How has your weekend been?
Good, I hope.
I managed to wangle a weekend featuring some of my favourite things;
kids out having fun with their friends, a Chinese takeaway, wine, a jumble sale with friends, a vintage/secondhand market virtually at the end of my road, some sunshine, and the man is making tea so I can get this blog post done, hurray!
First up - some jumble joy from yesterday;
padded coat-hangers (you can never have too many, can you, Clare?)
1970s St. Michael swimsuit
1970s St. Michael pink slip/nightie
huge wool blanket (instant nostalgia - reminds me so powerfully of my childhood)
Swallow print tie top
1970s leather shoulder bag
pomander (to add to my growing collection)
1970s curling tongs
1960s Midwinter bowls
1970 and 1973 calender tea towels.
(If these are anyone's birth years and you would like them, I'll happily wash and iron them and send them on to you!)
Favourite finds of the day;
Groovy 1970s embroidered cat picture - weird and so wonderful.
Box of Tootal Chic handkerchiefs - 3 original hankies still with their stickers on, plus random others squashed inside the box too.
1950-60s Pixie vanity case and a wedding cake topper.
I remembered Loo's advice and took another spin past the bric-a-brac stall, checking underneath the tables, and spotted the vanity case. The man on the stall apologised for the fact there was no key - but it was hiding in the pocket all along! The case needs a good clean, but it makes up for my previous disappointment, immortalised in Melanie's Rumble in the Jumble cartoon (in my side bar.)
Is it fanciful to imagine that the wedding cake decoration and vanity case belonged to the same lady?
I am no great fan of marriage, but I couldn't leave this charming couple behind, so 20p later, they were in my bag. They are sitting on a broken plastic base and I think they would originally have taken a sedate battery-operated spin around the top of the cake.
Bruised and battered, paint peeling, but still arm in arm. I'd like to believe in the possibility of that.
Denim jacket, sequin beret, bangles and Office shoes - charity shopped
1970s maxi skirt - vintage fair
Planet t-shirt - jumble sale
Belt and necklace - retail (sale)
Brooch - flea market
So much fun - friendly chat with the stall holders, a post-jumble show-and-tell with my pals over a coffee, quirky treasures (there were also some tops for Eldest, a pair of boot stretchers, and paperbacks for the man), and all for under a tenner.
That makes me happy.
Today, Littlest and I wandered back from her swimming lesson by way of a small vintage market, part of National Antiques Week.
I loved this nest of tables, the annodised soda siphon and wooden ice bucket.
But I was very good and didn't buy anything...
...until I reached the Beads 4 Aid stall run by these two lovely ladies.
One of them said to me that I looked like someone who enjoys drama and colour; true enough, but only sartorially speaking!
They donate a percentage of their profits to a charity supporting Ugandan women who have suffered injuries during childbirth.
Unusually for me, among all the bright colour, I chose this understated but oh-so-pretty silver and marcasite ring. It was labelled as 1980s, but I suspect it's a little earlier - maybe a 1970s homage to Thirties Art Deco style?
Orange and pink - Nature doesn't fear bright colours or fabulous clashing combinations, so why should I?
That's right, Charlie, I'm leaving the monochrome to you today.
I've had a lovely weekend, I'm bright, I'm colourful, and I'm being visible over at Patti's for our usual Monday get-together!