In a recession, you have to look to new places to stretch your pound that bit further. While the exchange rate's not exactly brilliant at the moment, the USA is definitely the place to look for vintage (especially if you're a larger size). The black velvet dress for about £30 is one of my eBay picks this week, along with some cute PJs, a reproduction wiggle dress and some very funky vintage (unworn) Mary Quant tights...

Stop Staring wiggle dress £89 Buy It Now
Mary Quant flower pattered tights £6
Black velvet vintage 1950s dress $45
Betsey Johnson floral pajamas £20.48