|Striped acrylic mini worn with Schuh boots (£5, local market stall) and vintage statement pendant from the wonderful Ivy Black.|
Finding cheap, fabulous vintage clothes on eBay can be like queuing for a bus, wait for ages and then they turn up altogether.
|Jon's favourite, a striped polyester two piece.|
Whilst aimlessly surfing the net on Saturday afternoon I came across a listing for a "Bag of 1970's women's clothes, some Chelsea Girl, all small sizes" someone had found stowed away in their mother's loft, left over from their youth, and needless to say I was beside myself with excitement.
|Smocked polyester mini dress|
A cheeky snipe later and by the time I reached the pub they were mine.
Fast fashion was unheard of when I was a teen, we had new clothes once a year for birthdays and the rest came from charity shops and jumble sales. If we wanted something special for the school disco we frantically saved our pocket money and wore our treasured clothes until they fell to bits. I'm amazed this bundle is in such good condition, the lady who owned them must have really looked after them.
|Michael Sinclair, London smocked cotton mini worn with Topshop leather clogs (£5, 2010 sale)|
Chelsea Girl was founded in 1965 and was Britain's first fashion boutique chain. I'd spend many a Saturday afternoon flicking through the rails with my friends coveting the latest fashions. In 1988 by the time I was working full-time and able to afford to shop there it closed down and re-opened as River Island.
The parcel arrived today whilst I was chatting to my darling Helga on Skype so she shared my excitement when I ripped the bag open.
A-Line skirts, Highlight flared jeans and floral dresses.
|Puff sleeved ditsy print polyester dress (no label)|
They don't make them like they used to.
Rosfrau high waisted cotton mini skirt worn with vintage C&A tee shirt (£1.99, Banardos)
My favourite is a toss up between this navy blue dress (below) and the yellow stripey one.
|Chelsea Girl button-thru' cotton dress worn with Steve Madden sandals (£2, car boot sale) and a vintage silk scarf (25p, car boot sale)|
I bet I won't find anything on eBay again for months.