Thursday, 9 August 2012

Car Booty



The sun is shining, the fields are mud-free and it can only mean one thing, the mid-week car boot sales are back on. 


Yesterday morning and today we've been out searching for choice bits amongst the heaps of dross; over-washed fast fashion, bootleg films and fags, huge piles of kids toys, food well past it's sell-by date and optimistically over-priced collectibles (chipped china, knackered cameras and tatty 1960s annuals). The warm weather brings sellers out in their droves.

 

I snaffled this vintage City Style cheesecloth midi dress for £1 yesterday and it was cooed over by loads of older ladies when I worn it this morning, all recalling having worn similar back in the1970s. I'm sure there's even a photo of me wearing one back in the long hot summer of 1976.


What else did we find? Are you ready for this? There's quite a bit.


 Three vintage frocks at £1 each - 1970s C&A gypsy dress, 1960s futuristic lurex shift and a Spinney tiered maxi


1960s groovy perspex hipster belt 50p


Glenaire 1960s quilted bed jacket £1 - far too cute for bedtime!


 1950s scarf shirt by Leda of Italy £1


4 x 1970s evening bags (the velvet one still has the original store tags still attached) 50p each


A lady gave me this 1970s macramé shoulder bag because she loved how I was dressed. 


Another lady gave me these 1960s handbags for free.


Kitsch-tastic cheese board and Staffordshire Potteries canister both 50p 


Siamese dancer £1


A bagful of 1960s braiding 20p


1960s cat's eye sunglasses 50p


  Jon got himself a Mussolini apron for when he's cooking pizza (10p)


and this reconstructed tweed jacket for 50p.


Navajo-style fringed suede boots £1.50


 Original 1970s wedge platforms  £1


A terrible picture but this 1960s Cher-esque wool trouser suit looks great on (£1)

Cheesecloth sun dress worn with 1970s tooled leather bag (£2, Crest Foundation), wolf choker (50p, car boot sale), a heap of second-hand bangles and suede go-go boots

Now I've just got to make room for it all!

See you soon.

89 comments:

  1. Those cat eye sunglasses are fab! I also love the lurex mini and how cute is that bed jacket!

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  2. Love, love, LOVE the scarf shirt. I swear my mother made an identical bag to the crocheted one! (in the picture below the macrame one.) Looking forward to see you wearing the lurex shift.

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  3. Wow! The price was right on those handbags :)

    Maybe you need to write a post on how you "make room for it all". I could use all the help I can get!!!

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  4. Please take me carbooting! That is an AMAZING haul - favourites include the sunnies, the lurex minis and those fabulous bags (envious!) xxx

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  5. Love the cheesecloth dress - I had a couple of cheesecloth blouses back in the day - and the sunglasses. Might have to check out our local car boot.

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  6. Love the dress. You find the most interesting things -- and real bargains.

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  7. What a fantastic haul!
    I can well believe the Cher-esque trouser suit looks great on - looking forward to seeing you styling that up when the warm weather ends (so that'll be next week then).

    Love your cheesecloth dress, and Jon's apron is hilarious. But the jewel in the crown for me is that utterly wonderful cheese board! xxx

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  8. Another great haul Vix - really liking those four evening bags in particular, and what a great apron!

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  9. That apron is the best. As my hubby would say about something that cool..."Titties and Beer!" (was that too rude to post?).

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  10. Argh! It's that beautiful owl bag again! Many, many years in the future when you come to write your last will and testament please.. PUT MY NAME DOWN FOR THAT BAG :p

    That dress looks so light and floaty, I just love the sleeves and the frilled hem - so pretty!

    You scored massively this week! I love the Pocahontas boots and of course Jon's Italy themed apron specially purchased for pizza making.. genius! xxx

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  11. Amazing haul as always Vix!! Loving so much of the stuff you got, you do seem to have the best boot sales and charity shops where you live.

    I'm curious as to what items you decide to get rid of when you buy new clothes as per your 'one in, one out' rule of shopping, how to you choose?!

