Tuesday, 16 April 2013

The First Car Boot Sale of 2013 - What Vix Bought!



 Ever since watching Argentinian thriller, The Secrets In Their Eyes, I've had a fancy for a yellow skinny ribbed polo neck, just like Soledad Villamil wore in the 1970s flashbacks. 

What was the first thing I spotted at Saturday morning's car boot sale? Yep, the perfect 1970s sweater peeking out from a pile of mediocre high street tee shirts.


If I had a quid for everyone who commented about my groovy colour scheme today I'd be able to buy you all a drink. 

Glitzy owl ring from the gorgeous Em, wooden rectangle ring, made by Mum in the 1960s, middle ring from a car boot sale

This 1960s copper pendant was another car boot find. Bastard massive, innit?


This humongous 1960s copper hoop earrings were a gift from the rather wonderful Pao.


We've several 1970s rotary dial phones but not a wall-mounted one so Jon was very pleased to snap this one up for £4.


I couldn't resist snaffling this 1970s nylon quilted housecoat. My Mum had a turquoise version when I was growing up.


This daisy trimmed 1960s bridesmaid's dress had a horrible heavy-duty lining and sadly, an even more horrible hole in the skirt. I unpicked the lining and chopped the skirt and now I've a sweet satin mini perfect for Spring. Not bad for 50p!


I snaffled this array of pretty frocks, too. They'll be making their way on to the Kinky Melon rails at this weekend's vintage fairs.

1970s polo neck (50p, car boot sale), St Michael paisley bell bottoms (part of a 1960s trouser suit from the fabulous Curtise), River Island stack-heeled leather boots (£1.50, Salvation Army), 1960s suede eyelet waistcoat (Xmas present from Liz), 1970s faux tortoiseshell sunglasses (20p car boot sale last year), 1950s leather holdall (40p, jumble sale)
I was worried we might have forgotten how to buy at a car boot sale, it's been months but we were fine, our rummaging and haggling ability was as good as ever! Here's to a long, dry and sunny Summer so they'll be loads more.

See you soon.

93 comments:

  1. Groove, groovier, grooviest, grooviest-est! Sounds like a guru manual. Absolutely. I have also been craving a bright turtleneck. No freaking wonder. Your bell bottoms would certainly keep you elevated all day. Glad you scored at the sale. I have never seen a phone like that - I would have snapped it up too. Fantastic makeover of the maxi to mini.

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  2. Those pants are so so yummy and that vest!!!! I think this is one of the few times I have ever seen you in a sweater like that, it looks great with all your other bits. I bet you were leaving a trail of smiles wherever you went! How could you and Jon ever loss the "gift" of spotting and getting sweet deals, it's in your blood I'm sure of it!

    That pink nylon robe is especially yummy and I'm convinced now that my own Mom never owned anything worth remembering, how sad huh. Wait there was one floral velvet vest I did like, but that's all I can recall.

    Hi kittie cat! Speak soon sweetie, I need some happiness today!
    XXOOO I'll get the time right today and won't make you wait an hour. LOVE YOU!!!!

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  3. I think I had the teenaged girl version of that housecoat and a matching bedspread, pre-duvet era.

    Glad to see you have some great weather at last.

    It's such a pickmeup to get a compliment from a stranger. I got one today and I'm still smiling.

    Good hunting!

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  4. God I think I need to come up country I don't ever find clothes these days. I love that first green and white dress. Great buys lovely that phone is fabulous to. dee xxx

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  5. Your green mini dress looks heavenly! I also have one of those vintage dressing gowns, mine is floral and my husband does not get it at all! xxx

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  6. Hi there! Very good bargains indeed and the satin reworked mini is just fabulous for 50p!! Loving the dressing gown too! xxx

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  7. Huge envy here for your boot sale finds. Boot sales are very thin on the ground in this area (and those that are on are impossible to get to without a car,) boo hoo!! I'm gonna miss my boot sale fix this coming summer, that's for sure.

    Looooooove that beautiful leather bag you're holding.

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  8. So much goodness - love your new yellow turtle, and fab mini dress. Wish I could shop with you!! xoxoxo

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  9. Ah, the color scheme is gorgeous, indeed! :D You look spectacular in that beautiful yellow turtleneck; love the vest on top. And the pants are the niftiest, of course! SO cool!

