In Ma Yard

In Ma Yard

I don't think I've ever checked BBC weather so much in one week even with my own obsession with humidity levels (if I know that there are gonna be smelly arm pits on the Tube, I want to avoid that, ta very much…).  Londoners will know how topsy turvy the weather has been though the past couple of days… storms, humid, heavy sticky air, harsh sunshine, grey clouds… the full British unpredictable works, which made predicting the weather for yesterday's yard sale activities a hellish clicking journey.  I had on 'DOOM' face when I woke up on Sunday to my windows being battered with rain.  Lo and behold though, once 9.30am rolled around, the sun was streaming into the flat and I think I may have done a fist in the air punch, thinking 'Yes this was meant to BE!'

Kit from Style Slicker, Fiona from Save Our Shoes! and Zara from Geisha Rock were the first ones to arrive… then the peeps from Sketch Events VERY VERY kindly came with some tables for sale.  I innocently thought we were gonna do this on the lo-fi-lo-lo with some bedsheets spread out on the concrete floor, without thinking of the wetness… so yes, the tables were a saviour.  The boys got on with the testosterone-driven BBQ… "Man make fire.  Woman… err… sell clothes!".

Now, I first want to apologise for the timings of the sale.  We did close up earlier than the pre-announced 6pm time because I didn't expect that people who be turning up WAAAY early… like actually bang on 10am time and basically raid the sale.  I thought in a hungover state, people would be sauntering by in a casual post 12 noon fashion.  So before I had even got everything out, people were going through the bags that I had out.  Then Nadia of Frou Frouu and Shini of Park and Cube also turned up with their goodies.  I thought it was great that everyone bought quite different things and there was that exact mix of vintage, designer, high street, indie designer… or for selfish reasons, it's the mix that I so love for myself…



FYI, way to go with sale professionalism… Shini, Kit, Zara Fiona all had TAGS.  Kit and Fiona also had BANNERS for their stalls.  I had err… large Ikea bags for ppl to rummage through and me going "That skirt is…. one pound…. oh no, it's Ann Demeulemeester isn't it?  Ok, two pounds…"  Then they would turn around and give me money and I would be like "What did I say?  Did I say a pound?"  Punter would give me a confuzzled look and I would look at a tenner not knowing how to subtract numbers.  This happened A LOT.

See how Fi and Kit need no introductions with their nifty banners…



Shini and Nadia… some very excited ppl came along wanting to meet these two blogging superstars…


Apologies to Zara for not snapping her properly but here she is on the right doling out some change…


So glad I hauled out some of my Japanese magazines for sale as it made some ppl very happy… again, only a pound a pop…actually, my most favoured pricing was ¬£1… no need to bother with 50 pence coins AND people are likely to have a pound rolling around somewhere, giving me much needed change…


Here's me doing my trader act… "You can have that for…. a Paaaaaaaaand!"  DSC_1981


See the difference between pictures?  These two below were taken by pros like Shini who know how to use their camera (and can tell the difference between fancy lens…).  I like to opt for the 'Auto' mode…



She also very craftily snapped my neighbours in my building peering down wondering what all the kerfuffle was… actually I did pre-warn them with a flyer and some came down to get into the rummaging act.  "How long have you lived here?" they ask.  "Two years!" I say.  "Oh… and we've never seen each other before!".  Yup, this is neighbourly love London-style.  They did say they thought I should do this more often… hmmm… mind is cogitating about that…


So glad the Vivienne Westwood dress went to a smiley owner home… I think I may have sold this for ¬£20… which someone said was too little.  I wasn't out to make a huge amount of money and to be honest, I myself LOVE the feeling of a bargain which are just too few and far between in London now even if you're a hardcore thrifter so it kind of gave me a buzz to say "You can have those Preen trousers for a fiver…"



(Again, superb photo taken by Shini…)

On the non-sale front, I have to thank Vicky Riches (above), the Kingston fashion student who did these wonderful sketches of me for coming down to the sale as she wanted to sketch some of the sale goers…

She really added a different element to the sale with the presence of her sketches tacked up onto the concrete wall in an impromtu way and she worked so fast, sketches of bloggers and sale-goers were done in a matter of minutes.  I was also in awe of her Jean Paul Gaultier sheer jumper that she got from a Sloane Square charity shop… must head down that Westerly way soonish myself!



