nice pink elephant… where’d you buy it?

pink elephant

It has just come to my attention that I barely buy anything new anymore.My colleagues always ask me where I get things, and my answer is always: “thrift store, charity sale, hospice or my mother’s wardrobe.”
I think that’s what inspired my affinity for the old which you will see if you buy the August issue of Elle and check me out on page 138. I just want more items that remind me of my mother’s old clothing and accessories.
With that said, I don’t want colour copies of the old, because original and worn is so much better to me. And this is the exact same sentiment I have when it comes to mass produced brogues for women. I would love to own a pair of brogues and the only reason I don’t own a pair is because I want men’s brogues, not patent leather, or lumo pink ‘girly brogues.


I struggle to buy new things that look vintage. The whole thing just seems and feels odd to me, and when I buy something that is new-old, I almost never pay as much attention to it as the R15 blouse I purchased at Bounty Hunter or the cheap cheap heels I found at The Hospice.

colour shoe

For instance, at the moment I am on the hunt for a lace dress. There are thousands of lace dresses that I could buy off the rails at YDE, but I don’t want them. I want an old old lace dress, not a new-old lace dress. So, if anyone reading this has seen and old-old lace dress, let me know. My wardrobe simply can not live without it anymore…

  • styleidol
    Posted at 09:10h, 16 July Reply

    I always say I will take a “vintage” hunting day and never get to it, mainly because I don't know many of those in Jozi..besides Deer Hunter, which Thrift,Vintage shops would you recommend?
    Great style by the by

  • Thithi
    Posted at 10:24h, 16 July Reply

    Hey StyleIdol… I am one of those people who'll go to town in Bree street and stuff to find vintage finds. Otherwise another great place to go is Bounty Hunter in Melville – it smells a bit like pee when you walk up the stairs, but the red and white blouse in the pic was R15 and isn't it beautiful? I also spend some time in Pta – the hospice there is much cheaper than the one here although the one here in Jhb has some great stuff.
    I don't know the exact street where I go in town because I just know how to get there by foot.
    Will look next time and post to you!
    Happy hunting

  • Thando
    Posted at 23:06h, 29 July Reply

    BALLY… I remember being a kid and my mom going crazy over that brand…

  • Thando
    Posted at 23:08h, 29 July Reply

    Thithi, I love vintage leather bags… and I've noticed that, they are hard to come by… do you know a specific shop or spot that has them.

  • Thithi
    Posted at 18:23h, 30 July Reply

    Thando… Bally was like my mother's favorite label way back when! As for handbags, not going to claim to know alot, but I have heard of a place near Noord Str, and wow that I am freelancing and contracting and not chained to a desk, my adventures can increase and I will make sure to document them… Come to the Deerhunter sale in two weekend's time, you might find some gems!

  • Thando
    Posted at 19:51h, 01 August Reply

    Thanks alot…I'll be sure to check out the Deerhunter sale.

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