Thursday, 26 July 2012

Pick Pocket Thursday

This Queen of the South Football Club Fixture Card was tucked inside the pocket of a duffel coat. The team was formed in 1919 when a handful of Dumfries football enthusiasts met in their homes to discuss the restoration of competitive football fixtures locally, following the end of World War 1. They decided to form a new team by amalgamating the local clubs and so Queen of the South F.C. was born. Dumfries had been nicknamed `Queen of the South` by David Dunbar, a local poet, who in 1857 stood for Parliament in the General Election. The club badge contains the same motto as that on the crest for the town of Dumfries, 'A Lore Burne', the historical rally cry in Dumfries against outside attack.

 Here's 'The Doonhamers' in the 1960s...

And here they are now...

Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Danananananana BATMAN!

Get into the Batman spirit this week with a black cape, leather trousers or a sheepskin coat from our Ebay store. Here are a few of our Dark Knight inspired favourites...

Batman wears a stylish super-slim-fit bat suit made from a polyester mesh with flexible urethane plates. He's not afraid to wear a onesie playsuit in public!

Bane models this beautiful shearling sheepskin jacket and has popped the collar to suit his tough-guy look. He certainly pulls off 'animalistic-chic' with this worn and distressed coat complete with analgesic gas mask and thick military gilet.

Make way for Selina Kyle on the catwalk! She models a slick spandex suit embossed with a hexagonal pattern and accessorised with a cat-burglar belt of tools, gadgets and a pocket for her stolen pearls!

You can find these items listed on our ebay site here. Thanks to costume designer Lindy Hemming for the inspiration.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Pick Pocket Thursday

Today we discovered some tasty treats in the pocket of this is beautiful Harris Tweed jacket. A happy little horsie has grown up big and strong thanks to these heart shaped pony nuts.
Here's a poem by e.e cummings that we hope you enjoy too.

the little horse is newlY

Born)he knows nothing,and feels
everything;all around whom is

perfectly a strange
ness(Of sun
light and of fragrance and of

Singing)is ev
erywhere(a welcom
ing dream:is amazing)
a worlD.and in

this world lies:smoothbeautifuL
ly folded;a(brea
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Monday, 16 July 2012

Christmas in July

Santa has come early to Armstrongs! This beautiful shimmering iridescent tie arrived straight from the 1950s in its original R.H. Macy & Co. Box complete with tissue paper and the feeling of an unwanted gift. But we are thrilled to receive it! Perhaps it sat under a Christmas tree that looked like this...

Friday, 13 July 2012

Aran Knit Fishermen's Jumpers

Aran knit jumpers (or fishermen's jumpers) are world famous and easily recognisable due to the tradition of complex knit patterns and cream coloured yarns, but did you know that the stitch patterns are said to mean different things?

The honey comb stitch is supposed to be the symbol of a hard working bee.
The cable knit is an integral part of the fishermen's life and so is therefore said to bring luck and safety.
A wish of success, wealth and treasure is brought by the diamond stitch.
And finally the basket stitch is a hope for a plentiful catch.

Look out for jumpers showing these different stitches on our Ebay site at

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Pick Pocket Thursday

It was a stormy night. A traveller reached an inn. As the hour was very late, he found the door locked from within. He knocked at the door.
The gate-keeper responded to the knock, saying, "I have lost the key and the door cannot be opened unless you have a silver key with you."
The traveller understood what he meant by the silver key. He im­mediately slipped a silver coin through the hole, and the door opened.
As soon as he got in, he said to the gate keeper, "I have left my box outside, please bring it." As the gate-keeper went out to bring the box, the traveller closed the door behind him.
The keeper asked him to open the door so that he may come in. Now the traveller replied from within, "I have lost the key and a silver key is needed to open the door." Soon the coin was pushed again through the hole and the dishonest man was let in.
Dishonesty meets dishonesty.

The moral here at Armstrongs is 'always check the pockets'.
This week's discovery was this little silver key tucked in the corner of a pocket on this military jacket and we found a fable to match it from here. What did Aesop have in his pockets we wonder...
See you next week Pocket Pickers!

Thursday, 5 July 2012

Pickpocket Thursday

We were quite delighted to find this 'I AM 6' badge on a wildly colourful poncho from the 1970s.

We like to think it belonged to a child who looked something like this....

And imagined a future that is something like this....

These futuristic illustrations of a predicted 2076 world were drawn by children in 1976. You can read the article here. Until next week, Pickers of Pockets!

Tuesday, 3 July 2012

There's a BLOUSE in the house!

Check out these gorgeous vintage blouses, tank tops and shirts on our ebay site. They're perfect for a lovely summer day! Just click here... Blouses at Armstrongs Ebay