Retro prints make me happy!

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I have decided… If the weather doesn’t improve, I don’t care, I am wearing summery clothes! Although if i’m honest my cupboard is a pick and mix of prints and colour so I try to avoid the traditional subdued colours that we reach for during the long winter months we are blessed with in the UK. I found all of these printed garments in Oxfam. Typical of Oxfam, they always have vintage prints and colour, lots of colour. I try to shop in Oxfam at least once a week, even just to cheer me up. There is always an eclectic mix of garments. 

I am starting to feel like an ambassador for Oxfam! 

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All things bright and beautiful…

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While I was having a little mooch around Oxfam, I came across these little beauties. They are hand made fans from India. After doing a little research about these gorgeous accessories. I discovered that typically the fans made in India are either fixed or rotational. Meaning the fan could rotate in a full circle. This is quite different to the folding style made by the Chinese and Japanese, this being the style that we in the west are more familiar with. These particular one’s were fixed into place. I have learned that these charming pieces of textiles were made from many different textile techniques from embroidery to hand sewing and weaving. They also used lots of materials from bambo to leather and beads, to silk, grass, cayne, or feathers. Interestingly each province in India has claim to it’s own shape singular to itself. These ones that I found were woven with small silk flowers and beads hand stitched on.  If this is something that you are interested in you can go and find out more at The Fan Museum in Greenwhich. This amazing museum is exclusively dedicated to fans of all kind. I have sent the museum an email about them so hopefully I can find out some more information about these lovely creations.

Fans £2.99 each Oxfam

Please note that my research was done at http://www.thefanmuseum.org.uk/pankha.html

Oxfam hippy

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A gorgeous Indian dress from Oxfam. Beautiful lightweight cotton printed with delicate flowers with a gold shimmery finish. It speaks for it’s self. I am truly a hippy at heart.

Dress £8.99

Vintage bag £4.99

 

This week I found a lovely festival knit and a 50’s skirt

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I have been shopping for thrifty stuff but I have been over worked so I have some photo’s to catch up on. Here is some of my recent hunting. I found this little hand knitted top in Saint Francis Hospice priced at £3.00. I just loved the fringe detail hanging from the triangles. Unfortunately it was a rather small size; about an 8-10 so I gave it to my sister. A great festival piece…

I also found this gorgeous 1950’s skirt. The bold flower print would be great with a black and white stripe piece on top. There is something about skirts with pockets that I can’t resist. When I try on a skirt and notice it has pockets for some reason I feel like I have this great added extra. This skirt was only £4.99 from Oxfam and was a size 10-12. The bag was vintage too and was priced at £2.99.

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Retro bags from Oxfam

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I do love a vintage bag. When I ever use any of mine I always get quizzed by people as to wear they are from. The first bag in the pictures was made from real twigs, for want of a better word. Real wood not too far from it’s original state. I loved that the wood is still sporting it’s knobbly bits too, all wired together by hand with a little resin handle. This bag was small but perfectly formed and at £1.99 well what can I say about that? It’s a steal.

The second was made from hand from beautiful rich burgundy leather. A satchel style never seems to go too far from the style stakes. But to be honest if there is a twang of something as a ‘trend’, I will not be sporting anything that meets that description. I hate looking like anyone else which I why I have to resort to doing all of my shopping in second hand or vintage type establishments. Back to the bag… I think circa 1980’s… and priced at £4.99. The satchel also seems to be the man bag of choice, now very much a unisex accessory. A thrifty find for the boys and the girls… Too good for the library if you ask me!     

Retro Leather from Oxfam

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This dress was amazing original 1960’s. They don’t make them like they used to! I love it when I can say that phrase, more often used by a somewhat older generation that myself. As I spend ALOT of time in charity shops with old people, I hear this ringing in my ears quite often, but it is true. This dress has already lasted over 50 years and it clearly has lots of life left in it. The fantastic thing about it is that the bottom part is detachable, you know if you have one of those moments when you just want to show the world your knickers… well if so this is the dress for you. Or a separate mini skirt.

It was made from leather and fully lined with brass poppers. Priced at £25 so kind of expensive but I would say quite rare and excellent quality. Or maybe not that expensive compared to vintage shopping in say Camden. The late 60’s is my favourite era for fashion. I love everything about the summer of love!

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I just love this 1980’s skirt. The mix of leather, tassels and gathered ribbon sounds like a recipe for a curtain shop but stick this skirt with a little t-shirt, tucked in of course, hiding this lovely detail really isn’t an option, with a pair of vans for a day look. T-shirt and ankle books for laid back dressy. 80’s, tick, leather, tick, suede, tick, ribbon, tick, tassels  tick , pencil silhouette, tick. It was £20 but that skirt will go some, I would say it’s has years of wear in this little vintage number. Only problem… I am not a size 8.

‘Strike’ in Oxfam

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Geeky or cool? I found these Retro little numbers in Oxfam and they were priced at £5.00. They were made from beautiful soft dyed leather. I just loved the blue and green with the white binding. They made me think of old bowling alleys and girls with frocks that swayed as they turned to look at their ‘date’ as they just managed to knock down all the skittles… STRIKE!

“Beauty to Spare” by Edward D' Ancona. #vintage #pinup #girl #bowling

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