Monday, 3 January 2011

First thrifty finds of the year!

The other day, Michael and I had a trip into our home city Manchester for some lunch and a rummage round the many vintage and 2nd hand shops of the Northern Quarter.
First stop was lunch...we went to a small 'Curry Cafe' called Al - Faisal which had been recommended to me by a friend from my craft/creative group, Sarah.
It really does not look much from the outside - pretty nondescript really, but the food was amazing - and really cheap. We had vegi samosas to start, then a 2 veg curry (half a channa dhal, half a saag aloo) each with rice and naan and drinks, and our bill was just £10 in total. Highly recommended! For those of you who are more local - its at 58, Thomas St, directly across from The Richard Goodall Gallery in the heart of the Northern Quarter. Yum.
Although feeling (nicely) stuffed, we carried on to look round all the 2nd hand shops on Oldham Street. Michael got a cool 70s windcheater jacket for £3 and I got;

60s leather handbag - £1
60s/70s leather knee high boots, £3. These are in excellent condition - both the boot, zipper and sole are all only very gently worn. I just gave them a good clean, thoughrough spary with some febreze and got some new insoles for them and they are good to go! Very pleased with my first bargains of 2011 :)


  1. Love the bag! Happy new year from Norway!

  2. Top tip from Kim and Aggie for second hand shoes/boots. Buy some anti-bacterial handwipes and use to clean the inside of the shoes. For nasty niffs cut up one of those white dishclothes and make a little bicarb 'teabag'out of it. (Just put in a generous pile of bicarb and tie ends together with an elastic band). Stick one of those in each toe and the boots will be as fresh as a daisy! It really works well.

  3. what always manage to find lots of pretty vintage bags.
    Happy New Year!

  4. I'm impressed that you can get all that lovely food for £10!!! Jeez I didn't know places like that still existed ha ha!