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Shini and Nadia sitting on the weed-ridden concrete ground…


Me with my sketch that needs to be framed…


Instead of manning my stall in a semi-professional way, I was also off snapping sale-goer deets and exclaiming "I love what you're wearing!"… such as these pale green Church's…


…some Miu Miu oldies that I'm cursing myself for not getting…


Multi-strapped booties that this girl wore from the night before…


Lira Leirner of blog The Portmanteau had on a bracelet, of which I don't remember the designer but (Lira informs me the designer is Yorkshire Pearl) I love how encrusted with 'stuff' it is…



Some peeps from Tabio came down and did some representin' with these over the knee socks…  I was also wearing Tabio socks incidentally…


Alice (of Alice Point) and her sister came all the way from Poland on their first trip to London… armed with an A to Z of course.  They came to the sale to see Shini who they were v. excited to meet…


On another non-sale front, of course the food was integral to the whole event…I'm not going to be selling clothes without a juicy sausage and ketchup bap in one hand and a fistful of change in the other.  So Steve and our friend John prepped the sausages in the oven beforehand and also made some homemade lemonade…


Tommy of This is Naive then came along with another efficient food joint set up with take-out boxes for the peanut sauce and cucumber chunks (SO good with the satay…) and her amazing chicken satay on skewers… I think I saw someone pouring the peanut sauce from the box into their mouth, it was that good…



Along with Tommy, of course Ferry the ferret had to come along… actually she was a star attraction all by herself with her changing outfits of fleece blanket to denim jean cosy…



After Alison of Popcorn Stories wasn't able to make it to bake some cakes, Anna of blog Magpie stepped up to the challenge of providing the baked goods and came by with a basket full of treats… Victoria sponge, a ridiculously good chocolate cake and some passion fruit cookies that had an unexpected citrus tang… turns out Anna also was a fellow HBS-er, one year above me… can't quite articulate what a weirdly specific experience going to Henrietta Barnett was… you just had to be there to know it…


Of course, I don't just host a joint bloggers yard sale without the remote possibility of some of their wares coming home with me… I'm now blessed with a piggie cookie jar that I'm using to store sweeties from Kit, a cute little mug from Fi…


I also got myself a Joseph wool dress (as photographed again by the talented Shini)


…and a Jaeger hat that is high enough for me to wear my hair in a big bun underneath, both were stellar items that I got from Kit…


Anyhow, apologies for such a long post on an event that is insignificant in the scheme of things.  However, like I said before, making this a repeat thing is a distinct possibility… with different bloggers perhaps… in an indoor venue… with a music programme… more illustrators/creativies… more cakes… different kinds of sausages maybe…

Basically, I'm on an organisation high at the moment and whilst it might pass, I'll bear in mind that this could be a regular thing seeing as I do actually love making things happen in a peculiar way…


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  1. Kb

    2010-08-23 at 11:23 AM

    I would love to participate next time, I had so much fun! I loved how random everything was; people sketching, free lemonade and the friendly atmosphere. I loved how bargainous everything was even though you could’ve been a lot more aloof and charged more money, but I’m glad I found some pieces that I wouldn’t have ordinarily been able to obtain due to laziness/money. Thanks for a great morning!

  2. Deana

    2010-08-23 at 11:24 AM

    Looks to have been a rousing success!!!!

  3. Vicki

    2010-08-23 at 11:24 AM

    thanks for such a wonderful day! i had a really great time, you should make the yard sale an annual event!
    Vintage Stop at


    2010-08-23 at 11:25 AM

    Lovely pictures.
    You all seem to have had a wonderful time.
    You should do yard sale every year 😉

  5. Jasmine

    2010-08-23 at 11:26 AM

    ooo thanks so much for the description! it was almost as good as being there (though I would have loved to sample some baked goods and leave with some £1 bargains!)

