I haven’t been to Wimbledon Car Boot Sale in absolutely ages. It’s always been an amazing place to pick up fantastic vintage bargains. In the past I’ve bought 40s and 50s dresses, vintage books and magazines and a lot of the vintage fabric which I’ve transformed into dresses. The best day to go is on a Wednesday morning, when almost every seller is selling either antiques or vintage items. Over the past few months I have got out of the habit of going as I’ve been much busier.
I really wanted to buy some new vintage plates, I’ve been sharing a lot more recipes on the blog in recent months and I like to use some of my mis-matched vintage plates to photograph them on. I’ve used the ones I have so many time now that I thought it would be great to pick up some more. The best place to go by far is Wimbledon Car boot.
I managed to pick up quite a few pretty ones as well as some mid-century Albert Meakin bowls. They’re all so pretty and I can;t wait to cover them with cakes! I’ll probably keep them for a few months and then donate them to make room for some more. I like to have new things but there’s no point in keeping old ones. No vintage hoarding going on here! I think all in I spent about £4 on all these plates. Such a bargain.
I also bought a Mason Cash mixing bowl which is something I’ve wanted for absolutely ages. As a fan of vintage baking I needed the ultimate vintage mixing bowl. This cost £5 which is far cheaper than the modern ones which you can still buy so I was really happy with that. I’m not sure how much I’ll use it as I do most of my baking in my mixer now, but i think it’ll look great on a shelf in my kitchen.
As I mentioned before, I’m loving ugly vintage granny skirts at the moment and after having a good rummage in a pile of old skirts I found this cute floral skirt for £1. I plan to wear it with a vest top and sandals this summer.
Last year at the same car boot sale I spotted a big box of Picture Post magazine from the 50s and the seller offered them all to me for £40. Which actually wasn’t bad for a huge bundle. They’re also not particularly cheap to buy individually. At the time I decided not to get them as I think Rob wouldn’t have been too impressed with me bringing back so many magazines and blowing 40 quid on them! I did regret not getting them a little bit though. So today when I saw another big handle of them I knew I had to have them, and when the seller said I could have the lot for a tenner I really couldn’t walk away. These ones date from 1948 -1955 and they are absolutely fantastic, I’m going to look through every single one. They are such a great resource for vintage fashion, culture and advertising.
I had to be very disciplined with myself while walking round. I saw so much stuff I loved!
Have you bought any nice vintage bits at car boot sales recently?