There is something oh-so-satisfying about purchasing an item of clothing in a vintage store. Wether it is the thrill of knowing you are one of the only people in the world who owns the said item; or wether it is the sense of achievement, when you finally unearth the vintage artefact you have been searching for- I couldn’t tell you; but what I can tell you, is how much I am in love with the whole affair. The searching, the finding and the latter process – composing the perfect outfit to accompany your new found treasure.
So, last time I returned home I was over the moon to hear that my friend Jen had opened her very own vintage haven -Waxy Bramble – located on the corner of Beach Street in Swansea (you can check it out
every day except tuesday). On my first visit, I was in a rush to find a last minute outfit for London Fashion Week. So after a quick rummage, I left, one very happy customer, with my first piece of winter tartan in tow – a structured jacket – priced at a very reasonable £9.
However, on my second visit, I delved far further into the depths of the pre-loved rails, finding many more one-off-pieces I was just desperate to purchase. This time I left with my second winter tartan – a red kilt for £9 (not to be worn with the jacket of course, for danger of looking like a nineties reject) – a loose fitting peach pussy bow blouse, priced at £6; and a tropical print scarf, reminiscent of the …err… Jungle Book, also £6.
What’s more, each unique item sourced from all over Europe, is given a name and a story – ‘Mari’,’Rosie ‘Bertie’ and so on – meaning they just ooze character, with an air of untold history. Take a look at the Waxy Bramble Facebook page here; and be sure to visit this hidden gem.