I’ve spent the weekend planning my mini American roadtrip – in May, Rob and I will be flying out to Chicago, then New York, then Maine via Boston. Four amazing US cities to discover – I cannot wait!
The planning process has involved reading lots of US blogs – although I do want to see the tourist attractions, I really want to experience the ‘real’ USA and do things the locals do. Something that’s top of my list for our NYC stop is a trip to Beacon’s Closet. It’s a buy, sell and trade vintage store that I’ve been obsessed with ever since I started reading What I Wore back in 2009. Jessica’s early outfit posts are full of Beacon’s Closet treasures and she’s found some real gems among the rails, so of course I’ll be visiting… and reporting back!
All that thrifty research had me itching to hit the charity shops, so when Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny I headed out for some second hand retail therapy.
Vintage embroidered jacket via charity shop, vintage lace tee via charity shop, Topshop jeans, brogues c/o Bertie, Emma Fox bag via TK Maxx, Urban Outfitters hat, bangles via charity shop, H&M ring
I picked up this beautiful embroidered jacket for £6.99, while the lace tee was £2.99, both from St Gemma’s. The jacket is the perfect spring cover-up, although I think it could stray into old lady territory… maybe a candidate for my next DIY Divas project?
Vintage embroidered jacket £6.99, vintage lace tee £2.99, high-necked lace top £1.99, vintage pleated floral skirt £3.99 – all charity shops
I found a few other pieces on my trip – more lace, a pretty pleated skirt, a baroque coat (which I’ll be saving ’til winter), a couple of summer dresses – and assembled some of them for a photo shoot with my new camera! I popped into Jessops for some passport photos which came out so truly hideous (they made me take my glasses off! I was unprepared!) that I needed something to cheer myself up. Well, it wasn’t quite that impulsive – Rob and I have been thinking about investing in a DSLR for a few weeks and when we spotted the Canon 500D on offer, complete with two lenses, we decided to go for it. Many thanks to Kristabel for the inspiration – after seeing her amazing LFW pics I knew I needed something better!
Embroidered kitty tote, £2.99 via charity shop (taken with Instagram)
One last thing – as I was paying for my charity shop haul, I spotted this adorable kitty tote hanging behind the counter. A quick enquiry and an inspection later and I’d added it to my total. All those staring kitten eyes freak me out a bit, but I knew Gem would love it so I’ll be sending it her way tomorrow. Kitty overload!
Have you been second hand shopping recently? Pick up any bargains?
PS – I’m often asked for charity shop recommendations – I wrote a post about the ones I visit regularly, but my absolute favourite is St Gemma’s. The entire chain (there are St Gemma’s shops all over Leeds) is brilliant, with very carefully selected stock and great window displays. All the pieces featured in this post were found at the various branches of St Gemma’s near me and although you can expect to pay a little bit more than other charity shops, the prices are still very reasonable. Also, the volunteers at the King Lane shop are absolute darlings (especially Mary, the Irish lady who always compliments me on my outfits). If you’re in Leeds I’d recommend finding your nearest shop and popping in. Keep an eye out for their vintage fairs too!
loving the kitty tote very nice finds :)x
The King Lane shop is great. There’s a great Barnados near our new house in Rotherham. Lots of clothes and things for the home, and all in good condition. Prices aren’t too bad either.x
Jen that jacket is lovely! If you want to DIY it, maybe you could add some studs? or some sort of adornment to change it up a bit. 🙂
Your US trip sounds amazing, can’t wait to see the pictures.
I love that jacket!
That bag is amazing! I love the lace top too. XO
I love that jacket – leave it be! It’s perfect. Nothing wrong with a bit of old lady when it’s worn with skinnies and attitoood 🙂
You’ll have a blast in the US, New York is my favourite city in the world.
Can’t wait to hear all about it and your finds!
the jacket is soooo adorable !!!!!
I used to have that jacket a few years ago I think its marks and sparks! very cute, the bag is amazing x
I love that jacket sooo much – what a good find.
Your road trip sounds amazing. We are also thinking a trip over to America later in the year and to the same kind of area! I have not been as organised yet but may have to start planning now.
Lush jacket, what a find! I’m not a big charity shopper myself but have heard some amazing stories: when I was a student, the Oxfam round the corner from my house had a pair of never-worn Louboutins for a couple of quid. Sadly in a size three though!
Oh wow that jacket is absolutely beautiful! Don’t do anything to it, it doesn’t need it at all! It’s perfection! I am dying to visit my friend in Leeds just so I can go charity shopping!
I managed to pick up a cameo brooch today for £1.99 which made me a very happy bunny!
That jacket is absolutely beautiful! Don’t do anything to it, it doesn’t need it! It’s perfection!
I managed to nab a lovely cameo brooch this morning in a charity shop so i’m a happy bunny! Was only £1.99
the jacket is so nice§! Have more with DoMyJeans
SO jealous of your American roadtrip, it’s a dream of mine to take my time doing eaach coast and the deep south, taking in each state. ONE DAY.
Make sure to visit the Brooklyn Flea Market whilst in NY since you’re fond of a bargain – the vintage clothes and accessories are so CHEAP. I’m talking $25 faux furs and $5 handmade dresses.
The handmade cufflinks & jewellery, art, home decor and food is also amazing. I honestly can’t recommend it enough. I could go on & on & on 🙂
I bet May can’t come quick enough for you!!
The jacket is fab, I don’t think it’s old-ladyish at all. I bet you can’t wait for your American trip! I would love to tour around the capital cities in Europe after Uni, who knows if I’ll get there 🙂
That embroidered jacket is simply beautiful and perfect as it is (please don’t change it, I might cry if I thought it was going to be hacked up).