    I am obsessed with that incredible massive pendant. And the ring that your mother made is just lovely! How unique. It was the first thing I spotted! :D Fabulous frock finds, too! Glad you had a great time! XOXO

    p.s. You worked absolute magic w/ that bridesmaid's dress. It's perfect now!

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  10. Great car boot haul Vix & so many fabulous frocks :)
    I love those paisley print trousers and your suede waistcoat has found a perfect partner in that funky yellow polo neck, you look glorious!
    Great dress makeover, it so much more sassy and wearable now...xXx

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  11. What a fabulous array of finds - love that yellow sweater and that bridesmaid dress is a pretty sweet summer dress now - huzzah!

    www.mancunianvintage.com

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  12. How do you do it? I have a positive hatred of polo necks and yet I think you look utterly amazing in this one! Such a brilliant colour for spring (or indeed any time of the year when you want some colour!)

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  13. What great stuff! Can't believe you got that blower for four quid and love the yellow polo, 50p! (I'm screeching with disbelief) Love today's outfit, those trews are so groovy and OMG I had a dressing gown just like yours in mauve, I'd forgotten about it till now. Your bootfair buying skills are still in tact I'd say.
    x

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  14. Like riding a bike, you never forget how to car boot shop and didn't you do well. Love the colourful outfit and your cat photo bombing!

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  15. It must be fate! Love the colourful outfit, especially the crazy trousers! I still think the West Midlands is a Bermuda Triangle of vintage clothing - there's hardly anything old at bootsales here (and I know I'd spot things if they were there)!

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  16. PS The green number is far more you as a mini!

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  17. You look like one of my groovy glamorous babysitters from the 1970's!
    Connie*

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  18. Oooh - love all the colours. You look fab. Amazing paisley trousers, satin-y dress and jewellery.

    What a haul as well! I have a pink nylon housecoat too with an insane paisley pattern not unlike your trousers.

    Fab, fab, fab!

    xx

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  19. Ha! I thought you'd be snaffling up those boot sale goodies and it looks like you haven't lost the knack of haggling or homing in on those goodies! xxx

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  20. You look like a riot of groove-tastic spring floweres!! I love the paisley bell-bottoms and th awesome yellow turtleneck!

    Wow--your new teeal satin maxi is awesome--love it!!
    And great goodies you got at the boot sale. Yard sales (our version of boot sales) are starting up over the pond but i never find anyhting cool like you do!!

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  21. Love the Bell bottoms and the groovy outfit!

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  22. I love those paisley trousers! You look so fabulous in bright sunny colours like these - I love the yellow turtleneck and orange vest!

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  23. Yeah, like you and Jon were ever going to lose the car boot knack! You've still got it, darling!
    I don't think I have EVER seen you in a polo neck jumper before. Knowing your knitwear aversion, it's quite a surprise, but of course you are rocking it, and the colour combo is divinely bright. Bastard massive pendants are quite the thing, I believe, and double as a handy weapon, should the need arise for a bolas.. You've got a horse (is it? Or a donkey, or a large dog?) and I've got a crab. Mmm, that doesn't sound right, but I've got Cancer sounded even worse....Oh shit, you know what I mean!
    Wonderful booty, naturally - so many frocks and that fab wall phone. Quilted housecoats, there's a blast from the past - Tania needs one to put over her sexy nightie, so as not to inflame the milkman any further.
    First of the year and Vix's booty is looking GOOD! xxxxxx

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  24. I'm pretty sure I had a quilted housecoat like that when I was a teenager too. That is such a happy colour combo you're wearing! You probably made the day brighter for everyone at the car boot sale. I love rotary dial phones so I would have grabbed the wall mount model for sure.

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  25. Oh I do love a bit of ribbed polo action, you look all sunshiny and beautiful. I'm totally digging your pendant and I just love the green nail polish. Always beautiful Vix. X

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  26. Oooooh you got a bunch of good stuff! These car boots sales sound like thing! I like the mini job you did on that satin dress and I think all the Kinky Melon stock looks like really fun stuff!
    Becky :)

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  27. the weather here has being so bad i haven't gone to any yet. looking at your big haul is giving me a longing. i love your outfit really colourful. your dressing gown is really comfy. it is always a hard decision to cut a long dress but this time it was so right. best of luck at the fair. lucyxx

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  28. WOW! Groovy is right! That outfit is insane! And you look so adorable in the pink housecoat. Nice rescue on that satin dress. Where would we be without our sewing machines?

