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Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Friday
Aug172012

A good day

Today was a good day. After a productive day of work, I went out to do errands and meet a friend.

Just up my street, I found these blue glass candleholders with etched stars on the sidewalk. I guess I’ll start a ‘trash finds’ tag. 

Then, I saw a cool bike – painted gold with a burgundy seat -- on my street.

I went to the thrift store and found one great item (more on that in a bit).

I then walked past the natural foods co-op and saw that, in preparation for a move to a location across the street, everything in the store was 50% off. Inside, it was a madhouse, teeming with shoppers frantically grabbing items they’ve never bought before off the near-empty shelves (I got laundry detergent, 3 boxes of graham crackers, some Lara bars, some cream of tartar, a chocolate bar, 2 packages of Liz Lovely cookies, and some pudding mix – not my usual assortment of purchases). Given the long waits and the general euphoria over such deals, the lines at the registers had a bit of a party atmosphere with folks comparing purchases and generally having a good time.

This diversion led to my being late to meet my friend Karen at Life Alive Urban Oasis & Organic Café, one of my favorite veggie places in the neighborhood.

I can't wait to check out the Peter Max fashions inside.After a long visit with Karen, I walked home to discover that my latest eBay purchase, the April 1970 issue of Seventeen magazine, had arrived in the post.

Sorry for the bad photos. It was dark and I had to use flash.I then tried on my thrift store purchase. I’ve confessed my fashion obsession -- scooped necklines combined with short puffy sleeves over long sleeves -- before. Add to that a wild print and this late 60s/early 70s ribbed knit top with a scoop neck and puffed sleeves at the top made of a vibrant print fabric proved itself to be the holy grail of thrift store finds.

Jordan Marsh top, $4.99. Antique Indian and stone pendant strung on a cord (had as long as I can remember). Lac bangles given to me by a friend's mother in Mumbai, 2004. H & M denim mini, purchased in mid 90s. Blue thrifted tights, 99 cents. Clogs painted by me.This top is 100% acrylic and was made in Italy for Jordan Marsh, a Boston department store. I can’t imagine an acrylic knit top nowadays lasting more than a few months. This top was very well-made. It’s obvious from some repairs in the seams that it was worn frequently, but yet it isn’t pilled or stretched out – after 40 years.

I hope you had a good day!

Reader Comments (6)

Friends, food, free finds, thrifty things, 50% off, 1970s fashion, puffy sleeves and pretty print, blue tights and FABULOUS legs - that WAS a good day! Much of my favourite stuff is in there too! xxxx

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

It sounds like a fantastic day, I would say more but I'm mesmerised by your incredibly fabulous legs!! I love that top, I'd wear that in a flash, I wonder how easy it would be to pimp up a plain top with some vintage offcuts?
That Seventeen mag looks great, love the cover girls tights! xxx

August 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Nothing like a Big Sale Free-for-All to get the adrenaline pumping! The festival mood sounds like fun. I'm sorry I have been missing your blog lately. It's my big loss... Love the magazine and your new finds.

August 18, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

Oh Wow, what a perfect day! And you look adorable in your photos. You're beaming happiness and style all at once. I really like this whole style on you. Looks like you have some new things in your Etsy shop....see ya!

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

How magical that you found those lovely tea light holders in the trash! I love your outfit - the necklace is divine, the top is funky 70s and your gams are great!! :)

August 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

I love your puff sleeve top. What a find!

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

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