Don’t look over your shoulder but we are coming.

April 8, 2013

Last Saturday I hopped on the train to Sheffield, to meet with Curtise of The Secondhand Years for some quality time together. I had never been to Sheffield before and Curtise was a great guide and we did manage to cram a lot of stuff in my few hours in town. As soon as I arrived we headed to the Vintage & Craft Market, where we saw lovely creative things and highly covetable vintage wares. We both picked up a couple of things and had a chat with a few nice people. Curtise acted as the bank as with all the excitement when I arrived I forgot to mention I needed to stop by the ATM and had only a few pounds on me. Thank heavens one of us was paying attention!

(photo by Curtise)

(photo by Curtise)

There were a few different sellers with the cutest fascinators, decorated with teensy flowers, little birds, etc. I felt like picking up one of them but decided against it because frankly, it would be another one to join the ranks of the too outrageous to be worn out and left in a box to gather dust. After a nice light lunch in a cafe we headed to the outskirts for some charity shopping – that’s where the best shops are. We visited all of them on this road and found a couple of things we liked.

There’s Curtise!

After filling up our bags with second hand clothes we headed to the center and stopped by at the art museum. We didn’t have much time to see the exhibits – there was one about Ruskin that looked interesting enough – but I did get a look at the building itself. In the lobby they have these sculptures made of cutlery – how cool is that? Sheffield was once a center for the steel industry, so it is an important part of the city’s history and cultural references.

The Winter garden is lovely, a very nice spot to sit down and have a little rest if you’ve been walking for a while.

(photo by Curtise)

Here’s what I wore: Jacket – Primark, Bag – Target, Musical Dress – from Ebay, not sure where it’s from originally as the tag’s been cut off. Pink Angora Jumper – Jane Norman, via Oxfam, Shirt – Ebay, Shoes – Office, via Ebay, Cat Print Headscarf – Mango, got it many years ago on a trip to Porto. I was trying to hide the Oxfam plastic bag but it’s peering from behind my legs. I also have to say that I don’t think I’ve ever worn such a combination of moulting clothes – both the jumper and the jacket were shedding fur everywhere, I must have lost a pound of it throughout the city during the day.

The day was sunny and very pleasant and lots of peoiple were out, including these kids who were getting wet in these water spouts.

After all the walking we did we decided it was time for a bit of a sit down and a cheeky drink and a bit more of a chat.

It was a lovely day out and about with Curtise, she is as lovely and funny as she comes across on her blog. We will definitely get together again in the future for some more shenanigans. Thank you Curtise for showing me your city and putting up with my incessant chattering! And now, for the loot I brought back home:

Chelsea Girl hearts dress, M&S nautical sandals, Lulu London sort of poncho, deer figurine for my collection, present from Curtise.

1970’s Lurex bolero thingy, Golden bow sandals from Top Shop and Some big beads I mean to shorten.

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  • Reply SACRAMENTO April 8, 2013 at 14:40

    You are both soooooooooooooo lovely, ahhhhhhhhhhhhh
    I shall let you know where in England we are going to be when I know.
    It would be grand to meet.

    • Reply Mrs. D April 8, 2013 at 17:39

      That would be great!!
      Hugs xx

  • Reply Vix April 8, 2013 at 18:11

    Curtise is amazing, isn’t she? (and blinking gorgeous!) I’m glad you had a lovely time. The Winter Gardens are stunning and I love the cutlery inspired art. Your jacket is a little stunner and your buys are fabulous! xxx

  • Reply pastcaring April 8, 2013 at 19:48

    It was a pleasure to meet you, Sara, and show you around! There are plenty of other charity shops in other areas of the city, if you fancy a return visit anytime, though I can’t guarantee the sunshine!
    You did so well with your purchases – does the Chelsea Girl dress fit? I loved it.
    Your photos are brilliant (of course). I am looking forward to our next meet up – Nottingham, yes? xxxx

  • Reply Jan Graham-McMillen April 8, 2013 at 21:26

    Hello, Sara! So nice to meet you. I really enjoyed the photos of you and Curtise … isn’t she amazing?
    You look like you both had a wonderful afternoon. You look extremely cozy in your spotty jacket. Love the little pin detail. You have a wonderful blog, and I’ll be interested to see what you get up to in future!

  • Reply Señora Allnut April 9, 2013 at 10:47

    you’re both fabulous and lovely!, and love so much blogger meetings, it seems to have been such a funny day!
    beijinhos & fun

  • Reply Jennie April 9, 2013 at 10:59

    Looks & sounds like you pair had a fabulous day! That market looks brilliant, I’d snap up that First Aid Kit tin in a heartbeat. You got some wonderful goodies too, marvelous stuff!

  • Reply Ooh la la li April 9, 2013 at 18:28

    Glad you had a great time in Sheffield, the Winter Gardens look amazing! Looks like Spring is finally arriving, blue sky matching those sandals (they look stunning)

  • Reply Ivy Black April 9, 2013 at 18:38

    I love it when bloggers meet up , and I’m glad you had a great time. Curtise is is fab, I love her to bits!
    Gorgeous photos.

  • Reply PinkCheetahVintage April 10, 2013 at 01:39

    You are both looking so cute!! Love your coat. Saw you with Curtise on her blog! What a fun day,
    Becky 🙂

  • Reply Helga April 10, 2013 at 02:22

    YAY, another wonderful blogger meetup!!!
    I’m so jealous, and so happy you had a great day together, and you picked up some great scores! XXX

  • Reply The Style Crone April 10, 2013 at 13:31

    How much fun! Spending time with the amazing Curtise must have been a peak experience. You are gorgeous in each and every photo.

  • Reply Andrea Deal April 11, 2013 at 14:32

    It looks like you two had a ton of fun! Cute outfit and great finds, Sara!

  • Reply Clare April 13, 2013 at 10:44

    Isn’t Curtise lovely? Looks like you had an amazing time, I want to visit Sheffield now. I love your leopard jacket, especially with the pink and grey! Xc

    • Reply Mrs. D April 13, 2013 at 16:13

      Curtise is great and Sheffield was really nice! xx

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