

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  25. Love the skirt :)

    Good luck with the patterns and making. I tend to stick to very simple things using my own 'pattern' pieces - I still have nightmares about school sewing and pattern following!!

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  26. Hello Vintage Vixen
    Just found your blog and i am loving it.
    Love your ebay finds and style .
    I will be visiting again.
    Andrea

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  27. Oh I love a nice drive out, especially if it involves shops. I hadnt heard of the charity shop website thanks for sharing xx

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  28. Oh gosh I went to Matlock last year, it’s always lovely visiting a different town. I really must lookout for some dressmaking patterns. I am hoping to get along to some Charity Shops tomorrow, so we shall see what I can uncover. The beret is fabulous xxx

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  29. Your's and Jon's car is so amazing (why don't people in Dublin drive amazing vintage cars?! well...some super rich -mostly men- people do drive up and down the Phoenix Park in beyond-shiny vintage cars BUT they're just doing that to show off and because they have nothing better to do so that doesn't count. and they only do it in the summer)
    Anyway, I want a car like your's when I'm old enough to drive. Who needs a brand new one when you can have THAT?

    x x x x

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  30. Such a good idea to make a day of it!
    Gorgeous glass swan - love glass ornaments. I have a Murano glass clown my nan gave me I love.

    xx

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  31. Oh how I long to be able to go on random road trips! You look gorgeous in that skirt and I love those patterns! x

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  32. you look super stylish in the first pic. I love the color of the top you won on ebay. Its impossible to find tops in this deep green nowadays..

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  33. I looove road trips! Plus looks like you found a few pretty things too, success I'd say! :)

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  34. Ok so I lied about not commenting, can't help myself! Who doesn't love a road trip, esp. when there's unknown shops to explore, yay!

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  35. Dear Vix,
    Lovely blue sky, what a great day for a road trip!
    As a matter of fact I am actually a smidgen jealous.
    I LOVE the English countryside & can think of very few things that I'd rather do than to visit little quaint villages.
    The glass swan is lovely and a tremendous bargain at only a quid, well done.
    Luv,
    Jem
    ...xXx

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  36. I love the Derbyshire Dales and what a lovely day for a trip out.
    The glass swan is very pretty.

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  37. Oooh, looking forward to seeing your pressies. You left us on a cliff-hanger there!

    I checked our charity shop on the weekend and it was £14 just for a dress from bloody Zara (not even very ncie). Ebay is so much better for me, it is just no good at all looking in charity shops in posh areas xx

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  38. Dearest Vix, what a gorgeous and stylish couple you are. I'm sure you'll make good use of that roof rack. I'd love to see you pimp up the Beetle! I'll call you this week for a catch up if you're around. Love C xx

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  39. Argh, so much amazing. I love the print on your maxi skirt. Both you & Jon look absolutely fabulous!

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  40. Agree with all of the above - you and Jon are such a fab glam couple! And I also love you in green - you look so beautiful and I adore your jacket (and nailpolish!).

    I want to move to the UK - cobbled roads and pretty green fields and the Vicar of Dibley and Father Ted and Dr Martin and Dave Gilmour... everything is pretty there and you have an Association of Charity Shops - how bloody civilised!

    Thanks for the post beautiful Vix - can't wait to see your parcel treasures!

    Sarah xxx

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  41. It's good to see you out and about, even if you didn't find a lot.

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  42. This green looks so rich! Like jade!
    It really makes this outfit cheerful : )
    And nice job with the accessories here and there.

    Star shaped raindrops,
    Berlin

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  43. Hello from Sweden!

    I like your looks ... Your style is just awesome!

    Charity Shop Tourism - Hidden Happyland

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BMXZgzYnzlk

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  44. What a glam outfit to tour the country side in - you must have turned heads in that yellow bug dressed up like that - looks like there was wonderful scenery and weather to make up for poor charity shop pickings!

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  45. I like the lack of snow and ice over there. The patterns looks great, the right one is probably uncomplicated too.

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  46. Ahh Vix, I love a good road trip, the roof rack is an excellent idea, you can get more in now on future road trips! Looking forward to the reveal.
    XXX

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  47. oo i love a road trip!!.. im just the same. if we are going anywere for the day or on holiday.. i always put in charity shops on yell.com for that area.. didnt know there was specific website for charity shops.. now i may have found more!
    my bro in law has a splitty camper and whenever they get anything for it its always a huge trek to go and get it.. worth it though isnt it.. so cool.. !!

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  48. Looks like a great day out. Love the swan you found. The magazine on the beach buggy looks good too: Nick and I have always wanted a beach buggy! ... ;0)

    Shirl xxx

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  49. It looks like a lovely bright day and a very pretty town. At least you found a couple of wee treats. I do so love that maxi on you, it's an amazing print.

    Look forward to hearing about your packages. x

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  50. My geography of England is pretty dire, so i'm kind of lost, but it looks so pretty.
    That foxy nipped in jacket is perfect on you miss vix
    x

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  51. Fabulous, Vix! I love how you can transform anything - including an unrelated road trip - into a quest for great finds. That swan is gorgeous! xxx

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  52. I love the dress and where you live looks so beautiful.
    =)

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  53. kinda imagined you to own one of those beetles... and yellow is fantastic! btw, nice touch of green fingers to match with the maxi green:) u r fabulous!

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