Monday, 24 February 2014

Lets Go Charity Shopping!



Yay! Liz had the day off work today so we indulged in our favourite pastime, ransacking the chazzas of the West Midlands for cheap, impractical and frivolous things.


Armed with big bags (Liz made this beauty),


Sensible shoes (mine!),


...and a £4.30 daysaver.


We caught the bus to Royal Sutton Coldfield to explore.


Here's just a few of the town centre charity shops.


We made frequent stops for refreshments (and to inspect our purchases). I bought this 1960s groovy perspex candle holder (99p) and the flower power PVC bangle (50p)


Liz snaffled this 1960s Kangol angora beret for £2.50


No girls' day out would be complete without the obligatory Wetherspoons lunch - cheese & tomato panini with chips and a generous measure of dry white wine (£5.69 a head - bargain!)


It seemed a shame not to make full use of the day saver ticket so, once we'd exhausted Sutton, we jumped on the bus to nearby Boldmere and explored the chazzas there.


Liz got some hand knitted gloves, an embellished warehouse dress, a Laura Lees For TopShop silk blouse, a paisley print shift dress and a satin work shirt.


I bought this odd wood-mounted picture 'cos I can't resist a pretty lady (especially when she's a cheap one).


These 1970s saucers (at 25p each) will be great on the kitchen windowsill as plant pot stands.


A ceramic poodle thermometer for 75p? How could I resist?

Crimplene maxi (my mate Curtise), 1960s vinyl bag & hat (charity shops), fake fur coat (£7, clearance sale 2012)

Talk about a good day, on the way home the owner of my favourite Indian trimmings market stall let me have a big bag of pom pom braiding for cost price and Jon had not only unloaded the van & put away all the stock from yesterday but also had jacket potatoes ready & waiting.

See you soon!

Linking to Patti's Visible Monday and Judith's Hat Attack.

79 comments:

ThriftyParka said...

Yoink! First comment belongs to me!!!!

Paula lalaboo said...

Hey Vix
Sounds like you had a fab day with some great bargains and of course wonderful company. Not bad for a Monday! Loved your bin on your last post too. How cool were they.

P x

ThriftyParka said...

Love those sensible shoes!!! They look like you could walk for miles in them, yet they are not boring.

Oooh, love those 1970's saucers. They'll look FAB under the plants.

ladryada said...

Good gracious , your shoes , they're amazing !
And lovely skirt too ...
Seems like you're blessed with loads of charity shops where you live !

~ Enchanted greetings from another charity shopper ~

Eileen Smith said...

I did the boldmere , wylde green and mere green last year , you have reminded me to do them again , brings back memories seeing the salvation army shop again , great finds there , you had a good day for it though xxx

dela belle k said...

Gosh, y'all look like y'all had tons of fun! I want to go with y'all next time!! I love the rings, by the way.

www.delabellesbeautyblog.com

Carina Rosenholm said...

Two beatiful ladys having a great day ! Awsome !
xxx

Ivy Black said...

Fecking chazztastic, petal! That's how to do it. My idea of a stonking day out. Love the poodle and the cheap, pretty lady.
Could just go a plate of chips now.
Loves ya.
xxxxx

Maureen said...

Lurve the fur lined pretty, pretty booties! Love a charity shop day, especially with my friend Lin who managed to get a pair of red suede wedge heeled CC41 shoes with the gold lion head in near perfect condition - for £1!

Sue said...

Another successful day out amongst your "chazzas". You have plenty on offer.

Trudie said...

What a lovely day and fun you looked to of had. I'm long overdue for treasure hunt with a friend who enjoys doing it as much as I do.

the gardener's cottage said...

love it. looks darn glamorous from here! adore the dress liz is wearing. xo

Diary of a penny pincher said...

Ooh, haven't been over to Sutton for ages, must put that on the list. Great haul as usual, and love the outfits. Love those daysaver tickets!

Krista Gassib said...

The only thing making me more jealous than that pink hat is you hanging with one of the Liz's! The picture of you two beauties is a riot with the grouchy old lady in back peeping over! What's all the fuss! This outfit makes me sing it's just that happy!

You both are looking bright and cheery and tell Liz Vivian Westwood needs to move her tartan stuff on over, this bag is fresh! I think you showed great restraint but what you did get is oh so Vix! I can't wait to see your pretty face this week! OH HOW I MISS YOU!!!!
All my love and gimmie those chips now!
XXOOO

Willow said...

Loving the pic of you and Liz and the bewildered woman .lol

Patti said...

You and Liz are freaking fab. I cannot *wait* to get over the water to go shopping with you! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, you are a shining star of individuality. xox

Kezzie said...

Those boots=fab!!!!!! Day of charity shopping is a fine way to socialise! Liz's beret is a corker!!! X

Helga! said...

I keep sniggering at the nosey parker who bombed your selfie!!!
YAY for a grand day out, feck me, there's a LOT of chazzas in Royal Sutton Coldfield (what a bizzarre name for a town!). I feel exhausted just thinking about that many chazzas in one day! You did well, that poodle thermometer being the score of the day in my opinion!!!!
Love Helga xxxXXXxxx

two squirrels said...

