Sunday, 21 August 2011

Treasured Junk Sale Finds

An early start for me this morning, with family in tow (and I must admit there were a few moans and groans...but they did volunteer to come) we headed off to our local Junk Sale or Boot Sale as they call it here.

This was my first purchase from a really sweet lady with a great sense of humour, she knew exactly my concern when I asked how heavy it was and without any hesitation she reappeared from the back of her van with a rusty old red sack barrow.  Thank god for that I thought. My next job was to gently break it to Adie that he was needed and it really wasn't as heavy as it looked. It all went very well really, a swift jaunt back to the car and job done!  It is now in situ in the front of the cottage...I would have liked something a bit more ethereal but it'll do for now. I may well use it to seat fairies?  I just love the sound of running water!   

This cushion really caught my eye, I am a sucker for french writing!

Just cant resist a lovely piece of china and the shabby roses on this bowl and the gold printing are just so pretty.

I thought this was so unusual, as soon as I saw it I snapped it up.  The lady I bought it from said it was from the 1950's.  I'm not sure how clear the photo is....It has a a larger display plate on the bottom then a rack of 6 small dishes as all part of the one stand.  Not sure where its going to go in the cottage...It'll be interesting to see where it ends up.

I think this noticeboard was originally from BHS ...I love it but I may revamp it a bit as I am not sure if I like the pink ribbon.  I have some cream grosgrain ribbon which I think may look better.

Well, this one was a bargain ....£1 .  It is so sad that somebody's hard work is valued at so little as this was all handcrafted..  You can just see the rest of the canvass on the edge it was obviously a piece that was finished but not displayed.  I am so pleased I have the chance to showcase somebody elses talent in my home and it wont go to waste. I may use it to reupholster a stool.

These great crochet pieces were sold as one lot, just jumbled in a bag.  I had a sneaky peek and saw a couple of pieces I liked but when I got the bag home and took a look I was overjoyed to see a fair amount that I really liked.  Most of these are silk thread pieces and I am now thinking of a multitude of uses...oooooh its so exciting I can't wait.

I am getting the feeling, though, that I am collecting so many things but nothing is being acheived yet, so I may be a bit quiet next week. I have a hectic week anyway although I am on holiday from work but hopefully I'll make a start.

Hope you all have a good week.


  1. Some great finds! I love the plate set, I haven't seen anything like that before. I think you are right about the noticeboard, cream ribbon would look much nicer.

    I went car booting today too, got a few things that need fixing up. Totally kicking myself over one thing I didn't buy now though. Aargh!

  2. Oh me too, I hovered 3 beautiful glass shades for a lamp they gave the look of stained glass (anything glass attracts me) I was just about to buy when a lady grabbed the shades and paid the money (she must have heard the guy telling me th price) I felt so cheated of a wonderful buy!

    Debbie X

  3. I love all that beautiful work you have found. I too am so sad when I see stuff like this just going begging as no one loves it any more. Such talent going to waste. Unfortunately thats the way of the world. I do feel that people are beginning to appreciate these things again.
    Love your blog by hte way.
    x Tricia

  4. Have just found your blog and it's great! I don't think that I live terribly far from you, I'm in Colchester.
    I went to a car boot sale on Sunday and didn't find anything nearly as lovely as you did!

  5. Some lovely things! I <3 boot sales, it makes me sad that Im heading north on monday where there are surprisingly few of them so been trying to go to one each week whilst in Kent! Im particularly in love with the rose china and bizarre plate stand, looks like its for tea parties.

    Just found your blog and your now reality is my dream!!

  6. see this lovely shade of green I'm turning? Seriously WONDERful finds!! I can't wait to see what you do with them all!