Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Car Boot Finds & Tales of Weirdness




We're all packed and ready for Camper Calling. It's our eighth festival of the season and we're finally into the swing of things, I've even had time to dig out some crazy 1980s fashion just in case anyone wants to dress in vintage-appropriate gear when ABC headline on Saturday night (which'll probably just be me).


In between basking in the sunshine, pottering around the garden, reading like a woman possessed (I reckon I'm solar powered) and watching Ripper Street I've done a bit of sewing, too. I've made a bias cut maxi skirt from a pair of 1950s curtains and another gypsy top, this time from a pair of Indian silk hippy pants. As we don't have to leave for the festival until tomorrow lunchtime we squeezed in another visit to the mid-week car boot sale.


This 1960s vinyl bag and blingy brooch were our first finds.

From left to right: 1960s St Michael mac, 1970s Keynote mac and 1980s military style belted raincoat.
The lady selling these vintage macs and the coat and jacket below was thrilled that we'd bought them. She'd been taking them to car boot sales for months without a sniff of interest. Why? They're in great condition and weren't expensive, it's just that the majority of car booters just don't "get" vintage clothes.

1960s Dereta wool coat & Eastex wool jacket


The lady I bought the vintage maxi dresses from last week had saved me a couple more. The lilac dress with the attached chiffon capelet looks like something nicked out of Yootha Joyce's wardrobe.

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This 1970s cotton dress is a stunner.


 I hadn't noticed the label until I got home. I'm in great company as Curtise also owns a Katya of Sweden maxi (see HERE).


I couldn't resist this 1960s pattern for a "Mod Military Cape".



We've sold out of vintage flat caps (blame Peaky Blinders) so we were happy to pick up these English-made beauties.


I found these beaded chokers on a house clearance stall. They've got a fair bit of age to them and have a Native American look to them. I was amazed when the lady selling them only wanted 20p each.


The succulents were 3 for £1 (so I bought them all) and the garden sieve was 50p. I couldn't wait to get home, line the sieve with plastic and get them planted.


Earlier this year I made the mistake of buying a trowel from Poundland. It lasted all of 2 days before it bent in half. These vintage long handled tools were £1 for the pair and are a lot more attractive than my wonky Charlie Dimmock cheapo tat held together with duct tape. 


I found this Spanish souvenir pourer and winking corkscrew/bottle opening in the bottom of a suitcase and was squealing with excitement at how wonderfully kitsch they were. The stallholder must have thought I was a bit mad and told me I could have them for nothing. 


What home doesn't need a winking corkscrew?


We had post from Saz & Andy today, a book telling of the mysterious goings-on in and around Todmorden with tales of witches, satanism, vampires, hauntings and grisly murders not to mention alien abductions and sightings of UFOs. What have Lynn and Philip got us into?


Watching a TV show about baking cakes or reading about The High Priestess of the Hermetic Order of the Silver Blade Coven of Witches, there's no competition, is there?


See you next week!

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  1. OMG! There's a whole book about that places? That creepy murder did involve aliens!

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    1. It really is a mad place, so many weird goings on and freaky happenings! x

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  2. That purple chiffon dress must look amazing on you with your dark hair and blue eyes.

    The red white and blue coats are a brilliant find. At the perfect time of the year.

    Your house is so colourful. I love it!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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    1. Ha! Don't tempt me to try it on. xxx

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  3. Wow you found some great things! By the way, I just watched the first season of Peaky Blinders and I love it! :)

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    1. It's such a great show - and they talk like I do, too! x

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  4. Tomorden's getting more interesting by the minute!! And, it's just as well some of us "get" vintage isn't it? I love the curtains behind you - are they patchwork? Like the couch? Your home is so vibrantly warm and colourful - just like you! I'm so pleased to have caught up with your blogs - for now! - and this one fresh off the press! xx

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    1. Hello Elizabeth - yes, the curtains are patchwork as is the chaise, both made by me! I couldn't decide what colour I wanted so I had all of them! xxx

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  5. I have such a soft spot for 80s fashion and I have to say I'm in love with all those sparkly 80's items!

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    1. Me, too! I love the crazy evening wear of the 1980s! xxx

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  6. Lots of great finds! I think I wore that dress from the 1980s in the lower right hand corner. Likely I would have been all of 19 :)

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    1. Wouldn't it be funny if that dress was once yours? xxx

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  7. The "vintage" lovers are all over the thrift stores and "garage" or "yard" sales or flea markets (what we call car boot sales in the US) in California. Seriously, when I was selling all my vintage treasures out of my house when I left California there were almost fist fights over some of the stuff.

