Monday, 3 April 2017

Chazza success

After moaning for weeks about not finding anything in my local chazzas. Oh boy, did they deliver! I'll start with the biggie, a pre-1960s tweed jacket. According to some posts I saw on the Vintage Fashion Guild forum by the 1960s the 'G.A.' had been dropped from the Dunn and Co labels, so that gives me a vague date for it. I was quite surprised it was so early, as the colours in the tweed are more exuberant than I'd expect from a lot of menswear - there's rust and a vibrant jade green in the mix. Thinking about it, the 1920s-30s was quite a time for bold menswear, the 20s in particular. Could this jacket be from that date? I have no idea how the labels changed over the years, and a search on Google Images and Pinterest didn't help - I couldn't even find many adverts.

Anyway, I like my new jacket. I wasn't sure if it would fit me when I bought it, but figured if it looked dreadful I could always pass it on to Vix. But it fits! So sorry, Vix, you're not getting it. And neither is Mr Robot who insisted on trying it on in case he could nick it. He said it made me look like a woman from a Woody Allen film. "The one who he cheats with, or the one he cheats on?" I asked. "Or the one who's cheating on him?" He wasn't sure. But I'll take a bit of Diane Keaton style, even if it's happening accidentally.

We also found a sideboard in British Heart Foundation. Again, I'm honestly not sure of the date, but it does have the important thing, namely sturdy wooden shelves that will hold lots of our crockery. A lot of modern furniture seems to have really flimsy shelves supported on little plugs that slot into the wood, but these shelves are properly fitted so I won't have any anxiety about them giving way. (We really do have to break our plate-buying chazza habit, but nice plates are so crap it's hard to resist.) Hopefully, by having more space for it all, it won't be as piled up as it was, so well use the different pieces more regularly rather than just plumping for what plate is on top of the stack.
I hope your secondhand buying is proving as successful.

25 comments :

  1. Two fabulous purchases! More photos of the jacket please! I always have a lot of fun looking up labels and such, it's a good guessing game isn't it?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. When I get a good photo of me in the jacket, I will put it up.

      I quite like putting photos of labels up on my blog, in case it helps people. Hmm. Perhaps I should do a labels post at some point!

      Delete
  2. I'm seconding Porcelina, as I too would love to have a closer look at the jacket, preferably with you wearing it! The sideboard looks fab, just the thing we would have bought for Dove Cottage. We too have quite a bit of crockery, and I would never dare to store it in a "modern" sideboard. XXX

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I've already found one of the cats on the sideboard. Luckily it was Pippin, who's very graceful, and didn't knock anything off.

      Delete
  3. You look so good in that jacket that I won't tear it off your back (although it would look great on our rails - if Jon didn't snaffle it first).
    Feast or famine, that's the joy of chazzas. Nothing for ages then two bostin' buys in a week. Ace stuff! x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm deffo going to keep looking. If the drought is over, I intend to make the most of it. I do have a blouse to pass on to you next time you swing through Bath.

      Delete
    2. (I never look at menswear for you. Is there any particular sort of thing you need? I see racks and racks of tweed, but I'm never sure what your criteria are for stocking it.)

      Delete
    3. That's kind of you! We're always on the hunt for wild shirts from the 1970s or 1980s, tank tops, Ban-Lons, pin striped trousers and terrible shell suit tops if you see any! xxx

      Delete
  4. Ooooh... I do love tweed! More pictures, please!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Beautiful jacket. I'm no help dating tweed, but I agree that the colour combination is unusual. I love old woven labels in clothing, even if I'm the only one to see it.

    Hooray for finding a home for your China-and a nice one at that.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Labels are sometimes the most exciting bit. They can tell you so much about a garment.

      Delete
  6. Fabulous jacket - what a brilliant find! And the sideboard what I could see of it with the leaded windows(?) looks very sturdy indeed. May your plate and china collection have a long and happy life in the sideboard!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, they're proper leaded windows. A couple of the panes are cracked, but we don't mind that. It's enabled us to make so much room in the kitchen, we no longer have to faff about emptying half a cupboard to get to anything we need.

      Delete
  7. What a gorgeous tweed with those flecks of turquoise green!
    More pics of that beautiful sideboard too!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's quite hard to photograph the sideboard as the glass captures the reflections of everything in the room. (Though at least that's tidy at the moment...)

      Delete
  8. It's just the best when the Charity Shop Gods finally smile down. You really have found two cracking bargains.

    ReplyDelete
  9. British Heart Foundation has served me SO WELL for furniture finds! I have the cutest coffee tables because of those stores and the prices were amazing. You're making me want to go back when I have no space for more furniture!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Running out of space is so annoying. I think I'm sorted for furniture now... it's plates we can't stop buying. "They're practical!" is such a terrible, useful excuse.

      Delete
  10. I honestly don't know how you find so many good things in charity shops. The ones round my way are awful and I only ever end up buying books or vinyl. Anyway, I agree with Sarah, more photos of the jacket please! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think people round my way don't like 'old stuff', so as long as the volunteers don't spot it for what it is and ship it off to one of the specialist vintage chazzas, I can claim it. Also, this was menswear, which they seem to pay less attention to. (Maybe I should pay more attention to it...)

      Delete
  11. I like the look of tweed but it's too itchy for me! I often civet pretty Edwardian style tweed jackets but know I would be itching madly within seconds!

    I love the colours in your jacket, so unusual xxx

    ReplyDelete