It is a truth universally acknowledged that when vintage-loving bloggers meet up, there is much chatting, laughing and shopping.
And yesterday was no exception.
Walsall's vintage Aladdin's cave, Second to None, full to bursting with amazing stock at great prices, and a lot of happy shoppers.
Serious rummaging went on, fuelled by cans of gin and tonic and vodka and orange, thoughtfully supplied by Hostess with the Mostest, Vix.
There's Tania and her friend Vanessa with Vix, Em and Annie in the top pic, and Gisela checking out the handbags.
Trying on and posing for photos is all part of the fun.
Vix is a supermodel, of course, whether she's wearing a 1970s pimp-tastic vinyl and faux fur maxi coat, a Dollyrockers frock, or a 1960s suede jerkin over a bikini.
And look at the amazing print on the dress Em is wearing.
Tania tried a 1960s floral housecoat and an early 1980s C&A jumpsuit (anyone else thinking Anneka Rice in Treasure Hunt?)
Emma rocked the faux fur and a 1970s shirt with a fantastic print.
Annie was taken with the late 1960s/early 70s Indian cotton maxi with the fantastic sleeves, and Fiona also went the hippy route with a beautiful Indian block printed wraparound skirt.
What did they buy? Hmm, you'll have to wait till the lovely ladies do their own posts and show you!
Lunch in a Wetherspoons pub is de rigeur - cheap, cheerful, and boozy. One of Walsall's Wetherspoons is in St Matthew's Hall, built in 1830 as a library. Isn't it a beautiful building?
Bloggers hit the streets!
That's Em in the beautiful green coat; Fi wearing a fantastic tartan maxi skirt, and Gisela in a fab frock and denim jacket. Tan is rocking her curtain couture dress, Vanessa's jeans show off her amazing legs, Lyndsey is working the vintage dress and Converse combo brilliantly, and Vix is doing some excellent pattern mixing.
Don't they look great?
Walsall's stunning Victorian shopping arcade.
The trimmings stall on the market got a lot of love.
Look at Tan's little face - ooooh! Fi and Em have matching buns. I refer to their hair, not their bottoms.
The boxes of braids, pom poms and sequins could be a visual metaphor my blogging friends - colourful, fun, sparkling and beautiful. Cheap, too.
Vix reliving her past - teenagers arranged to meet their dates at Walsall's famous 1970s concrete hippo!
Gray's Herbal Tablets - the working man's friend for cold nights and mornings.
Anyone need any hair? Vix asked, as she took us for a browse in the Asian beauty shop.
So after a final drink, we went our separate ways after another excellent day out. Thank you, darlings, for your wonderful company.
And what did I buy?
This delectable 1970s cape-sleeved maxi...
but titter ye not, it's by Frederick Howard, not Frankie.
And this 1960s beauty, for when I come over all Regency lady.
Surprising, I know, but I do occasionally have an Elizabeth Bennet moment. It's happened before, you can read about it here if you like.
1960s David Butler maxi dress - Second to None
1970s wool hat - flea market
Bangles, necklace and shoes - charity shopped
I can't recommend meeting up with fellow bloggers highly enough - it's a joy.
And if you can't do it in person, then a virtual get together over at Patti's Visible Monday is the next best thing - see you there!