Wednesday, 5 July 2017

May Purchases (and Birthday Gifts!)

May was put on restricted purchasing after April's bumper haul.  It was, however, my birthday at the start of the month, so I did make a few little purchases, because a girl's got to treat herself.  It ended up being the month of shoes.  I bought five pairs.  Well, seven, but two got returned.  Whoops!

In Dorchester, I bought some like-new minty Spanish leather shoes (£5) from a charity shop.  It was Dorchester's Sunday car boot sale that proved most fruitful though.  A few antiques sellers caught my attention and I bought off one stall, an Elle silk scarf (£5), some yellow beads (£1), a bangle (£1), and an early plastic acorn brooch (£3 - I still haven't done that Twin Peaks inspired outfit that I promised...).  I also picked up some navy Clarks shoes, again hardly worn (£1.50). 

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

I had some really lovely gifts for my birthday; my husband, family and friends know me so well!  My main present from my husband was a beautiful Welsh tapestry cape, complete with tasselled neck-tie.  It's quite a longline cape, and has pockets at the front too.  I can see this getting a lot of wear this Autumn.  I now have a stack of good books to keep me going too, and a Carmen Miranda film for a rainy Sunday.

birthday treats @porcelinasworld

My charity shop finds here in Wales (with extreme restraint being exercised), comprised some really lovely vintage fabric (£6), and some sewing patterns (50p each).  I like the look of the hats, but have a feeling that hat making is much harder than one might think.  I bought four packets of 1950s 'make your own covered button' sets too.  No particular project in mind yet, but they might prove useful.

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

Thrifted purchases @porcelinasworld

The "pretty 40s tea dress" from Pretty Retro in Emerald Tiki (£52) that I featured in my last outfit post was my birthday gift to myself.

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As I was so carried away with the spending, and because I'd just had my birthday, I thought I might as well continue with one last purchase for the month.  I bought a 1950s' souvenir Rome bracelet from Kinky Melon's Retro Boutique, £10 I think.  I also bought a pair of Rosie for Autograph knickers from M&S, again using discounts and vouchers, so I paid just £1 instead of £12.50.

kinky melon's retro boutique @porcelinasworld

I thought I was done with buying anything else in May, but we had a couple of days out to the charity shops on a trip to Hampshire and back home in Wales, so I ended up buying:

Vintage red suede Marks & Spencer's shoes (£2), a Kati for Laura Phillips '70s cotton dress (£4.99)
Modern metallic Marks & Spencer's shoes (£2), blue tights (£1), some vintage buttons (50p), another Prima sewing pattern (50p, May 2017, current month!), a purple velvet cropped jacket (£2)...

May purchases @porcelinasworld

May purchases @porcelinasworld

May purchases @porcelinasworld

May purchases @porcelinasworld

... a Warehouse corset style leather belt (£1), Clarks gold peep toe flats (£4), two vintage '80s dresses (£4.50 and £9.99 respectively), a pair of clip-on gold earrings (£2) and a box pleat dress pattern (£1).

thrifty bargains @porcelinasworld

thrifty bargains @porcelinasworld

Things I bought and sent back
The first item was a pair of embellished mary-janes from Boden.  I actually bought these from Boden last year or the year before in a size 8, and they were too big, so I returned them.  They'd sold out of a 7.5 but I finally tracked a pair down to a seller on Ebay last month.  Alas, they still didn't fit properly.  Next, was my first purchase from online catalogue brand, JD Williams.  The shoes that arrived were a completely different, dull grey colour, to the shiny 'pewter' pictured.  They were also rather cheap looking and uncomfortable.  Back they went.  The eternal search for kitten-heel almond-toe leather-but-not-suede metallic sling-back shoes continues...

returned shoes @porcelinasworld


















I then bought two camisole tops from Boden's children's section (ha, take that VAT!), as I have a few sheer tops than need a plain cami underneath.  I used up a voucher and an offer code meaning that I paid just £1 instead of £20, with free delivery.  But unlike all the other Boden tops I've bought in that size, these were too small.  So, back they went.



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I also bought a really lovely 1970s' red velvet jacket from Kinky Melon's Retro Boutique.  But curse my Amazonian frame, it was too small as well!  I swiftly replaced it with the purple velvet cropped jacket from a charity shop that I mentioned above, so I'm not feeling too bad about that one.