  6. Penny Dreadful Vintage

    2010-08-23 at 11:28 AM

    I’m sort of annoyed that I didn’t force myself out of bed to get there earlier now – Ann Demeulemeester! Preen! Vivienne Westwood! I’d be so much better with midnight shopping, hehe. Lovely to meet you, and great idea to do another one with music. I do low key vintage tea parties every few months, and good music and cake are KEY 😉


    2010-08-23 at 11:40 AM

    Jealous. Jealous. Jealous, that I was at work.

  8. Stephanie

    2010-08-23 at 11:44 AM

    I SOOOO wish I could have been there! Although I did have a massive shopping weekend at my local Thai market 🙂

  9. Shini

    2010-08-23 at 11:52 AM

    AH I just realised I’d just seen the famous outfitpost balcony yesterday and didn’t even say HI.
    Thank you so much for being such a wonderful host! I think it was a HUGE success, definitely should make it annual.
    Also, just called Loftlets and I have a viewing now at a work-live unit in Stoke Newington which is like 700sq ft?? thanks so much for that, I asked about your compound and I guess those empty mailboxes are already taken 🙁 Would’ve been funny if the same type of balcony appeared on my outfit posts too actually…

  10. Clara

    2010-08-23 at 11:57 AM

    Next time I WILL be calling in sick to work because i can’t believe i missed this! Looks absolutely brilliant.

  11. Annie

    2010-08-23 at 12:03 PM

    goddamn this looks so fun. I order you to do it again!

  12. rollergirl

    2010-08-23 at 12:11 PM

    Fun times Susie! Well done all for organising, I loved the illustrations and food and Ferry! And discussing the merits of Pilot vs Rotring pens with Andrew Bunney. I didn’t come to shop so wasn’t bovvered that most of the stuff was gone by the time I arrived. Was nice to just hang out and chat with Kit and Fi and Tommy and um, ‘Penny’. Was that JHLittle23 then in the denimy shirt? Lovely boy!
    Please do another event, it was ace.

  13. Style Eyes Fashion Blog

    2010-08-23 at 12:11 PM

    Glad it went well. Wish I could have come along. Trying not to pay too much attention to the bargains that I ahve missed out on. The sketches look great.

  14. becca

    2010-08-23 at 12:18 PM

    Win a FREE TRIP TO MILAN – Fashion capital of the world!!!!

  15. Duck

    2010-08-23 at 12:21 PM

    WISH I COULD HAVE MADE THIS!!! The bracelet’s by Bert from Yorkshire Pearl. He’s one of Kristin Clotheswhisperer’s best mates… And I may or may not have had a fling with his assistant…

  16. celine

    2010-08-23 at 12:27 PM
  17. Alicia - Sea Of Ghosts

    2010-08-23 at 12:29 PM

    Dying!! This looks like the most fun and I got to live it vicariously through your post 🙂 Can practically smell the sausage sizzle!

  18. Make Do Style

    2010-08-23 at 12:30 PM

    So gutted I was away this weekend. What a fab ‘yard’ event – yes please do organise another one xx

  19. renee nabam

    2010-08-23 at 12:46 PM

    loved those miu..miu shoes…. really wish i could come out of my country…just to attend your sale..ah!well….glad you people had fun…!!!! gross bises….

  20. Bonnie

    2010-08-23 at 12:51 PM

    Looks amazing! Glad the sun was out for y’all. Gutted i live so far up north. x

  21. Christina Sanders

    2010-08-23 at 1:16 PM

    Hi Susie, I wanted to say thank you to you for organising it. I had so much fun. I got a green 3.1 Phillip Lim dress (one shoulder), It literally made me so happy as he is one of my all time favourite designers and it is my first ever piece of designer clothing as I am always so poor! I wanted to say this all to you in person but I am stupidly shy! I’ll post a picture of me wearing it on my blog soon 🙂
    Also if you do organise another I’d love to be involved. I just had a huge clearout and now have bags of clothes to get rid off!
    Sorry for the uber-long comment.
    Love Christina xoxx

  22. phil

    2010-08-23 at 1:26 PM

    girl you crazy. basically sold a preen jumper for the price of a 40 ounce of st. ides malt liquor….