    Oh, and I bought a waistcoat in a charity shop today for Wilderness Festival which I think you'll LOVE, I'll be sure to pose for a photo in it :)

    L xx

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  12. What a haul! I am loving the sunglasses x

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  13. I think that might be the Haul of All Hauls, Vix! What a fantastic set of booty!
    I love it all, of course, but especially the cheesecloth frock. Did you have one of those little tie-front shirts back in the 70s too? I did, a cheapie one off the market!
    The dresses are all great, especially the 60s lurex one, the bags and the sandals and the belt and the Thai dancer and the sunglasses... Too much to mention! Jon's Mussolini apron is hilarious, he clearly takes his pizza making frighteningly seriously!
    Great to see some sun and see your treasures.
    Now - what's going to have to go to make some room? xxxxxxxxxxx

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  14. GASP!!!!!!! SUCH exquisite finds. dear lordy. LOVE the siamese figurine. SO MUCH. and those frocks on the clothesline. so gorgeous
    <3
    <3

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  15. oh i used to wear an all white, what we called, gauze dress. you could see right through it but i was a teenager and didn't care. usually had a bikini on under it. what memories!

    you look lovely today, your makeup is just perfect. xo

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  16. Woah look at that haul!!! First off I am loving you in this easy breezy dress you look so comfy and cute and at a buck, dang!!!!! I wish I could have been with you on this shopping trip. SOON SOON SOON!!! I have to say though I am lusting after that owl bag!!!!! The fringe boots also are KILLER!!!!! I can't wait to see you rock that wool suit too. OMG too much awesomeness to even keep track of!!!!!
    LOVEYOULOADS!!!!
    Krista

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  17. So much amazing stuff! Firstly, I LOVE your cheesecloth maxidress, so cute! Everything else is just fantastic, from the Mussolini apron to those fabulous glasses! x

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  18. Ok, now I'm greener than Lou Ferrigno as Hulk with envy!!
    What a bunch of fantastic finds, it will take me my whole life to collect such bargains, I must unfollow you to not suffer anymore...obviously I'm joking my dear Vix!
    I'm so happy to see such wonderful things that it fulls my eyes with real joy!
    You are so beautiful in your new dress and it's so nice that you owned a similar one when you were a child!
    The three vintage frocks are my favorites and so the bags!
    And please, I need to see Jon wearing a Benito Mussolini apron, I'll give you my boy's super secret pizza recipe!
    Lots of love!

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  19. Love the lip color on you!!! As usual amazed by your power to hunt bargains! :)

    ∞ © tanvii.com ∞

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  20. what a great found! nice stuff.love the bag

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  21. what a great found! nice stuff.love the bag

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  22. You always make the greatest finds. That Musson apron just cracked me up!
    any news on when you'll be free for a little visit?

    xx

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  23. wow... that Siamese Dancer statue is amazing

    becks
    http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

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  24. I bow to your car-booty treasure hunting skillz!! WOW dod you make out like a bandit!! I'm loving the "cher" suit and lurex mini-dress!!
    The yardsales (comparable to car booty sales here in the states) have been DISMAL. Some not even worth stopping the car and getting out (I can assess them just by what they have out--lots of toys and kiddie clothes--keep on truckin")

    Love your outfit--I think I wore that dress in 1975!!! With a puka bead necklace and "buffalo" wedge sandal!! Ah the memories!!

    The bag of 60's braid is amazing--you'll be able to "Vix" up lots of stuff!!

    xxxxxxkissesxxxxxxxxxxx
    Tamera

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  25. Hey Vix--the Tamera at the StoneFence Cottage is me Tamera the Menopausel supermodel. For some reason it decided to use my old craft blog id. Weird!!

    Tamera

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  26. Wow what a loot! you scored big!
    I simply adore the siamese dancer,i am always looking for that stuff! lucky find and so cheap!
    Navajo boots are gorgeous and what about the Mussolini apron, priceless!

    I should do a post of my loot i found lots of stuff too!

