On Monday I headed out into the sunshine for an afternoon of trawling through my local charity shops. And what a full net I returned with! I don't think I've ever had quite so much luck in one day before. Here are just some of my finds...
A real snakeskin bag for £9.99 tucked away in the glass cabinet below the till. My mum doesn't approve of it so I'll have to list it for sale in the shop although surrendering it will be difficult as it's buttery soft and the colours are so subtle and nuanced.
A pretty lacey buttercream sixties' nightie for £2.99.
The leather Gods must have been smiling on me as I found three bags and the perfect belt in a space of minutes.
But the pièce de résistance is doubtless the only 1950s dress I have ever encountered in a charity shop, a 1950s dress that just happens to fit me like it was tailored to my measurements.
I found it hanging up among some traditional Indian clothing in a charity shop I've never had much luck in. As soon as I spotted it I knew I would buy it, regardless of the broken strap, tatty muslin lining hanging out and suspicious looking orange stain. For £12 I didn't have to think twice and after soaking it in a bath of oxyclean and cutting out the tatty muslin lining, I slipped it on and so began a love affair. I have no idea when I am going to have an opportunity to wear such a dress but it is definitely one for keeping.
Now I just need all your help to decide what I should keep! (Although the dress is a no-brainer.)
At the weekend Jian Wei's mum and sister came to stay and we got masses done in the garden including planting some pretties by the front door. Spring is demonstrably here!