I hadn't intended to be absent for nearly a week, but that's just how things fell; rain or poor light when I wanted to take photos, busy days, kids hogging the computer. Life. Stuff. You know.
I had my job interview on Thursday. Thank you for all your good wishes, and your feedback about dos and don'ts for charity shops. I really appreciate the encouragement and support.
I won't know the outcome until next week, and of course I'll let you know as soon as I hear. I'd be foolish to make any predictions, but my instinct tells me it wasn't an unqualified success; however, impressions can be mistaken so we shall just have to wait and see.
My interview outfit was good though; head-to-toe vintage, and purchased in St Luke's charity shops, appropriately enough.
1970s St Michael cotton maxi skirt, top, cardigan, bangles, 1960s vinyl bag, and 1950-60s Austrian glass necklace -
Sunglasses and sandals - retail
I've been picking up bits and pieces in charity shops as always.
What I love about charity shopping is having no agenda, no list of Things To Buy, just an open mind and eagle eyes, a willingness to take the time and look.
I love this 1970s Miss Mary of Sweden dress. I didn't know Miss Mary made anything other than lingerie, and I can't find any information about their clothing line, but no matter, it's a fabulous frock.
1960-70s folksy tea towel
bright sari fabric
1960s Midwinter bowls (I'm gradually adding to my small collection of Spanish Garden pieces)
I rescued this children's book from the paper recycling box.
It was republished in this edition in 1976 (the definition of a pound clearly puts it post-decimalisation) but the illustrations are pure 1951, its original publication date. The text hasn't been edited much; it's still a world where dads smoke pipes, mums pour tea, the car belongs to Dad, the sewing machine to Mum, and children ride their ponies, when they're not trotting along on a camel. And we all go to balls when we're grown up, of course.
You can supply your own jokes about this one.
What do you reckon, Jess?
As always, I'll be joining Patti and co for Visible Monday.
And despite being in a rather uncomfortable state of employment limbo, I do have this to look forward to next month;
And now I'd better get started on a marathon catch-up session; what have you been up to?