Saturday, 5 March 2011

Jumbled Up


What a morning! Todays' jumble sale had only been advertised on a noticeboard outside a small memorial hall in a rural Staffordshire village but word had swiftly spread and there was already a huge queue by the time we arrived. The majority of bargain hunters only had eyes for the heaps of high street cast-offs piled sky high on the trestle tables and I was able to elbow through the masses and grab the interesting pieces I'd spotted peeking out.

Here's what I got:



A portable typewriter. It works, it's cute but I've no idea why we bought it. Call it jumble sale madness! 50p


1950's glazed cotton housecoat by Bourne & Hollingsworth of Oxford Street, London, W1 20p


A vintage Wedgewood sugar basin to store my rings on the dressing table.The duck egg blue colour and leaf design are rather sweet. 20p


A sneak peek at the most divine late 1960's maxi dress, it's cream cotton lawn with pintucks, a lace trim, a sash half belt and a ruffled hem. Labelled as "You & Me, Made In England" 20p



A set of six retro French-made glass square-shaped cups and saucers for 80p


Genuine 1960's purple velvet loon pants by John Stephen. They are Jon's size and I'm dying for him to try them on so we can play Sonny and Cher.  20p


Framed print of a Regency gentlewoman 25p


This puffed sleeved 1960's mini dress is another perfectly fitting frock. This is by Keynote, the vintage brand name for the now defunct Littlewoods chain of shops. 20p


Five sheets of 1970's wrapping paper. This print reminds me of the photo strip true romance comics of my teens. 10p


Sparklets 1970's era black plastic ice bucket complete with tongs 10p


A large piece of paisley print Indian cotton 20p


A 1950's cream mohair skirt, fully lined and labelled as Metro Leisurewear by Olympic Sportswear. If only all leisurewear looked this good. 20p



I'm not usually a fan of 1950's clothing but this boned and strapless Horrockses' daisy print dress with matching bolero may have convinced me to give the decade another try. The zip needs replacing but it's a fabulous fit and length. 20p


What am I wearing?


Yesterday's 1970's suede midi coat from the Salvation Army, vintage cord maxi skirt (courrtesy of the wonderful Alex), 1980's jersey all-in-one body (Age Concern), Cobalt blue shoe boots (Topshop sale 2005)

Aren't I forgetting something?

I knitted this fuschia pink tie from some jumble sale bought wool.

Just time to go and put this lot in the washing machine and peruse today's Guardian before I go and make myself dinner party ready for this evening's soirée.
Have a lovely evening. x

72 comments:

  1. Hello! Loving your latest bargains, especially the gorgeous dress. There's a retro cocktail bar in London called Bourne & H, I wonder if that's where they took their name from!
    xxx

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  2. Hi Vix, wow, wonderful finds yet again-I bet Jon will look amazing in those velvet pants and love the dresses you bought-awesome prices for everything too, well done indeed!! Enjoy your evening and have a lovely Sunday too xxx

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  3. Oh gosh! Vix what a fabulous collection of finds! If you ever decide to part with that type writer I would gladly purchase it from you- it is by far fabulous. I long to own one in working order.

    I adore the 1970’s wrapping paper so much so. The frame print is rather splendid too and oh goodness the paisley print Indian cotton, very you indeed. Such wonderful finds as always xxx

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  4. Always jealous of your bargains my dear Vix.
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  5. LOVE the long coat and maxi skirt..the fuscia tie is AWESOME!! Lookin good:0

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  6. That 60's mini dress is divine and only 20p, now that is what I call good jumble finds!

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  7. great finds as usual! i especially like the bowl with the leaves and the bottom dress!

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  8. Fab buys, worth the bruised elbows! Have a great weekend ... :0)

    Shirl xxx

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  9. I'm already crazy about the pintuck maxi. Mohair skirt...another winner. A lovely bundle of jumble love.

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  10. Oh WHAT fantastic swag - I'm amazed at how people gravitate towards last seasons M+S thinking it is some kind of find. I just wish we still had jumbles up north - I'm lucky to find more than 6 good'uns a year. Love that little bowl :)

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  11. please can I come jumble saleing with you? puhleeeeeeeease??!! How strange!! I was admiring some square cups and saucers in a mag only this morning!! I'd have died on the spot if I'd have found that gorgeous little set intact at a jumble!! Have a lovely evening me deario xx

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  12. Drrrrooooool. Please please add a pick of that 60s maxi! FAB.

    I would frame that 70s wrapping paper, so so fabulous.

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  13. I'm jealous of your bargain buys as usual - that 1950's dress especially! Well done x

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  14. Great finds again. I was helping at a jumble today and got a few bits - I did wonder what you would pick up if you were to have visited!!!

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  15. OMG yet again your finds amaze me! I won't say which bits I like as I'm hideously predictable :o) I finally saw a sign for a local car boot which is on tomorrow morning, I have no idea if it's worthwhile but we're going to take a peek, I doubt whether we'll do anything like as good as you!