Oh oh what a fantastic day! I love seeing the good old op-shops in the UK. Yay.
Your shoes are amazing...love them.
Love v

Fiona said...

Those shoes may be flatties but I'd hardly call them sensible, that just wouldn't be you. What a great day out and no rain either...halle bloodylujah. Those chips look lush and so do you! Love that hat. xxxxx

Hippy At Heart said...

It's amazing how many charity shops you Brits do have - we only have one in our city!

Natalia Lialina said...

What a wonderful day you had, pretty ladies!! I loved your sensible booties - so fun! And your friend made such a cool bag too! You both look absolutely fantastic, and your ability to find cute things for such little prices is incredible to me. I am learning! :)

freckleface said...

Haha! Love your elf boots! I had a yellow, red and blue pair of clogs as a kid, how i loved them! That has got to be the perfect day - top friends, chazza treasures and finally a lunch of wine and chips. Your photo bomber must have super powers, nobody can normally resist the fun with you around. Bet she's got a vest on under there with SuperGrump written on it. Love your pink hat and liz's oriental dress. Yep, you definitely took glamour on tour around the W Mids today! Xxxxxxx

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

What a fun filled day!

I love Liz's dress and your colourful maxi and pimping hat : )

bisous
Suzanne

Angels have Red Hair said...

Look at all those different shops ... you are spoilt for choice.
Those shoes are fantastic ... they remind me of bowling shoes ... but much, much better.
xx

Lucy Nation said...

This is my ideal way to spend a day. Perusing charity shops at your leisure with a willing partner in crime culminating in a large inexpensive meal from Wetherspoons. Although being a carnivore I'd have to go for one of their gorgeous hotdogs! Love your sensible shoes and I'd have definitely bought those saucers at 25p each xxx

Winter Moon said...

What a gorgeous day out! I chuckled at your photo bomber on the train :)

I love all your bargains and really fancy a panini and chips now!

Some great finds there xx

OP SHOP MAMA said...

Total bliss!! I remember Wetherspoons fondly! And chazza shopping too for that matter! x

beate grigutsch said...

sounds like a gorgeous day!
love your shoes, they look comfy and warm. beautiful selfi of both of you in the bus!!!!!
<3

Clairejustine oxox said...

Love your boots... Aww looks like a great day and lots of great bargains :)

Miss Magpie said...

all those chazzas what bliss!

Kelly Jackson said...

Thanks for the tour! There's that red Kangol hat - fab! Xox

Northern mum down South said...

Loved seeing all your bargains. What a great day out.

thorne garnet said...

8! 8 charity shops? No fair.

pastcaring said...

Now that's a right good day out! Lovely to see gorgeous Liz, and the selfie on the bus is brilliant, that lady in the background was obviously jealous that she wasn't getting to join in with the chazzin' and Wetherspoonin' fun!
You both found some treasures, that's good - Liz was obviously drawn to gorgeous prints and fabrics, while you were a sucker for some bonkers bric-a-brac. That poodle was a Must Be Bought, the candle holder is very groovy, and the wood-framed lady is a beauty.
Chips and wine (what, no Porn Stars?!) are the perfect lunch, and you both look fabulous. Feeling the need for a blogger day out now...
Love ya! xxxxx

Lucy In The Sky said...

What a great day out. It's been a while since I've hoped on the bus and done the rounds of all the charity shops up north through the different towns and had just a good day out. I need to do that again. you ladies found some great things. Love those saucers and that poodle, and your hat of course!

The Style Crone said...

What fun! You and Liz took the charity shops by storm! Loving the photo of the two of you, your lovely purchases and your great headwear.

Loulou said...

Fun! How I love your sensible shoes.

Marjorie said...

Serious envy here as no charity shops. Love Liz's bag. Do you know where she got the pattern or is it her own creation?

Van said...

Looks like an epic trip. Love the poodle thermometer so much ;D And your awesome bin before/after.

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Beth Waltz said...

Can't decide which tickles me more: those 'sensible' shoes, or the dour female photo-bomber.

What fun it would be to trail behind you on a promenade and hear the comments of those who cannot see the sense behind your style!

Olga Rani said...

Seems like you two had a fabulous day and enjoyed your hunting and the company of each others. Love your shoes! You look gorgeous in this fur coat and the hat, great colours combination.

cherre henderson said...

You had a perfect shopping day! I really like the poodle thermometer and that really cool candle holder. Your thrift stores are awesome! ;-)

Please may I? said...

Looks like you grabbed some fabulous things and had a great time too. I must admit I do like looking around Sutton Coldfields Charity shops.

Loving the bag, think I may need to treat myself to one of Liz's creations.

X x

Sacramento Amate said...

Those shoes are pure magic, just like your smiles, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
There is nothing I like better than a good charity shopping day, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

Mrs. D said...

Ooh looks like a grand day out :)
Your shoes are absolutely insane!!!!

Sandra said...

What a brilliant day out, your sensible shoes are just amazing, you both look delectable (and I love your jacket!) and your haul is fab, poodle thermometer! oh yeah, it's gorgeous! I'm craving some chazza shop action x x x

Sarah said...

