Vintage Vixen – Going Around the Houses

February 11, 2024

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Already Friday? Where does the day go?

On Tuesday morning I wore my £2 Vinted bargain, this midnight blue velvet military dress, originally from MonsoonSwimming followed by breakfast at ‘Spoons.

On Wednesday morning, I went charity shopping in a Dilli grey Indian block printed midi-dress and a vintage Afghan (the original owner purchased this Afghan from a Bradford Market stall in 1975).

On Thursday for swimming, Spoons and a trip to Lidl for a £1.50 Waste Not box (pictured below) I wore a ZaraMaxi dress Fly,LondonMy biker boots and my charity-shopped biker boots Mascob for Liberty velvet Badim jacket. The forecasted winter snow never materialised.

On Friday I wore vintage clothing Shubette of London peacock feather print maxi with my mum’s Mongolian curly lamb coat. I was with her when she bought it  – at great expense – from the Sheepskin ShopIn Walsall, back in 1975. This coat, unlike her amazing cream Afghan, narrowly escaped my Dad’s manic purge of her stuff after her death and I managed to save it in the nick-of-time. This is what i wore to drop off another bag of donations at a charity shop.


We’ve spent all afternoons this week doing household chores (we certainly deserve tonight’s Rum!) The drawers on my dressing table were falling off their runners and I decided to replace it with an Edwardian chest I’d had since I was a student.You can also find out more about the junk Someday, you will find these items useful. 


Structurally sound but missing a couple of handles, I remembered a box of 24 Indian ceramic hand painted knobs we’d bought for £4 in a charity shop months ago. 

Jon decided he could reuse the carcass of a discarded dressing table, whilst I devised an ingenious plan to reuse a drawer that was ill-fitting.

The legs were salvaged from a mid-century dining table that had been thrown away a decade earlier. Isn’t that a pretty ceramic knob?

Here is the chest of drawers. used-to-be-a-drawer table in situ.

Perfect for storing my hair accessories and my nail paint. Much better than the floors, where they normally live!

Charity shop karma exists. We’ve given some good stuff to charity this week and got some even more awesome stuff in return.

These 1960s mini dress and belted Crimplene Jacket must have belonged the same woman. The orange and lavender printed cotton maternity gown is identical to the one my Mum wore in 1966 when she was pregnant. 

There’s a West AfricanThe jackets are a 1980s purple studded coat, a vintage jacket with a waxed jacket (with the original store tags attached), and a waxed jacket made of cotton. Frank UsherA chiffon maxi-dress, a 1960s Welsh Tweed coat, a faux fur Cossack Hat, an 1980s velvet trimmed pleated Smock Dress by ParigiA vintage Icelandic jumper, a 1970s Borg lined sheepskin, an Amsterdam boutique’s burnt-out velvet jacket, and a 1990s Italian made purple leather coat. 

My house isn’t just Stonecroft that needs a good clean-up this week.Lundby StockholmOur bedroom got a good spring clean. The Stockholm was introduced to the market in 1975. GothenburgIt has a transformer that allows the house to be illuminated. The StockholmThe only dollshouse Lundby ever made that has a removable front. This makes it less of a dirt magnet. My model dates from 1979 when the lower floor, which included a stable (every girl’s dream!) My model dates from 1979 when the lower floor, which included a stable block (every girl’s dream!) 

Saga, my alter-ego. She loves a flamboyant outfit and always has a wineglass close by. You’re most likely to see her on the balcony, reading a good book or curled up in the living room.

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I can’t express how much joy I get when I open up my Stockholm and peek at the Lundbys enjoying their swanky pad. I found a basket of vintage Lundby furnishings in a charity store, which I of course had to save (some of the older pieces are highly sought after). Like our real home, my mini-houses are crammed full to the rafters. However, I am sure I can squeeze in a few more things. 

That’s me, 57 years of age going on 7!

Thank you for reading! Have a great weekend and we’ll see you on the flip side.

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