I was starting to get rather cynical. Starting to think that in London, Vintage had to cost, and even in charity shops there was someone behind the scenes sorting the M&S pullies from the St Michaels knits. For the record, I will happily buy second-hand (as in last year's M&S) as an environmental and thrifty choice: I think those who attend charity shops simply for vintage, and smirk at me as if I lack discernment, are missing a trick themselves. A £2 Topshop Maxi with beads and platforms hits the 70s spot without months of hunting for a 70s one which may need repairs: re-used, recycled, and Gokked up to the max. But I do so miss the days when I picked up wonderful 60s faux-furs for a fiver and flares for fifty pee. Nowadays my usual source of a true bargain is ebay, and I go charity shopping for repro, things to 'style' vintage or with a wad in my pocket, willing to pay that bit more for genuine items. 'Tis now the way in London.
I popped out, with a crisp £20 in my purse and the tail end of a killer cold- just one bus-stop on from my usual charity shop high street. I was just a bit stir-crazy after my cold bug and wanted to pop out to buy the new Barry M instant effects nail varnish. £2.99: bought it, took a few steps towards the bus. Time to go home? We...elll, maybe just a bit of a browse, they come along every 10 minutes:
|Owl cushion: £3 Tiger|
It was just a warm-up though, and, being an owl he brought me wisdom. The wise owl said: 'Gooo to Cancer Research... Gooo'
|Aw, clip-on-monkey's holding her hand|
Aaanyways, back to the dress. I think it's a bridesmaid dress, or at the very least evening. It's got a washing label, but no brand label: it says to handwash it and the 'hand' symbol looks 70s (logical considering the fact it's an uber 70s dress). It's thick crimplene and that wonderful toothpaste-blue that reminds me of my early childhood. Empire-cut with a wide waistband, leg-o-mutton sleeves and a really rather racy neckline:
|See that split? Ooh la la! Clip-on-monkey likes a foxy dresser!|
I also snagged a modern Miss Selfridge blouse for £3. The ditsy print and cute gypsy style could be styled Kawaii, 60s/70s with flares or a maxi, or even tucked into a circle skirt or overalls for a 50s gypsy look. Tres versatile!
|Not an amazing pic: it has pockets and some interesting panel work,|
giving a 'folksy' look.
|A better view of the print and cute little pockets|
|All three books: £3|
Wishing you all a bargainious weekend!
* Any fule know this is how yu spell fule. I lernt it at St Custard's skool.