    I had no idea the British were just as into UFOs and space visitors as us Yanks either. Anything like sasquatch or skinwalkers roaming about over there too?

    The 80's are supposedly coming back this Fall/Winter fashion season, complete with shoulder pads, gigantic hairdos & warpaint.

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    1. We live in the area that time forgot, Bibi! Vintage dresses can hang around in charity shops for weeks without a sniff of interest. It's a great place for finding bargains but absolutely rubbish for selling it. xxx

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  8. Hi Vix,
    Great finds, I especially love the beaded chokers.
    I've always read book after book, and now I'm finding that I really enjoy reading over television.
    Enjoy you 8th festival, looking forward to hearing about it. Xxx

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    1. Hi Jess! I do love getting lost in a good book, TV can be so mindless.
      Those beads are hanging up in my bedroom waiting for the right outfit to be created. xxx

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  9. That book must be a riveting read! And what great finds! I'm loving the kitschy souvenirs, and I can indeed see Yootha Joyce wearing that lilac dress. Those succulents look very pretty planted in that sieve, and nothing can beat vintage garden tools. Wishing you a great time and a good trade at Camper Calling. If I'd be there you wouldn't be the only one watching ABC play. Have great memories of their "Lexicon of Love" album, which I've still got on vinyl somewhere. xxx

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    1. Car booting is great at the moment, it must be because everyone's still on their holidays. I got so much on Bank Holiday Monday I'll be washing it for days!!
      Did you know that ABC have just released Lexicon of Love Part 2? I'll be buying that! xxx

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  10. Haha I guess you are as hooked on Todmorden as we are then. We'll have to do the Rochdale tour next time, there's a few murky tales there and we can always revive ourselves in Spoons after. That has it's own tales to tell.
    How I'd Iove to float around the house in that Yootha number. Enjoy yourselvex. Lots of love from us two xxx

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  11. Haha I guess you are as hooked on Todmorden as we are then. We'll have to do the Rochdale tour next time, there's a few murky tales there and we can always revive ourselves in Spoons after. That has it's own tales to tell.
    How I'd Iove to float around the house in that Yootha number. Enjoy yourselvex. Lots of love from us two xxx

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    1. Spooky stories and a trip to Spoons? You're on! xxx

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  12. You and Jon could be the British equivalent of Mulder and Scully! I'd watch that show...

    Do you want me to look out for anything like flat caps in my local chazzas for you? I've seen a few pieces lately that I thought, "Ooh, Vix might like or sell that" and then wasn't sure if it would be presumptuous to buy it. (I wouldn't want paying for the stuff; you've sold me enough Mim-size vintage at good prices that I'd see it as returning the favour!)

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    1. You absolute angel, that would be brilliant if you come across anything! I'll pay you back in Mim-sized vintage! xxx

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    2. Well, the way I see it, I could carry on spending £40-£50 per dress on Etsy (and getting annoyed when so few of them fit) OR I could buy stuff for you/KM, buy a dress from you (the Horrockses and the Global are two of my favourites now and THEY FIT) and still save money. It's a bit of a no-brainer really.

      The gods of chazzas are smiling on me right now; I've found a 70s floral maxi (really cute; I don't think it's bright enough for you though I bet it'll sell) and a striped 1970s St Michael lady's shirt (you said vinage St Michael goes like hotcakes.) If you're at Judy's next time it's in Bath, I'll bring it along. Plus anything else I find.

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    3. You are ace, thank you! The dresses my friends find me often sell more quickly than the ones I find - Jon complains that my taste's a bit out there for normal people!
      I'm on the look out for some quality velvet for you! xxx

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  13. Brilliant finds Vix! And I look forward to seeing a cape sewn by your fair hands. I was obsessed with ghost stories and aliens when I was younger. I should find out if there are any weird local tales in the Rhondda. Have fun at the festival xx

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    1. I bet there's loads of ghostly goings-on in Rhondda. I rather fancied one of the late night spooky walks they run at Margam Castle, would that be fun?
      I'm on the look out for a super groovy blanket to make up that cape. xxx

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  14. Ha! I've read that book! I did get a bit obsessed with the Adamaski case at one point. In fact all through the Eighties my reading matter was witchcraft/UFO/ghost/odd deaths based....no change there then really!
    Fab haul, love the Yootha frock and the beaded chokers. I'd have defo snapped those coats up too.
    Have a ton of fun at Camper.
    Loves ya!
    xxxx

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    1. Have you? It was written by Saz and Andy's band mate, what a freaky coincidence!!
      xxx

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  15. You can't beat a good ghost story. I love, love, love the brooch!! If it doesn't sell this weekend I'll gladly take it of your hands :)

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    1. The spontaneous human combustion story had me rivetted.
      That brooch has your name on it, it's safe. xxx

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  16. That corkscrew!! I would have been squealing with excitement about that too! I was just thinking about Curtise a couple of days ago, please let her know I miss her :)

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    1. We all miss Curtise but don't worry, she'll be back.
      I keep looking at that corkscrew, Jon thinks I'm deranged. xxx

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  17. I love the colours in your curtain maxi, and it looks splendid with your new silk gypsy top. I would have been excited about the Spanish bull souvenirs too, however, I would have loved to have snagged that Swedish Maxi dress. Happy Festing!