    We referred to those ribbed turtlenecks as "poor boy sweaters" back in their day; don't know how they got that name. I just know I loved them too.

    And what a HAUL! Kinky Melon will be rockin' for sure at your upcoming shows. Best of luck to you. :)

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  29. I love your bag so very much, and that green dress is far better now you've shortened it. Love that other green maxim dress for your rails too. Xx

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  30. Your pants are super funky I am crazy about them.
    The rotary for £4 AWESOME DEAL!!
    You look lovely in the pink quilted housecoat.
    My fave dresses are the green one you shortened and the green one thats headed to your kinky melon racks. OOOOOO THEY ARE BEAUTIES!

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  31. "Bastard massive, innit?" cracked me UP. Fabulous outfit, as usual. I'm coconuts over that suede waistcoat, SO COOL.

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  32. Yes! Another of my favourite post and finds 'Vix's guide to the galaxy and CAR boot sales' should be a good second choice for the title! Your turtleneck and the groovy printed pants are too great to belong to this world! I love the dresses and your new house coat is lovely!! The green dress with the daisies is very pretty too and it looks much better with the shorter lenght! I'm hypnotized by your beautiful wooden rings , everything is just perfect!
    Lots of love xxxxxxxxx

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  33. That outfit definitely screams 70s! I really love the pants and the bag.

    Sincerely,
    Sabrina

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  34. What a happy, pretty outfit Vix - I love the colour combo and, well, every detail (still crushing on the bag). I never had a chance to do a car boot sale in the UK during my short residency there last year - they look like the prices are way better than the vide greniers here. Great haul! Xoxo

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  35. Those are the grooviest trews ever!
    I'd call you 'Spring summed up in a photo'.
    Z xx

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  36. ah, the perfect spring outfit and a terrific bag to 'boot'.lol!
    Like the frocks and LOVE your phone, I don't know if they would still work here? i need to look into it, though never see them anymore :(

    You always rock my world,Vix!
    Hugs,
    Reva

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  37. Those naughty cats! I love this colour combo - I'm not surprised you got loads of compliments. Those flares are amazing. That mad pendant is great too! Everything is fabulous. It was fate you found that yellow turtle neck! and it looks perfect. I love the colour of your dressing table... did you paint it? And the housecoat looks great... I see you're sporting your Freckleface mug too! xxxx

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  38. As if you'd leave a car boot sale without all the best stuff!
    Don't you just love it when you want something and then it appears? It's so exciting, even when you've had to wait years (like the halter top you couldn't afford first time around).

    I'm itching to get to my first car boot sale of the year this weekend. I'd be happy to come home with one of the things you find.

    That dressing gown is nice enough to wear to the shop - go on, I dare you!

    Lucy x

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  39. O, you are totally firing up all my Mildred and Chrissie fantasisies in this fabuLARSE outfit!!! SUPER SQUEE!
    The colours, the paisley, the POLO!!! The vest, the pendant, the rings!! OMG! And that bag ALWAYS make me want tp PUKE with envy.
    Farling brillant look, this!
    And jaysus, your scores! I adore the bridesmaids frock, the hole was probably from some drunken uncle's willy during a hedge tryst...you've improved upon it wonderfully! the little daisy trim across the boobs is divoon!
    SO pleased you guys haven't lost your car boot sale mojo, I would have fainted if you had!
    Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

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  40. Fabulous combination of colors; you never miss the mark. I love the photo of you in you pink nylon quilted housecoat with cup in hand in front of your delightful vanity.

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  41. Amazing finds! And you look lovely, the colours go so well with the sunny days we've been having! xxx

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  42. Amazing finds! And you look lovely, the colours go so well with the sunny days we've been having! xxx

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  43. You look super cool in your sunnies and those awesome colours. Glad you are back in the car boot groove - what a lovely selection of dresses. Great refashion of the bridesmaid dress and I LOVE the housecoat!

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  44. Jesus, Mary and Joseph! First 1950's frock, now a sweater? What's this world coming too?

