The Angels Sale Unfolded in my Wardrobe…

The Angels Sale Unfolded in my Wardrobe…

So onto my own purchases… I have to be honest, I was never going to get into the TRUE spirit of things by buying AS MUCH AS possible as the buy-by-bag system demands.  I don’t really have the space for a ton of stuff anymore and my shelves are actually on the verge of exploding (the chest of drawers is already a goner…).  As per my selective policy, I was only going to really hone in on stuff that I thought was special and most importantly, didn’t already exist in some other version in my own wardrobe (repeat buying is something I have to kurb….I’m banning myself from anything black with sequins).  I wasn’t out to buy a whole new wardrobe like some people were (a lot of the teens in particular were completely in their element as they actually sought to buy a whole new wardrobe…).   

I bought a ¬£50 bag but unlike other smart bods, I didn’t really stuff it to the brim and left with it sort of half empty…a stupid strategy I know.  So no, I didn’t buy 40 items and don’t have a wealth of goods to show for it.  I therefore invite other smart ones to share their purchases and show off the TRUE potential of what a real bargain hunter can do at a sale like this (email me!).  As others have pointed out, it did pay to get there early and like I keep on saying, though I was there early, I was more focused at what was going on around me than what to put in my bag.  Opportunity missed perhaps seeing as I was an early bird into the sale, but I really feel like if you were in the first group of 10 to RUN and GRAB in the fastest time possible, those were the people who would have scored the creme de la creme.  As it turned around, I was still in shock that they had opened the doors early and and took to gingerly walking around, taking my camera out as much as possible (the footage just wasn’t up to scratch and for that I apologise…).  I peered into boxes and didn’t REALLY get stuck in.  Every single piece here happened to be on top of the boxes so god knows what would I have found had I really rummaged…  Oh feeble me…

In a way, I do feel that a lot of people who had bought bags felt obliged to FIND something even if the item wasn’t 100% perfect.  The quality of the stuff overall wasn’t amazing but I don’t think they ever said it was.  The words ‘warehouse clearance’ never suggested to me that the stuff was going to be pristine and beautiful.  As some one of the sale goers pointed out in my video, the stuff was perfect for making do and mending… it was more about spotting potential in pieces and then going with that instinct.  People have already come forth and said that they went in late and still scored some neat stuff.  The challenge comes when you get the clothes back and for you to see the customisations/alterations through and NOT let them squander in a bag at the back of your wardrobe.   Practically all of my pieces need something doing to them… and whilst I haven’t bagged things at an equivalent rate of ¬£1 an item (some people REALLY did some clever folding and stuffing…), as a Londoner who is usually ripped off at the vintage front, that ¬£50 spent is no skin off my vintage back…

A Charles Anastase-esque coat that severely needs to be shortened and nipped in at the waist…



Navy satin sailor trousers that need rebuttoning but fit rather well…



A hideous lavender satin coat that will have the marabou trim removed and replaced with more structured feathers.  I was just severely attracted to the discolourisation of the satin (a defect that worked in this case…) and it reminded me of that Luella S/S 09 sickly girliness which I’m strangely attracted to…


A pair of costume leather shorts that needs a new zipper…


An 80s’ tweed jacket that I wore straight away due to the cold and a white leather satchel that needs a good cleaning and a thicker strap (entwined chain perhaps…)


A pink lace print dress that is one of the few things that is good to wear as is…


A weird spongey peplum thing that is a tad too big so will need more velcro… and a meshy hat that needs something doing with the odd bow…



A furry shaggy waistcoat that was my first find…nothing ground breaking but it does remind me of the one I had when I was five…(stole it off my mum and used to wear it over a Mickey Mouse swaeter…)


A stripy bandana corsage type thing…


What a lot of people have pointed out though is the camraderie of everything.  It literally warmed my heart and made me beam when I saw SO many people had mustered up the enthusiasm to come and queue for something despite the fact that it was bitterly cold and it was in a random location. 

I was trying to decipher whether the crowd were made up of bargain hunters or vintage afficionados (it was for the most part an amazingly dressed crowd….) and all in all, the combination of the two brought out an entirely different crowd to those that are just interested in fashion.  These were people who mostly wanted to partake in the fun of a one-off sale like this and I would venture to say even if you came away with barely anything at all, perhaps the experience wasn’t a total waste of time (some of you won’t agree which is fair enough…).  I will say that I did feel bad for the ones that turned up at an hour that is still considered reasonably early…10ish..  and yes, a lot of people will have come away feeling cheated for having queued up so long. 

