Yesterday I went to the Retro Market at Sugar Blue Burlesque in Northbridge, right near the Retro Vinnies. I got there about 10 minutes before opening time, and the line stretched six or seven shops back from the doors, getting longer. Everyone near me in the line seemed to be talking about how many people there were, although we shouldn’t really have been surprised given that 988 people had said on Facebook that they were going. After a while the line started moving, and it wasn’t to long before I got in, paid my $3 entry and was free to join the people ahead of me, who were rushing around and excitedly looking through the racks and boxes of clothes. It rapidly got packed, as the rest of the line worked their way up the stairs.
About an hour later I emerged, hot, sticky, tired and thirsty, $53 poorer, and the proud owner of an awesome topstiched brown jacket ($30), a funky double-breasted jumper ($7), a dress with big brown, yellow and blue flowers ($5), an awesome long sleeved mod-style dress ($5), and a cupcake ($3).
I headed back into Perth to buy a drink and to spend another hour fruitlessly searching the shops for some clothes to fit the work/smart casual category, where I have discovered a bit of a lack (Yes, I know I said “no buying clothes”, but this is an actual need (and cool retro stuff that’s super-cheap doesn’t count – I saved up for it from my lunch money)). BTW – I hate shops, they never have anything that fits me, especially not anything I like. But I suppose that’s where the sewing skills come in 😛
I’ve got some alterations to do to my new dresses – they both need to be taken in a bit under the arms. The flowery one will be easy coz it’s sleeveless, but the mod dress will take a bit of thinking, time and effort. Luckily I won’t be able to wear it till winter anyway, so that’s not a problem. The jacket won’t need anything – it fits perfectly, and is totally awesome. For the jumper, I just need to figure out the poppers that close it at the front 😛 I should get my fabric stash sorted out and see what I can do about the work clothes issue. Does anyone have some spare shelves or cupboards they want to get rid of? And would anyone like a single bed? (It’s taking up my cutting out space).