Friday, 29 March 2013
some recent vintage op shop finds for the coming winter
Here are the fruits of my recent op shop trip with Trish. I found much more than I expected, but was super-strict about what went into the little shopping wagon. I was thrilled with what I did find, though. I love vintage gloves, especially the longer cocktail ones, and look forward to wearing these early 1960's peachy ones when our Autumn eventually descends. I love, LOVE old books, but as we have limited bookshelf space – limited space in general, really! – I have put the brakes on a bit when it comes to buying them. However, when I found this one by Mary Bard, I squealed with excitement and HAD to get it. Mary Bard is the sister of one of my all time favourite authors, Betty MacDonald, who I also discovered via a beautifully illustrated and tattered 1950's dust jacket in an op shop. I've already read it (I've had a big ol' relapse and have been bed-ridden with lergie) (am getting better with reading a few pages and then sleeping, reading a few more, and so on) and it was as good as I'd hoped. I also love books about real people in the second world war. This one is about a heroine from South London, Violette Szabo. It has photos too. I love learning about how everyday life was back then. This one is well thumbed and has soft, thick pages and that amazing old book smell. And, finally, I found a beautiful dinner plate. I like to have mismatched vintage plates, in all different patterns, mixed in with my reliable Ikea bits and pieces. It's nice to open the kitchen cupboard that holds all our crockery and be met with so many different colours at eye level. Very cheery. This one is really lovely. Soft white with a pink edge, like a sea shell. Perfect for the mounds of roast vegetables, slices of pie, and warming stews that I look forward to cooking this winter.