Thursday, 2 September 2010

vintage heaven

Following on from my escape post I finally have some pictures of the most wonderful vintage shop Radio Days and the dresses I got from my day out. It felt like I was taking a step back in time when I walked through the door, it doesn't just sell clothes - it has the whole lifestyle - telephones, crockery, books and magazine and then the wardrobe... hats, bags, jewellery, clothing (mens and womens), you get the idea. 


sorry these pictures are a bit dodgy, camera wasn't focusing very well




Lee, the chap that runs it with his partner was charming and so passionate about all things vintage. He spent ages chatting with a couple about the dancing of the old days and finding videos for them to watch. He had a parcel of new stock waiting to be opened, he said he was as excited to open that, as I had been when I walked in through the door - what a wonderful job he has.



I spent a long time mooching around, and then a long time trying on dresses, which was such a pleasure, and this is what I came home with.



It needs a belt, and a little repair and alteration, and I'll make a little something to cover my shoulders, but it'll be just perfect for the occasion I'm going to next year.





I love the colours, I'm on the look out for the perfect red to complement it now.

As if one dress wasn't enough I popped into 'What the Butler Wore' on the same street and bought this one. Now don't laugh. This needs much more alterations, as it is is just a little too much.


I'm going to shorten it so it finishes just below the knee (keeping the ruffle), I'm not sure about the sleeves yet, and the blingy buckle - also not too sure - though Missy Big thinks this is the best bit!



So I came home very happy. And these were my Liberty fabric bargains. What more can a girl ask for? Another day out I'm thinking...


Pop over to Her Library Adventures for more vintage finds.

11 comments:

  1. Those dresses are just gorgeous Colette! I love the fabric in the second one, just divine. Looks like a beautiful shop too.

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  2. I really like the first dress, and it is so flattering on you, I am sure that with a little alterations you have got yourself two stunning dresses :)

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  3. Wowzers! I love love your vintage finds! The top dress is stunning, perfect for a spring wedding... I have a wedding coming up in March. I may have to go vintage dress shopping for that. x

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  4. What a wonderful shop! The dresses are amazing, and I agree with Missy Big, the belt is fab. Of course I love the Liberty!

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  5. Wow, what beautiful dresses, the fabric on the first dress is simply stunning - what a gorgeous shop

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  6. I came across your blog from "Her Library Adventures". Great finds. I particularly love the second dress, just as it is.

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  7. Love the fabric of the first frock and the second is straight out of 70s' wedding guest photo! Well done!

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  8. it is a wonderful dress indeed. i've heard of the shop, and now i've had a peep. thank you.
    when i visit london i usually spend hours in all the charity shops all over town, and just love all the unexpected things i find (usually books). lovely to find you! :)

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  9. I LOVE the second dress, great idea about shortening it: I would totally wear it!!!

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  10. ahhhhh I love the dress!! Can't wait to see it at 'the occasion'!!

    :)

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  11. Adorable....i also think its the best bit...
    Mx

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