Thursday, 28 June 2012

Pickpocket Thursday

This week's pickpocket surprise is a sweet little plastic rain bonnet, found in the pocket of a 1960s cape! These vintage ladies make the rain hat look glamorous and prove that you don't have to be a nanna to wear one. If you'd like a closer look at the cape, you can buy it on our ebay site here. Meanwhile, I will be testing out that rain bonnet outside in the miserable drizzly weather of Edinburgh this afternoon. Until next time, stay dry Pocketeers!

Friday, 22 June 2012

Skint Sunday 99p Auctions

Welcome our latest treat for all you vintage vixens and dapper dandies! SKINT SUNDAY! Grab a bargain at the end of the week with our Sunday evening auctions; all starting at a very affordable 'post-weekend' price of 99p! Visit our ebay store and sort the items by price or by end time to join the fun and score some ridiculously cheap retro delights! Index fingers at the ready!! Here's a peak at some of the items starting this Sunday...

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Pick Pocket Thursday

This week we found a crumpled school time table folded into the top pocket of this lovely blue blazer. This keen student seems to have a good head for mathematics, physics and computing and is evidently clever enough to earn her PREFECT badge but could she come up with a pop quiz as terrible as this one?

Q1. What is the quickest way to double your money?
Q2. What language do they speak in Cuba?
Q3. What is an archaeologist?
Q4.What holds the sun up in the sky?
Q5. What is the noisiest game?

Q1. Fold it in half ! Q2. Cubic! Q3. Someone who's career is in ruins! Q4. Sunbeams! Q5. Squash - because you can't play it without raising a racquet!

If you read all five questions without navigating away from this page then you certainly deserve an A++.

Until next week Pocketeers... and tuck in your shirts! 

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Tracksuit Traction


OR THIS.....


Thankfully this retro Adidas track top comes with a warning!

Here at Armstrongs we like to think that our clothing makes our shoppers happy. Whether it's keeping you cosy, providing a little bit of modesty, putting a smile on your face with a vibrant print, or just accompanying you during your day- our clothes do their the best to ensure you're feeling good. But sometimes our garments go beyond their usual responsibilities! We hope this safety warning has prevented some slippery sores (or just given it's readers a giggle!)

Friday, 15 June 2012

Sunday Best- 99p Auctions!

One of the great things about Ebay is the real chance you have of finding a great bargain! We want to offer you a even better chance of that here at Armstrongs. We have some amazing vintage items ending tomorrow night at 8.00pm, all of which started at 99p! Click over to have a browse at our ebay store. Here are some of our favourites:

More amazing 'Sunday Best' 99p auctions will be starting this Sunday at 8:00pm, here's a sneak peek:

Stop by for a great 99p bargain!!

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Pick Pocket Thursday

Who ever said carols weren't cool? This Pick Pocket Thursday, we've come over all Christmasy! Humming 'Silent Night' in June is a little strange (and a guaranteed way to make people look at you strangely on the bus) but we can't help ourselves! It's all down to this weeks pocket discovery, a print out of the song "Our First Christmas in Heaven", found in this vintage leather jacket. Not one we were familiar with, it drove us to a little goggle search. Welcome to Christmas in June!

And if it leads to you looking up all your favourite Christmas hits, you have been warned! This cool Caroller is a inspiration to us all!

Monday, 11 June 2012

Edinburgh & The Olympic Torch

In honour of the Olympic torch making it's way to Edinburgh on the 13th-14th of June, we'd thought it would be fun to offer you the chance to win a bit of vintage Sportswear! This fantastic 1980s Umbro Track Top is sure to get anyone ready to jump, sprint and cycle their way into a Olympic mood.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Just leave a comment below using the word 'Sports' and enter through Rafflecopter. Best of luck!  

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Pick Pocket Thursday

You better find you deer stalker hat and your magnifying glass, there's something fishy going on this pick pocket Thursday.... we seem to have uncovered a mysterious clue to what we suspect is a cataclysmic crime... a single pearl earring... rimmed in shimmering gold... tucked away in the corner of the detachable game pocket inside the lining... hidden in an old, worn Barbour jacket that appears to have scrambled through bramble-infested thickets and shadowy woodlands... who did the earring belong to?... where is its matching twin?... how did it end up in this jacket?... and most importantly...what has happened to it's owner???

We will not rest until we solve the crime! Stay tuned Pocketeers!

A Nude Portrait of Armstrongs!

This beautiful illustration of our Grassmarket shop front is by the very talented Edden Wallace who is studying illustration at Edinburgh College of Art. She has illustrated the fa├žades of some of Edinburgh's most iconic buildings and we are delighted to be included! She is currently exhibiting her work at the ECA Degree Show which is open until the 11th June. Have a look at her amazing work on her website...
Congratulations Edden!

Monday, 4 June 2012

Multi Colour Monarch

We're celebrating the glorious spectrum of shades worn by our multi-coloured monarch this Jubilee long weekend! This picture from British Vogue calculates the queens tonal preferences in a colour chart of percentages. She seems to capture the entire Derwent Pencil range (and she proves that black court shoes are a queen's best friend!).