Well, it has certainly been a bumper month in the charity shops round here! Think I've gone and spent a good old fortune, good job I am selling unwanted house bits and loft finds on ebay to make the money! This is part two of this month's purchases, part one can be found here.
First up is this cute little Aussie top by Arlunya, I found it in the charity shop I now help out in, and as it is child size (I did try it on but it was way too small for me!) it was 20p. I gave it to a friend for her daughter, who was very pleased with it!
Next, this Wallis size 18 dress was just 50p, again from the shop I help out in. It has a rip along one horizontal seam so I am working on a transformation into a skirt, it is going to need some ribbon to cover the hole!
This was a great find, one of a few of things this month that I have exceeded my usual pound limit on. I strayed into the children's area in a local charity shop and found these ladies Hi Tec sports sandals. They were £3.99 and have no signs of wear. The receipt shows them as boys footwear, and as the shop is one of our more expensive ones, I'm thinking I actually got more of a bargain than I should have!
I was really thrilled with this find, a lovely Lerose dress! My first piece of charity shop vintage in ages, and it fits! Not sure of the exact age but it looks very 60's I think. Again I paid over my usual pound but it was £4.49 and in perfect condition. It actually has gold lurex thread running through it, though you can't really see on the photo. It does have belt loops but there was no belt with it. No idea what would go best, maybe a skinny black patent belt?
I had a bad day when I finally found this Per Una top on the pound rail of the local Cancer Research shop, I bought nothing else, so this top was my little ray of light that day!
I really scored here, Joules for a pound! Fits like a dream too!
I just love this amazing Canadian made sheet, by Wabasso, it is huge, 73 x 100 inches. I paid two pounds for it from the local animal rescue shop, but it is in perfect condition and I knew it wouldn't stay on the rail for long. The lady in the shop oohed and ahhed over it when I took it to the till. It is already undergoing a transformation...
Next, a bag! I paid 50p for this and found out it is an Hawaiian brand, Dakine. I did need to replace a couple of zip pulls and I've also put a zip fastening on to it as it was just a flap over, which I don't like, but this is now my new summer bag!
As I'm getting into dressmaking now, I just couldn't resist these two patterns to add to my collection. They are both around 2002, and both have a retro feel. Neither have been used, they were both still factory folded when I got my mitts on them. Both were a pound from one of the pricier shops, so I was rather pleased. I thought the green dress on the right hand pattern was rather Curtise with those little angel wing sleeves!
Same shop, and just inside the doorway they thought was a good place for a fabric rummage box! They could have put it at the back of the shop with the 1980's Sanderson furnishing fabric they are trying to flog for £75 (yes, you did read that right!) but no, on the floor in the doorway. So I crouched next to it and had a good old mooch, and came away with four rather useful scraps for my stash. Four scraps FOR A POUND!! 25p per scrap!! The smallest piece is the lovely thick green felt and there's half a metre of that. The other fabrics are all more than a metre square. The piece of silky coffee colour fabric is actually 36" x 88". Can you see the stamp on it? I can't make out what it says.
That needlecord is a much nicer colour in real life and the mid weight satin at bottom right is actually black.
Crikey, that's over £24 I've spent this month!
A friend came over this morning and I managed to offload some of my spare clothes and recent chazza mistakes too, so I have freed up some space in the spare room, yay!
Right, must hunt out that elderflower champagne recipe, I'm off foraging tomorrow morning, last year's supply is nearly finished and I need to replenish stocks!
One last thing, if you are one of the few people left on the planet who are not familiar with the gorgeous Vix of Vintage Vixen, have a look at her blog, and then scoot on over to here and cast a vote for her before midnight tonight(May 31st). She deserves to win Vintage Personality of the Year!