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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Sunday
Jan112015

It's hard to say goodbye

I leave London tomorrow. Bunhill Fields seemed a suitable somber location to take my last outfit photo of this visit.

Greek Fisherman’s cap, purchased in London in the 1990s. Handknit cardigan, from Goodwill thrift store. Tie dye scarf purchased from a street vendor in Rome in the 1990s. H & M denim skirt, purchased in the 1990s. Tights, from Goodwill thrift store. Boots, purchased at Vegetarian Shoes, Brighton, UK. Bag painted by me.Today was a quick visit to Spitalfields stopping at Bunhill Fields on the way. This site was used as the cemetery for the City of London from 1665 to 1854. And where one of my favorite artists, William Blake, is buried.

William Blake’s watercolor etching, The Ancient of Days in Europe a Prophecy copy D from the British Museum. Originally published in 1794 (later copies were made by Blake).Yesterday, the City of London organized a “Give and Take” day for people to give unwanted items and take whatever they want. We dropped off our stuff in the morning, the organizers set up, and we queued up in the afternoon for entrance. After checking for proof of city residency, the public was allowed in.

The event should have been called “give and grab” as it was a mad dash in and a crazy free-for-all as people started stuffing clothes, housewares and all manner of things into the bags they had brought along. A scan of the clothes revealed nothing of interest, then I quickly made my way to the jewelry, decorative tchotchkes, and books.

I was very surprised not to see any vintage but later learned the reason why. My boyfriend chatted with the organizers and learned that the charity shop TRAID, which sells vintage, had been allowed in early to take their pick. Same with a charity bookshop and the books. Oh well.

Anyway, I’m quite happy with my takings:

A vintage Tchibo tea tin, two Indian scarves and assorted buttons.

Scraps of very expensive silk velvets, linens, jersey and silk to be used for craft projects.Detail of fabric.Detail of fabric.Detail of fabric. The Encyclopedia of Fashion, a set of Margaret Rutherford/Miss Marple dvds, a Morrissey cd and The Smiths cd.A jar of assorted jewelry bits and a box of big glass beads. I passed up some other desirable items as I already knew I wouldn’t be able to get all of these things into my suitcase. Speaking of which, I must get packing.

Linking up to Not Dead Yet Style’s Visible Monday and Spy Girl's Pantone Party. Although I often wear this year's Pantone color, Marsala, I'm thinking today's outfit is a combination of Mimosa, Tangerine Tango and Emerald.

Reader Comments (7)

Your fabric finds look so fabulous, colorful and rich. And I love your outfit, esp the hand-knitted sweater! Thanks for sharing with Visible Monday, xo.

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterPatti

That sweater is great! You snagged lots of treasures at the Give and Take. Thanks for joining the Pantone Party!

January 11, 2015 | Unregistered Commenteranne the spygirl

What a gloriously colourful look! You look fabulous.
That sounds like a wonderful idea but I'm glad in a way that Traid got to profit from the generosity of others rather than a dealer. Those fabric scarps look very interesting but who in their right mind would chuck out anything Morrissey related?
Have a safe flight back. xxx

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterVix

Loving the colourful outfit, and your finds. I wonder what you will make with those pretty scraps of fabric?
Have a good trip back! xx

January 12, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterCurtise

I like the idea of this Give and Take day, and I'm glad you ended up with some great finds.
Your handpainted bag is gorgeous and reminds me a lot of the Blake painting you show here.
And your cardigan, wow, that's just stunning. I'm glad you got this time away.

January 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterMelanie

That sweater is tres adorbs!

Popped by from the 52 pickup

January 17, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterTami Von Zalez

I love this colourful outfit. I love anything rich yellow/mustard related.

February 19, 2015 | Unregistered Commenterhannah

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