I haven't come across much 'under the radar' vintage clothing in charity shops over the past few months much to my disappointment. What I have found though, is lots of over-priced stuff similar to that Vix described in her recent post here. However, I did find this 1980s tuxedo-style jacket last week in one of my favourite out-of-the-way shops.
What surprised me was that it hadn't been worn and still had both the manufacturer's and retailer's labels attached. But check out the original price for the jacket: £72.35 *gasp* - reduced to £10 in their sale (closing down one I reckon if the rest of their stock was similarly priced) then sold to me for £4.95!
I've done a bit of research on the Bernshaw label (love the fabric label with its font) and the company is still in production. Back in the day though, it looks like they supplied glam dresses to a few celebs including the ladies from 'Dallas'...
...they look like sweets!
Also two books by Odhams: "Practical Home Dressmaking Illustrated" and...
..."The Practical Home Handywoman".
Not only does the last book cover the usual things you'd expect from a book of the time such as cooking and handicrafts, but it also explain things such as the maintenance of domestic machinery like the vacuum cleaner and lawnmower, and basic carpentry skills to make 'simple furniture' and even a dog kennel. This had me thinking; as it was published during the late 1940s, I wonder whether the book's primary audience were those women widowed during the war and left having to bring up a family and look after the home single-handedly. Even so, it still makes for an interesting albeit rather dated read.