It seems like an age since I last wrote about my vintage and charity shops finds. A glimpse at one of my favourite vintage blogs – Porcelina’s World – this morning inspired me to share a few of my recent vintage and charity shop finds.
Summer is a great time to find a vintage bargain. There are great car boot sales which are a good hunting ground. I found a great blue crimplene skirt for 50p, and a gothic black dress (pictured below) for just £2. Car boot sales allow you to barter and you can often make an offer if you find a few good items. We visit Wales every August and always check out a large car boot that takes place in a farmer’s field just outside Borth – it is well worth a look if you are in the area.
Car boot finds
I always find charity shops to have richer pickings in the summer. Maybe this is because people are on holiday so there is less competition to find the designer and vintage buys, or maybe it is because people are having wardrobe clear-outs at this time of year, I’m not really sure, but this summer has already been a great one for me in terms of picking up bargains. My current favourite is the blue/pink 1970s sundress that I wore to visit Mahon on my recent holiday. It is in perfect condition and has a lovely, timeless feel to it.
The gold chainmail bag was another great find. I love metallics on holiday because they will match with just about anything, and this 1980s bag is large enough to carry my camera.
Charity shops don’t necessarily have to equal vintage. They can also offer good quality High Street names that help you to tap into current trends without breaking the bank. I got this lovely M&S boho style top a few weeks ago for £3.99 and have already worn it loads.
I love to hunt for timeless pieces – these may not have a label, but they are items you will wear again and again. A key point is this lilac beaded jacket that I got from Acorns Wednesbury. I wore it casually with jeans, but will definitely be throwing it over a dress for a chic evening look too.
This dotted dress is another modern piece, this time from Wallis, but again it is totally wearable as it has a classic cut and print.
My best finds in charity shops always tend to be in the shoe section. Vintage Mary Janes, metallic dancing shoes, Bally originals, these can all be found by taking a good look around. I tend to ignore sizing and just try them on for fit – many old shoes often have the size worn off anyway so it makes sense to try them if they look right.
You can see more of my finds on my instagram account here.
I also have a section on the fashion-mommy facebook page here.
What is your best find?