Viva La Thrifting!!!

Thrifting is something I've done for years now and the thrill and anticipation is still there, regardless of whether I come home with a bargain or not. I enjoy the journey-that is, the day or afternoon, of trekking from one charity shop to another (or through the stalls at the boot sale), listening to other folk picking up their bargains or listening to the music playing in the shop. Its real 'me' time, where I can hope to catch a bargain but if not, c'est la vie, there is always next time.
It was my love of thrifting that initiated the blog-as well as my love of Ossie Clark, as I often read in awe the gorgeous WendyBs blog, until I decided to go for it and do my own.
Well, its soo fabulous when you find 'the perfect bargain'. Its very rare to capture something that really takes your breath away and gets you running to the till, in case the shop girl takes it away from you, declaring that actually, its not for sale after all, LOL!!
In the week, feeling rather down, I decided to go thrifting in my local town after work, as I just wanted some time to myself. I started at my beloved Salvation Army, nothing doing, so trekked over to the 3 others further in town. Still feeling like I didn't want to come home, I mooched into the high street shops and back into the Salvation Army. There it was, waiting for me-'my perfect find'.

A 1980s vintage wool Issey Miyake 'Plantation' deconstructed top/jacket!! As soon as I picked it up and saw the cut, design and quality, I knew I had to have it. I didn't even try it on, I just sprinted to the till, paid up and headed home!!
Issey Miyake is a Japanese 'Modern Master' along with Hanae Mori, Rei Kawakubo (Comme Des Garcons) and Yohji Yamamoto, who each have left mesmerising impressions on international style with their groundbreaking work, proving that Asia is full of inspiration and unique styles over the last 60 years.

Its very hard to capture the cut and drapes as the black doesn't photo that well, but the last picture gives a better idea of how it fits. It truly is a stunning item and one which I will covet and treasure for years to come. Funnily enough, after taking it after after the photo shoot, I left it unbuttoned and it looks gorgeous as a jacket too, so a really great item and I view as a real piece of art. Topshop have some tops online now that are very similiar to the draping of mine, so it shows how timeless this top really is. It also gives me back the belief that there are true gems to be found thrifting if you look hard enough.

My first 'eureka' thrift find was an immaculate Ossie Clark maxi dress for £7 in my local Sue Ryder about 4-5 years ago, which I sold to raise some money to pay off debts. I do regret it, but it was meant to be at the time, I suppose.
What has been your best find-be it thrifting, online, ebay or from a high street shop or designer item-what is that item that made you go all weak at the knees and desperate to have in your wardrobe?


Anonymous said...

What a great jacket. I love interesting shapes.

Siljesfashion said...

I totally understand that you feel better after getting this bargain! I love the cut, style and it fits you amazingly. My best vintage buy is my Chanel handbag and that long blue dress from the 70s. I guess it was just meant to be, and the dress cost next to nothing. Hope you are having a fabolous day!

Sharon S said...

Hi Nadine-thanks so much my dear!!

Hi Silje-yes, it is heartlifting to get an amazing bargain, your Chanel bag is a truly awesome find, you were very lucky as Chanel vintage is rarer and more expensive nowadays too! Have a lovely day as well!

Cate said...

Thrifting must be really cool... Is thrifting automatically equal to vintage shopping? I have no idea about both these types of shopping, as we don't have either a thrift or a vintage shop here at least not as far as I'm concerned.

That sweater is really smashing!!

Sharon S said...

Hi Cate-thanks for your lovely comment. According to wikipedia, 'Thrifting is the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sale, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a cheap price.This also covers 'vintage' too, which can be found in all of the above. Ebay is also a great source of vintage, plus there are many vintage online stores too.

Make Do Style said...

I can just imagine you swooping and swiftly marching to the till!
How lovely to find a find! You're great at this, your endeavours always pay off.

And thanks for your comments, I'm telling you bloggers words are the best!

Sharon S said...

Hi kate-thanks for your lovely comment too, always appreciated from you!

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

I SO know that feeling that a bargain is too good to be true and someone will take it away from you! Happened to me when I bought a fabulous quilt, all hand appliqued and quilted--they said the price was $2 and I didn't even look at the whole thing, just paid as fast as I could before they could change their minds. I have pictures of it in my blog at http://queenoffiftycents.blogspot.com/2008/04/just-call-me-james.html

LOVE that jacket on you, and to find a Miyake piece at such a price will make you feel great whenever you think of it!

Sharon S said...

Hi the Queen of 50 cents-thanks for such a wonderful comment, I've just checked out your bargain quilt, soo exquisite, what a find my dear!!