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    1. Thanks, Shelley! I want to keep all the maxis I find, I haven't tried either of them on yet, aren't I good? xxx

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  18. That reading wins hands down - sounds fascinating. You can't beat getting lost in an unputdownable (is this a word?) book. Great tools, they don't make them as sturdy as that anymore! xxx

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    1. I read it in one go, I couldn't put it down!
      I've got a thing about rusty tools, I blame American Pickers. xxx

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  19. that vix-made green ensemble is absolutely fabulous!!! and i would kill for the ex-curtain that went into the skirt!!!!!
    seeing the first pic i thought at first that you had found the costume trunk from "denver clan" :-)
    wonderful stuff from the sales!
    xxxxx

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    1. I was a bit scared to cut those curtains up as they were so pretty, Beate. I'm so glad I didn't mess up the pattern! xxx

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  20. Amazing car boot finds (love the vintage handbag, the two dresses, and the macs!). plus yes, old tools are way better quality than cheap new ones (we have som 'inherited' tools - they are brilliant).
    Loving the book too - fascinating

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    1. Maria, those tools are a joy to use, I don't know what possessed me to buy a trowel from Poundland, I won't be so impatient next time! xxx

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  21. Since I read your post on gypsy tops I've seen nothing else! I inherited a long handled trowel with the house and it is brilliant, so useful!

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    1. I know, usually with a grubby off-white bra peeking out underneath!!
      I'm loving those long handled garden implements, so much more comfy than getting on my hands and knees to weed the cracks in the pavers. xxx

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  22. May I do a ride along on your next festival? I would be a good helper!

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    1. You'd be most welcome, Sam! xxx

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  23. What about a television show featuring a coven of witches that keep winning baking competitions by conjuring and having an animate Victoria sponge acting as their familiar causing other contestant's bakes to fail? Yeah, it has been a long day-ignore me.

    Only you could turn a pair of curtains into an elegant maxi skirt that looks like something from the pages of a glossy,and make a matching top as well.

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    1. Now that sounds like something I'd watch!
      Those curtains are probably something dead posh and worth loads of money, I usually discover a fancy label after I've set the scissors on something! xxx

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  24. M.R. James is my bedside reading for nights when the wind goes "whoooo". His heroes wear starched collars, and one suspects his haints use blueing in their winding sheets. That long gown with the neckline trim that runs down the front seam (top left in the montage) would be just the thing for dressing for a candlelight dinner at home. (One does not read M.R. James wearing jeans.)

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    1. Beth, I don't think I've read any MR James, I've just Googled him and I'll be tracking some of his stuff down. Anything taht requires dressing up for a cracking good read sounds like fun. xxx

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  25. Hi vix! In case you'll attend ABC's gig, let me know how it was. Who doesn't love The Look of Love? :) I wish you and Jon a marvelous weekend. xxx

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    1. Hello, dear A-M! Wait till you read my next blog post! xxx

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  26. Speak of Yootha and she shall appear two posts later - yay! Love her, I will watch George and Mildred again and again and never get bored :)

    Love, love, love the curtain that gave its life for your skirt!

    xxx

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    1. I knew you loved Yootha as much as I did! Looking forward to that post! xxx

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  27. Lovely Swedish dress. Isn't it fun doing a bit of gardening budget style! I adore the little brooch, it's so sweet - would look great on a black something or made into a choker with black ribbon:D
    Betty x

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    1. Now that's a great idea with the brooch! The Swedish dress is made from the most wonderful quality cotton, it must have cost a bomb back in the day! xxx

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  28. Ohhhh nice finds, especially the wonky corkscrew!

    I once found a cassette tape in my friend's brother's things after he'd gone on to uni. It had Yaz on one side and ABC on the other. I loved both sides and played them until they'd play no more. Enjoy the show, you lucky lady!