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  45. You look sexy, demure and so '70's groovy!
    Lots of great dresses and I love how much nicer the bridesmaid's dress after you give it a trim.

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  46. Love those earrings and I'm going to make a pair like them. Once again, jewelry inspiration via Vix!

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  47. Just what I needed today - you looking like sunshine itself. Don't you just love it when you desire something, and there it is. Ribbed knits are the best and I bet the quality is better than any new turtleneck. Don't knock anyone out with that zebra pendant. Great bridesmaid's dress transformation.

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  48. I always love seeing what you buy. Yes, those colors definitely rock. I'm glad you spotted that turtleneck.

    xx
    maya

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  49. You look fabulous. I love the bell bottoms. I have a very similar nylon quilted housecoat. Everyone thinks it's hideous but I love it.

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  50. How is it possible that your looks are becoming more and more amazing the longer I follow your blog. You could publish a magazine a month - just with your outfits.

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  51. Colour def suits you, I fact I think you and Helga are the colour queens! Love the wall phone, great buys

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  52. I really need to go to a car boot this year. Lovely dresses what a great haul x

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  53. Jealous. You got so many fab finds dear! The phone is amazing i love it!
    Also your outfit is stunning- i like the colour combo and yellow really suits you!
    Have a fab day! xxxx

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  54. What a great haul, lovely dresses.

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  55. I love those skinny roll necks but they really don't suit me at all; yours however looks fab on you :)
    Your revamped bridesmaids dress is incredible, the colour is just glorious!

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  56. The return of the car boots - hooray!!! Lots of goodies for me to drool over every week:). I absolutely adore what you did to the bridesmaid frock, the sleeves are gorgeous and I love the daisy braiding. Your new jewellery and turtleneck are spectacular as are the fab trews. I've always wanted one of those phones - four quid is a bargain innit? xoxoxo

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  57. What a great role model, she looked amazing in that film and now, so do you. I love love love that little waistcoat, it fits you to perfection and goes so well with that jaunty little outfit. You look perfectly authentically 70s glam in that combo and so classy in those glasses. Not surprised they were all shouting out at you!

    Bridesmaid dress eh? Getting in the mood? :D

    First car booty of the season. Congratulations. I might take the plunge this weekend if the weather holds. Exciting!! xxxxx

    xxxx

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  58. FIFTY NINTH!!!!

    Amor - I'm sorry to be so predictable but FUCK ME, this is the best colour combo I've ever seen. The pants THE PANTS THE PAAAANTS!!! Love it all - the and shoes and vest and accessories... everything is perfect.

    And HELLO I'll bet that lime green maxi is a size pygmy... shame as I LOVE it.

    Love you more than THAT WALL MOUNTED PHONE!

    Sarah xxx

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  59. I love these posts, despite the rain falling against my window in Blackpool, you managed to brighten things up. Great outfit and that bag is amazing!xx

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  60. Love your paisley bell-bottoms with the yellow sweater...You look like a psychedellic sunshine magic person...Love your finds at the boot sale xxx

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  61. Hear hear to a long dry sunny summer!! It'd be about time!

    Love the yellow polo neck on you and well done on your canny thinking with the old bridesmaid dress.

    Lx

    www.whatlisawrote.blogspot.co.uk

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  62. How I wish car boots were big over here - I'll just have to stick with estate sales! Love the hung up rotary phone, that brought back memories of the first home phone I remember we ever had!

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  63. Look at you! I love this outfit. That is the perfect yellow sweater. And the green dress is also wonderful.

    I can only imagine a car boot sale would be where people with goods to sell, pull up their cars at a certain meeting spot and set up a booth. Obviously I've never been to one but boy, do they sound like fun. You got some excellent stuff.

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  64. Oh I do love it when the car boots start up again ... I'm on number 8 this year already. You're looking fab as ever and I love that phone ... not so keen on the enema pots though ... at least they don't still have their rubber hoses ... he he!!! M x

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  65. I had a pink dress almost exactly the same as that turquoise bridesmaid dress! It was far too small for me though so has since found a new home!

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  66. I'm using your blog as visual research for a post I want to write about thrifted/vintage style. I love your bold, Earthy, vintage look. I'd strive to pull this off if I wasn't 5'3" ;) maxis drag behind me like a colorful tail...

