…but we’ll have no vulgar comments here, thank you very much. Large cream stoneware milk-jug (English; no discernable mark), 50p from the Brighton Marina boot fair; smaller earthenware one (Storrington pottery), 20p. The compensation of getting up and to the market late is that whilst one might have missed some excellent scoops, what’s left on the stalls is going cheap before people pack up and go home. Rather pleased with this black silk dress, too (£4) – suspect that this might be a staple travelling-light item for summer expeditions, especially those involving budget airlines and hand-luggage allowances.
Had hoped to bring you a Usual Shop bulletin from different territory this week, but the charity shops of South East London did not oblige. I’m happy to report nonetheless that the Geranium Shop For The Blind – a brilliant source of finds when I lived up that way some 15 years ago – is still there by the one-way system in Tulse Hill, however, and that East Dulwich has not been so gentrified yet as to render bargain-hunting impossible. There’s a fun flea market-y type shop up Northcross Road now, and a Saturday street market with secondhand clothes stalls too (not exactly Portobello, but a pleasant diversion on a wander for a weekend brunch, perhaps). Mind you, I was amused to see that there is now an East Dulwich Deli (who’d a-thought it in my day?) next door to a stalwart local institution, the does-what-it-says-on-the-tin Kebab & Wine.
Not-so-incidentally, I was up that way for a vintage-themed birthday party: a 40th, so 1940s-style costume. Didn’t have a vast selection of dresses to choose from – ruthless culls of the wardrobe in recent times have seen the departure of anything moth-ridden, ill-fitting or just plain neglected, which hasn’t left me with much, frankly – but managed to pull a suitable outfit together (items long pre-dating this blog, so no pictures handy). Marvellous home-baked cakes (thank you, Heather) and real tea in pots with cosies, vintage crockery and musical entertainment from the impressively slick ‘n’ swingin’ Bevin Boys, who appear to be located in the south-east, should any of you want to book ’em. A most enjoyable day out indeed.