Saturday, 11 February 2017

Vintage Weigh & Pay and a New Luxulite Delight.

So today I forced a grumbling Himself to get up early and go to Reading. I had a ticket for a vintage kilo sale at The Hexagon.
My friend Charlotte, who lives in Reading, mentioned in passing at work on Thursday that it was happening. Cue much frustrating internet searching by me to actually find out when it was on, lets just say it wasn't well advertised!
At first all I could find was one at Reading University on the 25th Feb, so I figured Charlotte had got the wrong date, but she was adamant she had walked past an advert saying this Saturday so we looked again and *finally* found a link.
The fair was due to start at 11am, entry £1.50, but you could buy an early bird ticket to get in at 10am for an extra £1.50 so I thought what the hell and did. The premise being you get given a bag which you go round and fill then hand it in to be weighed and you pay by weight, with it costing £15 a kilo.

I must admit I still wasn't sure whether I really wanted to go or not right up to last night, I couldn't decide whether £15 a kilo was kind of expensive and was dubious about the quality of stock as I have heard mixed things about kilo sales in the past, but in the end I decided to pop my weigh and pay cherry.

As I've been a pretty crap blogger of late I forgot my camera........again!

There were a fair few people queued up outside by 9.55am but judging by the photos on the facebook page many more arrived later. They apparently open new bundles every hour, I've no idea what a bundle consists of but again judging by pictures it seems to cause a bit of a frenzy!  

I was expecting a glorified jumble sale, but everything was hung up on rails and sorted into garment types, it was all incredibly crumpled so clearly had just come out of some big old bundle and hung up. I'm glad I went early because it wasn't huge and I know it would have pissed me off to fight to get near anything once it got super busy.  In terms of content, as anticipated the bulk was 80s & 90s and various teeny teeny tiny size items from other eras.

So did I come away with any bargains? Well actually yes I did
My swag came in at £22.50 and consisted of 2 dresses and 2 bags.
 The brown one has seen a bit of life but still has plenty left, and the burgundy one is in perfect condition.

A brown sleeveless number
and this pretty black patterned 1970's number.

So would I do one of these sales again? well yes, I think I would, but definitely on the early bird entry.

I should clarify Himself went off into town as wild horses wouldn't drag him near a vintage sale! I met him later and we did a bit of shopping and had a late breakfast in Five Guys, delicious as it was, I conclude burger and chips does not make a good breakfast, I was left feeling nauseous for quite a while afterwards, I'm not used to eating greasy food these days.

I snagged a few tale end of the sales bargains.

Dress £5, Top £3,  Trousers £5
as well as a couple of full price items. A new shirt & jumper

and a dress I fell in love with in New Look.
It was nice to get out and about today. I have been full of cold *again* and feeling very sorry for myself the last week or so. Other than heading out to the cinema to see the Lego Batman Movie (which was very funny) I've been flopping around pathetically at home.

Talking of Lego I did finally get round to building the false Lego pirate ship Santa brought. Of course Himself has to add embellishments, so I came down the next morning to
a Medusa figurehead and a poor chap being made to walk the plank!

I shall finish up with my delicious new Luxulite brooch. I cannot begin to tell you how much I love it. It was a custom order from the super talented and really rather lovely Katy.
She had made a similar one with purple beads but with a yellowy green back.
I dithered and dithered over it because I wasn't sure about the colour of the back and when I finally decided it had sold.
So on the off chance I emailed Katy and asked her if she could make another one but with a darker green back and she said she could. I suddenly had to decide things like plain green or glitter?, shape, size etc. As you can see the Magpie in me went glitter. I am absolutely thrilled with the end result.


  1. Glad you managed to snag a few pieces at the kilo sale, worth going out in this bastard cold weather! Both dresses are lovely and what a striking brooch.

  2. I've only been to a couple of kilo sales but like you, I paid for the early bird ticket and was pleasantly surprised by what I found. You did well.
    That brooch is utterly fabulous, the sparkling green back is gorgeous. xxx

  3. I've never been to a kilo sale but there's one coming to Cardiff soon. Thanks for the tip about the earlybird tickets! You did well, and great choice on the custom brooch. xx

  4. That brooch is delicious - it reminds of blueberries!

    I've never heard of a kilo sale - what an interesting concept and you seem to have done very well! I liked everything you bought elsewhere as well; especially the checked trousers and shirt. I've really been attracted to plaid/checked clothing recently - I don't know why.

    The bags look brilliant.

    Your pirate ship is amazing. It only seems like yesterday I was jumping about screaming and cursing as I'd trodden on yet another bit of bloody lego that one of the grand kids had left lying around!

  5. I've never been to a kilo sale and wondered what they'd be like - so now I know!

    Gorgeous brooch, the colours are fab especially the glittery green xx

  6. I've never been to a kilo sale, although I bought towels in a shop where you paid per kilo back in the early 90s, and I'm still using them! I like the idea, but I think you did well in going for an early bird ticket! Love your dresses and handbags, especially the burgundy one. That Luxulite brooch is very pretty too. xxx

  7. Fab. I haven't been t a kilo sale in ages- they are always good for a laugh. Love the frocks.
    How lovely is the Luxlite brooch? It's perfect for you.xx

  8. Beautiful brooch! I have been meaning to go to a weigh and pay, will have to go and look now as you got some nice things.

  9. What good service from Luxulite!

    I am laughing at the Lego ship... The Lego games have a really good sense of humour; I'm waiting for the Lego GTA-alike to come to Playstation.