Sunday, 24 November 2013

Vintage shopping at Cutlers' Hall

Making the most of what might be my last free Saturday until the new year, I went to a vintage fair yesterday.

Not with any intentions of buying really, but mainly because it was in Cutlers' Hall, a building I have never been in before, despite living in Sheffield for over 30 years.

But wouldn't you know it, even though I had my I'm only browsing head on, I stumbled across this mid-1960s mod style two piece suit, and couldn't resist.

The coat with its detachable hood looks remarkably contemporary, I think.

Wearing the pieces together is a little too much, but if I separate them...

...I think they're groovy!

Gorgeous mid-60s chicks.

1960s Tricoville knit dress suit - vintage fair
1980s boots - Second to None, Walsall
Pendant - gift from bostin bird Vix
Bangles and tights - charity shopped
1950s tapestry bag - vintage shop, Birmingham 

This is my kind of shopping centre;

  an historic building (built 1832) of great significance in this city...

...with Master Cutlers of the past gazing down from the walls...

...a fine staircase, beautiful examples of Sheffield's industrial heritage, and a stunning Victorian tiled floor.

The vintage stalls contained the usual eclectic mix of eras, styles and prices on their tables and rails.

I adored this lurex maxi dress, and the Victorian style blouse was bought from Biba by the stall holder's mother in 1973.

(The photo of the label is just for you, Melanie, for future reference!)

And I also found my Christmas present from Simon, a beautiful vintage Windsmoor faux fur coat.
It came in under our allocated budget for gifts, so I pounced.
But I can't wait till Christmas to wear it!

Hope your weekend has been full of the things you love.



Amber of Butane Anvil said...

Ooo, delicious treasures!!! That plum is wonderful on you, you fit right in amongst the groovy mid-century dames! Amazing historical building and cutlery (!), and I adore that cosy new coat! xoxo

Amber of Butane Anvil said...

... and FIRST to love you, dolly!!!! Heh.

Sandra said...

LOVED the video, no volume, the flaming footie is on and I've had a few wines so I am deaf! the outfit is another hot one, you are gorgeous, definitely wear them together! and the coat is delicious! you have to wear it, it's getting cold, you can't possibly wait for Christmas! that is an amazing shopping centre, my type too, I am missing too vintage fairs due to my Sunday shifts feck! I am hoping for some joy tomorrow! have a great week x x x

Sandra said...

LOVED the video, no volume, the flaming footie is on and I've had a few wines so I am deaf! the outfit is another hot one, you are gorgeous, definitely wear them together! and the coat is delicious! you have to wear it, it's getting cold, you can't possibly wait for Christmas! that is an amazing shopping centre, my type too, I am missing too vintage fairs due to my Sunday shifts feck! I am hoping for some joy tomorrow! have a great week x x x

Patti said...

Oh the 60's suit is so yummy - I agree the hooded coat looks very of-the-moment. Only with more personality! Gorgeous setting for a vintage fair, and yes! to getting your Christmas present a bit early. You look cozy and lovely.

Sandra said...

what has blogger/wine done!!

Helga! said...

Feck YES-that is a marvellous suit!
Love the grapey colour. I like a two piece, I always feel like I've gotten 2 for the price of 1!!
Jaysus, that's a stunning building! The elephant-is it a knob, or what?!
Ha, of course you couldn;t wait to wear that delicious coat! How very kind of Simon, thank you very much sir, we shall get a lot of enjoyment out of this coat!!! But....there will have to be a proper pressie. After all, it ain;t Chrissy without a pressie under the tree!

Angels have Red Hair said...

I love the coat and dress together ... definitely not too much ... its a match made in heaven.
As for that fur coat ... be still my beating heart ... so, so glamorous ... I adore it.
You should have got the lurex dress too ... it's got Curtise written all over it.

Connie said...

You are blowing my mind with this abundance of grooviness. You are gorgeous in purple. OOO LA LA

Sheila said...

Oh, it has, and I love to see your wonderful vintage finds. That 2-piece suit is just incredible, so very you. I adore the coat and wish to pet it and purr...purr...purrr.

Liz said...

So many gorgeous things in one post! The suit is very groovy! The lacy blouse is to die for!
And a vintage fair in what looks like the most amazing setting. Lucky girl.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Carina Rosenholm said...

Love the suit , really grreat ! Just rembered you wanted to se mine ... must fix that . The coat is also really great .
cool house to have vintage market in - the right place indeed .
x xx

Brooke F said...

I can't decide what I love more, the groovy suit or stunning black fur. Do I have to decide? You and your newly acquired treasures are so fab. XXX

Melanie said...

You could be in that groovy video with that swingaring-a-riffic two-piece. I like them worn together. And you really WEAR it. Yeah, baby.
Ah yes, BIBA is high style ALL the way. Hence its covetability. Note to self: Probably not light beach-weight cotton. Still like my sparkles though.
Glad you had a good time exploring.

Vix said...

