When I saw this vintage bag at a carboot the other week, I couldn’t resist! It was only 75p but it’s in such good condition, and just the right size to hold handbag essentials. When I got it home and had a closer look inside, I found some old stamps in the pockets!
The first was a set of three ‘Green Shield Stamps’. They were an early example of a shop loyalty scheme, and were very popular in the 60s and 70s. One stamp was given out for every 6d spent on goods, and they could be swapped for things like cameras, washing machines, and even motor boats! They died out when people realised that they weren’t getting a very good deal – to get a free TV would have required the stamp collector to have bought the equivalent of a small house!
I asked my dad about the National Insurance stamp. He said that it was the old way of paying for services like the NHS and contributing towards your pension. People usually bought the stamps each week - if they didn't, they wouldnt be eligible for the national insurance benefits.
Here's my outfit for today! I wasn't sure about the black tights - they seem a bit severe for such a pale outfit. The skirt is from Urban Outfitters, and I found the lacey floral top in a charity shop, but it was originally from Marks & Spencer.