Cold, wet, gale-force winds - ah, the joys of January in the UK.
I'm repeating myself with the white faux fur and tapestry bag, I know, but at least I get lots of use out of my favourite pieces. You know how people calculate the cost per wear for their clothes? Mine must be minimal for almost everything in my wardrobe - if not, it gets sold on.
That skirt was one of my more expensive buys (£16, I think) but I wear it to death.
This little vintage Donbros sweater has a Knockers Ahoy effect, and the cold conditions meant that I had nipples like chapel hat pegs when I removed my coat to take photos.
Too much information? Oh well. (If you're looking for them - and now of course you are - you won't see them because I Picmonkey-ed them out of the picture! Didn't want to have anyone's eye out.)
I was all ready to list the sweater on Ebay, but I decided to keep it. My friend Jo says it's not me at all since I don't wear jumpers, and I should therefore sell it to her, but now she's worried that it will have Boob Bumps in it.
Donbros (Donaldson Brothers) knitwear factory opened in 1937 in Alloa, Scotland.
I read somewhere online that the factory closed in 1963; however, it seems it was amalgamated with other knitwear companies in the Sixties, and continued manufacturing into the 1970s, producing groovy pieces like these.
I think my little jumper is late 1950s/early 1960s. The gold stitching matches the lurex in my tweed skirt rather pleasingly.
1970s faux fur, 1950-60s sweater, 1960s tapestry bag, scarf and paisley bangle - charity shopped
1970s Tricosa maxi skirt - antique/collectables shop, Matlock
Gloves and boots - retail (sale)
Beret - prize
Striped bangle - gift from Fiona
As always, I enjoyed my two days volunteering in the charity shops this week. The manager of the city centre branch is keen to develop a vintage section, and naturally I am very keen to help her.
Still, much as I can appreciate a well-maintained, reasonably priced vintage rail in a chazza, nothing beats the thrill of stumbling across vintage treasure among the secondhand chain store offerings.
1980s Frank Usher sequin, bead and silk prom dress (already for sale here)
1970s S Modell angel sleeve maxi
1960-70s silver lurex dolly dress (sadly the label has been removed)
I'm hoping for a relaxing weekend, and if the slates stay put on the roof in these high winds, I'll consider it a bonus!