Monday, December 14, 2009

Gilles Street Market

Yesterday, my mum and I headed into town for the last Gilles Street Market of 2009. I must admit, I don't often find very much (if any) vintage of the eras that I love so I was fairly confident that I would come away relatively unscathed in the bank department. The reality? Far from my expectations.

This lovely 1960s day dress cost me 60$. It was marked as 65$ but the top button was missing (it had been ironed in such a way that I feel was meant to disguise the missing button) so the woman I bought it from knocked off 5$. There's something very familiar about this dress and I'm sure I've seen one similar some place or another. It happens to fit me perfectly, too.

Then there's this 1950s circle dress. This also fits me perfectly and is absolutely divine. It cost 100$. My initial thought was that it was completely overpriced but, as I walked around, I couldn't stop thinking about it and knew I had to at least try it on. Unfortunately, as I said, it fit perfectly and I knew there was no way I could go home without it. So, I'm significantly poorer (or, more accurately, deeper in debt to my wonderful mother) but very pleased with myself, at least.

Now, I don't usually mention the price of things I buy but I've been thinking about the cost of vintage quite a bit, lately, and was thinking of writing a post about it. Is anyone interested? I was thinking of just writing about my own experiences and then get everyone else to maybe tell me about theirs.

Oh, and here is what I wore, yesterday:

Outfit details: sunglasses - ?; beaded necklace - Fisherman's Wharf Markets; 1960s N.O.S. dress - Red Ruby Vintage; shoes - Rubi Shoes.

I've also just realised that I received another blog award, from Melanie of Pink Champagne for Dancing. What I'm meant to do is pass it on, but what I'm going to do instead is tell everyone to check out Melanie's awesome blog, which she started only last month, I think. She's a very stylish lady and very sweet, too.

Andi B. Goode


  1. Oooh, great buys! Those dresses are both so pretty! i'm in love with the red one!

  2. Such pretty finds Andi! I will have to check out that market next year.
    And you look lovely in the outfit, seems you love Rubi shoes as much as me ;)


  3. Oh the red one is very pretty! I almost hate finding clothes and not wanting to try them on because then you HAVE to buy it!! Yes, vintage clothing is getting real expensive these days... one of the reasons I started improving my sewing. Please share your thoughts on the issue!

  4. love the dresses Andi! I'd love to hear your thoughts on vintage pricing, and something else I'd like to hear from you about - vintage shopping in Adelaide! Where should I go? How much should I expect to pay? I'd love to hear your thoughts if you get the time. xx

  5. I love that 1960s dress with the white accessories. So cool!

    I think the subject of vintage pricing is rather interesting - and if one is interested in collecting those items, it's good to have an awareness of the methods stores use to price items. Being savvy about it can help you get some good bargains.

  6. I hate it when i fall in love with a dress, nothing on earth can stop me from buying it! The blue dress looks lovely on you.

    I think vintage pricing would make a very interesting post, i'm looking forward to it :) xx

  7. Lovely finds! Thank you so much for spreading my faux bangs message to the world too - I am tickled to think it's being watched so far away :) :)

  8. Oh wow--both of those are gorgeous finds, Andi! I just love the first one; the cool colors and horizontal stripes are so elegant. Not to encourage, but both were definitely worth being a bit poorer for. ;) hehe!

    I'd definitely be interested in reading your thoughts on the price of vintage! I have my own thoughts about it, and am always eager to know what others think too.

    ♥ Casey
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  9. Gorgeous as always! Just wanted to let you know I added an award to your collection;)

  10. Great finds! I love the stripy one. They are both gorgeous!

    And, I just wanted to let you know that your movie posts are sooo helpful; I tried to get houseboat out on the weekend, but it was already out, and so after a quick search through your archives I saw Pinup Girl – it was AMAZING! One of my favourite films now:) It inspired my version of her hair do with the rolls and two curls that meet to one side – a bit much for the country side, but fun all the same :)

  11. Very pretty dresses Andi and I too would like to know your thoughts on vintage pricing.

  12. What charmingly wonderful finds, Andi! I adore them all, especially the red frock, that would have been whistling my name something fierce, too! :)

    I would love to read your thoughts pertaining to the pricing of vintage fashion and welcome any posts on such a topic that you'd like to share with us, honey.

    Big hugs & joyful Tuesday wishes,
    ♥ Jessica

  13. Definitely interested in a post on the price of vintage! I often come across frocks that are laughably overpriced for the quality, and I worry that people who don't have a particularly comprehensive understanding of the different eras etc will think it's worth it!

  14. I think a post on vintage pricing would be excellent too! I know a lot of blogs go on about buying vintage but there doesn't seem to be too much transperancy on how much everything costs. So for a newbie it can be a tough field to navigate.


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