Charity Shop Shopping Haul

Sometimes a shopping haul can be a trip to a shopping centre or a department store. Sometimes in can be a night of filing an online shopping bag full of items, in many cases not actually reaching the checkout. And sometimes it can mean a trip to a local town with a good selection of charity shops, where you find lots of bargains that range from designer, to good quality High Street, and a bit of vintage thrown in for good measure, and you end up spending less than £25.

This is one of those occasions. A morning away from the computer, making the most of a touch of Indian Summer sun, taking a trip around the decent charity shops of Cannock.

Here are the things I picked up.

Ralph Lauren  Top

This boho, slightly country style top by Ralph Lauren is made to be worn with a pair of skinny jeans and a thick Arran knit cardi. Add some brown or tan ankle boots and this is just a bargain for less than £4.

Wouldn’t wear it with this skirt (obs) but a good fit.

Barbara Hulanicki Top

Barbara Hulanicki or Biba fame did a couple of collections under her own name with George at Asda. This is not the sort of thing I usually pick up in charity shops as it is a low cost item to start with, but mass produced items are often tomorrows sought after labels as they tend to be less looked after, and more often are thrown away. Plus I love the fact it has tiny shoulder pads in to give it a slight 1940s shape, and for £3.50…

Jacques Vert Dress

I think this is just gorgeous, a sort of cross between a 1950s style and something more va va voom. It is a little on the tight side across the bust, so I would avoid wearing it if I was going for a food blow out, but it will be perfect for the theatre, and I actually love it teamed with gold shoes.

Gok Wan top

I’m guessing I wouldn’t have got this top if I hadn’t been wearing this nude skirt, but I loved how well it matched up. Plus it was the cheapest item of the day, costing a grand total of £1.49.

Collection Dress

I think this is a Debenhams label, and this is a clear indicator of why you should always try things on. This dress looks nothing on the hanger, but I loved the cut and fit once I tried it on. It was £4.99 and I think I will wear it loads.

And a bit of M&S St Michael Vintage

I love a bit of 1960s vintage, and St Michael is always a label I look out for, as Marks and Spencer has always been a sign of quality. This dress/pinafore should have a belt, but that is easy to replace, and I love the neckline and the colour. A 1960s piece for £3 is such a great find.

Have you picked up any charity shop bargains lately?

*This post is dedicated to Hazel Wilkins-Brookes, a lovely lady who loved fashion and loved a bargain.

Victorian Shopping style – The Paradise

I was glued to the TV last night as a new costume drama started on the BBC. ‘The Paradise’ is set in a very early version of a department store during the Victorian era. (I’m thinking of a cross between an early Whiteleys and Selfridges, although both came a little later than the period this is set in.) As you can imagine, the series looks beautiful, with a gorgeous leading lady, Denise, played by Joanne Vanderham, and handsome leading man. But what really catches the eye is the totally exquisite Paradise itself.

I can’t imagine any woman who wouldn’t want to shop at The Paradise. Brocade covered, pastel coloured walls, beautiful white, wood carved shelves, swags and tails and drapery all give the imaginary store a kind of boudoir feel, a paradise created with ladies in mind. There are ribbons and silks, kid gloves and handkerchiefs, and all those lovely perfumes in those vintage style crystal and glass bottles that are still such a fabulous adornment to any dressing table.

So many of the beautiful things on sale in The Paradise wouldn’t look out of place in our ultra-modern department stores. Laura Ashley has glass jewel and trinket boxes, silver picture frames and scented silk roses, whilst BHS has a fabulous collection of vintage style glass bottles. And if you want a real touch of vintage luxury, Dipytique do the most amazing range of soaps that use vintage recipes, these are available from Selfridges and would make a fabulous gift for a loved one.

I can say I’m already hooked on ‘The Paradise’ and that exquisite store, and can’t wait to have a closer look at the departments in further weeks.

Vintage inspired pieces you might’ve found in The Paradise

Small Glass Storage Jar 

Large Diamante Perfume Bottle 

Ribbed Bottle Price

Sycamore Flocked Duck Egg Set Of 2 Boxes

Large Round Mirrored Jewellery Box 

Scented Vintage Roses £9.60 


Victorian Cream Embroidered Dressing Gown 

Victorian Rose Fob Watch 

Sterling Silver & Crystal Raindrop Pendant 

diptyque l’eau set of three soaps


GUERLAIN Apres L’ondee eau de toilette white bee bottle 100ml

PENHALIGON’S Anthology Fragrance Collection