    Take care

    Ariane xxx

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  27. I can't believe you got all those amazing clothing items for a pound a piece!! (Sooooo jealous!!). I'm particularly enamoured with the dress you have on, and the "Cher-esque" pantsuit. The cats eye glasses are pretty fab too - great colour (is it the photo, or are do they really have a red tone to them?). It would be so much fun to go to a car boot sale with you, but we might end up fighting over stuff ;)

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  28. What a score that bag of braid is!!
    So hard to find.

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  29. Wow you got a great haul there! Love all the bags and can't belive your got some for free!

    I think though my biggest love are those gorgeous boots I can see you rocking those babies!

    I loved your holiday piccies from your last post too, you looked just as lovely a blonde.


    P x

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  30. What a fab haul - great bargains there... I love those bags!!

    xo

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  31. Your carboot finds make me yearn for a free Sunday to find some bargains! Soon I hope. Love that you were given bags for free, that's so kind! x

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  32. You always purchase fabulous stuff and I'm loving that 60's lurex shift, the 'perfect for cooking pizza' apron, the pretty sunnies, and all that crocheted bags that nice ladies gave you!
    And you look gorgeous and summery, and love all your turquoise rings and amazing bijouterie!
    besos

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  33. What a fantastic haul, love the scarf blouse and the dancing girl, I'm off antiquing tomorrow, hope I get even half as much as that

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  34. love the yellow rose cardigan, oops, I mean "bed jacket" (wink, wink) And the weird doll! Can't wait too see what you do with the bag 'o trim. The apron must be from the line of dictator themed designer wear, strange thing. Is it just me, I don't get open toed boots.Hmm.....

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  35. Hi Vix,
    I've just found your blog, it's great! You're a real inspiration.
    I have the same Stafforshire canister in green & blue, it's fab. I keep raisins in mine :)
    Celia x

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  36. Coveting the cat's eyes glasses! You look darling in the dress, as usual. How I wish we had 'car boot' sales because driving all over to yard sales and garage sales and what not is hard on people and the environment. Also - it looks like a lot of fun and a lot of fabulousness!

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  37. What an epic haul! Was there anything left at the boot fair when you'd finished? Plus you can't beat cheaper than free!

    Love it all but especially the apron and the cheesecloth dress. My first vintage dress was a cheesecloth one - it's awaiting a zip replacement! I love cheesecloth but I hardly ever come across it, despite lots of people telling me it was incredibly popular. A's mum says she had lots of cheesecloth dresses. Do you find it hard to come by too?
    I've never seen coloured cheesecloth either. Well done and add me to the list of people who'd love to come car-booting with you!

    Nikki x

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  38. Ooooh, please do post a picture if you wear either the trouser suit or the lurex dress!

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  39. Car boot hunting and gatherin... JOY! (I've got heaps to sell now too :) Your cheesecloth dress is perfect, and Wow! to the scarf shirt. Love! xoxo

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  40. Bloody gorgeous gear, Oh How I REALLY LOVE THE BRADIING. What could I do to make you part with this? Lets swap something! You look as gorgeous as ever, have a lovely weekend xx

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  41. When I saw the first photo I wondered if it was a cheesecloth dress - I have fond memories of cheesecloth clothing - it's so perfect for hot summer weather. Can't wait to see the 60's suit on you!

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  42. Oh man! I can't wait to see the lurex shift on you. Perhaps with that amazing belt and sunnies!
    Your sales over there are heaven to me. Do you have a spare bedroom so I can stay a while? ;)

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  43. Wonderful cheesecloth frock! Also love the sunnies.
    Dx

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  44. My heavens thats one heck of a score on vintagey goodness!
    You looks gorgeous in that dress.
    The Gypsy dress, lurex shift & Spinney tiered maxi are awesome finds. $1 each can't complain for a price like that.
    That's a heck of a handbag haul!! *Wowza*
    I think the boots are my favorite. They are on my "Too find for a good price list."

