Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Thrift Finds and A New Dress

Marie Howitt dress - 1960s vintage // boots - Topshop // necklace - vintage via Oxfam

I picked up this maxi dress just before I went home for Christmas and I just love it, it's quickly become my most favourite piece. I've worn it so many times already, so expect to see it lots!

I wanted to share a little collective haul of all the things I bought when I was home for Christmas. I know I've said this many times, but vintage hunting is so abysmal where I live that it's always a relief to go home and visit all of my favourite haunts. And it didn't let me down, I found so many wonderful things!

I've been after a '70s suede matching suit for quite some time, but they always sell for an absolute fortune. I have many suede vests and suede skirts, but none of them a matching set which is what I truly wanted. I very nearly didn't go into the vintage shop nearest to home as it specialises in pre-1950s and is generally very expensive, so I nearly flipped in my shoes when I spotted this! It's a terrible picture as I couldn't get my camera to cooperate, but it's a wonderful vivid forest green. It fits me so well it felt like fate.

After I bought the suit I was musing what top would go best with it. Most of my tops are block colours and I was pouting that I didn't have anything more psychedelic when in another shop I found this perfect St Michael's pussybow blouse with swirls of pink. It was an absolute steal as it has a little burn hole at the end of the bow (I can imagine it got caught on a cigarette at some point!) but it's barely noticeable against the pattern and doesn't matter to me. Even my mum couldn't help but admire the quality of this blouse, "not like Marks and Spencer nowadays!"

The coat was really quite exciting to me as I've had my eye on it for quite literally years. But it was expensively marked at £45, and I'm fairly certain I'd tried it on before and it didn't fit so I dismissed it. It had since been placed way out of reach hanging from a hook in the ceiling with a bunch of other clothes, so high up I could only touch the hems. I was trying to flick through them as a flash of hot pink and orange had caught my eye, when suddenly the whole lot came down on top of me! The hook in the ceiling had given up, and I was suddenly standing with my arms full of psychedelic clothing and broken lamps at my feet that had been knocked off the shelves. I was mortified! In all my years of vintage shopping I've never had any accidents! I could hear the sales assistant coming up the stairs to see what the crashing was. I was still trying to process what had happened as it was all so sudden, but thankfully the assistant was very kind and thought it funny and told me not to worry about it.

I thought I may as well make the most of having the clothing at easy reach and take a good look, and decided to try the much coveted coat on. And it fit! I couldn't believe it! I felt so guilty about the breakages and so happy it fit, I decided I should treat myself as I'd wanted it so long anyway, only to then be given £10 off at the till. I literally trashed the place and still got a discount, not bad going!

It's definitely a spring/summer coat as it's just lined corduroy, I can't wait until it warms up so I can wear it!

You may have seen me mention in my post about going to York that I'd found a maxi dress in the window of a charity shop. It reminds me almost of a Japanese kimono with it's flared sleeves and cherry blossom-esque pattern, don't you think? It's a little too big so I'll need to make some adjustments before I can wear it.

Other knick knacks purchased from various shops. I love the length of swirly blue crimplene, and I really lucked out with the deadstock. I've wanted a pair of tights like that for years, to finally find them for £1 in the charity shop. The two floral blocks is a pair of tea towels that I just couldn't resist (I may have to create something more interesting with them!) and I'd been needing some pillowcases anyway. The deadstock striped top I'd initially bought purely to sell on as it was such a steal, but after getting it out of the packet I decided it's too perfect and will be keeping it for myself!

I do love a bit of kitchenware, and all of these were picked up for £1 a piece in the charity shop. I'd needed a tea jar so I was particularly pleased with that! The Salter scales were in their original packaging and don't seem to have ever been used. They seem to sell for a small fortune on eBay and the like so I'm very pleased. I especially like them as my mum had a similar set of compact Salter scales when I was growing up, although hers were a rather boring cream colour and more '80s in design.

And the records! I actually bought these when I went to London. I can never resist a trip to the record shop, and managed to pick up these two. Pink Floyd In The Beechwoods is a bootleg record released last year, and has the same Syd era recordings that featured on the Early Years boxset, but as the boxset was CD I like having the option to listen to it on vinyl. And to be honest I can never resist any record with Syd on, even if I already have the tracks!

And can you believe it’s taken me until now to own Yellow Submarine on vinyl?? I’ve never made any secret of the fact it’s my favourite Beatles film and I just adore the soundtrack, but I’ve never found it in the flesh before and I stubbornly refused to buy it off eBay for an inflated price. Finally owning this album actually completes my Beatles studio album collection! How exciting!


  1. You sure did luck out with the thrifting finds! love the suede outfit!! The color is amazing. And that's wonderful you were finally able to complete your Beatles studio album collection :)

    1. I like to think all of my thifting luck adds up throughout the year while I'm away and can't do any!

  2. Hi Sydney, wow your blue dress and suit are absolutely amazing! I'd love to find a suede suit one day. How do you clean suede vintage pieces like that? Do you hand wash them? Xxx

    1. I would never wash it by submerging it in water in any way as that would totally ruin it immediately, it makes the fabric stiff and changes the colour. I know it initially probably sounds a bit gross but you don't wash suede. When you think of it though it doesn't directly touch any of your skin, and you wouldn't wash a suede or leather jacket and it's no different. If it does need spot cleaning I use a little suede cleaner that you can get for shoes or upholstery and then use a suede brush. If I had some awful accident in it I'd take it to a dry cleaner, but generally I prefer to just be careful and plan ahead my day before I decide if it's safe to wear it. Hope that helps :)

  3. I'm so glad that I found your blog because I absolutely love your aesthetic! There's a thrift shop show on telly (always late at night) with Dawn Porter about beautiful vintage finds and you could definitely be on it! x

    1. Ah thank you! ♥ I'll have to keep an eye out for that programme! I usually avoid vintage clothing shows as they're usually about cutting it up which makes me nervous!

  4. what great finds - i'm especially loving the look of the suede suit! and how exciting about your completed Beatles studio album collection! xx


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