This was my first time to the sale, and I'll certainly be going back again next year. After walking through rooms filled with hats, accessories and even patterns and magazines, I entered the ballroom, which was cram packed with racks of clothing. Volunteers were there to help, and they had also soaked, washed and ironed a lot of the clothing as necessary and where possible.
|Just one little corner of the ballroom.|
Amongst the highlights for me were the lingerie items. There were beautiful little bras from the 1930s and 40s, many were unworn and still displaying shop tags.
|Berlei longline bra, very early 1930s|
|Never boil your bra. Our grandmas had to slave over the copper, boiling their underwear and linen.|
|This little gem is silk. For a very small but busty lady.|
Not only bras, ladies, but knickers. I snapped up a few pair of the ever popular French Knickers, or tap pants as our American friends call them. My mother insists that in Australia, in the 1950s, they were called scanties. I was interested to hear the volunteer lady who served me also called them scanties. Mum must be right, as usual.
|Unusual and lovely floral print, and silk.|
And a teddy.
Another find that was exciting for me is this 1930s silk wedding dress.
This gown came complete with a copy of the wedding in which it starred in 1934, and the names of the bride and groom. How lovely to know a bit of the story behind the dress. This dress has gold lame trim at the shoulders and on the delightful Art Deco belt.
I was also delighted to find quite a few men's items. I couldn't help thinking Downton Abbey - tail coat, stiff white waistcoat front and stiff collars.
And of course, some lovely dresses.
|My friend Hannah has already bought this one. It looks fabulous on her.|
I was so busy sorting out these gems that I didn't even have time to check out the hats, bags, shoes etc.
Items were reasonably priced to sell ASAP. Gems cost a little more, but of course. Some fixer uppers were also found, so we'll see how we go.
Thank you to the National Trust, and also to the wonderful volunteers who helped before, during and after the day. See you there next year. Make sure you say hello.