A few weeks ago I decided to check out the above two boot sales. Reason being all the boot sales I usually go to have stopped for winter so I decided to venture further afield and explore.
Both Battersea boot sale and Capital boot sale have tons of reviews online raving about how the quality of goods is much better and you have a higher chance of finding bargain designer goods.
Battersea boot sale.
Upon arriving me and Julia decided to opt for the £3 entry instead of the 50p entry as that is when it gets extremely busy. £3 is a bit steep to be honest but we paid up as we were expecting goodies galore. Upon entering we stumbled across a real mix of stalls, the prices seemed to vary from the usual prices of 50p upwards to £10 for a dress because it was 'vintage'. One stall in particular was amazing. Loads of Topshop items including those stripey seaside style denim shorts from the summer for only 50p (score!). Me and Julia got quite a haul from that stall. We then plodded on and found some really expensive stalls but we didn't really find any designer goods. (Vintage Chanel bag...one day..one day). Overall is was a good boot sale, although once it gets to the time when entry is 50p it gets extremely busy to the point where you aren't able to move so I highly suggest you opt for the £3 entry.
Capital (Pimlico) boot sale.
A few weeks after Battersea we headed to Capital boot sale in Pimlico (They have two different sites). If you follow them on Twitter you get free entry if you quote the password at the entrance. We were a bit disappointed with this boot sale as it just seemed to be full of stalls with baby/kids items. Not many stalls with clothing and in general the stalls seemed empty, despite the actual boot sale being rather busy at some points. The good thing about this boot sale is that there is an indoor and an outdoor with a seating area. We didn't purchase much from this one but all is not lost as the entry was free. And we also met a lovely man called Joe and his pet parrot named Maxi.
So the Monday just gone was my 23rd Birthday. Me and Mike went to Selfridges the Saturday before to make the most of the 20% off offer which they were doing. We went straight over to the Vivienne Westwood section where I picked up a beautiful clasp bag perfect for dinner dates and special occasions. I had wanted this bag for quite a while so it was the perfect opportunity to buy it, plus we had a gift card as well so it turned out to be quite the bargain.
After Selfridges we headed over to the Vivienne Westwood store on Conduit Street and I picked up this black t-shirt. It's very simple but is one of those pieces where I can pair up with anything. The placing of the orb in the centre is perfect as well. It's a great piece and fits perfectly.
Did anyone else make the most of the 10% and 20% off in Selfridges?
It's been a while since I've done a boot sale/charity shop haul post, so I present to you a couple of items from one of my latest hauls. And yes, I am attempting to go to boot sales over winter, although I don't really to expect to find much. And unfortunately for Mike he won't be getting any lie-ins just yet.
This nightie dress was originally down to almost my ankles. I got it shortened and it is now one of my favourite dresses. I feel like a doll whenever I wear it. It cost me £1.50.
This nightie was also almost down to my ankles, got it shortened and voilà. It cost me around £2 or so from a charity shop.
Another dress which I got shortened (Are you seeing a pattern here?). It has a sailor/tennis girl theme to it which is quite contrasting. I love the collar though. It cost £1.50 from a boot sale.
And finally, I bought this crazy jumper from an indoor boot sale for £3.00. I think it was an impulse buy as I was drawn in by the sleeves. Haven't had a chance to wear it yet so I'm not sure if it's a keeper yet lol.
Anyone else going to attempt to go to any winter boot sales?
So last Saturday me and Julia sold at Monica's Vintage Fair. We've already sold at this event before, but this time round it was held in a much bigger venue which was great. The turnover was amazing as well. We can't wait till the next event!
For those who are interested here is a link to our stalls page (just click on the photo below). We sell at various fairs around the country so if there is a vintage fair in your area please let us know as we'd love to sell at new places!
Yup, you read that right. I got a genuine Longchamp bag at a boot sale. The girl wanted £5 but I managed to get it for £4. Amazing price, and the weird thing is that I was thinking about purchasing a Longchamp bag recently as I received a giftcard for Selfridges. Very strange. Anyway, this bag is a really great size, plenty of room for all my stuff and great for when you are in a rush and need to quickly stuff all your possessions in a bag and go!
Also, a big THANK YOU to all those who have congratulated me :) It really means alot.
Sorry for the long break inbetween posts. I've been so busy changing my surname and settling into being a 'Mrs'. Here are some photos from the day both taken on digital and film. Our wedding theme was pastel and shabby chic by the beach. We got married in a beautiful old house in Whitstable overlooking the beach. We were extremely lucky that day as the weather was lovely and no rain which is a huge plus as we got married on the outside porch of the house. We decorated the house in handmade bunting, milk bottles with pastel hydrangeas, pom poms, little windmills, and seaside themed items. For the food we did an afternoon tea style theme with old cups and saucers and pretty vintage plates which we collected from various boot sales. We made handmade signs which we also painted ourselves and added ribbon. We stayed the night in Whitstable and during the evening we got some chips and sat on the beach and watched the sunset which was beautiful. I had such a wonderful time :) I can't believe that after 7 and a half years of being with Mike (I met him when I was 15 and he was 17) that we are finally married!