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  16. Wow you have got some real treasures there! I am dying to see that fock in it's entirety you naugty tease. I really love the little duck egg bowl lots.
    Kandi x

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  17. Wow Vix and amazing collection but I just adore that coat .. so much I have to keep going back to it.. I love the style the suede and it really suits you xx

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  18. Dearest Vix, another great haul! The cream maxi dress is stunning! Can't wait to see more of that. And the loon pants - you have to get a picture! Have a good one tonight, much love, C xx

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  19. Insanely jealous! The 70s wrapping paper is truly bonkers.

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  20. Oh my goodness! I would love to just be a nice person and say once more how happy I am for you that you found some fabulous stuff (which I am of course!!), but this time I shall admit that I am also hugely envious!! Well done you! Absolutely stunning items! I wore my first ever handmade item today (first from scratch - I revamp alot) - a skirt made to a 70s pattern from 70s cotton fabric. 40 and just learning to sew! Have a great weekend.xx

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  21. I want to go to a jumble sale! I've not heard of any jumble sales within walking distance of where I live but at those prices I think I'd be willing to walk miles!

    My favourite items out of your stash has to be the Gentlewoman framed print, the wrapping paper and the retro square shaped cup and saucer set!

    I can't wait to see what you are going to team with that 1960's mini dress!

    Amazing finds and that coat looks brilliant on you! xxx

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  22. Wow...you surely hit the motherload! Good job!! I love seeing your amazing finds...you've got such a great style! Hearts, Janna Lynn

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  23. What great finds as usual. I love the wrapping paper.

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  24. What awesome finds!! I absolutely ADORE that typewriter. Sometimes it's just fun owning cool little things like that, even if you don't have any real "use" for it. ;)

    I also love the bowl with the leaves. So cute!

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  25. The fabric of the housecoat is great, just right for spring, would make a fab wrap skirt

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  26. I knew you'd get some good stuff. I would have been here sooner to comment, but got caught up in doing a mail merge that fucked up on an EPIC scale (I've now had a whisky and ginger ale of similar epic proportions).

    Haul of goodies looks fablas - looking forward to seeing whether the Horrockses frock changes your mind about the 50s!

    Have excellent Saturday night.

    Ali x

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  27. Great finds, love that midi coat on you - looks like it was made for you. xx PS Got my hair dyed dark brown today so now we look even more alike. Feeling a bit goth, but sure I'll get used to it soon.

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  28. The heart wallpaper gets my heart stomping. And dinner!

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  29. Love it all! Especially liking the Horrockses dress. You look very glamorous in today's outfit. I know Jon will cut a dash in those loon pants!

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  30. Yet again a great haul!

    Can't wait to see it all styled the Vix way.

    Have a great dinner party.

    X x x

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  31. I think you can be forgiven your jumble madness at those prices!

    WHO still has 1970s wrapping paper please?? Fantastic - what will you use it for??

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  32. Wonderful finds Vix! I love the sneak peak of the cream cotton maxi dress and that wrapping paper is fantastic. I'm really enjoying your Me-Made-March items....Have a great night xxx

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  33. That is one seriously fine haul, Vix - good work! Funnily enough, my vintage dress is by Keynote, and I had no idea abouy the Littlewoods connection. Can't wait to see the Sonny and Cher photos! ;) xxx

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  34. Your hair is fabulous and I love that last photo xx

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  35. Only you could find 1970's wrapping paper in a jumble sale!

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  36. i just worked out you must have spent only about £3.20 or somthing as low on all your loot. that is amazing!!.. you have bought amazing gorgeous things and im proper jelous now!!..
    we never ever have jumble sales and there are never any in any of the surrounding areas to us.. im gutted!!
    i just love the cream maxi dress it looks like a work of art.. beautiful it is !!
    enjoy your soiree .. hope the mattaeus rose is flowing!!
    charl
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  37. Where oh where do you find these jumble sales?! That Horrockses dress is an absolute find that I am so, so, so jealous of!!! The V&A did an exhibition of them and they are truly gorgeous. Emma

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  38. Ooh I love the 50s, glad you might be coming round! Amazing finds as ever. Have a wonderful weekend xx

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  39. Great finds again Vix. I have to find more jumbles near me! I kondike the fifties. x

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  40. You look like you belong in Harry Potter meets Dr. who coat.stunning just stunning amor.
    as always exquiste finds.

    My favorito is the house coat,french cups, love the shade of green/blue, frame lady print.(reminds me of Marie Antonette.)
    cant wait to see that 50's vestido on you.

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  41. Fabulous buys, love the little sugar basin with leaves on...you had a great day.

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  42. That daisy print 50's dress is gorgeous, i can't wait to see it on you. I love the quirky wrapping paper too xx

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  43. Gee, I love this suede coat! I cannot wait to see you wearing the You & Me, Made In England dress or the creamy mohair skirt. Great buys again, Vix! xxx
    P.S. Lovely to have you as FB friend!

