With train tickets booked, ditto hotel, it was off to Walsall I went. Saturday saw the long awaited Bloggers Day Out, hosted by Vix in her Black Country home town. She arrived bright and early at the Premier Inn (excellent btw if you're thinking of a stay in Walsall) and we headed off to the station to meet Lyndsey, Curtise, Annie and Em. Shortly afterwards Gisela, Tania and her friend Vanessa arrived and once fortified by Costa we marched off to the now legendary Second To None for a secondhand shopping experience like no other.
Inside was a veritable treasure trove of vintage vetements, the like of which I'd never seen before. The shop is packed to the gunwales with garments from Victorian times to the 80's and just when I thought we'd rummaged through it all we found another two rooms with rails crammed full of yesteryear's clobber and all at a reasonable price too.
Time flew as we delved through the rails and tried on frocks, skirts, bikini!- to enhance the experience our kindly hostess thoughtfully provided us with a lovely libation. Two hours later here we all are, exceedingly satisfied with our purchases.
L-R Vix, Vanessa, Tania, Curtise, Gisela, Emma, Lyndsey and Annie
Next stop was Wetherspoons for lunch. A grand building, St Matthew's Hall was once Walsall's library, the bookshelves now providing an attractive backdrop for more snaps.
These wonderful women agreed to a close-up, here's Em with her great skin... and nails, glorious redhead Curtise and sparkletastic Tania. Thanks girls.
After the best value lunch ever we hit the charity shops...
... the trimmings stall at the market, the old fashioned sweet shop and the Asian beauty store.
Pom-poms were in high demand and at that price, no wonder!
There's loads of attractions to explore in Walsall as this curious child discovered...
the Leather Museum, (Walsall is the traditional home of the English saddle manufacturing industry) the New Art Gallery and Arboretum to name a few. We hardly scratched the surface of what the town has to offer, a good excuse to return eh?
After one more trip to the pub, (it would have been rude not to) it was time to say our goodbyes.
It had been a day of great company, lots of laughs and fantastic shopping. I urge you all to try a bloggers meet-up, if it's anything like ours you'll have a bloody good time.
Oh and just in case you're interested in seeing what I bought..
70's wraparound block printed skirt
70's block printed maxi
Didn't I do well?
Linking for the first time to Patti's Visible Monday