Anonymous said...

i love that phrase "eureka thrift find"!

La C.

Anonymous said...

Another great find!

Seeker said...

My dear I think you're the best "thrifter" ;)
Alwas finding great things and great bargains.
Love your new jacket.
Pity that we don't have trift or even vintage stores here...
And I think it's the best way to face recession ;) indeed, darling.

Have a nice sunday

Marian said...

darling this is an EXCELLENT find my sweet! hi5 to you honey for spotting it sweetheart. its cut is amazing! love the draping in the front Sharon.this is a definite keeper my love.love it with your jeans!
muah x

WendyB said...

I think you're way more of an inspiration to me than I could be to you. What a find! Again!

Skye said...

Awesome find!

I sometimes think over the things like that which I have left on the shelf because they aren't really my style, even though they are amazing pieces. Maybe I should have bought them instead.


I love that top. What a find!! Have a fabulous weekend, dear. And thanks for stopping by and commenting me. =]


Winnie said...

Wow, I can't believe the luck you have in charity shops Sharon!

María Pilar Bernal Maya said...

I know what you mean! I feel the same way and.. you write "VIVA" in Spanish jajajaja. BRAVO
Kss my dear friend

AmyCarriereDesign said...

oh my god, girl, total score! i've found some real heart-quickeners as well & it's such a rush. i've come across pucci, versace, coach - all at my favorite haunt. the rarity of the gems makes the hunt so much better, yes?

www.janetteria.com said...

What a find all of them! Congratulations and I agree, too.

xoxo: Janet

Anonymous said...

amazing find Sharon Rose! You always find the coolest things.

Sharon S said...

Hi lacouturiernyc-LOL, it just popped into my head!!

Hi ladies who lunch-thanks so much!

Hi the seeker-thanks my dear and thats a shame you don't have access to thrift, I am very lucky then to have a lot of charity shops around, it is indeed the right way to go in the recession.

Hi marian-thanks so very much for your lovely comment my dear!

Hi wendy-always so lovely, you have been a constant source of inspiration and style my dear, with your stunning vintage collection!!

Hi skye-yes, its definitely worth keeping an open mind to any pieces when out thrifting!!

Hi fashion chalet-thanks so much my dear!

Hi winnie-thanks my dear, yes I did strike lucky with this one!!

Hi tupersonalshopperviajero-thanks a lot my dear!!

Hi MissAmyShops-thanks, you do know what I mean too, its great to pick up a fantastic piece!

Hi janettaylor-thanks so much!

Hi sandra-thanks for your lovely comment!

Anonymous said...

Hey darling!
I love that gorgoues top, it was worth hunting for. I'd love to have something so unique in my wardrobe.
It's a bit hard for me to answer your question about the best bargain item I've bought, becuase most of the things that I buy are from high street, however on sale, not regular price. I hardly ever buy anything if it's still regular price. One item though that sticks out the most was a gorgeous white leather burberry bag that I bought in Buffalo for Only $150. The same bag sells here in Toronto for at least $700. So yeah, I'm sure you can imagine my excitment! :)
Enjoy your sunday love!

Shes Dressing Up said...

Oooh what a great find!
I've never found anything that I've been floored by on the spot, but I've noticed over the last couple of years that a lot of the items in my wardrobe I really love wearing have been bought second hand =]

Sharon S said...

Hi LaMimi-the bag sounds a gorgeous find, well done!

Hi Nic-yes, I'm so into my thrift finds, rather than stuff bought directly from the shops too!

Cadmium said...

what a fantastic find! thrift therapy works for me too. i guess until now, my 'best' score was a missoni scarf (for 1 euro) that i gave my mom for christmas. designer or no, i am always chuffed to find nice clothes or accessories. these days, there is usually at least one thrifted piece in every outfit i wear!
wishing you continued good thrifting luck, sharon!

Unknown said...

That is one ADORABLE sweater!

I remember how, in the '80s, Vogue Patterns here in America had a lot of Issey Miyake designs, which I loved. You could look for such a pattern and get one of his styles made, as well! I wish I bought one of those patterns, back in the day, but I was too young and still in school so I couldn't afford to do so. :o(

They were fab designs, though!

Sharon S said...

Hi karima-thanks for your lovely comment, you also get such lovely finds too, keep hunting!!

Hi anchibride-thanks for your lovely comment, I too remember those patterns too, although I never bought one either!

Tricia said...

go, miyake, you totally scored!

Sharon S said...

Hi fashion herald-thanks my dear!


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