I love a vintage fair from a buyer's perspective. Cutler's Hall looks exquisite, so much glorious Victoriana and fine detail.
Love that plum suit, it looks great together and even better worn separately. The colour is gorgeous on you.
That lurex dress is fab, wonderfully displayed and the Biba blouse is something I'd be lustfully pawing whatever the label inside.
Fantastic coat, looks wonderful on you, Simon's a sweetheart!
Love you! xxxxxxx

Harrie Hattie said...

Stunning finds Curtis and oh yes Vix I think the next charity shop label find has got to be 'BIBA' xxxx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

I love the 2 pieces together! Great colour too.. I have a few 2 piece outfits that my mother wore in the 60s, with her skinny arse in them... One day I might have the opportunity to slither around in them! I live and hope!

Love all those scissors!

bohemian vanity said...

Oh my what a fab find!!! I'll ome and steal it!!! You look wonderful dear Curtise and the fake fur coat looks divine, i couldn't wait till Christmas! The building is wonderful, guess i would spend hours in there. XX Tani

Diane said...

I wish I had known that the Cuters Hall was open. I've been on once before but need to show Hubby inside. It is the best building we have in the city and I can't believe it is rarely open. That is a fab outfit and it so suits you. Did you watch the Madmen series? xxx

CityScape Skybaby said...

That suit is perfect on you Curtise, love the colour with your hair, and that fake fur is a gorgeous Christmas prezzy, Simon did really well even if he doesn't know it! I love the vintage shimmery maxi dress too, it's such a beautiful colour. I would have taken the opportunity to visit such a beautiful old building too. xx

mondoagogo said...

Ooh the coat! The Coat! Perfect mix of cosy and glam. I want one like that.

I love those little bird-head scissors in the display case.

Tamera Wolfe said...

That plummy fabulous suit looks wonderful on you!!
Now that's my kind of sale, too. I love the pix of the building--how cool!!

Oh yes--that new fur coat had your name on it and must be worn immediately!!

Fiona said...

What a groovy suit. I love the stripy detail on the cuffs and hem and I think it looks fine together...maybe only in b&w? What a pity you didn't treat your neighbours to some go-go dancing...this outfit is perfect for it. Cutlers Hall is very impressive indeed, so many gorgeous examples of Sheffield's finest workmanship.
Fabularse faux fur looks uber warm and highly strokable, what a great pressie. xxxxx

Sacramento Amate said...

Fabulous, and how wonderful to be able to go to a vintage fair, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

Edie Pop said...

Wonderful faux fur coat and suit! The vintage fair sounds like the perfect place for me, what a perfect blouse and dress and a tea room inside!
Have a great week!!
Love xxxxxx

freckleface said...

Cutlers' Hall - Sheffield. It makes perfect sense! That's where our family silver comes from. Well, EPNS anyway. What a venue for a vintage fair.

Look at all your treasures, that two piece suit is amazingly groovy and looks in pristine condition. Nice find Mrs I'm-Only-Browsing! I also love the lurex maxi, it's just beautiful and that coat from Simon is the best. He has great taste ;) Of course you know that everyone is going to be stroking you every time you wear it? Call it a perk of the job. xxxxxxx

thorne garnet said...

Took me a second: Cutlers Hall...stuff that cuts. Of course, I love the scissors. And you look so mod(ern) in the new suit!

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

What a lovely outfit! My favourite colour for red heads. The dress looks great on its own too.
The cutlers hall looks like an amazing place. Those floors!
The coat looks very glamourous and warm. Yep, wear it now! xxxx

Miss Magpie said...

What a stunning suit it would have been criminal to leave it.

I'd have been wrestling that elephant into my handbag!

Kelly Jackson said...

Fabulous suit, Curtise. You're absolutely right: it has that go-go vibe but still feels applicable and contemporary. And the coat is gorg! What wonderful finds. Xo

Anonymous said...

You look fab in that suit. Lovely colour!xxx

Forest City Fashionista said...

That ultra mod suit looks sooo good on you, as separates or together. The grape is a great colour with your hair, and the dress hugs your curves in all the right places. The stripe detail is perfect.

Cutler's Hall is a beautiful building - anything old and cool like that gets demolished over here :(

joyatri said...

The mod look really suits you! I hope you plan to wear that suit to work. You're right the jacket looks very contemporary. I'm sure you'll get tons of use out of both pieces.

silvergirl said...

I just love this suit
The colors are fabulous together, but I don't think I would have ever put them together myself

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I'm in LOVE with this outfit Curtise. It looks fabulous....the jacket and the dress. I think they are perfect as a set, not overdone at all! I love the stripe detail. I agree the vintage fairs are my idea of a shopping mall. Nothing else gets my heart pumping quite like it. Xx

two squirrels said...

Oh that is a stunning sixties jacket and look amazing in them.......yip together always seems a little to much.......but as separates...brilliant.
I am sorry I am so behide with reading your blog....well that is everyone's.......we are so busy getting stock ready for the shop and Xmas.
Thank you for your lovely comment on the shop....xxxx
I hope things are going well with your new's all a little daunting being behide the counter and serving but you will be amazing Miss Curtise. They are so lucky to have a gorgeous lady like you.
Thinking of you and sending a very big hug.
Love v

Mrs. D said...

