The temperatures have plummeted, it's dark when I get up in the morning and there's spiders as big as my head roaming the house. Time to face the truth, summer's finally over, my hemlines are rising and the tights are out.
|WEARING: 1960s Tricel mini dress (made by me using a 1960s dressmaking pattern), 1960s leather trench coat (courtesy of much-missed blogger, Sarah Jane), breastplate (Topshop via charity shop), cobalt blue tights (charity shop), gold leather boots (Topshop's January sale)|
Do you ever get that funny feeling, the one where you urgently need to visit a particular town even though you know that the charity shops aren't up to much? That was me this morning. I had fully intended to crack on with the stock mending/up-cycling pile I'd started yesterday after we'd unloaded the van.....ten items down, fifteen to go (hence the lack of blog reading & commenting action) ....but I had to visit that particular Black Country town.
As soon as we walked into the first shop I knew why.
|WEARING: Vintage silk Treacy Lowe midi dress (Present from a friend who found it in a charity shop), Rust trilby (£4, M&S January clearance sale), Indian tribal belt (originally Topshop, gift from Kelly)|
I've wanted to wear this 1970s gossamer light, silk midi dress by Treacy Lowe for a while but I'd decided that only green boots would work and had left it hanging forlornly on the outside of my wardrobe while I pondered on a suitable alternative I already owned. But lo and behold, there they were, the green boots of my dreams.
Not just any green boots, these are the olive clog boots with a chunky cable knit lining that I'd fallen in love with in TopShop way back in 2010 but couldn't justify the £80 price tag. Fast forward seven years and there they were, unworn, a perfect fit (despite being a UK 6) and just £4.99.....it just goes to show that if you wait long enough the thing you love will always turn up in a charity shop.
It wasn't a one-sided trip either, we snaffled a few choice pieces of vintage for the Kinky rails.
In other news Bethnal Green was a fantastic beginning to our Autumn fair season, well worth the agony of the 3.30 am start. It was lovely to see my friends Fay & Ruth again as well as meeting some lovely ladies who follow my blog.
A sure sign of a busy day is a lack of photos and this was the only one. The first outing for that £4.99 Frank Usher maxi dress I found in a charity shop over the summer.
We'll be trading with Judy's again this Saturday, in Chester, where my Grandma & her family came from. Details HERE.