I haven't been charity shopping in such a long time (the ones where I live are pretty disappointing now). I love those saucers that you picked up for 25p each - what a bargin! x

Emma Kate at Painted Style said...

Cheap, impractical and frivolous are my very favourite things. I love the dress Liz is wearing. And the lady in your selfie! xxx

Nat said...

A fabulous day out for two gorgeous girls :-)

Melanie said...

What a fab day out! I kept thinking the reflection in the first picture was a beautiful dolls house!

Vintage Bird Girl said...

I do love seeing a day out with you. Both you & Liz look gorgeous. Love your finds....especially the kitsch poodle. Sorry for my lack of comments, but I'm back from holidays & catching up on your posts. Xx

señora Allnut said...

really fabulous and successful day, it seems you had a great time hunting treasures and having some refreshment too!!
I was so fascinated by your pretty magenta hat and furry jacket than I was at risk of ignoring your shoes!!, and those are Colorful Shoes!!!
besos

Bobbi said...

You look stunning in the blue fur and pink hat. Great finds at the shops! Of course, your shoes are brilliant.

Twiggy said...

Looks a fab day, love the lady photo bombing you on the bus :)
Twiggy

Sabrina said...

I love that skirt so much! The print is perfect and the way you paired it with the rest of the pieces is such a refreshing eclectic mix.

Sincerely,
Sabrina

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Sharon S said...

Hi my dear! My perfect day is exploring the chazzas at my leisure with a spot of lunch thrown in, you gals did brilliantly with your finds!! xx

Mum said...

Sounds like a grand day out to me.
Love from Mum
xx

That's Not My Age said...

Chips & cheap candle holders, love it! x

Tamera Wolfe said...

I am seriously jealous over all of the fab chazzas you have!!

Catherine said...

How fabulous! this is my kind of shopping! kind of like bar hopping but instead its the chazzas! I love your boots and that little poodle thermometer.
I visited my opp shop this weekend but only managed to find fabric. Nice fabric at least!


Jan Graham-McMillen said...

You look wonderful ... so pretty from pink hat to great brogues. You look like you both had a fabulous time and lots of great shopping. We have nothing like your shopping here ... actually , nothing like anything you have there! But I get vicarious thrills from all you guys over there. What are friends for, yes?
Thanks for showing up and out, Vix ... just loved coming with you!

Candycane said...

Loving the maxi and your shopper ... Also your friends home made
bag is fab!!!!

Sal xxx


Forest City Fashionista said...

Now that's my idea of a great day!! Liz's plaid bag and your tri-colour clogs are the coolest things I've seen in ages. I had to chuckle at the drab looking woman who photo-bombed your selfie - she was probably wishing she was part of your gang.

Camelia Crinoline said...

There's nothing better than a whole day spent charity shopping. It looks like you and Liz scored lots of bargains. I love your sensible shoes.

Veshoevius said...

Oh Vix I love your shoes! Looks like you had a marvellous time!

Annie said...

Chazzas and Wetherspoons. The recipe for a brilliant day out! You both got some fab buys there.

You and Liz look so gorgeous, and I adore Liz's amazing bag. She's so talented.

char said...

Sounds like a great success all round!

Vintage Coconut said...

OoOHHH I have a couple of those perspex candle holders. I absolutely love them! You found so much great stuff. I want to go look into every one of those shops. *ahah*

Hollie "Jet" Black-Ramsey said...

Liz's bag is crazy awesome and your shoes are AMAZING!

Gam Kau said...

Charity shop crawl + cheap and plentiful carbs = happiness. :)
Sounds like a great day!
Can you do a "ask Vix questions" post? I want to know how you take care of your beautiful hair, where you met Jon (you are SO well suited!), how Jon learned to sew and alter clothes...
You're just so interesting and dynamic.

Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

A dream day come true. Fabulous treasures, a fabulous friend, food and wine, AND it was inexpensive? Joy. Love the saucers and the thermometer, along with everything else. So happy to see you having fun. XXXOOO

wardrobeexperience said...

uh, a poodle thermometer? this is almost better as a poodle on wheels. great find!!!!

The Style Crone said...

Thanks for sharing this great charity shop hat with Hat Attack! I'm always excited to see your gorgeous face pop up on SC the first of the month.

Pull Your Socks Up! said...

After an enormous day like that, I'd be gagging for a hot, crispy jacket potato too! What a wonderful time you had together, Liz looks amazing in her new beret and I'm certain the pair of you had the locals dropping their shopping and walking into posts. xoxoxoox

Melanie said...

No home is complete without a poodle thermometer. Thank goodness you found one!! What a day. You and Liz look fantastical together. I'd love to hear the whispering gawpers around you, stunned by your awesomeness. And to have lovely potatoes upon your triumphal return home - too perfect.

Penny-Rose said...

Oh what a trip - the selfie photo is a cracker, the look on the face of the woman in the background. I adore the poodle thermometer, it could be pals with the green poodle barometer I found in a free box. You both clearly had a fabulous time.