Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Bargain hunting in Yorkshire

Okay, so I bought some vintage shoes merely days ago, but I couldn’t resist these...

I found these whilst doing a spot of charity shop trawling round my ends (Skipton, North Yorkshire), while I was around for the Easter holidays.

Skipton, whilst dire in almost every other sense, is brilliant for picking up a bargain. I spotted 7 charity shops today, and that was just in the immediate town centre!

The trouble I find with charity shops nowadays is that they are filled with modern throwaway fashion.

Where once there were many treasures to be uncovered from old relatives’ wardrobes, they are now stuffed with last year’s George and Primark junk.

However, whilst sifting through accessories in Help the Aged, I came across the red shoes. They are St. Michael (Marks and Spencer) and although I’m unsure of their age, they have a very distinctive vintage shape- both the curve of the foot hole and the short chunky heel.

They also have the typically narrow styling of a vintage shoe; though amazingly comfortable!

The leather is soft and in good condition. The heels and soles are immaculate; they look as if they’ve only been worn once.

Red is also probably my favourite colour and I’ve been on the lookout for some nice new additions to my shoe collection- so I was chuffed (especially for £2.99!)

I also picked up this cute floral scarf from The British Heart Foundation charity shop for £1.75.

It’s made from a silky material- unfortunately not the real deal (polyester according to the label) but nonetheless very soft!
Printed on the scarf is its designer’s name- Franco Laurenti. Not knowing anything about this designer, I did some quick internet research.

I found that he is an Italian designer and all I could find from him were scarves- so I guess he’s an expert! All the scarves I could find for sale were either listed on ebay (as vintage in most cases) and on specialist vintage websites.

The scarf smells a bit funky in its current state but this will be remedied with a quick wash or failing that, some Febreeze!


  1. Some amazing finds there! I live in a town filled with charity shops - everyone else complains, but I'm secretly very happy about it :).

    I know what you mean about them being full of throwaway fashion though - I suppose it makes me appreciate finding vintage gems that little bit more!


  2. Ha I know! I currently live in Birmingham city centre and there's none! have to trail off to smaller areas! x


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