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Vintage hunting: You win some, you lose some

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The other day, I was up visiting my Grandmother and I took some time to look through her nearest charity shops. I find it very exciting to discover new charity shops, as they could, quite literally, sell anything. I hadn’t actually planned on spending any money, so I left the Topshop dress and top I wanted, in favour of spending far, far less money on yet another vintage pillowcase and some buttons. I spent just under £2 in the end, on some potential fabric which I just couldn’t leave behind.

Sadly, I didn’t follow my own advice this time and took the fabric back to my Grandmother’s house to find it was very faded in parts and, worst of all, it has some questionable stains. I’m hoping these are just sun damage, but I can’t make a skirt out of it, or add it to my fabric collection, so it’s going back to the charity shop asap.

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The fabric details are so pretty up close

I could use part of it for smaller craft projects, but I don’t want to because I feel bad. This is because the inside of the pillowcase has a name stitched into it and is something that freaks me out a little (I know- weird, right?). I know that anything bought in a charity shop will have been owned by someone else at one time, but seeing a name stitched inside it is just too weird. I can’t use it and I can’t just throw it either, so I’m hoping it’ll go to someone more deserving.

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Charity shops are usually a great place to look for buttons, like the ones I bought above

Do any of you feel the same way? What have you bought that you wished you hadn’t?


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Charity shopping

IMG_1374My local charity shop usually has some great treasures and last week was no exception.

I came away with a lovely, hardly worn, oversized check jacket which will be perfect for styling up with a dress for dinner, or wearing down with a pair of jeans for a walk in the countryside.

I love finding things like this in charity shops, as you can grab yourself a real bargain and come away with an almost new piece of clothing for a fraction of its original price.

Now, it’s already been a week since I last went. I wonder what treasures will be there next time.


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My new fabric

Some fabric I found at a charity shop

The fabric I found at a charity shop

I’ve mentioned the benefits of searching charity shops for fabric many times before and this time was no exception. During the first day of snow last week, I went for a walk to my nearest one and stumbled upon this wonderful fabric.

I’m guessing that it hails from the 70s or thereabouts and it was originally a curtain. Sadly, there wasn’t another curtain to match, so it won’t make anything too elaborate, but I’m planning to sew up a simple a-line skirt or a top out of it.

Ideally, I think I’d like to keep a few small squares of it back too, as one day I’d like to make a quilt, by incorporating all my different, vintage fabrics together. I really love finding an alternative use for something old.

Has anyone else had any luck with remaking any charity shop finds? And if you’ve got any other ideas of what I could make out of it, then let me know.


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Thrifting

I’ve mentioned before about how useful charity shops are for sourcing fabric and cheap clothing. Today I went on a fashion binge in one of my local shops. I hadn’t been for ages, so it was a nice treat for my meagre budget and I ended up buying quite a lot for a small amount of money.

Firstly, I bought two vintage floral pillowcases, in different patterns. Together, these were only £1 and I’m planning to make elastic skirts out of them. Once I’ve made one, I’ll put the DIY on the blog.

The pillowcases that I picked up for £1

I also bought a very nice purple stripy top, originally from H&M, a yellow floral Dorothy Perkins skirt that I’ve been wanting for ages and a Peter Pan collared polka dot dress.

This stripy top was originally from H&M

The Dorothy Perkins skirt

The Peter Pan collared dress I bought from a charity shop

Unfortunately, as is often the case when buying things from charity shops, the skirt is too big. But you have to take the bad with the good and I’ll probably just sell it on eBay or use the fabric to make something small.