Friday, 30 August 2013

North West Wanderings

This is the first in a series of posts about my home region, the North West of England. After reading Christie's love letter to her local neighbourhood, I thought it might be nice to post photographs of places that I visit close to home and show you more of the local area where I find (the majority!) of the pieces for my shop. A little while ago, I wrote some posts about my West Coast Wanderings, sharing pictures from my time in the States - these will be my North West Wanderings. Since moving back to the area last year, I've really come to appreciate how pretty the landscape is and I hope to explore new places and local cities. I'll also share any good vintage places that I find along the way; they're actually quite thin on the ground close to me, which makes thrifting pretty good going!

These first photographs show Little Moreton Hall, a Tudor mansion, which has survived Marie-Celeste-like since it was requisitioned by the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War. Although the Royalist Moreton family petitioned to retain ownership of the hall, the house was subsequently rented out to tenant farmers for several centuries before it was left to the nation in the 1930s. There are quite a few surviving Tudor buildings in Cheshire but with its position - set back from the road overlooking fields - Little Moreton Hall seems to exist in its own historically anachronistic bubble.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Prints - part II

As well as some pretty printed clothes, I have also just added some sweet brightly-coloured accessories to the shop. These first two - both in unused condition - are perfect preparation for rainy autumn and winter colds. 

1970s unused orange umbrella with white blossom print
1960s NOS Irish linen ladies handkerchiefs
And I've also added two tea towels to the homewares / linens section.  I generally prefer to concentrate on clothing for the shop but sometimes bits and bobs for the home catch my eye! I hope there's something you like in the latest update. Take a look in the shop for all the details.

1960s calorie converter tea towel
1970s tea towel by Sally Gregory (Hesper)

Prints - part I

1960s summer maxi dress by Dorothy Perkins
After a little shop haitus, I've been very busy getting new listings up over the past few days. So busy, in fact, that I'm going to split the latest update over two posts. The new pieces range from the 60s to the early 80s and have one thing in common: big, bold prints.
1970s psychedelic button-up shirt
80s does 50s cotton striped playsuit
The cloche below is really sweet and in perfect nick. I've been pretty lucky with finding clothes for the shop recently. 
1960s summertime cloche
1970s floral print rayon scarf by St Michael's
 This last dress is one of my favourite finds. I was in a hurry and gave myself a few minutes to duck into one of the shops I regularly visit. I was skimming through the jam-packed dresses rail and about to give up when I spotted its lovely cherry print. I pulled it off the rack and was really taken with its maxi length and butterfly sleeves. Take a look in the shop for all the details.
1960s cherry print maxi dress by Ricci Michaels of Mayfair