Wednesday, 24 May 2017

April Purchases

April has been a bumper shopping month!  I'm a bit embarrassed writing this post, as it's quite obscene the amount I've bought.  However, once again I've managed to stick to mainly second-hand shopping.  Budget friendly, charity friendly, and planet friendly.

In Bath I bought a '70s navy floppy hat from a charity shop, £2.  I also picked up a sleeveless blouse the same weekend, for £1.  It was unfortunately a 'revolving door' purchase - the buttons gaped when I wore it and it wasn't quite long enough for successful tucking-in, so the blouse is already on the re-donate pile.

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Two dresses came home with me from Cardiff.  The first was a Pearl Lowe tea dress (she designed a range for budget brand Peacocks some years ago).  It was £6.99 but I love them, they're such a great fit on me.  In the same shop I scored a homemade '60s mini dress for £4.99.

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Because I then had Pearl Lowe dresses on my mind, I came across one on Ebay and bought that as well.  It was £10, but I think it's my favourite so far.  Excuse the out of focus photo, ha, trying to do too many things at once!!  Also off Ebay were a pair of Clarks new white lace-ups, also £10.

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

The next mini haul was an Emily and Fin atomic print blouse (£1), an Autumnal print blouse (£1), khaki trousers (£3.99), and wool red M&S dress to pack away for winter (£2).

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

The first car boot sale of the year was a corker.  The sun came out and so did everyone's urge to Spring clean, so the sellers were fighting for pitches and wanting to get rid of as much as possible.  I came away with a pair of black Clarks lace-ups (£1), a New Look blouse (£1), an original 1970s does 1920s dress (£3), a white blouse with ruffle and black tie (£1), and white M&S wool jacket (£3).

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

You know how I mentioned I've wanted a pinafore dress for ages, and then I found that nice Laura Ashley one?  Well of course I then stumbled upon another one in a charity shop, and as it was only £4, I bought it too.  It's a more summery one, in a white and blue stripe.

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

I squeezed in a few more purchases in the last few days of April.  I purchased a deadstock 'Saracen' 1950s' nightie (£5), white pussybow blouse (£3.99), Wrangler jeans (£3.99), and a maxi skirt that might be vintage or might just be from India or something (£3.99).

thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

deadstock saracen nightie @porcelinasworld

deadstock saracen nightie @porcelinasworld

The only items I bought from proper shops were a few items for an outfit I wore to a family wedding.  These were a hair accessory from Alternate Normality, blue seamed stockings from What Katie Did, and a navy shrug from Ebay (an emergency last-minute purchase when I realised that the warm weather was not making an appearance for the wedding!).  I don't have any decent photos of me from the wedding, I'm larking about it all of them, so this is the best I can do to show you the shrug and hair accessory.  I'm still larking about, but it's the clearest shot of the hair bow.

April purchases @porcelinasworld

As usual I have been making room for these new purchases.  It's a constant whittling-down as items get replaced with better quality ones, and fun items replace the more boring ones.  I've been selling things left, right and centre!  And there are a few bags groaning with donations for the charity shops too.  That's my defence, and I'm sticking to it...

18 comments:

  1. That's a bumper haul indeed, but since the majority was charity shopped or second hand, I wouldn't feel too guilty. You did well at that car boot! Have you ever been to the one at the showground in Carmarthen? There's one when we're in Pembrokeshire, so we might give it a go. xxx

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  2. Wow Porcelina !
    I am always amazed at your finds and have to stand by that because here you have outdone yourself ! The prices and beauty of the garments only keep getting better. There are so many of these I would have bought for myself. WOW! I have #thriftersenvy

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  3. I remain in awe of your charity shopping finds. I so rarely have the patience, and here in London prices aren't so cheap (but I guess that's a good thing when it's all going to charity!).

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  4. You do sometimes get months like that and I am of the opinion you just have to roll with them! Fantastic purchases all round. I had/have both Pearl Lowe dresses, sold on the first one (it wasn't me) absolutely love the second one to death.

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    1. Heh, as soon as I saw that dress I thought, "I'm sure Gisela has one like that too."

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  5. All so lovely and elegant.
    Marilyn

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  6. Well you've made out like a bandit! So many brilliant pieces.

    People don't realize the cool stuff others just want to get rid of.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  7. I really don't think you should feel bad about buying all the things when they're all bargains! I wish I'd tried some of the Pearl Lowe dresses but having said that, if they're a good fit on you they're probably going to look dreadful on me!! xx

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  8. Blimey, what a haul! Although I don't think you should feel bad as the majority was secondhand, always a good thing in my book. I worked out the other day that I haven't actually bought any new clothes for over a year. (I discount the Seamstress of Bloomsbury tops as they both went back!). Everything I've had new to me in that time has been vintage, secondhand, handmade or given to me in exchange for a review.

    But back to your haul, I love that floppy hat, it almost looks crocheted. It's a shame the spotty blouse didn't fit as that would've looked great with your capri pants. The pussy bow blouse and white flat shoes are cute too, I can imagine them becoming summer staples. xx

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  9. Never be embarrassed about the size of your chazza haul - you're helping charity and stopping stuff ending up in landfill (that's what I always tell myself!)
    What a fab selection. Loving the Emily & Fin retro top, the blue sunhat, the paisley skirt and that pretty slip especially! Those sailor dresses were the in-thing when I was in the Sixth Form, loads of my friends wore them, usually accessorised with flat white winklepickers, knotted plastic beads, a curly permed bob and a white plastic basket. I've got a feeling you'll wear that one far more stylishly!!!
    That's a fab photo of you and your friend larking around at the wedding. xxx

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  10. You've got some great stuff there - though with charity shop stuff often so cheap, it doesn't matter if things come in and go straight out again.

    Where do you sell your clothes? I usually give my old stuff away as I can't be bothered with the faff of eBay. Or is that what you do?

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    1. Ebay can be a chore, I have to be in the right mood to sell on there. I also sell through Facebook groups and the odd car boot sale. But a lot just gets redonated. Depends how desperate I am for extra pennies!!

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  11. Wow! This is bunch of great finds! I can't even choose a favourite piece- they are all so great! That autumnal blouse is so pretty though, and the nightgown with the tags still on is very cool.

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  12. Wow so many goodies, I love that hat! Can't wait to see you rock some of these gorgeous pieces x

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    1. I know, I don't quite know where to start with wearing all of this!! x

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  13. Don't feeling guilty, you should see the amount of stuff I have and I look at it this way, I'm recycling and helping charities. Well thats my excuse haha. In fact i've just done a blog page about my Narnia wardrobe haha

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  14. Some fabulous finds here! The 1920's style dress is very intriguing, I need to make some more complex 1920's dresses for my own wardrobe. The bow blouse will match everything and really come in handy. I look forward to seeing the items styled in the future :P)

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  15. So many wonderful finds! That black dress with the buttons looks amazing!

    xoxo
    -Janey

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