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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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Rock and Roll Yard Sale

I’m exhausted after a full day at the local ‘Rock and Roll Yard Sale,’ a community flea market that focuses on vinyl and music-related vintage items.

There’s a fair amount of vintage clothing and some handmade crafts as well.

My friend had a booth, selling mostly LPs. In addition to helping him with the set up (he’s still on the mend from a leg shattered in a motorcycle accident), I was selling some vintage clothing.

Of course, any time I do a selling event, I always end up buying. (As did my friend, who, in spite of having bought a collection of 20,000 records, and trying to sell them for the past 6 months, still found an LP he had to have.)

Greek fisherman’s cap purchased around 1990 at The Hat Shop back when it used to be on Neal St. in London. Sunglasses made from 1960s frames found at Dollar A Pound around the same time. I am probably the only person on earth who has had the same pair of sunglasses for 20+ years. I thought the bag was worth a close-up. I bought this vintage chenille bag, which has a geometric 1920s-style pattern in vibrant colors, for $7.00. I am sure I saw this exact bag or one very similar for sale online recently.

I barely sold anything, but it was still nice to be outside all day, saying ‘hi’ to the dogs who walked by.

And to Seamus, a cat who likes to spend the day out and about perched on his person’s shoulder. He's the most laid-back cat I've ever met.

There were bands playing, too. Although not obvious from this photo, this woman, with the help of a cane, was boogieing up a storm. I thought, "I hope I'm like her when I am at that age."

I've been catching up on my blog reading tonight and this woman's exuberance reminded of yesterday’s post on The Secondhand Years which mentions a poem by Jenny Joseph which begins, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple." 

Today I just happened to be wearing a purple and red top, purple tights and purple paratrooper boots (last seen here.) Then again, going by the pics I’ve posted, I wear purple and red most of the time (here and here. Oh, and here). Either I'm old before my time or getting in lots of practice.

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I love what you wore to the street sale! I bet you're right about the length of time you've owned your shades. The longest I've owned mine is 10 years, which I thought was pretty good.
That purse going to your Etsy shop any time soon? LOL It's gorgeous and almost looks like something you'd paint.

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

You look so cool, that cap really suits you and when glasses look that good why keep buying more? The bag is a beauty and so's your blouse.
I love Seamus the cat and those fluffy dogs and the elderly lady has such a beautiful smile.
According to Saturday's Guardian purple is "in" this year so we'll be on-trend for a change! xxx

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Ha, I saw that fashion article in the paper too, after I got dressed; who knew I was fashionable after all? It was purely by accident!
LOVE that bag, it's beautiful.
That sounds like a great market, music and clothes and crafts and chilled out people and dancing and cats, sounds right up my alley! xxxx

August 20, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

This is my kinda day. I am loving your bag the colors rock! I think it's amazing that for 20 years you have been able to not lose your shades:) I can relate to your friend with 20,000 LP's and still finding one more he needed. I am that way with dresses:) Thanks for coming by my blog sweetie!

August 21, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKrista

That Yard Sale looks like great fun - visiting pets and boogieing old ladies? Count me in!

You look super-sixties fab and I love your new bag.

Nikki x

August 23, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNikki

FABULOUS bag. And what a great deal! I'm obsessed with tapestry and carpet bags. I thought I had lost a bunch moving overseas, but my Mom just emailed me to say she found the box with them inside - will do a show and tell celebration when they make it to France! :)

August 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterGrunge Queen

This is Seamus, the cat in the picture.
I had a fine time at the yard sale, although I could have done without all the canines.
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September 8, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSeamus

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