A few people jokingly (or not…) said that my blog caused the queues and all the chaos.  I highly doubted it and object to that by saying that EVERYBODY covered this sale – the broadsheets, the London Lites/Paper, Time Out,, Elle and most importantly Facebook and THIS culmination of mass press causing such a crowd gives much food for thought to the organisers if they do ever do something like this… 


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  1. Kathryn

    2008-12-07 at 3:34 PM

    Thanks so much for your coverage of the Angels Sale, I couldn’t go and was desperate to see how it was! Looks like you got some amazing stuff!

  2. Carrie / wishwishwish

    2008-12-07 at 3:44 PM

    i love the coat! : )

  3. mimi devereaux

    2008-12-07 at 3:46 PM

    So that 45min entrance difference really did have it benefits…
    Well done, you’ve definitely got the best finds I’ve seen so far.

  4. Natalie

    2008-12-07 at 3:46 PM

    That coat was a really good find!
    Nice post, you summed up how I felt about the day, I didn’t get much but I’m glad I went just to have been a part of it.

  5. naboonies

    2008-12-07 at 4:03 PM

    Thank you, it’s seeing stuff like this gives me some encouragement to keep purchasing vintage / thrift items!

  6. andrea

    2008-12-07 at 4:23 PM

    Susie, you really nabbed some great finds! Especially love the styling of the leather shorts. What top and shoes are you wearing with them?
    love those shoes/sandals!

  7. miss woo

    2008-12-07 at 4:42 PM

    You’ve got some good things! Esp love the furry vests. I wasn’t fast enough to find enough things I like, though I got a pair of army trousers whose shape is quite similiar to yours!

  8. Jen

    2008-12-07 at 4:50 PM

    I’m jealous of that white and black coat!
    i do think people made a we bit of a fuss about being late, considering the coverage i think it was apparent if you wernt there at the crack of drawn you wouldn’t get the best stuff.

  9. Eli

    2008-12-07 at 4:50 PM

    but you did get a lot of things I think! Can you imagine what that lady who had all the bags tied with a scarf has? Oh my gosh. You got some really nice things I think.

  10. violetville

    2008-12-07 at 5:00 PM

    i *love* the blue sailor pants! very violetville 🙂
    @eli – who was the lady with the bags tied with scarves (!?)

  11. calamityjem

    2008-12-07 at 5:15 PM

    YEAH…I want to see what the lady with the bags tied with a scarf got…will she forever be shrouded in the legend of this event or will she come forth & show us what we missed out on…hehehe?! Scarf lady make yourself known…

  12. enc

    2008-12-07 at 5:25 PM

    You got some great stuff, Susie! I love that white coat, but I see from the hem why you want to shorten it. How far will you go?

  13. The Fashion Assistant

    2008-12-07 at 5:31 PM

    I love the tweed jacket and the white leather bag…great for a laptop!!!

  14. Snapshot Fashion

    2008-12-07 at 5:36 PM

    that pink dress is AMAZING!!!!!!! i love that outfit…*jealous*

  15. Vintage Tea

    2008-12-07 at 5:59 PM

    it sucks living in scotland. Nothing like this ever happens for us!

  16. jennine

    2008-12-07 at 6:22 PM

    ahh.. thanks for posting about how it went, i was just green with envy! but yeah, i’ve noticed i’ve been a lot more discerning about what i take in just because my office if overstuffed with clothes.
    you did find some lovely things though… but can i ask that you hold off on shortening the white coat? i think it looks absolutely lovely long, particularly with some of your layering skills, the length might come in handy. like the first pic is just gorgeous.

  17. KD

    2008-12-07 at 6:51 PM

    Oooh, thanks for sharing! Nice stuff. I really like that lavender coat though I agree, the marabou trim has got to go.

  18. Janavi

    2008-12-07 at 6:53 PM

    Really interesting seeing what you got. I actually like the white coat longish, If it was mine I would probabaly only remove dirty part. And with the purple coat, I would leave the marabou, and add some kind of beaded trim- might give it a 20’s feel. But whatever…
    You scored a really good haul!!! Brava!

  19. letslivefast

    2008-12-07 at 7:24 PM

    oooo i love all your outfits- especially the one with the tweed jacket!