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  45. Wow, you know I LOVE that cheeseboard don't you?! That would have been ideal for my cheese and wine soiree!! I WANT!!! Love the canister too. The dresses are great and wht a fab price for each. I particularly like the lilac maxi although you really suit white and very light colours xxxx

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  46. That's a wondrous haul! I love the boots and the trouser suit.
    I'm intrigued by the Mussolini apron!!
    xxxxx

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  47. I love that dress so much - you've made the sun shine! Is that Mussolini apron for real? Is it part of a collection - 20th Century Dictators - collect them all LOL!

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  48. Ooh, I fancy that decanter of port in the middle of the cheeseboard! Yum. I WISH we'd been able to stop off in the black country when we were passing through. Still, a Plymouth to Edinburgh drive doesn't exactly say 'time to spare'...

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  49. wonderful finds, Vix, as ever! Adrian cooed over the owl bag when i showed him the picture! xxxxxx

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  50. I LOVE that dress. Its so cool and laid back, and those navajo boots are great... Although Jon's Mussolini apron steals the show lol. You really have the sort of warm personality that brings out the best in people, hence gifted bags from strangers. Xx

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  51. Wow! What an amazing haul! I am especially in awe of the Staffordshire Potteries canister - gorgeous! :) x

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  52. You look gorgeous and I love the tan boots x

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  53. I'd love to have just a teaspoons worth of your rummaging skills!

    The wool trouser suit really caught my eye - I have this vision that I'll be able to wear stuff like this when I'm older and not so self conscious, sad isn't it?!

    x

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  54. O my frigging gawd,what an enormous haul!
    I am especially adoring the cannister,the mussoline apron,the cats eyes sunnies and the briad.........all the clothese are freaking aubline,and those 70's platforms!!Jaysus!My mind boggles!!
    You look divoon in that cool breezy cheesecloth number!
    Hurrah!
    love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  55. The Siamese dancer is so beautiful, isn't she?
    Love the scarf print blouse.
    Super cheesecloth dress - I had a cheesecloth shirt that I wore all the time, probably still have it tucked away in the shed!
    Z xx

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  56. What a successful day that was!!! We called cheesecloth muslin over here and I lived in that stuff as a teenager!! How cool is the little Siamese statue? And those sunglasses are to die for!!! ♥

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  57. Nice items Vix! I like a lot! That maxi looks so cool and comfy! What a bargain!

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  58. The cheesecloth vintage dress looks great, must feel very light and fabulous to wear! What an excellent finds Vix, most especially loving the quilted bed jacket and scarf shirt! -xxoo :)

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  59. WOW Vix you hit the mother load lol!! Everything looks fantastic love the braiding... and what people were just throwing free purses at you!! I am not surprised you are one Wonderful Gal!! You look great in that summery dress enjoy all your new treasures Love Heather

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  60. Oh man! The wool trouser suit and the lurex shift just blow me away. So great! As usual, so many fantastic finds!

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  61. I have all confidence in your powers of squeezing-more-shit-in-if-it-kills-me, LOL!

    I esp. love the sunnies, heaps of finds for you this week.xx.

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  62. Jumping catfish!(?) - those are great finds. That Cher wool suit with your new groovy belt, whoa, and the lurex shift, those are a couple of my favourites. What you're wearing in these photos makes you look ethereal. No wonder you got free stuff shoved at you!!

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  63. Have you ever been to the US? I swear you would find some kindred spirits in the American southwest. Arizona, New Mexico, California.

    I could envision outfit shots of you in Death Valley or the Rocky Mountains. It would be so epic.

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  64. What an epic haul you scored Vix, don't know how you do it. There only ever seems to be tat when I go. LOVE your cheesecloth dress which fits you like a dream, also loving the 60's sunnies and Mussolini pinny (how random is that?)can just imagine Jon whipping up a quatro stagione in that.

