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Hey Ho, Let’s Go…Charity Shopping! What I Found This Week 

21 Sep 17

We’ve found some fabulous stuff on our charity shop jaunts over the last couple of weeks, the stockroom rails are positively groaning under the weight of crazily printed maxi dresses, capes, leather coats, tweed jackets and dagger collared shirts but…

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What I Wore To Wetherspoons 

18 Sep 17

I lived like a normal person at the weekend – a leisurely breakfast eaten at the kitchen table, The Guardian Weekend read from cover-to-cover, a few hours spent pottering around the garden and an evening hanging out with friends in ‘Spoons.

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Little Green Apples 

15 Sep 17

What’s this, three posts in a week? A sure sign I’ve got loads of stuff to do and can’t be arsed to get them done.

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¡Ay, Caramba! Vintage Couture For A Fiver 

13 Sep 17

Unlike elsewhere in Blogland, you won’t find any Autumnal fashion or tweed and cosy knitwear in earthy-tones here.

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Kinky Boots – A Weekend At London’s Classic Car Boot Sale 

11 Sep 17

Talk about a rude awakening! On Saturday morning, the alarm went off at 3am and, less than an hour later, we were on the road, knees draped in blankets (Gilbert’s heating system is non-existent) heading towards Kings Cross, the destination for …

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Dye Dye Baby – How I Averted A Dollyrockers Disaster 

8 Sep 17

I’ve always loved Dollyrockers, a vintage label originating from the British Boutique Movement.

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Kinky’s Festival Adventures – End Of The Road, 2017 

5 Sep 17

If I could create my dream festival I’d only sell tickets to Guardian-reading, 6Music-listening types like me, hopefully eliminating any “lad” culture or loutish behaviour.

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A Folkin’ Great Weekend – Towersey, 2017 

29 Aug 17

As is always the way, by the time we finally get the hang of our stall set-up it’s almost the end of the festival season.

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Machine Head – Meet The Family 

21 Aug 17

Minimalist types, look away now.

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Modern Life Is Rubbish (And So Was My Latest Sewing Machine) 

18 Aug 17

What a bloody dump! I complained to Jon as we walked home from the town centre, picking our way past stained mattresses, old fridges, knackered microwave ovens, rancid sofas and sacks of god-knows-what dumped on the pavement by Walsall’s residents in…

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Clogs, Clobber & Classic Cars 

15 Aug 17

There are only sixty-nine Volkswagen Variants left in the UK and our 1970 model, Ebbie, is an LE, of which only 6 are known to exist ( Source ) so imagine my surprise when I visited the Lotta of Stockholm website (I’ve gone slightly mad for their …

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How the Waste Was Worn – Other People’s Cast-offs, My Way 

10 Aug 17

I haven’t shared my chazzing finds in ages.

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Disco Jackets & Gingham 

7 Aug 17

It’s just as well you visit my blog for my scintillating conversation ‘cos there ain’t no new clothes to see here.

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24 Hour Party People 

4 Aug 17

Don’t adjust your screens, non-Brits.

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Hear My Train A-Comin’ – Indietracks 2017 

31 Jul 17

Now, that’s what I mean about the spirit of Indietracks! One of our customers exclaimed when, not having any specs cases for sale, I opened my bag and told him to take mine.

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I’m No Teenage Icon – Mud & Madness Of Truck 2017 

25 Jul 17

Last Wednesday we left home, bound for Oxfordshire, home to the teenage knees-up that is the Truck Festival.

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This Old House – Stonecroft After The Paint Job 

18 Jul 17

It’s over! No more dodging ladders and scaffolding or having to walk around the house fully clothed.

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Cornbury Festival, 2017 – The Fabulous Finale 

11 Jul 17

Once upon a time a festival lovin’, vintage wearing couple saw a colourful stall at Glastonbury and decided that one day they too would take their retro clothing to sell at a music festival.

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A Greek Epic – Booze, Food, Fashion & A Road Trip 

3 Jul 17

Meet George, our red Panda.

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Greece is The Word – Exploring Kérkyra 

29 Jun 17

We’d heard good things about Corfu’s public transport system so, with a bus stop a few minutes walk from our apartment, we decided to visit Kérkyra (Corfu Town), the island’s capital.

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All Greek To Me – Beautiful Paleokastrítsa 

27 Jun 17

I know what you’re thinking…

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So Many Dresses…Such A Tiny Luggage Allowance 

19 Jun 17

For a woman with a wardrobe stuffed with backless, slash fronted, halterneck, gloriously impractical dresses it’s a crying shame I was born in a country where we can count the number of gloriously hot days suitable for wearing them on the fingers of …

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Baddesley Clinton – Knights Have Dwelt Within Their Walls, Fugitives Fled To Their Secret Chambers, Cavaliers Knocked at Their Oaken Doors 

14 Jun 17

A National Trust visit was long overdue, so yesterday armed with cheese sandwiches and the camera we jumped in the van and headed south across the border to Warwickshire.