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  67. those pants! i gasp!

    i believe we get what we *put* out there to the universe. it works for me at least. :)

    you are a vision of loveliness today. xo

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    http://alma-de-deus.blogspot.pt/
    ..look to the members!
    : )

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  69. Vix, You look so groovy baby!
    I love your dress sense and those pink trousers are awesome. I have a 60's waistcoat just like yours. :-)
    You look like a real Bond girl. Beautiful. :-)

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  70. Oh gosh you look way groovy and that giant necklace is tops!! Awesome revamp of the teal dress.

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  71. Fantastic Vix! Love the flares best and yes my mum had one of those housecoat things - in a mink colour! xx

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  72. Yeah I can wait to go to a bootsale, love Spring/ Summer for bootsales :) love your daisy dress fab bargain, also loving your yellow polo neck and trousers, you look great :)

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  73. Gorgeous sunny colour scheme - you look lovely.
    What a fab maxi to mini makeover. Isn't it amazing how a not very exciting dress can change to something great to wear just by altering the lentgh?

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  74. Cosmic ordering a yellow polarneck, and you found one, it must work! I can't wait until the weather gets better here then I'll brave the boot sales xx

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  75. Those pants in paisly...love. Still awed with the stuff you find & those copper earings are beautiful!
    Denise

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  77. Brings back so many memories seeing the paisley pants and vest. You pull off the look amazingly! Love the pink housecoat, I remember mom, grandma and aunts wearing similar ones. Oh, I wish life were simpler like the wall phone. I miss the old days. XXX

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  78. Oh, just when I think one of your outfits are amazing as the rest you go further and stun us once more! Love the colour combination! I particularly like the quilted housecoat, I used to have a blue one when I was little. :-) /Madison xx

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  79. Love the alterations you made to that dress. I love a good car boot, it just seems to rain all the time here and they get cancelled.
    Off to the chazzas today to pick up some clothes for work. : ) xx

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  80. As always you are too cute for words. Love your finds and your solution for the bridesmaid dress. All your colors look so happy, it's a joy just to see them.

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  81. fabulous yellow turtleneck and waistcoat combo, love them and also love your pants print, simply gorgeous!!
    And that satined dress looks so much better after being shortened, cool and sassy!!
    So glad you've purchased all that great frocks!, you're such a talented lady!
    besos & frocks

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  82. Oh my! My mum had a similar house robe only in pale green.While a teenager for some reason I always felt relaxed and protected wearing it while in the house.Since I found your blog and the fine ladies that comment on it getting dressed has become so much more fun.

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  83. how can i make it to one of your markets. i want to be the first at the rack with this pretty white and red dress. want it ;)

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  84. Another great post Vix! I love polo necks and I love yellow so that jumper is a winner all round. And that satin dress is gorgeous, anything with daisies appeals to me and it looks so cute shortened like that. The last dress in your finds for your shop actually looks a lot like a Topshop top I saw online this week and I was thinking how nice it was. My mum had a pink quilted dressing gown just like yours, and a pink satin negligee that she never wore but I used to glide around the house in it pretending to be Ginger Rogers. And I can't wait to get to the big car boot sale here! I've been nagging Pat to take me for weeks but I might just have to bus it in myself. xx

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  85. I just love the nylon dressing gown and the satin dress looks great now you've shortened it!

    I love old telephones and a wall mounted one like the one you found is top of my wish list for when I have a place of my own.

    x

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  86. love your buys! cant wait for my next booty!

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  87. wow the carboot sales near you must be amazing!my local ones not that great, more furniture than clothes :-( love the way you've customised the bridesmaid dress! lovely post, hope you visit back :-)
    recordsetc.blogspot.com
    amy xx

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  88. You definitely have not lost your boot sale touch.... what a great haul!

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  89. Too funny! The thought that you could actually loose your touch! Ha ha, don't think that could ever happen! I think you, and many of the other Blogging Goddesses are the kind that can find the vintage needle in the haystack of a packed store!!;) It must be in the genes.

    My grandmother used to have a house coat like that too, but her's was golden 70's yellow...thanks for that memory. And, is that Bambi I see you standing on-oh my.;)

    Love the outfit! Keep turning those heads Sista!:)

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