Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Recent Charity Shop Haul

These days I've a strict one-in, several-out policy in force in terms of clothing and accessory purchases.  I have made a bit more room in my wardrobe lately by shifting bags full of unwanted - sometimes unworn - clothes off to the charity shops, and listing items on Ebay.  It has been most cleansing!  What has been striking is that the more boring - and low end - modern casual stuff just hasn't been worn, even around the house or garden.  Bye bye jeggings, t-shirts, thin jersey tops, low rise jeans.  I'm not interested in you any more.  Uncomfortable shoes have also been removed, and those old but comfy knickers are now off to the textile recycling place (yes, even old pants can be recycled - I think they break down the fibres and use them to make stuffing for car seats and things).

With space cleared, I was free to pay a visit to the charity shops once more.  In the first one we visited I picked up a black tote bag thinking it would be useful for work and then realised it had the Vivienne Westwood symbol on it.  It's got to be a fake, surely.  I bought it, for £2.99, as I really do need a tote bag for work, rather than for the potential designer bargain.  I'm feeling clear of conscience as even if it is a fake, I've bought it from a charity shop, so I'm not supporting fake factories with poor working conditions.  I hope.  I have bought fake designer bags on hols in the past, never really thinking about where they're made.

In the same shop I bought a 1950s western shirt pattern (50p), look at how amazing it is!  It's my husband's size and he's already getting excited about the potential for me to create custom stage-wear for him.  Hmm, we're years off that level of skill to be honest.  I've offered to make him some pyjama bottoms in the meantime.  The other buys were from a different shop, and included a silk scarf from Accessorize (£1) and a pair of leather gloves with fluffy pom poms on (£2).

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We had a bit of a literal hat-trick too, with me finding a nice floppy hat (£3), and another '80s 'Bermona' (50p), which was the brand of hat I first came across in Torquay.  My husband found a 'Westchester' cowboy hat and was thrilled that it fits.  A bargain also at £3.

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I did find a few clothes too, all for work.  Some of my workwear has been looking a little tired, or I'm just not in to wearing that particular style any more.  It's funny how outside of anything really classic or obviously vintage in style, standard office wear can look very dated if you don't keep up with trends (I'm talking to you, H&M short sleeve shirts from about 8 years ago...).  I'm not keen on being completely trendy obviously, but I have possibly been veering into some unstylish and boring territory on a few occasions.  Even looking back as recently as last year, I wore some things to work that I wouldn't dream of now, they just don't feel smart at all.  So, I bought a lovely Warehouse jacket that fits beautifully (£3).  It has a proper nipped-in waist, which I thought was impossible to find with modern tailoring.  I also bought a black silk blouse (£2.99) by British designer Maria Grachvogel for Designers at Debenhams, still with the tag on, and an M&S blouse that looked interesting with its ruffles and necktie (£2.99).  Red is back for AW16, as are frills and neckties, and black in luxe fabrics always makes a return every year, so it looks like I'll actually be on trend with those two blouses.

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Those are some of my recent bargains then - fairly restrained I feel!
 

11 comments:

  1. Those are good buys. That floppy hat is especially nice, and it looks as though the silk scarf will match it beautifully.

    It's good to have a clear-out and get rid of the boring stuff. I try to keep a couple of unwanted bits for scruffing around/doing DIY in, but otherwise it might as well all be nice.

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  2. I love that shirt pattern and Westchester hat! Your hubby's going to look so cool. A little warning with men's shirts, the collar and cuffs are particularly hard. Menswear looks easy enough but it's very specific about how different parts of each piece work. Men's pyjama bottoms are a much better starting point!
    I also love the little grey jacket and, in particular, that ruffle blouse. I'm all about the ruffles right now! xx

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  3. Fab finds!
    When I used to be in paid employment I always bought my office gear second-hand, I much preferred to use my cash on more exciting things than work wear.
    Love that vintage pattern, I'd be taking it to India and getting the local tailor to knock Jon a few up. The hats are all fabulous. xxx

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  4. Pretty restrained for you, yes ;) You're so good at thrifting - I never did make good on my vow to try to do it more after visiting you guys... I just don't think I've got it in me. Oh well, all the more for you :) xxx

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  5. I just saw this on Insta and was totally amazed Porcelina !
    If I were in your city I'd shop with you :)

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  6. I should really take a leaf out of your book and apply your one-in, one (or several) out policy too, but unfortunately I am a bit of a hoarder and not that disciplined. You did quite well! I love the hats, the scarf and - my favourite - those gorgeous gloves! xxx

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  7. Some wonderful vintage finds! I love the last three pieces and think they will look smashing on you.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  8. It looks like you've got some great finds! Thrift stores can be so hit or miss, but I really like the hats and the suit jacket that you found. Sometimes you just need a few little things to refresh your wardrobe, and the thrift store is a such a great, budget way to make that happen.

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  9. Gorgeous haul! <3 Looks like it was a very good day and all the better that you were able to chuck some of the older stuff that you don't like anymore!

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  10. Very good point regarding how workwear can easily look dated - and not in an intentional, appealing vintage sort of way - in a flash. I think things are cycling out of style faster and faster in recent years in general, and that certainly doesn't help matters much (on the workwear front).

    Lovely new finds. That black blouse really jumped out at me. What a chic, classic looking piece that shouldn't appear dated for a long time to come (I could easily see it being styled in a 1950s direction, too).

    Many hugs & happy weekend wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

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  11. You always find the best stuff! What a great haul!

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