Thursday, 9 November 2017

People say nothing is impossible, but I do nothing every day

Over the weekend I traveled for an hour and a half to visit a little town I hadn't visited in over a year because of that distance. I was mostly excited to visit the secondhand record shop, there aren't any where I live and so it's been a little while since I've seriously tried to buy vinyl in person. I've recently fallen into the trap of buying it online which bothers me because playing the long game and digging through crates is my passion. When you discover that record you've been hunting for for years unexpectedly, it makes it mean so much more to you and can't even compare to the instant gratification of eBay. Most of my vinyl collection has taken me on travels all over (as you can see by my archives!), and so many discs have fond memories attached to them for where and when I finally found it. And more to the point most of my collection has cost me only £1-£5 each!

I never really thought anything of the fact I hadn't been to a record store for a couple of months until I was standing in one thinking to myself "What the f*** has happened???" Most of the store had been taken over by new repressings, which I have a very deep hatred for (it's digital music pressed onto vinyl, it's faux analogue. If you want to to listen to old music on vinyl then listen to it how it was originally released. Music producers in the '60s and '70s knew what they were doing, they made these albums successful in the first place and don't need someone to come along now to "improve" it!) How can a record store advertise itself as secondhand when 80% of the stock is brand new??

Initially I was quite happy with the vinyl resurgence when it began. Record stores were finding it impossible to stay open, and with them the vinyl community was disappearing. Now there's a huge market for it, but it's begun going too far in the opposite direction. If it's not repressings taking over, it's unscrupulous dealers trying to sell completely wrecked discs that can't even be played for £50+ just because it bares the name of popular band like Led Zeppelin. I know I sound like the moany old woman that truly I am, but I'm sick of sellers taking the piss. Keep your repressings to a minimum in a secondhand record store, and stop trying to pass off poor quality as something valuable. All it does is rip off kids who don't know better instead of teaching them to fall in love with the hobby, and looks dishonest and untrustworthy to those of us who are experienced enough to know better.

Rants aside now I've got that off my chest, I did at least manage to get a few nice bits from the charity shops while I was there! The charity shops where I live are shoddy, I think I've bought a grand total of about 3 things in the 2 years I've lived here, so I'm always eager to check the charity shops as soon as I go any place else. My very first find was this pink dress which I'd admired in Topshop over a year ago, but turned my nose up at the ridiculous price tag. I got it for a grand total of £5, with it's ridiculous £48 price tag still attached! I really love the art nouveau pattern, it'll blend seamlessly into my vintage wardrobe.

I also picked up the black velvet kaftan, not vintage but by a brand called Nomads which I used to wear a lot when I was a teenager from the local hippy shops. The label gives me a warm feeling of nostalgia, and I thought it'd look nice thrown on over a vintage maxi skirt for more a simple outfit.

And the knick knacks! Sticking with the theme of nostalgia, the blue and gold oil lamp reminded me of the sun, moon and stars motifs that were so popular in the '90s. I was only little and thought it the height of sophistication at the time, so I'll always have a soft spot for it. I've always loved Winnie The Pooh, especially the classic designs as EH Shepard is one of my favourite illustrators, and so couldn't resist this Pooh Bear candle stick which will actually come in useful as I love candles. I always think Winnie The Pooh is so underrated, unfortunately it's been entirely taken over by Disney but AA Milne's original books are so witty and inspiring. If you've never read them but enjoy the works of Tove Jansson or Lewis Carroll I really recommend them, they're so much more than 'for kids' and are quite deep.

I quickly swiped up this cushion as soon as I saw it, I have the matching throw and thought it'd make a great set for a room, you can see them side by side here. And I love the illustration on this vintage pattern so had to add it to my stash.

No records, but a lucky day out none the less! And I've since found out there's a record fair on next week, so hopefully luck will be with me there instead.

I'll leave you with this fab TV set I saw on my travels, how I'd of loved to take it home with me! Out of curiousity, if anyone knows whether it's possible to make an old TV like this work I'd be very interested. I know you can get analogue to digital converters and freeview boxes, but I don't know if they would work on a TV of this age? I've tried Googling, but it was mostly full of people gutting them and repurposing them into drinks cabinets, which really isn't my vibe.


  1. I hear what you're saying about buying online taking a lot of the joy out of collecting. There's little to beat discovering that special thing (garment, record, book) all by yourself.
    Love your dress and kaftan and the pattern is fab - Le-roy had the best sleeve illustrations.
    I just asked Jon about your TV conundrum. To use a vintage TV your Freeview box has to have an aerial connection and not a scart connection. Not sure if that means anything to you, it went over my head! xxx

    1. People don't seem to want to take time to collect things anymore which is a bit sad I think, things mean more when you've worked and waited for them.
      Thank you! And thank Jon for me too, that makes perfect sense to me!

  2. RE: TV. You'd need an aerial to scart converter. Amazon sells one for under £3 (can't vouch for the quality). The TV looks fantastic - very Jetsons.

  3. I definitely prefer scouring thrift shops for items than buying online. It's so much more exciting to find things that way, and I feel like it gives the item more meaning! That TV is so cool!

    1. I agree! I know you can find more of what you want a lot easier online, but it's so much more fun having memories attached to things of where and when you found it.


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