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    1. Yaz! I loved The Only Way Is Up!! xxx

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  29. Ha, you blogger/instagrammer cliche with your succulents!!!! They are pretty cool!!! I am glad you managed to get some brilliant items here for your sales! Good luck at the weekend!xx

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    1. I know! I Googles "ideas for planting succulents" and got bombarded with images of pseudo hippies living in Californian ranches! xxx

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  30. Bloody hell....Keynote! I'd forgotten about them, what a blast from the past.
    The Swedish frock is a stunnner, I love the neckline and you can't go wrong with succulents, tough as old boots. Hope the festival goes well. X

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    1. Littlewoods, wasn't it? Mum used to drag me in there every Saturday! xxx

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  31. It never ceases to amaze me what you can find around here and why other people have walked past , Its a good job you have an outlet for your great finds as like you have said before you cant sell it around here lol xxx

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    1. I know, one man's meat and all that! It does amaze me that someone wouldn't want a pure wool coat made by a posh English label - even if it only for walking the dog. xxx

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  32. Really cool finds! Love that brooch. And the maxi and top reincarnated from 50s
    curtains and a pair of hippie pants is brilliant. I love repurposing. So fun :)

    Theresa

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    1. Thanks Theresa! I love man=king something out of nothing, too! xxx

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  33. You got some fab bargains at the car boot sale, Vix! I absolutely love the 70s maxi dress from Sweden. I'm not a fan of 80s fashions but some of the dresses you included were amazing.

    Loved your succulents - they are so easy to grow. I've had one that has died and come back several times. Yours look lovely in the sieve.

    I love your maxi skirt and gypsy top and as for your patchwork curtains and chaise longue....gorgeous.

    Good luck with the festival

    xxxx

    Veronica
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    1. Hello Vronni! I'm not a fan of everyday 1980s fashion but I do love the crazy evening wear, it seemed to be the last decade when women bothered to dress to the nines when they went out.
      I'm glad you reckon that succulents are indestructible, I've got a badly neglected one and I'm hoping I can resurrect it! xxx

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  34. Oh this green on green outfit is a dream! Such a beautiful combination of dots! Love your patchwork curtains and admire the last photo. I just bought Indian sari fabric patchwork curtain for our living room! Of course, I thought of you immediately. Which I often do anyway. :)
    Love your vintage lifestyle! It's most enchanting.
    And how I miss Curtise!!!

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    1. I love sari fabric as a home furnishing, it makes for a wonderfully dramatic tablecloth when you're cooking up an Indian feast - something you and I are both very partial to! xxx

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  35. I can't think of anything else until I tell you how much I love that Katya dress. What a beauty. Are you going to model it for us or are you exercising your cast iron will and giving it to Kinky M? I had a Vivien Smith 80s evening dress which was lovely but there's only so many posh frocks you can keep, well with this lifestyle anyway!! :) Your car boot treasures are pretty amazing, the red and blue macs are great and what about that cape pattern?! Right, better get myself together, I'm off to a night shift in a bit. Take care xxxx

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    1. I'll whizz Katja's details over when I can. It's a beauty but I'm being very good and you're first in line! xxx

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  36. Love your new me-mades Vix! I reckon I'll have to start getting you to make my stuff as well - I never seem to have the time at the moment x

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    1. It's a great way of switching off from my manic festival brain. I've got 10 days off so that sewing machine's gonna get a serious hammering! xxx

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  37. Such terrific finds - the coats in particular really caught my eye. You guys really pick up some of the most appealing, enjoyable yesteryear fashions around.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    *PS* I 100% agree with your comment above regarding the 1980s being the last time that we saw women (and to a degree, men, too) really dress to the nines on a regular basis. I think it's a big part of the reason why I adore that decades and its styles (though I rarely sport such myself) so very much. The fact that I was born in '84 doesn't hurt either. :)

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    1. The decade we were born in is often the one we love the most - hence my love of the late 1960s. 1980s fashion is definitely "out there" but it's the last decade before sweat shop fashion so the quality is often wonderful. xxx

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  38. 'I'm solar powered' - I like that :)

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    1. Me and the tortoise, we both are! xxx

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  39. Katja of Sweden and some 80's. Nothing can go wrong!

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    1. My first Katja find and hopefully not my last! xxx

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  40. Wonderful selection of clothes. I was around in the 80's so am still amazed that it ow counts as vintage. Oh well, I guess I must be too. That is a fabulous top. I love your maxi skirt with it. That blingy brooch is beautiful. It would go with your skirt. Witches definitely beat cakes every time but it was a close call. Xx

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    1. That sounds like a Harry Hill moment - witches or cakes, cakes or witches, there's only one way to find out...fight! xxx

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  41. Do people actually buy that eighties stuff? I don't get it. xxx

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    1. Don't go near a music festival, there's so many bumbags, shell suits, baseball caps, high waisted jeans, crop tops and metallic fabrics you'll have a dizzy fit. xxx

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