Getting into the spirit of it; Happy Halloween!

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VINTAGE HAT £2.00

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BOOTS £15.00

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BOOTS £15 BAG £4.00

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VINTAGE BEADED DRESS £20

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VINTAGE LEATHER JACKET £10

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VINTAGE RAIL

Since it’s All Hallows Eve I thought that I would go and have a look in the charity shops (with spider sequins on face) to see what was going on. There was a really exciting feeling and lots of people out and about looking for last minute fancy dress costumes. All of the charity shops had decorated in the spirit of it too!

The charity shops are a great place to pick up pieces for fancy dress, all you need is a bit of imagination (or a photo of what you want to look like). There were lots of black Gothic dresses, shirts, masks and other interesting bits that could be a good way of creating an outfit on the cheap.

On my search today I found a great charity shop in Basingstoke called Sue Ryder. I found some amazing vintage pieces. The sequin dress above was actually priced at £20 but if you look at how unusual it is and how well made it is you would know it was worth it, the same dress in Camden would probably set you back 60-80 quid or more…

Look at the cowboy boots… They were £15 but they were proper vintage ones from the USA (them cowboys know how to make boots). These boots are now becoming harder to come by as there are more people looking in second hand shops now, so if you find some, snatch them!

Pink shoes for the school disco

I found some shoes like a pair that I used to wear for a school disco. I did love a bit of glitter when I was little, still do! So I went to do a bit of charity shop shopping and I found these shoes in The British Heart Foundation. I think they have a touch of the spice girls about them. Retro and glittery…

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Bag £2.00

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Bag £1.50

I don’t know why but this bag seemed to catch my eye. Maybe the recurring sports trends are on my mind. I was thinking jeans and heels with this to carry my gear for a weekend away. I love to mix up my looks, this would give a dressed up look a funky edge.

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I love this vintage knitted turban. It’s unusual and was only £1.00. I rest my case!

Tartan trousers-friend or foe?

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I always try to be experimental with my clothes. I went to a very good friends birthday celebration last night. I wore these tartan trousers that I found in a charity shop in Hampshire. They cost £2.50 and I love them, I like to stand out when I go out and these particular trousers seemed to grab peoples attention.

All hale Scotland!

TROUSERS £2.50 DEBRA

TOP $4.00 CROSSROADS LOS ANGELES

BOOTS £25 NEW LOOK

The recessionista

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I am the recessionista!

So as we all know we are in the midst of a rather long recession. You can’t turn the news on without some one banging on about it. But just because we are all poor it doesn’t mean that we can’t look wonderful. So I went off to my most favorite charity shop The Salvation Army. I mentioned in my review ‘The little black book’ about the £1 rail. Well here is a picture of it in all it’s glory! OK so it don’t look all that exciting in the picture but I have to tell you I have found some right bargains on this baby.

Today I got some wicked bits. I found the tartan coat on a reduced section (yes even charity shops have sales). It was £1.50 and fits like a glove. I think ill stick it with some skinny jeans and high heels. The cape was £2.50 and is definitely a good find. So I have some advice for you if you are going charity shop shopping… just try it. It might not be the right size, but don’t let this stop you. I have bought garms that range from a size 10-22. You never know, a huge shirt with a chain belt could be a oversize dress for a nigh out. Get out there and try try try…

Ron x

JACKET £1.50

CAPE £3.00

SHIRT £2.50

SANDALS £5.00

BAG £2.50

The Queen of Sheba

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I was having myself a little mooch around Oxfam and I came across these little beauties. I think they are probably from someone’s travels. The choker is amazing, I have never seen anything like this in the UK. It is made from brass and has turquoise stones set into it. It cost a rather modest £7.00. Not bad for such an unusual piece. The cuff is pretty cool too, it only cost £2.00. I will post these again when I’m all dressed up to meet my prince.

Charity shop shopping

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I went ‘charity shop shopping’ (it’s official name). Me and me Mum called it that. We are always saying to each other “fancy some charity shop shopping?” So anyway I always go to the charity shops where I live once a week. The ladies in the Salvation Army love me so much they even save me stuff that they think I would like. A month ago they kept some lovely old vintage gloves. I bought them and she was so pleased! All of this shopping and it’s guilt free. I get new garms that look marvellous and I am giving to charity.

It started off sunny which is why I had a cardigan with holes in on (in on next to each other sounds weird). But typical English weather the cloud came and I froze!

  1. HAT BRITSH HEART FOUNDATION
  2. CARDIGAN TOPSHOP
  3. VEST H&M
  4. TROUSERS BRITISH HEART FOUNDATION (ORIGINALLY NEXT)
  5. TRAINERS CONVERSE
  6. BAG MULBERRY

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This is a coat that I tried on in The British Heart Foundation, but I didn’t get it, maybe I should have it only cost £4.00