  23. the style crusader

    2010-08-23 at 1:38 PM

    so happy to see a good in depth run down of the event! was so bummed i had to miss it (dissertation is due in one week! eeeek…). it looks like it was such a success. love all the photos of everyone. shini took some gorgeous ones of you! sounds like there were so many amazing bargains to be found. definitely a good idea to make this a recurring event! i’ll definitely be there at the next one. xx

  24. My Republic of Fashion

    2010-08-23 at 1:41 PM

    Looks like a fantastic yard sale. Love the pictures! SarahD:)

  25. FashionLifeCoach

    2010-08-23 at 1:50 PM

    Nice photo stream and the flewmarket looks like having fun, good deals and a nice chilled afternoon.What a treat.

  26. Ms K

    2010-08-23 at 2:15 PM

    omg! I love the flea markets you have in London. its so amazing! Im a flea market goer=)

  27. Magpie

    2010-08-23 at 2:28 PM

    Next time I am not going to drink so much wine or stay up so late the night before and get there early. It was lovely to finally meet you!

  28. Leonidas

    2010-08-23 at 2:34 PM

    i really wish i could be there. looks so awesome!

  29. Kit

    2010-08-23 at 2:58 PM

    Susie Susie! Thank you for having us I had a reallllly fab time and enjoyable experience working behind a stall haha. Would be fabulous to have more of this yard sale event (I have an attic full of stuff to sell off) say maybe pitch an idea to BFC about having ‘Susie Bubble & Co Mini Yard Sale’ at London Fashion Week-END’
    Thank you agaiiiin 😀

  30. Aova

    2010-08-23 at 3:01 PM

    looks like a really cool PARTAY!!!!!!
    wish i was there which is highly unlikely since im not in even in the country ??!!?
    aova xx

  31. Miss Ruby

    2010-08-23 at 3:09 PM

    I love the photos. This event looks like a blast!

  32. Nolita

    2010-08-23 at 3:41 PM

    Looks like it was a great yard sale!I see some amazing vintage shoes and cute pets hanging out there!
    -Nolita Vintage

  33. ChicLittleBaby

    2010-08-23 at 4:05 PM

    Fabulous! Looks amazing. Glad it was such a success. I hope something similar comes to baby world soon!

  34. sarah

    2010-08-23 at 5:53 PM

    this looks like great fun, and i can’t believe how low you set the prices! very jealous of everyone out there who picked up a bargain.

  35. Kat

    2010-08-23 at 6:22 PM

    This looks wonderful. And what about making an online store? I know you said it will be extremely hard, but for people who are out of the err, hemesphere would also like to have some of your pieces 🙂

  36. SabinePsynopsis

    2010-08-23 at 6:54 PM

    ’twas fun! and I would be so delighted to take a more active part next time. (bit disappointed with myself that I wasn’t organised enough to go through my clothes…) But just coming for fun and games was great too.
    (and dear, I hope you didn’t find our short chat ‘beige’ or even worse ‘camel’)

  37. Winnie

    2010-08-23 at 7:25 PM

    It looks like it was an amazing day. I’m glad that the weather held up for you guys.
    Amazing bloggers and what, you sold a Vivienne Westwood dress for £20? That is incredibly bargainous. I am sooo there next time!

  38. I V E S T I T I !

    2010-08-23 at 8:17 PM

    AWESOME POST! enough said, there’s too much else to mention, lots of gorgeous shoes and your outfit stick out very much though!

  39. agata

    2010-08-23 at 8:28 PM

    ooooh it looks fantastic! i’m sure you all had so much fun on that yard sale. i’m jealous! 😀

  40. Electro Geisha

    2010-08-23 at 8:36 PM

    My lifetime wish was to move to London (perhaps, this is my genes talking to go “back home”)and when I saw this here, and over at some other lovely stylish blogers i wanted that even more. I know most of the blogers in photos from blogosphere, and I know it would be an amazing experience to meet you all. Only thing is, I cant believe the weather you are having… here we are backing on 30C. still… wanna trade? you look so cute in the last photo with the hat 🙂

  41. tommy granfors

    2010-08-23 at 8:37 PM


  42. styleeast

    2010-08-23 at 8:54 PM

    Great post which sums up the fun of the event! And you included Vic’s sketch of me! She’s so talented, I was bowled over by her “live” drawings at the yard sale. Roll on the next one…

  43. selina

    2010-08-23 at 9:01 PM

    hahah what a fun read, looks so crazy that so many bloggers were together!! and so many stylish people in one place, hopefully everyone got a fab bargain by the sounds of it!

