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Magpie Monday: How times have changed…

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Remember when you went to places where they stamped your hand so you could get back in? We had stamps at our student union bar and there was always a great rigmarole as we nominated the most trustworthy looking person to pay and get their hand stamped, and then the next 45 mins trying to reproduce it, artfully smudged, so everyone else got in free and save the extortionate £1 entry (I have since discovered that this was the art student approach to deception. Mr MilkChic reliably informs me that engineers use solvent to copy and re-stamp).

stamped handYou could always rely on an event with hand stamps to involve alcohol, and friends, and silliness. So when on Sunday morning I woke up with a purple smudge on my hand from a stamp that wouldn’t budge no matter how hard I scrubbed it and no hangover, I felt a nostalgic euphoria – result!

But where would the mum of a toddler have been out gallivanting to get a stamped hand on a Saturday? Were there late nights and babysitters involved? Did we creep in at the dead of night, tripping over shoes, whispering loudly and trying not to wake the children?

Erm, no. We went to a vintage fashion and homewares fair.

My stepson “dragged” me along, having been targetted in the street by someone with flyers (proud!). We went en masse – me, Mr MilkChic, the lumpy one & his girlfriend, the curly one and the small one.

Topsy & Tim's New ShoesSmall one fell in love with a pair of black, clumpy childrens shoes which looked just like the ones that Topsy refuses in her Topsy & Tim’s New Shoes book. Oddly enough they were in her size, but we couldn’t justify £15 for them and they had too much of a heel for a 2 year old, no matter how sensible Topsy’s mum thought they were.

Still reeling from the realisation that the only places we get stamped now are vintage fairs and indoor play areas, I have only been able to console myself with the lovely handbag that Mr MilkChic treated me to.

vintage leather handbagSome things never change 😉

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Magpie Monday: Pretty Things

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Last Monday, I posted some breastfeeding friendly bargains from the online charity shops. This week, I stayed virtuous and kept my purse shut, but was lucky enough to pick up 16 gorgeous seventies sewing books via Freecycle. Alongside some really clear instructions for various sewing and dressmaking techniques, there are some fabulous retro projects that are going to keep tempting me away from work.

I have to concentrate on the websites in the run up to Christmas, but in the meantime, I’m just enjoying looking at the beautiful prints on the fabric covers. How often do you see books like this now?

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P.S. I held firm and haven’t bought the military style jacket. If anyone else wants a bargain, it’s still there!

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Magpie Monday: Window Shopping Part 1

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Due to a combination of dodgy finances, lack of house space and impending Xmas doom, I am avoiding the charity shops and car boot sales at the moment except for essentials, like clothing for small one.

It’s left me a bit short of inspiration for Magpie Monday this week, so I thought I’d write a joint post across my 3 websites and go window shopping online. The online charity shops not as cheap as shopping in person, but you can still get a bargain.

MilkChic – Stylish Clothes for Breastfeeding Mums:
I did a post on wrap dresses earlier in the week so here are my pick of the options at Oxfam’s online shop…Some great jewel colours, and a fabulous metallic polka dot print too!
Cancer Research Online are slightly cheaper, and seem to have quite a lot of brand new Red or Dead items at the moment, so well worth a look. I thought these two dresses with button down fronts would work well for breastfeeding.
Debbie Shuchat
Checked Dress
NEW!
Size 10
£12.38
Red or Dead
“Wildcard” dress
NEW!
Various Sizes
£12.75

They also had some nice cropped cardis, which are perfect as a quick breastfeeding cover-up at this time of year. Wear a top that pulls down underneath and lift up the cardi to breastfeed in comfort and warmth. The fake fur version is right on trend!

 


Red or Dead
Victoriana
Cardigan, NEW!
Green or Black
Various Sizes
£11.25
Red or Dead
demi hoodie
Pink or Brown
NEW!
Various Sizes
£9.75
Red or Dead
Lola Fake
Fur Jacket
NEW!
Various Sizes
£22.50

 

To see the rest of my imaginary haul, visit Pretty But Not Pink – Non-pink clothes for girls aged 0-14 and Armed and Glamorous – Dresses and Tops with Sleeves. Or pop over to Magpie Monday and see what everyone else has been buying!
You can always see my latest breastfeeding friendly vintage and sale finds at Last Chance to Buy on MilkChic.
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Magpie Monday: Hidden Treasure

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There are lots of reasons that I shop in charity shops and much as I love them, necessity has always been a big part of it. I can’t always afford to buy clothes on the high street for myself or the small one and I find that often I can get much more for my money second-hand, with better quality clothing at budget prices.

My new favourite is a “proper charity shop”, where there are no colour co-ordinated and styled window displays, the staff are largely over 70, and the prices are rarely over £5. They raise fund for cancer treatment at a local hospital and the shop is a veritable treasure trove.

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This week I bought something that reminded me of all the other reasons I love charity shopping.

I picked up a pair of bargainous Gap children’s jeans. They are really cute – lined with comfy pink fleece perfect for Winter, beautifully styled with cute pockets, look like new and they were only 50p.

Already feeling pretty good about my day (I may have bought a few extra bits and pieces at the same time…), I checked the pockets before I put them in the wash. And found this:

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It is a little shaped wooden puzzle piece of a shirt and tie. Cute, but no big deal… Except that we recognised it instantly. We already have the rest of the set, something my mum picked up in another charity shop about 6 months ago!

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It’s wonderful coincidences and hidden treasure like this that means that random finds at charity shops and car boot sales will always have the edge on normal shopping for me.

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Magpie Monday: Cheap & Cheerful Charity Shopping

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I had a lovely day last week. The small one and I went on a bit of an adventure around town, which doesn’t happen nearly as often as I would like, and shared a really special moment.
That’s right. Together, we found a charity shop that we had never seen before!
Joking aside, I thought I knew all the charity shops here. They were the first places I scoped out when I moved here, thirty weeks pregnant. Charity shops have a been a lifeline over the last few years as we parent on a tighter and tighter budget and to find a new one was really very exciting. It was more exciting as it was a “proper” charity shop. It was a big shop with lots of different things piled high, and prices that stretched as high as, oooh, £2.50.
Having managed to leave the house without my purse, and limited to the money at the bottom of the baby bag (I knew my habit of dropping change into the pocket rather than back in my purse would come in handy sometime), I had to be quite restrained, but managed to pick up a large tub of magnetic letters and 2 little t-shirts for the small one for just £2.

It should have been £2.25, but, being a “proper” charity shop, the lovely ladies were so taken with my gorgeous daughter, who insisted on paying for her shopping with the money from her own purse, that they gave us a discount. Happy days!
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