It’s no secret that I love a good ol’ charity shop rummage. In fact, it’s one of my favourite things to do – mainly because you can take just £20 with you and come away with a quite a few finds. Also, of course, it is the thrill of going and not knowing what you may find. I admit that many will have this same thrill as they walk through the doors of Topshop, but I find there is more anticipation with charity and vintage shops!
I’ve collected together just a few of my favourite vintage pieces which I’ve collected over the years. This was actually quite a hard task as there are so many pieces I love which I’ve picked up either at a car boot sale or a charity shop, but here are a few!
One of my favourite pieces to pick up is definitely a blouse, so I’ve tried to go for a little theme here. The first blouse – originally from House of Fraser – cost me just a £1 I think and yet I’ve worn it so often. It’s such a pretty pattern and I love the blush pink, this is definitely one of my favourite colours so it fits seamlessly into my wardrobe. The little clutch bag was a gem of a find at a car boot sale a few years ago now – and although it is pretty small and I haven’t really used it that much, this is my Downton Abbey bag and I love it.
The next two blouses – one is an old find from many, many years ago and the other I bought earlier in the year. These are a prime example of why I love shopping for second hand pieces. The blouse with the gold detail buttons is also an example of a slightly older top – Granny Chic* if you like, though I hate using that phrase – but it looks so nice paired with skinny jeans and a gold necklace. The embroidery is so pretty too and if you can’t already tell, I love cream! And the top beneath it? This was another car boot sale find, except that it’s 100% silk and only cost me a £1. I have worn this so many times, I’ve actually lost count.
The final item – note, it’s cream – I picked up from a Vintage Fair that regularly comes to Norwich. It brings batwing arms to a whole new level and again, has such pretty detailing. I bought this a couple of years ago now but I love that it’s still trendy, even in 2016, as it is a great example of the pajama trend. I think this was a little more expensive but it looks so chic worn with black skinny jeans.
So there we have it, just a few of my favourite vintage finds over the years – from car boot sales, to vintage fairs to the great British charity shop, I urge you to go and explore!