About Joyatri

Avid thrifter and vintage clothes wearer. Love 1960s and early 1970s styles. Partial to Art Nouveau, Pre-Raphaelite, Victorian, Renaissance and Medieval art. Former art historian. Current packrat. On a continual quest for good-looking, comfortable vegan shoes. Bhangra dancer since 2002. Fascinated by all things Indian. Vegan and animal advocate. 

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Panic on the streets of Birmingham

It wasn’t panic so much as shopping revelry. I had the pleasure of meeting up with Vix again and meeting Annie for the first time to participate in an all-day vintage shopping extravaganza in Birmingham. (Warning to bloggers with long hair who meet up with Vix: a quick hello hug resulted in her spectacular jewelry becoming entangled in my hair and we spent the first few minutes in a sitcom-worthy scene that had Vix and Annie trying to extricate my head from the clutches of Indian silver baubles.)

We had a few shops on our list to visit and were pleasantly surprised by finding several vintage fairs happening in the Digbeth area on the same day.

In the dressing room at Cow, in my early 1970s By Jove of California dress When I was in Birmingham a few weeks ago, I went into the shop Cow and was disappointed at the lack of pre-1980s wares. However, a more thorough search turned up this early-1970s polyester dress with its sweet print – sort of a 1970s precursor of the 1990s ‘ditzy’ prints. It also has three fabric-coverd buttons at the neckline, a detail I'm a sucker for. What is it about fabric-covered buttons that is so appealing? 

This dress has a rather fun label which I'll share later.

I know I’m not alone in being a vintage clothing label geek.  So, I'm throwing out a ‘label love’ invite. If you’re a blogger, feature one to three of your favorite vintage clothing labels in a post next week, send me the link to your post by Dec. 8, and I’ll include your label photos and a link to your post in a ‘label love round-up' post.

Here's the rest of my haul:

Within an hour of arriving in Birmingham I had found this ‘mad leprechaun’ hat with its jaunty, slightly squished tapered crown and groovy metal chain.

Late 1960s hat by Jacoll.

1970s D.L. Barron floral pattern maxi. 1970s Frank Usher polyester batik print dress with a cheongsam collar. 70s finds: Jaeger wool ‘secretary’ dress. Two scarves. Woman’s Realm pattern with a great illustration. Both Vix and Annie did well and were laden down with packages by the end of the day.

Just before I headed for the train, Vix presented me with some treasures. Knowing of my collection of vintage Pakistani bags, she gave me two small versions and a Tyrolean-type belt with star-like ornaments. Thanks, Vix!

You can read Vix’s account of the day here.

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Reader Comments (6)

Sorry about nearly scalping you with my bling, it's a hazard of hanging out with me!
What a brilliant time we had, despite the appalling weather, we got some fab stuff for incredible prices. I love all of your finds, I missed the DL Barron dress being modelled but can vouch for how gorgeous you looked in the hat, Frank Usher and sweet Cow Vintage number!
Happy Birthday! xxxx

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterVix

You found some great things. I especially like your new hat - it's a lovely colour.
Hope you find the Holistic Beauty Book in the library. I got it as a present and loved it from the first.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterNorma

Oooh, I can see why you liked these things you photographed. I think we like the same fabrics. Must have been a fun meet up with Vix.

November 27, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJoni

Always a joy to spend time with Vix, I would have loved to come along and meet you and Annie too.
You found some great things, Jo, that graphic print dress fits you perfectly, and the D L Barron maxi is beautiful (I have one but not in as nice a print). Love the hat and the Jaeger dress too. And gifts from Vix are always well-chosen and special.
Will have to trawl my labels and pick my favourite! xxx

November 28, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterpastcaring

It was an absolute pleasure to meet you Jo, and what great fun it was hanging out and shopping with you!
We all did so well with our gorgeous finds. You looked heavenly in the D L Barron dress, and the Frank Usher could have been made just for you. And as for the hat, just perfect!

Sorry about the mad panic with my out of sync watch - I am hopeless, but at least we were all ready for a drink by then!

Sorry I haven't commented earlier, I had some difficulty signing up to Bloglovin for some reason. Do let me when you next come to Brum, I would love to meet up again. xxx

November 29, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAnnie

Great hat! Sorry to take so long to catch up on these old ta-dah posts. I've just liked your Facebook page xx

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