Sunday, 29 August 2010

Oh Clitheroe...

I was very excited today to be visiting the car boot sale at Clitheroe Auction Mart. I haven't been since I was a wee nipper and can't particularly remember enjoying it so much; but nowadays car booting is like treasure hunting for me!

The auction mart is also where the livestock market is held so it isn't the best smelling or aesthetically pleasing place to shop but it's definitely a rewarding experience!

A quieter part of the car boot sale

I actually didn't end up buying much (more to do with a lack of funds than anything!) but among the few things I bought, I saw old tapestry bags/cases, vintage trunks, big chunky kitsch cardigans and quirky 80s jewellery galore!

Item number one is this black leather purse with gold fastenings for 50p.

The lovely old woman who sold me it told me that it she'd been given the purse as a gift and it had sat in her drawer for years- so perfect condition!

Bargain of the day, I would have to say, is this black faux fur coat which was a mere 3 English pounds!

As you may have read in this post, I've been seriously lusting after a fur coat. I decided I didn't particularly want a black one but at £3, you can't really afford to be fussy!

This one is from C&A; which, seeing as the company left the UK in the late 90s, must be over 10years old at the very least. The label states 'made in the UK' so I assume that the coat isn't from one of the company's current international stores.

If anyone can guess the age from the label, please do!

In a size 12, it fits me really well- just a hint of over-sized, er, ness.

Mummy and Daddy Fox also found me a sewing machine, something I've been after for an age! It's pretty old (my Dad reckons 60s/70s) and is pretty basic, technically speaking, but I'm a (very) basic sewer so that's okay- plus they bartered it down to a fiver!

I literally know nothing about sewing machines nor much about sewing, but the thing works and has all its bits and bobs intact as well as the original instruction manual and even a guarantee! Pretty sure it's expired by now but it's the thought that counts ey?


  1. Hey,
    Thanks for leaving a comment on my blog :)
    That looks like a marvellous car boot sale & what a great fur coat for a mere £3.
    I reckon it is probably late 70s to mid 80s.
    Good luck with the sewing machine, the best sewing machine I have ever used was my mums old one from the 60s; we used to call it the lawnmower cause it would power through anything...basic but bloody good!
    I have a pretty basic machine too; I’m not into all that computerised nonsense…too much hassle if you ask me, I just want to plug it in & sew away!
    Great blog by the way, I'm following!
    Have a fine Bank Holiday Monday J

  2. It's a pretty well-established one up here, lots of treasures to be uncovered!
    Haha thanks, think I'll be needing the luck with the sewing machine considering my skills (or lack of!). It goes forward and backwards and does long or short stictches; no fancy tricks with this one!
    Thanks for the follow, I'll do the same :)
    Katie x


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