  44. Girl Can't Talk

    2010-08-23 at 9:19 PM

    Dognammit, I wish I could have popped down for this. Grrr.

  45. Sinead_Doyle

    2010-08-23 at 9:39 PM

    The bracelet is Yorkshire Pearl by Bert Clayton my super talented friend,

  46. Mae-Li

    2010-08-23 at 9:41 PM

    I HELD that Westwood in my arms but alas, it was too big and I couldn’t have made it work even if I had wanted to 🙁 Oh well, I’m happy that someone was estatic to get it 🙂 Susie, it was amazing and there was such a nice vibe around that is oh so absent nowdays when shopping.
    I really hope you do it again, I am still getting over my brilliant finds AND the satay, geesh I haven’t had that heavenly stuff since the last time I went to Malaysia, mmmmm, kudos to Tommy for making PROPER satay, I had to get another to take home! 😀

  47. Adorngirl

    2010-08-23 at 9:43 PM

    I am echoing everyone else but I really did have a great time, damn my clownish big feet otherwise I would have picked up some of your shoes on offer. Thank you again xx

  48. Lira Leirner the Portmanteau

    2010-08-23 at 9:54 PM

    The Yard Sale was very fun, thanks for setting it all up, Susie! As I tweeted to you (wanted to make sure you include it in the post) my bracelet is by the amazing designer Bert from Yorkshire Pearl, his images and bangles are being shown at London a La Mode and he’s going to be in London Fashion Week next month. 🙂
    I made a video of the Yard Sale, if you want to have a look, think it captures the scene quite well! 🙂
    Thanks again, I had a great time! And that chocolate cake was AMAZING!

  49. Ashley

    2010-08-23 at 10:14 PM

    this is done very often in Brooklyn, NY as a crafts fair.
    it’s something you should do monthly 😉
    looks like a big success.
    You have great style!
    8> ash

  50. margief

    2010-08-23 at 10:14 PM

    I am GUTTED I was not in England for this! this looks like it was so much fun and there was some greats finds to be had

  51. maree choie

    2010-08-23 at 10:44 PM

    no need to apologise for the long post, i really enjoyed reading it! it made me feel like i was there & its by no means insignificant in the grand scheme. i reckon meeting nice folk must be one of the coolest perks of what you do. i will definitely reorganise my life so that i can attend any future happenings!

  52. pearl

    2010-08-24 at 6:03 AM

    *rolls on the ground in agony* Shame I’ve missed this!!
    Please do this again??????? Ta x

  53. Lucy

    2010-08-24 at 6:17 AM

    glad to know that the sale was such a success! I REALLY REALLY REALLY wish I could’ve gone but I’m in the states. boohoo. 🙁 I would’ve LOVED those deals! seems like you had such a great collection <3333333 Hope this will be an annual event...I'll definitely stop by if I'm ever in LDN!

  54. fashion tidbits

    2010-08-24 at 7:31 AM

    omg!!!!!!!! preen for a fiver!!!!! geeeez i wish i was there!

  55. Louise

    2010-08-24 at 8:09 AM

    Oh, it looks amazing! I wish I could’ve come down. You’d just better do it again! xx

  56. Laveena

    2010-08-24 at 12:36 PM

    What a fun event, the lady with her sketches injected so much creativity into a yard sale, the barbeque and bake goods added to the fun factor. The items on sale seemed great and were a bargain steal. You are extremely generous and big of heart Susie, to offer your designer pricey pieces for nothing. It’s also nice to see that you are not some crazy hoarder.

  57. freddy

    2010-08-24 at 1:41 PM

    next f/w will be the beginning of the slounge era.
    discover it on
    r u ready to blog it?


