I found the following gems;
C&A 1960s-70s white funky floral print maxi dress with ruching and fabric covered buttons (£6). Can't help myself, I love a fabric covered button.
St Michael 1970s turquoise floral pussy bow blouse with sheer sleeves (£2). More fabric covered buttons....
Stripey wicker bag with faux bamboo handle (£2)
Nothing very special but nice enough.
1980s Hampstead Bazaar red velvet batwing crop jacket (£3). Not sure it's me but I love the velvet, the label, and of course the fabric covered buttons. I know, I've got a thing for fbc.
and a St. Michael black full slip (£1) and red, white and blue heart motif scarf (£1) - still not ironed so not pictured.
So far so good so happy.
But nestled on the dresses rail among the Papaya and Atmosphere, like a diamond in the rough, a black chiffon and velvet strappy maxi dress caught my eye. Especially when I clocked the black'n'gold label. BIBA. Oh yes. Price? £25. Oh no.
It was too small for me, and not in perfect condition, so after a bit of stroking and swishing and sighing, I reluctantly left it on the rail, made my purchases and went home.
On checking out Biba dresses on Ebay, I realised my rookie error. Bugger! There are Biba dresses with Buy it Now prices of over £600! Not that they necessarily go for that, of course. I am trying to comfort myself...
Yes, I went back to the shop.
And yes the dress had gone.
So the moral of the story? BUY THE BLOODY DRESS AS SOON AS YOU SEE IT.
And the other moral of the story? It's only a frock. And I got lots of other goodies which make me smile.
Who needs Biba when you've got C&A? I'm a classy bird, me!
To all you delicious ladies who have come to see what I'm up to - thank you, please come back again!
And special thanks to my lovely friends Vix, Sarah and Helga - who have given me so much support and encouragement. Wouldn't be here without you....