Vintage & Oxfam: It all started with a bag

Posted by Liv Heeney Oxfam Fashion blogger

18th Mar 2014

The title of this post could in fact be the answer to two questions. The first being 'what started your interest in vintage fashion;' the second and somewhat more important, 'what started your interest in Oxfam'. It was probably about 5 and a half years ago when I first stepped into Oxfam Bold Street in Liverpool which has since become a massive part of my life.

I distinctly remember the day, I had started to tire of the mass produced, mundane high street. After another unsuccessful shopping trip to Liverpool I decided to venture into somewhere I had never been before.  It was this day that I made both my first vintage and my first Oxfam purchase. It was a classic brown leather 60's box bag, which I still own to this day. This is where it began; I have found that like many when getting into vintage fashion most people start with accessories. This may be because it is easier to add vintage accessories into your pre-existing wardrobe. I like to think that good quality vintage accessories will always look timeless in anybody's wardrobe.

Today I still think that vintage accessories can be a fantastic addition to any accessory collection even those like mine which are so vast that they could be exhibited in some sort of a museum!  This week's additions to my accessory collection include a late 50s/early 60's embossed brown leather, mock croc handbag which has a lovely silk lining and still has its original mirror inside. Handbags from this era very often came with a small mirror inside them which was tucked away in one of the inside pockets; it gives me great joy to find handbags which still have their original mirror intact.  My second buy, which I found harder to date, is a vintage pair of Salvatore Ferragamo black leather flats with a statement gold buckle. I have been after a pair of Salvatore Ferragamo shoes for a while due to their notoriously good quality and their unaffordable price if you are buying them new.  Take a look in your local Oxfam to see what vintage treasures you can find : )

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