Sweep the Yard

23 August 2010

Rising early is usually a necessity due to education and employment but every so often something shopping-related will allow me to make my cosy bed a distant memory on a Sunday morning.  It seemed the universe was working in perfect order; I had the 22nd off work, managed to catch the Overground in time and raised a fair few pennies before payday for the all important Yard Sale.  Surprisingly, I hadn't managed to come across such an event across the pond but I envisioned a small scale and slightly more philanthropic Brooklyn Flea.  After all, our clothes can evoke all sorts of memories and emotions and it can be hard to part sometimes even though practicality might win through eventually.  Even with the aid of Google maps, I did walk straight past the location (and could've blissfully ended up near the Arsenal football ground chatting with Kylie), but luckily confusion was realised and we were soon in the courtyard.  Even though we arrivied 30 minutes after the start time, there was already a determined crowd forming around Susie's makeshift shop; I was daunted.  I like a calm rummage at the best of times, but a few dozen fashion bloggers is another matter so I had to summon some sort of resolve and dive into the numerous bags to see what I could find.

 Shini managing her impeccably dressed stall

I completely forgot Kylie took this picture of me but obviously I was ready; witness the finds I clutched for dear life

My approach was systematic; I went through each bag in turn (though pounced on the Chanel books lying on't table), scrutinised shape and potential fit before indulging in a makeshift fashion show with Amy (sans mirror) to work out what to keep.  Then the moment of truth came; the price.  Fearing the worst, I marched up to Susie and after she did her calculations, everything came to the grand total of £12! Even though I had little idea as to what I looked like in the pieces, the prices were so low that I could afford to take a few risks and breach the comfort zone slightly.

A cut away shirt by Miki Fukai, worn by Susie here, that fastens around the front for £2.  Even though it has a faint floral print, it vaguely reminded me of Miu Miu and thus it became mine.  I'm also really pleased I picked it up from a construction point of view, as I'm now aware of an amazing designer that unfortunately doesn't seem to be making more collections (sob).

A Ksubi spot t-shirt that actually belonged to Steve of Style Salvage - £2.

Some Ksubi cycling shorts customised by Susie here for £2;  I must seem like a right stalker with links and whatnot, but I was curious as to the origins as many items seemed familiar.  I wonder how she feels about her clothes being dispersed all over London/Earth and the possible outfits that will be created as a reflection of the wearers style?

A draped maxi skirt with optional legroom, just in case - £2.

Chanel 3-book set detailing her life, perfumes and jewellery for £4.  I can see a lot of well-deserved good karma coming Susie's way due to her generous pricing.

Also popped over to Geisha Rock's wares and bought this colourful Urban Outfitters blouse for a fiver.

Blazer, tank, skirt, bracelet - Topshop
Lace trim shorts (worn underneath) - H&M
Boots - Ebay
Bag - Brooklyn Flea
Hat - Frou Frouu
Necklaces - random NYC and DIY
Picture - Kylie

Sunday 22nd of August 2010 was also the day I became a hat person, after many indecisive trying on sessions back in Forever 21.  I've been wanting to branch out from my usual berets to something more structured to complete my look so was happy to buy this straw trilby from Frou Frouu for £2.50.
The eclectic wares of Fiona

Back to the sale; once I'd reached my rummaging limit, I hung around chatting to Fiona, Amy and Christina, comparing our finds and soaking up the general atmosphere.  The general consensus was that the event didn't seem like a moneymaking scheme to capitalise on the blogging trend of the moment and no ulterior motives were at work. For instance there was free homemade lemonade and sausage baps.

Fiona was also hosting a charity raffle, as well as being her fine self.  We are leather shorts twins now.

Lira was sporting the most fantastic bracelet by Yorkshire Pearl.  I could definitely take a break from my trusty Topshop bangle for one of these eclectic creations.

Kylie might have been reining in my extremely envious emotions (someone snapped up some Preen trousers within earshot) and kept me on the straight and narrow.  She scored an awesome vintage coat plus a KTZ dress and I expect some awesome pictures in the near future.  I'd also quite happily buy some of her stuff if she ever hosted a yard sale.

