Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Queen's Day 2008 (and More Clothing)

Last April 30 was our national celebration again. If you don’t know yet what Queensday in Holland is all about see my earlier post about that here.

I used to love to scour the flea market, but these days I can’t stand crowds anymore, so as usual we stayed home, just enjoying the holiday while the rest of the country was out celebrating. But like every year, towards the end of the day we ‘do’ a few streets near our neighbourhood to taste the party atmosphere and to see what goods departed vendors have left behind.

As it is I’m still in the process of a giant decluttering of my house so I didn’t want to take too much. With so much stuff found over the past few years I can afford to be selective. But it’s a tradition now that we bring our Queensday Trophy home. It’s our way of celebrating.

As always there were lots of books, but I didn’t even stop to look at them. Though in passing I saw some interesting titles (one Oriana Fallaci for example). If you remember my post about books you know I still have a complete case to read. Well I haven’t had much time to read with all that blogging :D and I haven’t even finished my first Ludlum yet (progressing though!).

Then when we took a left turn into a narrow street (I think it was the same one where last year I found my orange H&M tank top) I saw a trash bag full of textiles that seemed worth looking at and I picked out a this fine long jeans skirt and an all natural looking clutch made of some sort of rope.

I’m not so keen on these bleached out leg marks but in reality they don’t come out as strong as on this photo. When I tried it on it turned out to be the stretchy fabric, so it feels a lot more comfortable than it looks too. Oh and yes, amazingly as always, it’s just my size and fits me like a glove. It’s not even too long for my short legs!

The clutch isn’t for me, I don’t use that type of purse. Just plain it was a bit dull, but with one of my crocheted flowers in a matching natural colour added it’s perfect to sell in my Etsy shop as a reclaimed/handmade item.

The BF picked up a black beret somewhere (he’s hat-crazy) and that was that and we went home. We’re not greedy…

Nooooooooooooooo… Just after writing my concept for this we went on our Sunday trash excursion and I came home with two large trash bags stashed full of clothing. They weighed a ton! At home I found out why. It was for 90 % brand new tightly folded clothing, some even with tags still on them, probably leftovers from a shop or so. It all smelled a bit musty from storing it for years in a humid place but still had that shininess of new fabric. Now what did I say about decluttering? Well I want to keep only the cutest items for myself, but there’s also a lot that’s not my style that I’m seriously thinking of putting for sale in my Etsy shop as well. Really gorgeous blouses and tunics! They don’t weigh much, so it won’t be too expensive to ship them overseas.

If you hadn't read yet about why I wear and collect discarded clothing you can find that post here.


Kelli said...

Can't wait to see what you've got in that goody bag!

Anonymous said...

Based on pictures you post, you have found and collected a lot of really useful items..
Everything I find is broken or the wrong size :-)

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Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Hey Kobus, you may like to check out these links.




I especialy like the bicycle tube link.
Cheers Cat.

Deb said...

Hi Astrid.....I think it was around Queens Day when we first met on our blogs....time flies! I also wear recycled clothing...I don't have a problem with the fact that it's not brand new....like you, I have my own style (mostly comfort style...LOL).

Take care,

Le-Chat said...

Hi Debbie, how are you?
That post was a bit after the actual day, but still....

Thanks for the links, Cat. Yeah, I like the bicycle tubes best too. And if you'd see the heap of bike junk in my yard, you could imagine I don't even have to go searching for the material!

Anonymous said...

I have a similiar skirt I purchased from H&M years ago. If that's from them.. it's a good find... as it's one of my favorite and it has lasted many trends, many years, many washes and many kiddos... Yeah I'd say it's green - LOL! NJT

Le-Chat said...

NJ, the skirt isn't H&M, but you won't believe the pile of the cutest curb found tops and t-shirts I have from them. Many favourites there.

Cats-Rockin-Crochet said...

Another great link.

Anonymous said...

De-cluttering never goes how you expect it to, does it? It always makes more space for.... MORE CLUTTER! :D

Anonymous said...

This necklace will rock with some off white dress.