After the end of last year I decided to take a little break from charity shopping while I worked on my gigantic clear out and life laundry. While a break was definitely necessary, I realised that I missed it-and after selling and donating a significant portion of my possessions, I figured it was safe to go back to browsing for those second hand gems.
I've put where anything with a label is originally from under the pictures, in case you want to look for something similar!
Labeled Leko London
Maybe I earned some good luck from all that clearing, because I've picked up some great bits and bobs recently! This gorgeous vintage style bag caught my eye because of the unusual clasp. The fact that it is green, beaded, and very suitable for dolly kei outfits sold it to me. I haven't used this yet but I'm really looking forward to putting an outfit together to go with it!
A less flashy and more practical purchase were these ankle boots. I've wanted a pair of pale brown flat ankle boots for ages, so these were perfect! I think they'll work really well for mori inspired and steampunk inspired outfits, and they make me think of Little House On The Prairie which is no bad thing in my opinion.
I recently decided to replace all my metal knitting needles with bamboo ones. I'm a massive fangirl for bamboo anyway-it can be made into so many things! it's sustainable! it has great symbolism!-and if you're going to spend hours using a tool you want it to be tactile, which bamboo definitely is. My local charity shop won't put the knitting needles out on display for safety reasons, so I have to go in and ask for them, and they get them out of a drawer under the counter. It all feels like some kind of illicit black market deal! Anyway I got these three pairs, which were much much cheaper than I could find them anywhere else.
This bag was a bit of a godsend as I found it just after my similarly sized and shaped red fox bag had broken. I love the kind of vintage look it has, it's the perfect everyday bag size, and like the boots it can go with so many different styles of outfit!
I seem to have a habit of buying black and white striped clothing, possibly because it is so versatile. I thought the shape of this dress was very cute, and wrap dresses seem to suit my figure. This has already been worn many times!
I picked up these beautiful and possibly vintage hankies which were unused and still in their packaging. They look like they're hand embroidered which is amazing! The lace edging is also really good quality and has a lovely floral pattern. I'm guessing from the heather and thistle motifs and tartan packaging that these were souvenirs from Scotland. I don't really use cloth hankies, but I think I'm going to do a craft project with these-probably using them to make pockets on a skirt. They were just too pretty to leave behind!
This gorgeous vintage necklace was extremely cheap, and although a lot of the stones are missing I think it's stunning. Plus it has inlaid abalone shell, which appealed to the mermaid in me.
Speaking of my mermaid side, I picked up these seashells for a steal. I was only charged for the big conch shell, and the others were thrown in for free! They are so pretty, and I really want to take some mermaid-y photos with these as props.
I have a bit of an obsession with tins, especially tins which look vintage, so these really appealed to me. Red is my favourite colour and I also really like green, so these are pretty much perfect colours for me.
Finally I had a look through the books and found most of the Southern Vampire Mysteries series. I watched most of True Blood (although I still haven't seen the final season-is it worth it?), so reading these and seeing the differences in plot lines and characters will be interesting.
What's your favourite thing from my haul?