Friday, May 15, 2015

Charity Shop Thrift Haul!

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.


Labeled Primark

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!

Labeled H&M

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? 

10 comments:

  1. Quite a varied haul - my favourite is the dress. I am a regular visitor to my local charity shops and am always elated when I find a bargain. I try to do regular posts on my finds.

    Rebecca

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    1. The dress is one of my favourites too, it's so comfortable. Yes I've seen some of your posts, I like how you show the clothes being worn. I should probably do that too but I always seem to forget!

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  2. Oh I love that first bag, the colour is beautiful! It's like a fairytale bag. I've just discovered your blog through PromptsByDee on Twitter and I'm definitely following! - Tasha

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    1. Aww thank you! Yes it made me think of fairytales too, I love anything that looks like it could be from a fairytale!
      Polly

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  3. Aww, the bag and the necklace are just beautiful! Perfect for dolly kei, definitely.

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  4. I love charity shops! Those boots are lovely and look so comfy. I must take a moment to nosy around our charity shops again.

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    1. Thanks! They are comfy and they have decent grip on the soles too which is good, I can wear them for walks :) Charity shops are so great! I love that I can buy things cheaply and also benefit good causes, it's a win win.

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  5. You sure did find some great things! I really love that bag, it has such beautiful detailing. That is funny that they hide the knitting needles! LOL!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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    1. Thanks! Yeah it's pretty amusing, especially as only a few of the people that work there know about the knitting needles. I went in and asked for some when a different volunteer was working, and they had no idea what I was talking about and clearly thought I was a bit weird. Awkward.

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