Some people consider Jon and I a bit odd when we tell them that our perfect date is to jump into Gilbert, head for the most un-hip, run-down area in the area and raid the chazzas. I reckon the couple that shop together stay together. It'll be 22 years of unwedded bliss in a fortnight's time.
He heads straight to the menswear section whilst I rummage through the ladies wear, we'll meet at the bric-a-brac section and then carefully assess our finds before heading to the till. Just 'cos it's vintage doesn't mean we have to buy it, we're running a business not curating a museum. We know what sells and what looks good on the rails. Anything grey, black or beige has to be exceptional to make the grade. I don't want Kinky's stock to look drab or serious, it doesn't reflect what we're about.
|Wearing my Stones tee as my heart's with Mick today.|
We donate regularly, know the staff by name, pick clothes up off the floor, never ask for a discount or try to get into the stockroom, we have plenty of small change to hand and always bring our own bags. I volunteered in a charity shop for 10 years and know exactly what pisses the management off. Exemplary behaviour pays dividends. Many of our regular shops put the vintage donations aside for us to have first pick.
One of our regular haunts has a new manager who has taken a shine to my dress sense. She approached me today asking if she could have my number and she'd call me if any groovy vintage stock got donated. Result!
Here's today's finds:
Everything from posh 1950s coats and cardis, groovy '70s separates, Spanish souvenir tat, 1960s hand bags, showgirl shorts, tartan and velvet, owls, sexy nightwear to a crazy shopping trolley and another guitar.
The 1960s tapestry coat had a shopping list written in Swedish in the pocket!
I'm tempted with the showgirl shorts and the tapestry shopping trolley, but maybe not worn together. No doubt the guitar will be another addition to Jon's collection (and something else for me to trip over in the bedroom).
|Crochet bell bottoms (£5, Chelsea Girl re-issue, River island sale, 2012), 1960s brushed denim Cowgirl jacket (Sense charity shop), Mongolian lamb scarf (jumble sale), 70's Patchwork bag (Cancer UK), Stones tee shirt (Present from Jon)|
Right, off to wash, clean and polish this lot before tonight's Sewing Bee starts.
See you soon!
See you soon!