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Hey Mickey! Curtain Couture & The Story Behind Our Latest Stock 

12 Jun 17

When I wear my hair in twin buns Jon calls them my Mickey Mouse Ears so, after spotting a pair of Disney curtains in the 50p bin in a chazza on Friday, I just had take them home and transform them into a maxi dress.

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Gold Digger 

8 Jun 17

I think we did the right thing coming back from our festival early, it’s hardly stopped raining since.

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The Acoustic Festival – A Very British Weekend 

5 Jun 17

It’s that time of year again…

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Our House (In The Middle Of Our Street) 

30 May 17

We’ve put it off for far too long.

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Greece Is The Word 

26 May 17

After we missed out on Glastonbury tickets when they went on sale back in October Jon I made a plan to escape to Greece for the duration of the festival.

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Only In Your Underwear 

22 May 17

Yay! The joys of being self-employed.

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Scrap Craft – The Art Of Making Do & Being Unique 

18 May 17

Ever heard of scrap craft? According to gardening guru Guardian columnist, Alys Fowler , in her superbly sensible book, The Thrifty Gardener , it’s when you reuse or recycle unwanted items into something useful.

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The Love Witch – Vintage Wardrobe Magick 

12 May 17

I’m often mistaken for someone who practices the dark arts.

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Hot Fun In The Summertime 

10 May 17

Hoo-bloody-ray! After a seemingly endless week of icy temperatures and oppressive grey skies the sun has finally burst through and in a fit of solar-induced madness I’ve banished all my cold weather clothes to the suitcase on top of the wardrobe and …

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Hey Ho, Lets Sew 

4 May 17

Rarely a day goes by when I’m not sewing, replacing zips and buttons, taking up hems or mending split seams in order to get our stock ship-shape and ready for selling.

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Y Viva Espana -My Bell Bottom Blues 

2 May 17

Last October my gorgeous friend Claire visited us at one of our vintage fairs and gave me this groovy 1970s trouser suit she’d found on her chazzing travels, knowing that it would be the perfect addition to my festival wardrobe.

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Scandalous Behaviour – The History Of Hanbury Hall 

28 Apr 17

Fire up the camper! With less than a month until the festival season kicks off it was time to give Gilbert his first run of the year and, with the Easter Holidays over the kids safely back at school, a National Trust visit was well overdue.

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Something Old, Something New – A Week In Charity Shopping 

24 Apr 17

Charity shops are always rubbish during the school holidays I said to my friend Lyndsey Boomerang when we bumped into each other last week with not a purchase between us.

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How The Waist Was Won – Reclaiming My Figure After 50 

20 Apr 17

Eighteen months ago I started to notice that my clothes were getting tighter.

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Paint It Black – Introducing The Kinky Shed 

18 Apr 17

Izzy, our postman, looked on aghast when he handed over our mail on Saturday morning and caught us slapping paint on the Kinky shed.

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If Wes Anderson Did Vintage 

10 Apr 17

I swear that as long as there’s breath in my body I’ll never stop getting excited by vintage clothes.

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Modern Talking 

6 Apr 17

Shock horror! I’m NOT in head to toe vintage.

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Upton Top Ranking – Art Deco Glamour In Rural Warwickshire 

4 Apr 17

In 1927 Mr AR Motion put his house and accompanying 800 acre estate up for sale.

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Girls Just Wanna Have Fun – A Bloggers’ Day Out 

29 Mar 17

It’s been ages since I saw Tania Curtise so when we met yesterday we were far too busy catching up to take many photos (thanks to Tania for sharing hers).

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Mega Flares, Ruffles & Wonder Woman 

27 Mar 17

There’s something completely ridiculous about making myself an entire outfit to wear to Wetherspoons for today’s drunken lunch date but there again, I’ve never claimed to be normal.

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Curtain Couture – Backyard Swagger 

24 Mar 17

Yesterday a sun-bleached curtain, today a psychedelic maxi skirt.

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Workin’ 5 to 9 

21 Mar 17

What A Way To Make A Living! …

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Buy Buy Love – This Week’s Secondhand Finds 

16 Mar 17

For a woman who spends a large part of her life shopping I rarely end up keeping any of it.

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Leo & Me 

14 Mar 17

A day without dressing up is a day wasted says me.

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More National Trust Adventures – Exploring Croome Court 

10 Mar 17

It’s been ages since we last visited a National Trust property.

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Livin’ For The Weekend 

6 Mar 17

The fair trade company I’d bought my eco-activism cushion covers from asked me to complete a customer survey but I drew a blank at the second question, Where do you get your style inspiration from…

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This Old Thing? Rediscovering My Wardrobe 

2 Mar 17

I could never be a minimalist.

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