Sorry for my lack of posts/interesting posts. I previously mentioned that I had been soo busy, and the reason to why that was is because I got married 2 days ago (Friday 21st September). It was a beautiful day and the weather was on our side. We had a pastel shabby chic/vintage themed wedding at a beach house right in front of the sea. It was amazing! I shall post about the day once I have the photos and everything has settled back down but for now I shall leave you with this.
What would you like to see on my blog? more outfit posts? Let me know your suggestions.
Here is a few bits from my latest haul, I buy soo much more than this but I only photograph the interesting bits. I don't want to bore you too much with it all.
This coat was only £1.00 from an elderly couple. It's a great addition to my collection of coats as I don't have anything like this.
I am in love with these peach corduroy trousers, I was originally going to cut them into shorts but they look really good as trousers rolled up. These cost 50p.
These thick floral trousers were 20p and are age 11-12 but they fit very well. They remind me of when I was growing up.
From the same stall as the 20p floral trousers I also picked up this Bloc Party t-shirt for...20p. Amazing!
Blythe t-shirt yay! Cost 50p :) Great addition to the collection.
From the same stall as the Blythe t-shirt Mike got this Muse t-shirt for 50p. He's a big fan of them and saw them live in his early teens.
This blouse only cost me 25p from a boot sale. I love the lilac colour which makes a nice change to the usual white blouses I find. It's the perfect find to wear to afternoon tea or to a nice picnic in the park. It's just a shame that summer is now coming to an end but I am prepared to layer up and lovely chunky knits and knitted knee high socks.
So upon going to my favourite boot sale I stumbled across a stall of vintage goodies. Unfortunately most of it wasn't of much interest to me but then I found a box of old scarves, I always make the effort to look at them incase I find that ever so wonderful £1 Chanel silk scarf that I didn't buy a few years ago because I was young and didn't understand designer items. Anyway, my jaw dropped when I pulled out a Hermès scarf....for 20p! The lady was chatting to someone about how she was clearing out her mothers goodies. Amazing! I also picked up another Celine Paris scarf for 20p as well.
I had been 'watching' this blouse on Ebay for around a month now but could never justify the cost because the shipping was so high. I had been putting it off for ages and then one day I found the exact same shirt at a boot sale for £1!! Can you believe it? It was something I would have never expected to find at a boot sale especially seeing as the shirt is from China. Soo happy!
Here is the Ebay link for the original seller who has them for sale if anyone is interested click here.
I purchased this satchel from a recent boot sale for £2.00. I had seen the sellers at the boot sale each week, I'm assuming they were having a huge clear out as each week they always have something different to rummage through. The thing that strikes me most about this particular satchel is that scrawled inside it has a date saying '62 and the name Sally along with a surname and other scribblings. The following week I saw the same sellers at another boot sale and one of the women answered the phone as Sally! Amazing! The satchel belonged to her when she was a child, which makes it even more special that there is so much history behind it. The only unfortunate thing about this is that it's very battered and bruised, I've cleaned it a bit but I am not sure what else I can do? Does anyone have any tips for cleaning this type of leather? Obviously I can't really chuck it in the washing machine. I'd love to revive it a bit.
Can you believe it's mid-August already? To be honest it feels as though summer hasn't even begun. This month me and Mike have been on a major budget, a ton of bills all at once and pretty much everything we own breaking at the same time is never fun. Lucky for me I shop at boot sales eh?
I was going to save the best till last but I can't help myself. I found this YSL belt which I assume is vintage at one of those stalls that do house clearances. As I picked this beauty up I was scared that the woman was going to say some outrageous price, but when she said 50p I was overjoyed and bought it immediately.
The shorts I've paired the belt with is also a boot sale purchase which I bought for £1.
This scarf by Celine Paris was £1 and from the same stall. I don't really know much about this designer but from what I've read I have found out that Celine without the accent above the 'e' is vintage. Not too sure when they started introducing the accent.
Next up is this Carvela bag which cost 50p.
As you all know I love sailor style clothing. My wardrobe consists of many sailor style dresses so here is another. This cost £1.50 and it is actually a top but it's quite long so can be worn as a mini dress/tunic.
And lastly, I purchased this St.Michael bag for £1.00 (not that I need anymore bags). I have another different bag with the same pattern as this so I'm adding this one to the collection.
It's big and spacious so I can chuck everything in this one when I'm in a rush.