I wish I had this outfit that a young Barbara Stanwyck is wearing
I think it is absolutely fabulous.
I would have worn it yesterday when I went into Bacup, a little market town between where I live in Whitworth and my favourite haunt Todmorden.
Now anyone local would laugh and think I was telling porkies
if I said I was there for four hours.
I did'nt even have a drink in one of the cafes.
They say the same thing about me being in Todmorden all day.
The thing is I like talking to the traders, so that's why I'm there so long.
I have to admit though four hours in Bacup is going it some and I only went in the card shop, four antiquey type shops, one charity shop and the newsagents.
I did pick up some treasures and learnt a thing or two on the way.
This tiny enamel rooster teapot is made by Trade Plus Aid started in 1992 by Charlotte Di Vita to establish ethical trading initiatives. I've never seen them before, apparently they are quite collectable and each one is numbered on the bottom.
The french buttons were to nice to leave behind, I have the perfect frock to put the blue ones on.
The mustard/yellow ones are Bakelite.
I paid £2 for this leather bound autograph book given to someone called Marjorie (not my mum) by her schoolfriend Gladys. Which is ironic as my auntie is called that.
The names listed are pupils, 12/14 years old at one of the local schools in Rochdale near to me.
Some of them could be the grandparents of kids I went to school with. I'm going to investigate the names further and ask my mum if she recognises any. She lived in the area when she was growing up.
The two necklaces I picked up for 50p will be upcycled into new ones. Damn I forgot to show you the two bracelets I got for £1 as well. Never mind it will do another day when I show you what I've done with this old army tin box
Think "garden/rockery". Philip (the welder husband) said that all the lads he worked with used to use them to keep their tools in as it stopped anybody nicking off with them due to the weight.
Nipping back up the page, the little suitcase was a steal at £8 and is perfect. It will hold the stash of old trims and laces I have.
I love going in family owned Wishes Galore card shop in Bacup and trying to catch them out by asking for some obscure type of card. I never do though they've got a card for every occasion including Bacup's Best Grandad haha.
One of the antique shops supplies props for tv programmes like Call The Midwife and the new Dad's Army films. Things like old tins, cigarette packets, all the grocery goods we would have bought in those times.
Bacup is having a lot of work doing on the buildings after receiving some funding.
Its a real quirky little market town that I hope starts to see more people coming back into it.
Looking at the amount of antique shops opening up, there are seven now, and its monthly antique/vintage market it could be onto a winner.