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Barnardo’s Vintage Birthday Party

Last Friday, I was delighted to be invited to an after hours party at one my favourite vintage shops (and favourite charity shops), Banardo’s Vintage.

It’s an absolute goldmine of vintage everything – clothes, toys, books, records, homewares, haberdashery – hidden away in the sleepy town of Cheadle, just south of Manchester. It’s also my worst kept vintage shopping secret as I can’t help but tell everyone about it at every given opportunity (including you!)

The party was in celebration of the charity’s 150 year anniversary of helping children and young people in need, something definitely worth celebrating. The fact that it was basically a vintage lock-in only sweetened the deal.


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There were strawberry and passionfruit mocktails courtesy of the lovely mixologist miss Suzie Wong and the perfect vintage soundtrack on the decks (including plenty of Prince!)

If you’re ever in the area, I can well recommend a visit to the shop (look out for the shop manager Gemma’s incredible window displays). And if you can’t get there, they are well worth a follow on Instagram @barnardos_vintage for total vintage inspiration and eye candy.

Outfit details: Dress, vintage of course, from HOV on ASOS Marketplace

Thrifty Thursdays: Vintage Florals

As I seem to spend every spare moment I get trawling charity shops for hidden gems, visiting at least once a week, I’ve decided to start a regular feature where I show you what I’ve found.

I love seeing what other people have found on their travels. It’s inspiring to see what cool stuff is out there just waiting to be found. But I think mostly I just like being nosy, so I hope you do too.

In the last few weeks, I’ve been trying not to buy so many clothes. But I have set myself a little goal of making a couple of pieces of clothing this summer, so I’ve been on the lookout for some fabrics.

It appeared to be fate then when I found so many amazing vintage floral sheets in the space of a week. Now my only quandary is which to cut up and which to use for their original purpose. Decisions decisions.



My best fabric find, however, has to be this little beauty. I picked it up just because I liked the mint and pink paisley pattern, and the fact that it was £3 for almost 2 metres of fabric (enough to make a small dress).


But it was only after I got it home I clocked the remnants of what looks like an old Liberty of London logo. I can’t know for sure, but what a bargain if it is!


My other collecting obsession right now, other than sheets, are scarves. In particular Jacqmar scarves.



Jacqmar was a quality British brand, though their scarves were produced in Italy. What I love about them is the shape and length, just long enough to style in a multitude of ways. Plus they come in so many sweet patterns. Their silk scarves can command tens or even hundreds of pounds, but you’re more likely to find polyester numbers like these for about £10-12 online. However, you can still pick them up in charity shops like I did for just a few quid. This is my favourite way of wearing them…


Have you picked up any vintage bargains in the charity shops recently? Let me know in the comments below, or link up to a post if you blog about your finds too.

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