I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas and a well deserved break. I had a lovely quiet one with my husband and girls, it was the most relaxed Christmas I’ve had in ages. I’ve had a few days off blogging so it’s nice to get back to it.
Today I did a little vintage shopping with my lovely brother. He’s the most stylish person I know and is great at helping me pick stuff and giving honest opinions! Definitely my favorite shopping buddy.
We hit the vintage hive that is East London, starting at The East End Thrift Store in Whitechapel. This is a great shop if you’re looking for a bargain. Don’t expect to find any vintage gems, the shop is full of eighties and nineties clothes with dresses priced at around £15-£20. They had a two day clearance sale this week with a few dresses for £5. After trying on heaps of dresses none of which were quite right I found a gorgeous red eighties does forties dress for a bargain £5. The dress fit like a dream and although it didn’t look like much on the hanger it was stunning on. I’m going to do an outfit post with it over the weekend once it’s been washed.
We then walked from Whitechapel to Brick Lane and visited a few vintage shops round there. To be honest I’ve fallen out of love with the area. In all the shops I visited the only things I could find were over priced and not particularly old vintage. My dreams of finding a nice 1950s tea dress hidden amongst eighties tat just didn’t come true.
A few 1960s and 70s dresses amoungst an eighties explosion in Beyond Retro
This leads me to something I’ve been pondering for a while…
WHERE HAS ALL THE GOOD VINTAGE GONE????
When I first fell in love with vintage a few years ago it was cheaper and much easier to find. You could still get a bargain on Ebay, with fifties dresses at around the £30-£40 mark, now for a good tea dress you’re looking at around £50-£70. There also seems to be far less out there, I’m getting concerned that the world is running out of good quality vintage!
From now on I’m going to stick to vintage fairs, where you can still find great pieces and I’m planning a little trip to Greenwich market as soon as I can to see what I can get there.
Where do you go to get fifties bargains? Are there any still out there?
I also want to say a quick thank you to Mitzi at Mitzi’s Miscellany for mentioning me on her blog today. I love her blog and the quirkie little bits in her Etsy shop.