Loved how Vicky Riches was randomly sketching the surroundings

The general vibe was friendly and relaxed; I could have very well stayed all day and possibly annoyed everyone with my 70mph chatter.  Blogger yard sales (and the sharing of Susie's wardrobe) definitely needs to become a regular event but in the meantime, I'm considering a car-boot-sale sort of thing with some other London bloggers, to make room for the influx of new items.  Maybe a movement is starting?  Let's all make our blogshops a reality and add complimentary beverages to the mix; watch this space.

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  1. Great post, it was lovely to see you and I must say, I am very jealous of that straw hat (in a good way) it suits you really well! :) x

  2. Such a great post. Oh the yard sale was so fun - I wish we could do it every sunday!
    We must do a bootsale. It would be so much fun

    Thanks for linking to me :)

    Lots of love xox

  3. Perfect run-down of the afternoon, I know I'll just end up writing a line or two on my blog as I find I can rarely remember details or really know what I want to say besides "eerg, yeah. This is what I did today, here's some pictures". You could be a writer or journalist, you've got a fantastic writing style.
    Still thinking about your outfit as well, soooo envious of that skirt and even the top though I think I might have the same one... haha!


  4. I am so jealous, if I had known about this earlier I would have been able some how make it down there! Would have been really cool to meet you all! You got some great finds!

    Adèle – http://moltocuriosa.com

  5. The yard sale was a huge success wasn't it? I came later in the day and still managed to bag a few items! But might have to head a bit earlier next time to get some more bargains!


  6. Love the T-shirt and the Book! And i love your hat and your look! xo

  7. The striped dress is pretty :)

  8. Bargain! I'm mad at myself for missing this. Can you believe I was sat at home thinking "I'm supposed to be doing something today" like duh-snatching up bargains.Next time I have to be there.

    You bagged some great finds.
    strut{t} mode

  9. ooo live the polka dot top and the chanel books,such a bargain!! x
    p.s.i own 3 pairs of docs :3

  10. omg you are so a hat person! love your outfit, especially the sheer skirt with the drapey top, so so cool and i bet it's comfy! susie's bargains seem legendary, looks forward to see how you put your spin on them xx

  11. You look so happy rumaging through those bags, though not suprised as that price! Bargain!


  12. What a fun day! You look so happy..
    Loving the black blouse with white poka dots

  13. those shorts are to kill for... i never seen shorts like that... BUT anywho amazing post!!!

  14. Would love to be involved in a yard sale. I have sooo much stuff to sell at the moment!

    Looks like you picked up some great things, I missed the sale because I was in Barcelona - booo

    Corinne x

  15. thanks for your comment :)

    omg i wish i cam earlier! i spent 20mins trying to wake my sister up and another 30mins getting lost! it looks like there were so much more things before i arrived at 12ish! love your buys :)

    Vintage Stop at www.vickileestyle.blogspot.com

  16. This is what a call a yard sale! So many good finds and cool people! Love it! I wish I were there!

  17. Great pictures! Love that polka dot top you got. Wish I lived in London, so I could have gone to the yard sale. Oh, well! sarahD:)

  18. hey ho, long time lurker of your blog - i love it! i still remember that diy post of susie's with those shorts. love that you included trackbacks to how susie wore the pieces you bought - lookin forward to see how you style em!

  19. I had so much fun hanging out with you, Christina and Fi! I really need to find some way of showing off all of my bargains :)


  20. Loving everyone's coverage of the yard sale! I'm so loving the fact that you all got some pretty amaaazing bargains! AND you are definitely a hat person!

  21. I love your outfit, you look gorgeous! So well layered :) and so jealous of the Chanel books! Good karma going Suzies way for sure!

    Fashion Stereotype

  22. Oooh I think I remember those shorts! You snagged some great stuff! :) Too bad I'm all way "over the pond" in Boston. Would have loved to join in with you gals!

  23. Oh we need blogger yard sales here in my city, too. And only 12 pounds! Lucky you.

  24. Hope I have something like this in Thailand. It looks like guys had a lot of fun going through stack of clothes, accessories, etc etc. And heck, even free lemonade!