  20. thats a lot of nice purchases i must say! i’m never really good at sample sales, first of all i can’t believe the price so i feel like i need to grab everything w/o trying (and sometimes there are no dressing rooms anyway) or seeing if its something i would actually put on… my body and not in the bottom of my closet. maybe your blog did cause all the commotion at the sale! LOL

  21. sopchan

    2008-12-07 at 8:02 PM

    Ooh I love the sailor trousers – though not sure with them with heels due to the length… I’d be tempted to cut them shorter … knee length or playsuit-esque..
    some nice scores susie 🙂

  22. Lydia

    2008-12-07 at 8:03 PM

    The very first coat and your sailor pants make me almost cry, since I live in Canada and had a less than 0% chance of getting there. Amazing, I can’t wait to see what other people got as well!

  23. Louise

    2008-12-07 at 8:07 PM

    you got such amazing finds!
    i agree it was such a lovely vibe, mainly due to the collection of people – 99% of which were dressed amazingly
    and despite the ques and what-not it was completely worth it!

  24. Penny

    2008-12-07 at 8:15 PM

    oooo the tweed blazer and bag are my favourites, i’ll post my finds tomorrow when i dig out my tripod!! x

  25. Lou

    2008-12-07 at 8:24 PM

    your finds were amazing, you were really lucky to get in when you did [and I have a serious case of the green eyed monster :-(] All my friend and I got for ¬£60 were a couple of moth eaten mens blazers minus buttons [???] which will only fit the morbidly obese, a stained peach coat [again, will only fit someone that likes eating cakes] and a couple of skirts that might fit us if we stop eating altogether. nice. Im pinning my hopes on recouping some of the money lost on some back issues of Elle and Harpers and Queen which Ill try to flog on ebay. Lets hope there are some die-hard Madonna and Kate Moss fans in desperate need of some ripped magazines to add to their collection…
    on a lighter note, we did laugh about it. well, if we didnt, we’d cry. And the people in the queue were all fab [and dressed amazingly!]

  26. Kate

    2008-12-07 at 8:32 PM

    Those leather shorts are KILLER! The outfit you created for them looks fantastic. The same goes for the pink lace print dress. Lovely!

  27. Fashion Tidbits

    2008-12-07 at 8:32 PM

    the indignity of those people!!!!! 😛 i love your finds

  28. pretty face

    2008-12-07 at 8:50 PM

    I adore that faux fur thing! Now that’s the sort of thing I was expecting to find. Instead:
    But hey, I’m not jealous. Not in the slightest 😉

  29. Alicia/InstantVintage

    2008-12-07 at 8:54 PM

    You came away with some great stuff. I love that tweed jacket.

  30. Phoebe

    2008-12-07 at 9:01 PM

    Hey susie!
    nice to see your pieces!! me and my friends got there for 7.30 and got sum brilliant stuff! was sooo much fun! cant wait until the next one! im the girl who asked for a photo! :p me and my friends are fans 🙂 all in all a great day!! felt so bad for the people queuing when i came out about 11. cos there wasnt really any great stuff left and the queue went as far as my eye could see like 2 and 1/4 sides of the warehouse building!! shame about tht.ur stuffs really great though! xxxx

  31. leaflet

    2008-12-07 at 9:53 PM

    Noooo!!!!111!!!11!11!! Don’t shorten the trenchcoat/longcoat thing!! It’s really nice on you in that length, you looked so ethereal-russian-it’s-snowing-at-night-and-the-streets-are-sparkling!!!
    Especially with all those sheer, ruffly layers you paired with it.

  32. jen

    2008-12-07 at 9:57 PM

    I lovelovelove the coat! I wished that I had got up super early and lined up in the freezing cold now, as looking at the purchases of early birds has made me feel incredibly jealous; I didn’t really get anything I loved and just filled my bag for the sake of it. Reason (ie. going out friday night + working saturday nights = early wake up no no) should never triumph over desire again!
    PS. I was disgustingly excited when I saw you, but too lame to say anything!

  33. SOS!

    2008-12-07 at 10:16 PM

    Aw I feel like I really missed out. I wish I was in London damn it. Thanks for the great coverage miss bubble. And even though you didn’t stuff your 50 quid bag, you still came out with a very cool mesh hat, a lovely squishy belt thingy and a cool barbie/luella jacket, that I agree with you does need a bit of a revamp. x

  34. Little Miss Random

    2008-12-07 at 10:17 PM

    I love the sailor pants. Those look fab!
    To me, the white coat looks fine as it is. But then again, I can’t sew and I’m incredibly lazy when it comes to these things, so any choice which works and requires minimal effort is usually my default option.
    @ Lydia, I think sell sailor pants if you’d like a set. It’s not too bad for $34.95 a pair (not including delivery).

  35. Moodboard

    2008-12-07 at 10:24 PM

    Susie, who designed the top you are wearing with the black leather shorts? The sailor pants are top notch!

