My thrifting has gone global!

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I haven’t written anything in a long time because I have been preparing for a long trip around South East Asia. I was going to take a break from the blog and just continue to update my thrifty finds when I returned… But as it turns out I have been shopping just as much here as at home. I have been taking some beautiful photo’s along the way so I thought I would share them… and I know my Nan looks forward to seeing my compulsive purchasing.

I only get limited internet access so my Asia updates may be somewhat sporadic, better than nothing though?

I am currently in Thailand. It is beautiful here and there are hundreds of markets selling lots of unusual local craft, as well as the shabby knock off’s. I don’t know how you feel about ‘Crock’s’  yes the  weird looking non sandal, non shoe or trainer… Although they do serve a purpose; they protect your feet but keep them cool, without being ‘cool’. Saying that they are ‘all the rage’ here. They come in every shape and form. The shoe that I would not be seen dead in (even if they are functional) comes in the standard slip on (as we recognise it), as well as a shoe (this style reaches the ankle), a boot (past the ankle bone), ones with ears, lace up, the list goes on. This style is it’s own subculture!

Although I am not sure there is a huge market in the UK for ‘New age Crock’s’… We are a spoilt bunch, with our even ground that we so flippantly walk on!  But they look great all lined up military style! I’m getting a pair with cats ears…

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The Designer Jumble Sale

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Lulu Guinness bag £49

Vintage Yves Saint Laurent Necklace £130

I feel lucky! I was surfing the net looking for other like minded people like moi and I discovered the Designer Jumble Sale. I am always on the hunt for a bargain so I took my curious self off to Holborn straight away. Designer Jumble Sale is a pop up shop set up by a lovely lady called Abigal. She sells designer clothing at a snippet of the price and donates her profits to charity. She sells clothing and accessories, from Chloe to McQueen, or Sonia Rykiel to Maxmara. Some pieces are new, some second hand, some vintage. She is extremely passionate about what she is doing which makes shopping there an absolute pleasure. Every piece that I asked about she knew the designer or it’s origin. All of the staff were helpful and friendly and you can shop with ease as the place is well stocked but not cluttered or smelly. They will even sell you the furniture if you like it! Please don’t all rush down there and nick all my bargains! I should really keep this one to myself but since it’s for charity… These were some of my favorite pieces.

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Silk jacket by Oscar De La Renta, Knitted pom pom top Sonia Rykiel £60

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My new Temperly dress! £49

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Armani Jacket £65, Chloe vest £18

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PPQ silk blouse, Sergio Rossi heels £49, I know I had to have them!

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Coco Chanel cuff… Not yet priced but when it is I want it!

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Vintage silk Maxmara shirt £35, mine! mine! mine!

Chenille from the Oxfam shop!

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Happy Happy!!!

Here is the rather lovely chenille jumper that I got in the Oxfam in Winchester featured in the post called ‘The long green coat’. I am from now on going to show you the things that I find in their full deserving glory. Once I have styled them. I know that I sometimes find things and blog about them, but it’s still hard to visualise unless you see them as an outfit. Some times I have a vision that you just can’t see unless it’s as a complete outfit, I can see potential in stuff. If I could count the times when I have picked something up and my fellow shopper has just given me a look. Normally the same look that you would have when you someone smelly sits next to you on the bus. I love this look as it’s a mix of all of those rich winter colours. The blazer was a great find because it’s a vintage Topshop number and right on trend (not that I want to be on trend as such). But it is quite nice!

Hat from Canada, vintage Topshop blazer £4.00 RSPA, jumper £3.50 and sunglasses £1.00 Oxfam, Boots Beyond Retro, heart necklace made by me (available to order).

All dressed up with odd socks

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I went and had a look around the local charity shops yesterday with my lovely cousin. She was kind enough to take some pictures. Thanks Kerry! This dress looks like a 1980’s cocktail dress but it was actually from Oasis. The colour was amazing, I was thinking of teaming it with a leather jacket and cowboy boots for a more laid back look. It was £10 which is expensive for charity shops but it was in perfect condition. When I come across something in a charity shop that I think is expensive I ask myself how much would something similar be in Topshop. Then I normally just buy it.

After trying on lots of outfits that would be good for a night out Kerry and I decided it would be great to have a section on the blog about outfits that I have found for a night out. Or single pieces to look out for that you can mix with wardrobe staples to dress up. We had that Friday feeling.

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We were on the way out when I spotted these beautiful trousers. When I picked them up I could feel that they were good quality. When I looked at the tag it said Pringle I was quite please with myself. They have such a lovely check. Admittedly they were a bit big but I wont let that put me off. They can be taken in so easily. Kerry suggested I put some heels on with them and the I found these lovely LK Bennett heels. Happy and Happy!

Blue cocktail dress (originally Oasis) £10 Oxfam, Pink sequin boob tube £2.00 Saint Francis Hospice, Pringle trousers £8.99, LK Bennett shoes £14.99 both Oxfam. Gold necklace and ring both £1.00 RSPCA, watch Micheal Kors.

Red vintage high heel wellies

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I found some cool bits in Sue Ryder charity shop in Basinstoke. I found them separately but as I looked at them on my laptop I thought they would be a great vintage autumnal look…

Shirt £3.00, skirt £4.00, wellies £5.00 (all vintage).   

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!