We're having a snow day today; the kids' schools are both closed, and although that has scuppered my plans for the day, it's actually rather useful to have some enforced time at home.
I'm finding that working an extra day in the charity shop has blown my blogging schedule (not that I ever really had one) and I need to find a new rhythm.
My hazy shades of winter this week match the garden; green, black and white.
Windsmoor faux fur coat - vintage fair
1970s Berkertex dress and boots - Ebay
Wrap cardigan - gift from Tania
Necklace and bangles - charity shopped
1950s dress - gift from Vix
Coat, cardigan and 1920-30s brooch - charity shopped
Boots (NEW!) - retail (half price)
New boots; get me. The lace-up boots on the left are on their last legs (ha!), and my poor feet can't manage a walk to work and standing up all day in heels any more.
So I've been looking for a pair of knee-high black leather boots for ages; plain, no buckles, studs, flaps or fringes, low-heeled, long enough not to appear mid-calf length on me, and within my price range. The charity shop gods have failed me, Ebay prices have escalated too high for secondhand boots without the possibility of return if they don't fit, so I rather reluctantly bought new.
For £50, I have exactly what I wanted. I feel hugely self-indulgent, but pleased too.
Although naturally, secondhand shopping remains my One True Love.
1950-60s (I'm guessing) Austrian-made rainbow glass necklace - £3
1970s Pierre Cardin silk scarf with hand-rolled edges - £1
1970s navy leather bag - £4
In addition to writing a blog post, it has also been good to be at home today to get this little lot washed, ironed and ready for Ebay;
1960-70s dresses, plus a 1960s wool skirt suit.
The couple who have been donating all the vintage stock to our charity shop hadn't been in since Christmas, but turned up yesterday. Sadly, the task of sorting out their relative's house has defeated them, and they have employed a house clearance firm to take the rest, so these are their final donations. I'm a bit gutted, but can sympathise completely with how overwhelming they found the job, and our local hospice has done very well out of the treasures they gave us.
And I have loved sorting through them.
So many dresses...Good labels too, Wolsey and Wetherall are classic British heritage brands, and along with the Carnegie, Cresta and Susan Small frocks, they would have been expensive items in their day.
I'm Ebaying these on behalf of St Luke's, but rest assured I left plenty more on the rails for the discerning charity shopper looking for vintage - 1950-70s coats, dresses and suits galore.
Before the snow.
So bear with me, while I get to grips with what amounts to a part-time job, albeit one which is unpaid. (I'm not complaining - I love it!)
And I'll catch up with you all as soon as I've photographed and measured all those frocks...