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  65. ooh so many lovely things, I especially love the owl bag, scarf shirt and the sunglasses, and the black wool suit, and the braid! The Mussolini apron is a funny find, why would someone think of putting Mussolini of all people on an apron? I remember having a cheesecloth blouse in the 70's and I loved the feeling of it on a hot day, everything else I possessed was probably nylon or polyester back then. xx

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  66. Soooo many lovely things, love the cheesecloth dress, gypsy dress, cheese board and pot, statue and the list just goes on and on. Happy hunting and glorious finds x

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  67. oh and the Siamese dancer and the yellow bed jacket, and what you're wearing too, lots of gorgeousness. xx

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  68. Bed jackets always remind me of the Carry On films for some reason. lol Although when I was a nurse in the 80s quite a lot of the older ladies wore bed jackets too. Very very cute. Love the tiered maxi too.
    V
    xxx

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  69. And that's the trick isn't it? Finding room for everything **sigh** I love all of your delicious new frocks and oh my look at your RACK in the cheesecloth frock!!! Mamma mia!!!!!!! OK so you had me panting with desire at the Siamese dancer and braiding - gawwwwwwwwd!!! xoxoxo

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  70. you must find room for it all!! Especially that catsuit - very Cher, also a bit Mrs Peal (my all time heroine). I really must make a trip up to these car boots with you - all these free gifts!! It's because you're such a sweetheart! I'm so jealous of - well of everything! You've done amazingly well! Model the catsuit as soon as it cools down! xxx

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  71. Blimey you did get a lot of goodies. Loving the 10p apron.

    X x

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  72. Stupendous finds, Vix. I'm particularly envious of the Staffordshire Potteries canister and that wonderful 1960's braiding.

    I'm sure I had a cheesecloth shirt in the exact same blue stripe as that dress you're wearing. I remember wearing said shirt A LOT during the wonderful summer of 1976

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  73. I LOVE the dress! It is so soft and pretty. Looks great on you. You did find a lot of stuff, and at great prices! I am feeling the need to thrift shop now. Really. I think the boots are cool. Not sure I have ever seen anything like them!

    xoxo
    Lynn

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  74. Really cheap and since I have a strong passion for nightgowns and robes, of course I love the quilted bed jacket!

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  75. What a haul, and I'd be handing handbags over to you too, gratis if I got to see super-stylish-you face to face, too! xo.

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  76. You are the ultimate thrifter! I love what you do with cheesecloth!

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  77. It'll be great to see these finds on you! You certainly can spot the stuff! Must be eagle-eyed.

    Cheers from
    Rosemary foreveronthecatwalkoflife.com

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  78. I can't cope with the beauty of that bedjacket - so pretty! xxx

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  79. Yet more amazing finds! I love the cheese cloth dress and scarf top.

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  80. I get an adrenaline rush when I see these multi-photo long posts of yours. Is that weird?
    "Overwashed fast fashion" is a perfect description of what is all-too-common at my local charity shops, too.
    The bestower of the macrame bag knew it was going to a good, appreciative home. Good for you!
    Can't wait to see you in the trouser suit.
    Once again -- soooo jealous!

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  81. Omg those sunglasses are all the rage again and you got an original pair for pennies. I love your blog, it brightens my day xx

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  82. So many beautiful items that I can't decide which I love the most. Maybe the scarf shirt, and of course your outfit.

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  83. So much fab stuff, how do you do it?! I recently saw a wonderful red 50s Kelly bag at a bootsale but she wanted £25 for it! Perhaps it was worth that, but not a boot sale! Well done on those finds - those sunnies are wonderful. x

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  84. That's an amazing chance to be in the same place at the same time! Loving every piece of your haul - fav is the wool suit xx

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  85. this frock looks so soothing and you have teamed it well with the perfect colours.

    www.personalautographs.blogspot.co.uk
    Jatinda

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  86. I have a pair of the suede fringe boots too, long and same colour with the tassels. I brought from H and M for 24.99 :-( and they look no different from yours.

    www.personalautographs.blogspot.co.uk

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  87. I love the sunglasses, braid and those boots!

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  88. i want these fringe boots ... want want want! great finds as always :)

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.de

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  89. Aye,
    You kill with all your boot sale magic finds. You got free stuff just for being your fabulosa self.
    that futurist dress is going to look great on you.also the fringe suede boots are a score. adore those 60's cat eye glasses.the fab bags and bed jacket. love it all! so cool that Jon scores shit too.
    muchos besos

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