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  44. Love the bargains! That sneaky peak at the maxi dress reminded me of my first wedding dress (I'm greedy, I've had 3!!! - one in the 70's one in the 80's and one in the 90's, maybe I should do a post "wedding dresses through the decades ;D. xxx

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  45. Lots of great finds for you, as usual! Well done. I love that red leather dress on you yesterday, totally gorgeous.xx.

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  46. OOOh! The suede midi is amazing on you Vix! And I especially love the Wedgwood bowl, the wrapping paper, the incredible maxi (can't wait to see it on you!), the suede pants (we need a pic of Jon in them!), the Indian cotton (can't wait to see what you make with it) and your hand knitted tie is gorgeous.

    You look amazing, as always!

    Sarah xxx

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  47. Vix, what amazing finds! I've still never been to a jumble sale - they seem to be thin on the ground up here. And doesn't the new coat look fab on you?!

    ps - Am I allowed to be mildly pernickity? The lady in the framed print is Georgian, not Regency - the hairstyle and hat are definitely earlier than early 1800's. Anyway, she's beautiful! Wish I had such luck finding things like that.

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  48. Can hardly wait to see you in the cotton lawn dress. And the mohair skirt is fantastic!!!

    Can one purchase ribbons for typewriters these days?

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  49. That cream colored maxi caught my eye - as did the vintage typewriter & sweet green cup/saucer set....You REALLY had some great finds here!

    And that short, red leather tunic dress from your last post is extra special!

    Someone else asked you a few days ago about your ebay site. Do you tell??? I'm thinking you must have quite a business going, Vix - or else VERY big closets!?!

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  50. can we buy that type-writer too? and you are awesome with that knit-tie. he.. he..

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  51. The set retro French-made glass cups and saucers and the Wedgewood sugar basin are so beautiful and modern. As always, great finds.

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  52. FECK ME that's a bunch of fantasticarama!!! Soooo jealous of each and every awesome frock you scored,and can't wait for Jon to play Sonny and Cher with you.He'll need a slinky 'tache,of course! Eeek! Who carse what you do with the typewriter! It's rather fab,I love the cases they come in!The bowl is sweet,I'm looking for something pretty like that for some of my jewellery,as one of my little saucers broke in the quake.The housecoat and the wrapping paper make me moist!!!
    LOVE you!!! Hope you've had a wonderful Saturday night!!!
    Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  53. Oh Wow!!! That Tie :) I like how you wear the coat too!

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  54. Those purple pants are the best! I am always super-envious of your jumble sale finds. Oh, and you look smashing as usual. Do you ever not look smashing? I don't think it's possible.

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  55. i LOVE your mohair skirt and of course your typewriter!!!

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  56. Once again the VV scored well.How lucky that the other silly people were looking at other rubbish and left you to get the real treasures.LOve that typewriter I have been looking for one too.Adore the purple pants,

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  57. What amazing finds, yet again Vix :) I love that you are always so thoughtful and buy something for Jon as well :)

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  58. Those are wonderful finds! The typewriter is very cute! Sending someone a hand typed note must be up there with a handwritten note in these days of email, text and twitter. I love the dresses, the details on the 60s maxi and mini dresses are so pretty. Look forward to seeing what you do with them. I´m very jealous of your suede jacket!

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  59. I'm really digging that glazed housecoat. Maybe you can put your rings on the typewriter keys?

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  60. a lot of fabulous new vintage treasures again!jumblelicious! i'd loved to go thrift shopping one day!

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  61. how fab's the housecoat! I'm so jealous of that daisy 50s dress, it's beautiful x

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  62. 20p. For a Horockses? People round your way have no idea what they're selling do they? Lucky you!! I love that dress and the cute little 1960's. Buying second hand around here is somewhat more expensive although I'm determined to sniff out some bargainous estate sales this month. X

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  63. Hi Vix!! I did get some loot today, I'll be posting about it in my next post!! Hope you've had a good weekend and wishing you a lovely week ahead too xxx

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  64. wowwwwee! You got some amazing things, I am rather in love with the little bowl and the wrapping paper! x

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  65. How much is my heart beating over that Horrockses frock? A LOT. I also love the pintucked dress and the 70s wrapping paper. Looking forward to seeing Jon in the loons xx

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  66. I love the portable typewriter.

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  67. Oooh, I hope your dinner party went well. That Horrockses dress is gorgeous, and I suspect we're in for a treat when you show us the 1960s maxi in all of it's glory. I did chuckle at the wrapping paper though. xxx

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  68. More amazing bargains! Love the 50s dress and the mohair skirt - which sounds like it shouldnt work but seems like something I wanna try now! :)

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  69. Sizzling hot chocolate
    and coffee with a dash of liquer.
    A snowfall
    winter in paris
    chocolate chaux en hiver
    ballet slippers hanging from
    the ballet bars
    a grammophone left playing
    while no ones in the room

    thanks.

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  70. omg that horrockses dress! just wow!
    well done on some lovely bargains, i used to have a brilliant typewriter, i did all of my college essays and homework on it, until i ran out of ribbon and it was too exp to fix :S

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  71. What fabulous finds! I would love to own a typewriter again. There is something special about them. x

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