Monday, 26 March 2012

A Very Vintage Weekend

Goodness me, I really love the Vintage Jumble! I had a stall there on Saturday, and it was lovely to meet up with all the other 'vintage ladies' and basically swap stuff! There are so many bargains to be found - most of the stuff I bought was 50p a go. How good is that? Quite unintentionally, I seem to have bought quite a lot of pink plastic things. I suppose it's inevitable, given my kitsch leanings.
I also got old cards and children's books, all of them very sweet and charming. I was especially pleased with this Little Indians book, as the pictures are photos of puppets, which I really like.
Then on Sunday, we popped in to visit a Craft and Vintage Fair at M Shed in Bristol.  It was a combination of a Blind Lemon Vintage Fair (which is a  fashion fair) and Magpies and I Vintage & Craft Market. It was a rare treat for me to go to the fashion fair. I don't normally bother, as they charge a few quid to get in, but this weekend it was free. Yay! I really don't like paying to go to fairs (unless they're charity events, of course). I'll pay up to £1, as I know it can be difficult to cover costs. But above that, I resent paying for the privilege of going to see if I want to buy anything. It's like making customers pay to go into a shop. And although Mr Kitsch will put up with following me around while I look at lovely old dresses (for a short while at least), he certainly doesn't want to pay to do it!

The other reason I don't often go to fashion fairs is that I can never find anything nice that fits me. Being big, I usually find the only thing on the rail in my size is a 1960s nylon housecoat or some kind of rough hessian kaftan. Neither of which will do me any favours, believe me. Oh, how I sigh, when I remember my young, slim days, when I used to find so many 1960s dresses at jumble sales. But hey, guess what? Yesterday, I found a nice dress that fitted me! I was a bit doubtful about the yellow at first, but with the white background, it seems to work. I was chuffed to bits! That's it in the photo below, along with a gorgeous little dish I also bought.
I have written before about the healing power of shopping, and how shallow that makes me, but buying this dress lifted my mood no end. Do you ever get like that? The sunshine helps too, of course. For no real reason, I feel like things are getting better. Spring is springing everywhere and I have a happy frock! 

6 comments:

Candy Pop said...

Lovely! I have some of those Avon things! :)

The Custards said...

Very delicious ~Elaine. Fickle finger of fate as I too was able to purchase two dresses at the weekend suitable for the larger girthage (me not you!). Love all your purchases and can relate to the upliftingness of buying. Glad that the Vintage Jumble was happy sailing...

Jee said...

Weather is definitely lifting my mood. Wish I cold have got to the Vintage Jumble - so near but so far, sigh....

Jane Housham said...

'Vintage' + 'Jumble' = Jealous.
What are the pink plastic umbrella and hands for? I think I love them but not if they are for wafting 1960s room freshener around your lounge ... Are they for very camp vicars to swing their incense in, perchance?

Liz said...

I feel happy after successful shopping too! Love the little dish - pretty!
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

delia hornbook said...

Looks like it was a great event. Love your pink pommanders are they avon ones? Your dish is really pretty love the colours. dee x