eBay parcels wrapped, Wii Fit workout done and nothing pressing on our to-do list, on Tuesday we headed to our favourite Black Country town for a charity shop fix.
We managed to find something in almost every shop we visited but, engrossed in a rail of dresses in the final one, I overheard Jon telling Jane, our favourite volunteer, that his year had just been made. Nestled in the 50p album crate, amongst the Jim Reeves, Val Doonican and K-Tel country and western compilations, he'd only gone and found himself a copy of The Clash's iconic double-album London Calling in unplayed condition. To further add to the excitement he discovered tintom etched on the dead wax (the bit between the grooves and the label), meaning it was the first pressing.
Those prices are insane!! Not that it's going anywhere. It's Jon's birthday tomorrow, he couldn't have bought himself a better present.
In addition to his rare vinyl, we found a few bits for the Kinky Shed: a 1960s casual jacket; a 1970s fake fur; a 1980s oversized applique tunic; a 1960s lurex hobble skirt; a 1970s Bermonda Trend fedora; a 1980s silk Mickey Mouse waistcoat; a hand-embroidered FabIndia camisole in organic cotton; a 1980s leather jacket; a cotton and crochet trimmed skirt by East; a Punjabi brocade and velvet-trimmed coat; a 1980s Indian cotton & linen applique blouse; a 1960s zip-up jacket and a Hawaiian shirt
I treated myself to these Babyliss tongs (PAT tested, never used) and these chunky wooden beads (originally Freedom @Topshop).
A proper antique! I couldn't resist this solid brass hot water jug in the Lizard pattern, made between 1890 and 1910. Stamped JS & S (which stands for Joseph Sankey & Sons), these lizard pattern jugs came in three sizes, 3, 4 and 5, mine is stamped 4 and stands 10" tall.
Joseph Sankey and Sons were a Black Country institution. Although my jug is of the Arts & Crafts aesthetic, it's in the style of rather than the real thing as these jugs were produced in their thousands and proper Arts and Crafts design is unique and handmade. It's still a gorgeous bit of Black Country history though and a bargain at £9.95!