I've had to make quite a bit of space for all of these goodies - at least 4 huge bags went to the charity shops, and I've been selling quite a few bits on Ebay also.  I am determined to cull at least another bag before July's out, I am being rather ruthless!

Right.  Concerted effort being made now over the summer not to go too wild, to tackle the ridiculous sack of clothes I have waiting to be mended or altered instead of buying anything else.  Just depends on how many car boot sales we go to, I suppose...

17 comments:

  1. Oh, happy birthday for the end of June! I hope it was a good one. The charity shop gods certainly smiled on you :-) I can't wait to see you in your outfits. Isn't it weird, I find the covered button kits most exciting? You don't see that dome shape nowadays - or at least I've never seen a kit for the dome shape.

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  2. What a score on shoes! I sometimes wish I didn't have average size feet because I think I'd have more options when thrifting.

    Lots of fun goodies! I love the cape and the red dress.

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  3. Your eye for this stuff never ceases to amaze me - I can't fail to walk out of a charity shop totally empty handed, but you emerge with several items most times it seems! Score finding near new Clarks shoes, that's for sure!! xx

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  4. What a haul! I have those Clarks shoes in burgundy. The minty shoes and the red sued M&S ones are lovely as well. I would have snapped up the "clipmolds" too! I still have some pink fabric covered buttons made by my grandmother for a dress I had when I was 12. I am totally in love with that Welsh tapistry cape, which is fabulous. Definitely something to look forward wearing in Autumn! xxx

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  5. HB Porcelina !
    I always look forward to your end of month purchases because they are usually amazing and full of goodies at amazing prices. I think you are one of the best thrifters out there!!! I love LOVE all of the shoes you got and the cape your husband gave you as a present is spectacular.

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  6. What lovely items you purchased. That velvet jacket is gorgeous. Wishing you a year of happiness and blessings.
    HAPPY BELATED BIRTHDAY.
    Marilyn

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  7. Some wonderful purchases and goodies there, lovely dresses, shoes and accessories you got for yourself! :)

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  8. Phew, I'm exhausted after all that! :) You've got some lovely goodies there and I particularly love the Welsh tapestry cape. I'm a big fan of Welsh tapestry so will always have a good nose at it when I spot it.

    Fab find on the 1950s self cover buttons! Vintage haberdashery stuff is always, always better than the modern day equivalent and modern self cover buttons are particularly awful. Don't ever buy any off eBay as they are really rubbish! xx

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  9. A very happy birthday to you Porcelina! Such lovely goodies you were able to treat yourself with! <3

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  10. What a fabulous month of purchases! I love that Kati dress, that's going to look incredible on you. I'm a massive fan of those covered button sets, too - the packaging on vintage sewing notions is always a joy to look at.
    You had terrific success with footwear. Not having common sized feet is a definite advantage when it comes to second hand shopping! xxx

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    1. Usually all I find is blooming size 5s in the charity shops, so this was actually rare for me to find big-foot shoes!!

      The Kati dress is super, but I have discovered that someone did something weird to the cuffs, so I have to do a bit of unpicking and reattach the fastenings before I can wear it. That's the trouble sometimes with second-hand clothes, someone might have sewn bits badly on them!! xx

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  11. Hope you had a very lovely birthday. The Welsh tapestry cape is an absolute beauty. How stunning. I bought one online as a birthday present to myself!

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  12. Ooh, you managed to score some beauties!! Looking forward to seeing them styled on you!

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  13. Happy late Birthday! You have some really good finds and purchases here. That cape is gorgeous!!! I can hardly wait to see how you style it :)
    On another note, that Agatha Christie book has two of my favourites, "They Came to Baghdad" and "Destination Unknown". :) I haven't read the other two though. Enjoy your new books!

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  14. You found some really amazing things! Love the shoes, love your birthday dress, and that bracelet is really gorgeous.
    Happy belated birthday!

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  15. Crikey, look at all the things! And you were in Hampshire, my home county! I hope it treated you well! A happy belated birthday to you xxx

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  16. That tapestry cape!! Wow!

    As for the hat pattern, I think the top right might be tricky with the shaping of that brim, but the others shouldn't be any harder than garment sewing. I made some faux fur hoods like that bottom left one and apart from the fluffy fabric being awkward, they are pretty easy!

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