I'm not surprised you had to get that combo- look how beautiful it looks on you! It's one of those things that looks like it was made for you!
That place looks really interesting. I should come and visit you again after the new year, when you have time for a spot of charity shopping and and some chatting!

Vicky Hayes said...

I'm so sorry Curtise, I am completely out of the loop due to the fact that life has been happening too fast for me and I've been having to hang on to my ears! But after a rummage through your blog I see that you are now a working girl and I love that it's because you sensibly wouldn't let Debenhams not have you! Loving the outfits (especially today's which I covet and the slinky black number which makes you look so sophisticated!) Vicky x

Van said...

Gorgeous outfits, you rock them wonderfully. Love all the vintage goodness in that fair, too!

Jan Graham-McMillen said...

(Catching up with you, finally! I miss so much!)
I think you have a certain new glow about you these last few posts. You've either taken a new lover, Debenhams is agreeing with you more than we all imagained, or there's a better night cream that you've discovered that I need to know about!

Love the suit. Nooooo ... not too much together. So a blast from my past, but never had such a beauty. As the above hints, I think you look completely beautiful in it.

But I still have not gotten over you in as the Long Cool Woman in a Black Dress. You time traveled and inspired the Hollies! I'm so happy you've allowed just a little LBD into your life ... no need to give up color. Just one more idea to embrace and make your own, and you did that for sure! I'm still knocked out.

Had Debenhams clarifed the dress policy?

I've a good ending to a scary few days to report. Our Lucy (the doppelganger for your kitteh) just disappeared last Thursday night. She's a house cat, and we live on a busy farm road, so we were panic ridden for a couple of days, and sinking in to mourning. Then she just showed up in the garage, thinner, cold and ready to come in!
She has an appointment with the kitty-gyno on Monday next. Urk.
So glad she's back and in one piece... Dan was a broken man, I tell you.
So glad your holidays are shaping up ... have a great week!

Ariane Lasalle said...

Thank you for the tour of that wonderful building - i just love those, we have a few in Montreal but not like yours -
I love your 60s ensemble what a wonderful find and the color is so groovy!

The fur coat is also a wonderful find, lucky,lucky girl! Sometimes the thrift shop God are on our side!



Zara Davinia said...

Oh wowza! You look such a glam sophisticated bird in that plum dress - the coats lovely too but the dress, you look fab!! Nice find! I'm just sat here Oooo-ing and awww-ing over the Cutlers Hall (I'm a sad possum lol), the architecture and those floors!! Beautiful! A perfect setting for you to find that gorgeous dress etc! Hope all is going swimmingly with Debenhams! You'll look so glam, will you wear the plum dress? Hope so!

Camelia Crinoline said...

That faux fur coat is fabulous. One of my favourite coats I have is a Windsmoor. It's still looks like new even though it's over 50 years old. I love the two piece suit. The colour is fantastic.

Krista Gassib said...

Ah Curtise this is such a sweet dress, I bet it's warm too and really different from anything you already have. 1832 is an old building for sure and I would so love to visit Sheffield now I know there is more to it than Def Leppard:). Your Christmas coat is humpable I had to say it if Helga didn't.

Anonymous said...

Such a wonderful, vintage find that looks stunning on you, Curtise! I think both pieces look great together when you leave the jacket unbuttoned. How cool that jacket will look with pants as well! And that faux fur coat is to die for; a real keeper! :) Such a bonus to your day to shop in a beautiful, old, historic building as well. Stay warm!

Ivy Black said...

Oooh I do love a two piece and you rock that one. I like the detail. Will you be able to wait until you can wear that stunning, strokable coat? Will you have sneaky tries-on? Bet y'do!

The Small Fabric Of My Life said...

I love the lurex maxi dress.

The Style Crone said...

I adore the two piece suit, and more importantly, how it looks on you. The colors, the perfect fit, and your stunning self confidence as you wear it. The boots and bag couldn't be more lovely.

Happy Thanksgiving from the states and I am grateful for all that you bring to my life.

Trees said...

Holy Crap that outfit is amaze! I am in LOVE!! But then I am such a 1960s girl at heart. I freakin' love that jacket too. Looks so snuggly. Such a beautiful hall - I always feel a bit jealous of all the old history my British blogging pals are surrounded by! Such is the life of a colonial I suppose ;)

The Goodwill Fangirl said...

I don't think that suit together is too much, nope, not too much at all, unless being effin' brilliant is too much, then it, it is so cool, and I need to stop gushing now.

Also, why do I think I need a silver pleated lurex maxi dress? lol

Misfits Vintage said...

OOOOh that mod suit is SPECTACULAR! Love the colour on you and I love it as a two piece. And LOVE your xmas faux fur. And spending the day at the vintage fair with you would have been the best xmas pressie ever.

Love, Sarah xxx