Do you ever question your love of charity shopping? Weeks can go by, the rails are sparsely spread with last years' optimistically-priced, over-washed supermarket branded fast fashion and you're so desperate to make a purchase you even start to find 1990s Next attractive?
Yesterday was the day that reaffirmed my lifelong love for chazzing.
The atrocious weather had ruled out any possibility of the town flea market or the mid-week car boot so we jumped in Gilbert and headed off on a mini road trip.
Rain of near biblical proportions meant the town was virtually deserted and through boredom the charity shop staff were extra attentive. I clocked this Dr Zhivago hat straight away and the manager told me it had been donated with a couple of other things "a retro lady" like me might appreciate. Off she went to the stock room and returned with this amazing 1960s leather and fake fur trimmed coat.
And this ruffled and braided maxi dress.
I hadn't been in that charity shop for over 2 years, it may be a more regular haunt in future.
Our other finds would make for an epic blog post (and I'm sure you've got far better things to do that waste a day reading my witterings) so here's three gems.
This late 1950s lurex cocktail dress is destined for next month's vintage fair. It's beautifully hand made with groovy zip fastening cuffs.
Another treasure for Kinky Melon's Retro Boutique. A satin "Demi Dress of London", so vibrantly coloured it looks almost contemporary, but it's an original from the same era.
This is the find of the
day decade! The equivalent of me finding an Ossie Clark & the holy grail for most bikers, an early 1970s Aviakit "Lightning" jacket by iconic British label Lewis Leathers.
HERE is one reason why the brand is so massively desirable.
We've a friend coming to try it on later, he's dreamt of owning one all his adult life.
Don't worry, I've donated four of my coats to the stock pile to accommodate my latest find, now I'm off to do battle with the full-to-bursting hat cupboard to find room for this beast.
See you soon.
PS Happy Thanksgiving to my American sisters!