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Sunday, 20 February 2011

Vintage Vixens

I received a text a while back from Mrs Z asking me if I fancied accompanying her to a vintage clothes and accessories sale that was taking place locally, does the Devil wear Prada?!


We hatched a plan to get there for opening as we wanted to bag the best stuff but to our slight dismay there was already a queue when we arrived.  We paid our £2.50 entry fee, Jack Dee's words 'I can get into Harrods for free!' ringing in our ears and made our way into the civic hall.
We decided to do a tactical circuit of the stalls and scope out the ones we really wanted to nose around, there was lots to see...
...millinery...
 ...dresses...
 ...haberdashery...
 ...bags...
 ...jewellery...
 ...Mod phones?! (for those all important calls to Paul Weller)...
 ...'luxury' luggage...
 ...hat pins...
 ...homewares...
 ...brooches...
 ...tops...
...jackets...
 ...and shoes.


Once we had done our circuit we started making some purchases.  Mrs Z got a couple of beaded necklaces, one with lovely cream deco-style beads and the other we nicknamed the pear as it had some cute diddy pale green pear shaped beads hanging down.  She also bought an umbrella brooch in, what we initially suspected to be, Bakelite but now we're not so sure as the stall holder told us it was only thirty-odd years old.  She was interested in some granny square crochet blankets but we decided they were a bit pricey.


As we initially walked through the doors Mrs Z had spotted a beautiful pink 50s dress with a full petticoat suspended from the ceiling, when she inquired as to the price the buxom stallholder looked her up and down and said 'oh it is quite small', talk about the pot calling the kettle fat, Mrs Z is quite small and was quite rightly insulted, we decided to boycott the stall altogether.  Sales lesson one, if you want people to buy stuff don't insult them! 


Anyway, my purchases were as follows
a scarf clip in tribute to Jack and Vera Duckworth
a hat pin for £1!...
...a bumper bag of buttons for £2.50 and some Mod roundel buttons...
...a bunny girl ornament...


...and my piece de resistance, this beautiful kimono that I actually haggled for with purse-pleasing results.


I was a little saddened to see quite a lot of fox furs for sale, 
Mrs Z and I should have been the only vintage vixens at the civic hall today.


All in all we had a great time and can't wait for the next one where we can rummage through the old and, in some cases, not so old stuff, perhaps get insulted by the odd stall holder, haggle with others and hopefully come home with some great items that nobody else will have.

1 comment:

  1. That is a jolly good haul!

    I love that duck brooch!

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