Wednesday, 9 January 2013

HITTIN' THE CHAZZAS

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Yesterday my dad had an operation, so in-between visiting times my mum and I went to Crewe centre, the town where the hospital is, to keep ourselves (and our minds, particularly) occupied. Honestly, there's really not much in Crewe. It's one of the high streets hit particularly by the recession, and is now mainly full of pound shops and empty spaces.

However it does have a plethora of charity shops. I find charity shopping nowadays you will mainly find bobbled, mis-shapen Primark, as thanks to Trinny & Susannah and then Gok so many people did huge wardrobe clearouts, meaning all the really good vintage and retro stuff went years ago. People now just get rid of naff stuff that was bought for one wear then disposed of. For some reason the people of Crewe were never a part of this, and are still trickle-donating their 1990s cast-offs. Thanks to my questionable taste this is great for me, and I always get a good run here; yesterday was about quality not quantity and I got three pieces I can see myself getting good use out of in spring!

I love this weird stretchy blouse thing - it reminds me of autumn/winter 2012 Prada - and sadly enough I can remember these tops being in places like New Look the first time round. Or rather second, as they are 1970s throwbacks. Same goes for the stripey cardigan.. does anyone remember The Sweater Shop? I had a variety of their jumpers I mainly wore for best, for dinners with aunties and friends' birthday parties. Seriously.. who has kept these things for so long? Feasibly I can only imagine fashion people wearing these ironically. The velvet burnout shirt is an enormous Laura Ashley number, but I thought it would look great as a kimono worn over tees and shorts in the summer.

If you're thinking of a trip to Crewe then my favourite charity shops are the PDSA, Oxfam and Arthritis Research UK! Henning is particularly pleased by the PDSA, as you can see. As I type my dad is sat waiting in the discharge room, and everything went okay yesterday. He does have another procedure next week mind, so I may well be hitting these chazzas again soon enough...

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18 comments:

  1. I looove flowers outfit , so 90's

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  2. Kitty! Nice haul

    I hope your dad is recovering well

    xx

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  3. Hennings! I've got some pretty good stuff in Crewe charity shops before, good and cheap too!

    Love Tweet xx

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  4. I hope your Dad is okay.

    Your photos are awesome lady! Plus your cat is rather cool :-) xx

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  5. I hope your Dad is okay.

    Your photos are awesome lady! Plus your cat is rather cool :-) xx

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  6. First: love your cat
    Second: love your pictures
    Third: love your purchases
    Fourth: I adore looking for bargains in charity shop

    .... Hence....LOVE THIS POST!

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  7. Sorry, I forgot the most important thing: good luck to your Dad

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  8. I love how you have styled the zig zag shirt with the leather pinafore - gorgeous! xxx

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  9. I love the shirt especially! Best print ever. Glad your dad's op went ok, good luck for next week!
    Thank you so much for your comment, it was so, so helpful and really changed my views on things. Thank you! xxx

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  10. Love how you added the prints as the background to the images!

    Also - your cat is an absolute babe, mine are both black and white. so cute!

    xx

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  11. LOVE a charity shop find! I always pick amazing stuff up from the ones in Kent near my caravan. Hidden treasure.

    Laura Ashley shirt is the shizzle. Well done ladyface xx

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  12. Wow! Absolutely love these patterns, they look amazing :) xxx

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  13. Love the things you have purchased!
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  14. I'm really appreciating the Missoni feel to that top! Looks great with your leather dungarees.

    I love charity shopping but I agree you have to know the right places to go- there's a little town in the Midlands called Nuneaton that is a real dive, but has amazing vintage finds in the charity shops. But mostly it's just Primark in charity shops these days which is a shame.

    I'm also appreciating Henning as usual!

    Sophie XX

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  16. great photoshopping. glad your papa is okay!

    big hugs xx

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  17. Love the way you did the pictures for your finds. The first shirt is amazing. Charity shops are definitely drying up these days which is such a shame. The manc car boot sales are still very good though!

    Lola x

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  18. Hope your dad is doing OK!
    As for the charity shops, there a goodwill near me that's most.y stocked with old junk from target, the gap and forever 21, but sometimes I find great things! I like your pieces, and especially the way you shot them. So cute!

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