  36. Kabes

    2008-12-07 at 11:47 PM

    My haul is on my new blog, works out at almost £1 per item. So jealous of the leather shorts.

  37. iqvintage

    2008-12-08 at 12:07 AM

    Susie, you need to come to Miami and pass by C.Maddy’s (….you’ll die from eyecandy overdose…vintage saucer-shaped hats from a 1950s Balenciaga runway show…divine stufff really

  38. Nick D.

    2008-12-08 at 1:27 AM

    click on me to see my rather amazing bag of bargain! 🙂 nx

  39. Nick D.

    2008-12-08 at 1:31 AM

    forgot to say, i love most of the stuff you got Susie, but my fave should be the white coat and the navy stain sailor trousers, neat! and the blue hat in the last photo, althou it’s not from the sale is it nx

  40. Tina

    2008-12-08 at 2:49 AM

    These are all such great purchases. I am really loving the white coat, the sailor trousers, and the leather shorts. The pink printed dress is such a bold piece; something I would never be able to pull off, but it looks great on you.
    The lavender coat does remind me of the Luella S/S 09 “sickly girliness”…I am rather attracted to it as well, for some reason.

  41. The Stylish Wanderer

    2008-12-08 at 4:30 AM

    HEY SUSIE! Lets be friends, mkay?
    Now can you send me those satin trousers, now?

  42. The Stylish Wanderer

    2008-12-08 at 4:30 AM

    Not joking, btw.

  43. arline Jernigan

    2008-12-08 at 4:45 AM

    I love the trench, and I agree not to cut it.
    I am usually all about cutting, but in some cases, NO.
    I have this beautiful pink organza thingy, that I cut years ago, and while I still love it cut, I really do regret cutting it.
    As I say this, you are the master of your aesthetic, and should and will do as you see fit.
    I love what you picked. 🙂

  44. WendyB

    2008-12-08 at 6:55 AM

    Those are some great finds.

  45. evie

    2008-12-08 at 6:56 AM

    despite the crazy queues, the sale sounds like it was a ton of fun. although you didn’t fill your bag, i think you managed to score quite a lot of cool stuff – like the pink lace dress!

  46. Danielle

    2008-12-08 at 9:48 AM

    MY Story:
    I got there late and after queing for a total of 2 hours (both outside and inside) I entered the mould-smelling dingy warehouse. I heeded the warnings of others who had left with empty £20 and £50 bags (Yes, totally empty!)and only purchased a £10 bag.
    I was feeling completely disheartened when a rust coloured silk blouse that had been tossed out of a box caught my eye. I picked it up and inspected the inside to find that it had been worn by ‘Miss Helen Mirren’.
    Needlesss to say I am nearly crapping myself at the thought of auctioning it off!
    The blouse is a beautiful colour and very good quality silk and it is in excellent condition with no visible signs of wear.
    Of copurse it will have to be authenticated but that shouldn’t be too troublsome.

  47. ce

    2008-12-08 at 9:53 AM

    Ah I’m so jealous of people who could make it early. I was really unlucky with the clothes but I posted the contents of my book bag

  48. Saga

    2008-12-08 at 10:50 AM


  49. Cécile/detour2mode

    2008-12-08 at 12:15 PM

    your first outfit and headband are just gorgeous

  50. tis serendipity

    2008-12-08 at 12:28 PM

    you’re so great at styling outfits! =) i love that white coat, your sailor trousers and the leather shorts, especially the way you paired that black and white top with them. Must’ve been an amazing experience.

  51. tanya

    2008-12-08 at 4:22 PM

    thank you so much for your coverage on this amazing sale susie! i live in sydney and had no chance in hell of going to the sale but all your finds are amazing. especially love the naffness of that purple coat (i think you should leave it as is) and THOSE leather shorts = love

  52. eleanor

    2008-12-08 at 6:57 PM

    well my dad refused to leave the house before 7.30am, and so we only queued at 8.45am.. i’d been hoping SO BADLY to get a circus leotard at least, and i also had tudor ruffles, sequins, lace, red military coats and shift dresses in mind.. we got inside at 11.30am and we were SO dissappointed. i came back with a load of oversized coats that i could’ve got at the monthly local jumble sale 🙁 i’m really jealous because i can see some other people really got some incredible stuff

  53. lee jones

    2008-12-08 at 10:15 PM

    the pink and black dress is fantastic!

  54. Imelda M

    2008-12-09 at 12:05 AM

    It’s all about the leather shorts and the fur vest – I’d like to see them together.