    2010-08-24 at 4:21 PM

    hoo I’m so disapointed to be arrived so late !! If i was knew, I’ve missed a lot !! i hope ther is another yard sale !!
    but thank you very much to organize this !!

  59. Cendrillon

    2010-08-24 at 5:23 PM

    Please have another sale!!! i am sooo unbelievably crushed that i couldn’t be there! you are exactly my kind of saleswoman. x

  60. SJP

    2010-08-24 at 8:16 PM

    Thanks to Susie and all the other bloggers/stall holders who made the event so great – it was utterly random but my friend and I had such fun! I ended up with a gorgeous brown leather bag (no label) for ¬£2 – bargain! Glad we got there early and just wanted to say that the girl on the stall opposite yours (with huge acrylic heart necklace) was super friendly and so kind to put up with me eating all her sweets! Hope there will be another event like this soon…Xx

  61. joanna

    2010-08-24 at 9:59 PM

    either you have a very well dressed doppelganger who was on the tube on monday feeding crisps to her boyfriend, or i stood right next to you. most likely the former but it added a little thrill to my day.

  62. Y Huang29

    2010-08-24 at 11:22 PM

    Hi Susie
    I’m the girl with that MIU MIU wedge,nice meeting you that day:) Something went wrong with my camera so the pictures I took(of us) did’t come out at the end. I’m just wondering if you won’t mind me using a photo of you for my blog.
    thank you X
    hum and as i can’t sign in as tumblr user, here’s the .com

  63. Gold Coast Lawyers

    2010-08-25 at 3:51 AM

    wow love your girls’ shoes all of them. also your top love xx

  64. Divorce Lawyers Melbourne

    2010-08-25 at 3:52 AM

    Wish i could be there seems so much fun

  65. Little Monarch

    2010-08-25 at 6:49 AM

    i wish i could have been there! i miss london 🙁 you should defo have these more often. maybe i’ll start one here in NZ. anyone interested?

  66. amy

    2010-08-25 at 12:19 PM

    cant believe i missed this 🙁

  67. Jane H.

    2010-08-26 at 8:00 AM

    Words cannot describe how much I love your outfit!

  68. Roanna Price

    2010-08-26 at 7:21 PM

    Hi, the photos of the yard sale look great. I am a partner of the ethical street wear company r.a.j.e. and my partner Abbie went along to the sale to find some bargains, she found it an altogether inspiring experience, especially meeting and chatting to you, who we admire greatly. We have a blog and have created a post about Abbie’s trip to the yard sale. Here is the link: Thanks for organising such a great day! X x

  69. thefall

    2010-08-26 at 8:27 PM

    loved it! thanks for organising it, and you had some great things on your stall.
    i’ve done a post on it on my blog 🙂

  70. clouboutinlover

    2010-08-26 at 9:22 PM

    oh i’m so so disappointed I missed this!
    i will DEFINITELY be coming to the next 🙂

  71. Crystal

    2010-08-26 at 9:45 PM

    It definitely looked like a success so I’d say go for it again! There’s nothing better than rummage sales from people you know have style. Wish I could have been there! A good bargain gives me a warm fuzzy feeling.

  72. beth gallimore

    2010-08-27 at 4:30 PM

    i would love to come to another one of theese! 🙂

  73. Jessica Ly

    2010-08-29 at 10:15 PM

    oh….my….god. soooo gutted I missed this….please say you’ll be holding more of these? pretty please?!! I’m moving to London (well UCA epsom) in a few weeks and am dying to come visit you for some good old vintage pieces and er bargains!!

  74. Naomi

    2010-09-14 at 12:08 PM

    Wish we had yard sales like this in Devon!

  75. Vidmantas

    2010-11-10 at 1:01 PM

    That`s crazy! :))

  76. handbagsdigger

    2010-12-01 at 6:00 AM

    so many stylish people in one place, hopefully everyone got a fab bargain by the sounds of it!

  77. Lunet_Clipping Path Services

    2011-05-04 at 10:59 AM

    Nice photography good looking collections ,

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