  55. selina

    2008-12-09 at 1:31 AM

    the sailor trousers are fab! i know if i went i would pick up stuff i’d never get round to altering but i would go just to be in a space with that many fashion lovers! i enjoyed your video very much

  56. Songy

    2008-12-09 at 1:32 AM

    yep. bloggers rock and online media is just the thing for something like this.
    I’m finally getting some ‘recognition’ amd they readily invite me to shows etc although I’m not not much of a writer like you.
    I’m totally amazed by the fact that you managed to alter/fix all your purchases. They look like your staple items.. not like you stuff ‘just purchased and had to fix significantly’.

  57. Eyeliah

    2008-12-09 at 1:47 AM

    Great items – that first will be amazing once tailored.

  58. Misha

    2008-12-09 at 2:50 AM

    brilliant times one trillion
    Susie you are the best at creative
    fashion assemblege
    loved all you new outfits
    great post!!!!
    your “weird spongey peplum” is so 80’s
    sounds like you have had massive
    press etc.
    good job!!!

  59. Kate

    2008-12-09 at 12:08 PM

    Wow Susie so impressed with your finds.
    I saw you doing a bit of rummaging in the 60’s section, but was a bit too scared to introduce myself!
    Thanks for flagging the whole thing up to me though, even though i arrived at 8 (which was apparently really late considering the people who camped out) I managed to bag some real gems, although they all need a good dry clean and a bit of alteration.
    Muchos love

  60. Chic Looks

    2008-12-09 at 12:39 PM

    ive just watched the video, my oh my it looked hectic but fun, the guy that got the boots was so lucky, you got so many lovely things, the sailor trousers, the tweed jacket and the white coat are lovely.

  61. astridland

    2008-12-09 at 6:14 PM

    I was shopping for a play that is moving to Broadway. Having come all the way from NYC thanks to you : ), I got in line really early and went straight to the back room.
    I was lucky to find lots of things that will work. I also had a wonderful time talking with the people in line.
    I love the sailor pants you got!
    Wish I could have shopped in the sci fi section as well, but happily ended up topping off a 20 pound bag with a Mad Max-like studded belt with feathers.
    Will post some pics on my blog.
    Thanks for your coverage!

  62. Elizabeth

    2008-12-09 at 7:04 PM

    Oh, how annoying that I only arrived in the country yesterday! Not that I have a lot of room in my suitcase for 50 pounds worth of clothes, but it would have been awesome to check it out.
    I’ll just have to console myself by raiding all the charity shops within a 50 kilometre radius, I think. I’m in Potters Bar, are there any that you could recommend? I’ve been told St Allbans is the place to go..

  63. Iheartfashion

    2008-12-09 at 7:12 PM

    I LOVE the blue satin sailor trousers!
    They really suit you.

  64. hek

    2008-12-09 at 11:39 PM

    I’m speechless…
    All of this is so fantastc, and I know it wouldn’t look fantastic on me, but you make it fantastic.
    The lavender thing looks amazing, whit those other pastels, and the white cout looks wonderful the way you styled it.

  65. susie_bubble

    2008-12-10 at 12:28 AM

    The top I’m wearing with the leather shorts is by Inside Out, a label I’ve written about a few times…
    The shoes are from Topshop Unique…
    I might hold off on shortening the coat…depends whether I can get it cleaned up….if I shortened it, it will only have five inches chopped off….

  66. astridland

    2008-12-10 at 1:31 AM

    Thanks for posting about the sale-if it weren’t for you I would have never made it to London this past weekend.
    I came from NYC to shop for a play and did really well! I got up super early, I was so excited, and got in line by 6:45 AM.
    Never got up so early on a Saturday.
    I saw you, butI know I was not the cutest that morning due to jet lag, the cold, and lack of sleep…You looked adorable though as always!

  67. alixrose

    2008-12-10 at 1:38 AM

    I love the white coat and the pink dress.. seriously sweet finds!

  68. Zen

    2008-12-10 at 5:49 PM

    Susie, I actually put my hand on that white coat when I felt it being tugged out from beneath me, and then I stepped back and realised you’d picked it up! I would have spoken to you but was too shy. 🙂 It looks fabulous on you, though, and I’m congratulating myself on my taste!

  69. ambika

    2008-12-17 at 9:28 PM

    The white coat and trousers are so wonderfully 30s! I love it.

  70. Nike Air Force One

    2009-04-10 at 4:07 AM

    Cute outfits

  71. dunks low

    2009-06-24 at 3:57 AM

    just love your wearing style. lol

  72. jordan 2009

    2009-06-24 at 3:57 AM

    love your free style best.

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