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It’s only a Car Boot Sale but I like it…

It’s taken a few months and a few failed attempts, but the Dr and I finally made it to a Boot Sale! It’s one of my favourite ways to find vintage treasure and I can’t believe some of the bargains I’ve found over the years. Dr P is less keen, it has to be said, but he dutifully drives me there and follows me round limiting himself to just a few comments about “One man’s rubbish is another man’s rubbish…”.

My first bargain was this bad boy.

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How much do you think? Just 50p. 50p! I was delighted. A vintage teal flask is mine. Result.

Then I found a Pyrex jug for a pound and some amazing silverware. There were 2 big boxes of silver items and cutlery. I had to limit myself to just a few pieces. I don’t have any silverware but thought it might be fun to add a few pieces to my home. For £15 I got the big silver dish, two tablespoons, a ladle, salt cellar and 4 napkin rings. None of it is sterling silver – it’s all EPNS, which means a thin layer of silver is laid on top of some other base metal. This makes it a risky buy as some of it may have been polished lots, wearing away the silver.

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It also gives me the chance to indulge in a hour or two of one of my favourite past times – metal polishing. I love polishing brass or silver and I happily set myself up, with a cuppa and an episode of something on TV, and completed the satisfying task of making all my finds super shiny!

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My cutlery gleams and I can’t wait to use it!

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This silver salver isn’t perfect – it has a few places where the silver has worn off, but it’s a lovely shape and with a well-placed doily I’m sure it’ll look very classy!  I’m looking forward to finding it a space in my new abode…

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The napkin rings were an impulse buy – I don’t own any napkins! But now I have the napkin rings, I could buy some… They polished beautifully.

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My favourite item was this tiny salt cellar. It has a blue glass insert and I fell in love with it. Unfortunately it hasn’t really polished well at all. No matter, I still love it and shall find a little nook for it to live in.

We got up just after 6:30am and were booting by 7:15. We were home for 8:30 and eating bacon sandwiches (him) and fried egg sandwiches (me) washed down with big mugs of tea by 9am. I was most happy with my finds and I’m debating whether I can persuade him to go again this weekend… I’m going to need to make it sound appealing somehow…

 

It is with a cunning plan I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a sofa but I like it…

Actually, I don’t like it. It’s making my head hurt and I’m terrified of making a mistake.

After last week’s lemons, life has handed me something amazing – the house sale has gone through! The solicitors managed to cajole the seller and we exchanged on Friday. This has sent me into a spiral of furniture buying. When we thought it was all off we booked a few days away at half term, but we’re now going to have to cut that short and come back in order to complete. We’ll have little time then to try and sort out some furniture ( we have none!) and get it delivered.

A key piece would be a sofa. I had fallen in love with DFS’s Rosie sofa. I’d seen it a few places and it seemed perfect.

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It came in a lovely teal and looks comfy but stylish. I’m torn between wanting something that looks retro and something that will be comfy – we do like to spend time on  our sofa, so it must be somewhere I can curl up and relax. Rosie however is no longer available, so I reconciled myself to looking elsewhere.

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On Saturday the Dr and I trudged round almost all the furniture stores in Southampton and I was most unimpressed. John Lewis had this gorgeous G-plan Retro range but it’s pricey and I don’t think I can justify spending that amount.

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They also had this amazing Ercol sofa. I’d love an Ercol sofa, but they are hard to find and go for lots second hand, even in poor condition. I’m watching one on Ebay now, but I’m sure I’ll be outbid and it’ll exceed anything I could pay.

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We both spent a bit of time perched on this sofa in Ikea. I have mixed feelings about Ikea. I love many things about it, but don’t want too many Ikea things in my home. I want it to feel individual. However, I think this sofa is a good compromise. It’s comfy and I can see myself snuggled into it. I like the colour and the style too. I also got to have a closer look at this Ekenaset chair, which I’d spotted on some blogs. I loved it in real life and I think we’ll be adding this to our living room.

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So, let me know what you think. Am I selling out? Can you recommend something retro and comfy? Be quick though, time is of the essence!

It is with an aching head I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…

It’s only Orla Kiely but I like it…

I just had to share this with you.

I’ve been a fan of Orla Kiely’s 70s inspired designs for a while.

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I seem to find myself drawn more and more to these organic patterns. Not sure if they’re Mid Century Mod or just another style I like that I’ll have to fit in some how!

Anyway, this week Douwe Egberts have launched their packaging with some Orla Kiely patterns. Their jars are reusable and if I drank coffee (which I don’t) I’d definitely be buying their brand in order to use them for storage.

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From what I can gather online, Co-op stores are stocking them currently, but other supermarkets will have them from next week. I am off on a hunt tomorrow and I will let you know how I get on. I need to bag some of these babies for my kitchen shelves!

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It is with a mission I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a retro telephone but I like it…

There are many things I’ll need to purchase when the Dr and I finally get into our new home, but for some reason the item occupying my thoughts today is a retro telephone.

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There are lots of options of course. Some a little twee – perhaps more fitting in Hyacinth Bucket’s home than mine!

A swift gander through the virtual shelves on Amazon and eBay gave me plenty of food for thought. I think my favourite is this old classic. Funnily enough it’s the one we had when I was growing up. Literally for most of my life. It was rural Wales and things didn’t change very much or very quickly!

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But oh, oh, the colours, the beautiful colours. I think I’m probably going to have to go for something on the mint/pale blue/teal spectrum but that mustard is a winner too… Decisions, decisions!

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Of course, this would be fun, but I just think it’s a little but too kitsch – even for me!

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This lady was my first true telephone love – unfortunately I don’t think she’ll cut the mustard in terms of communication. I may save her for a later purchase…

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It is with an image of myself, fingers entangled in telephone cord, I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it…

It’s only a Charity Shop but I like it…

I have perused quite a few charity shops in the last week, both in Wales and in Hampshire. Surprisingly, I haven’t had much luck. Today I did about ten shops in a half mile. I did see this Portmerion Totem coffee set. It was pristine and had one of the most dramatic 70s coffee pots I’d ever seen!

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It’s hard to get a sense of it from here but it must be well over 30cm tall – quite a statement. I didn’t purchase it – not really my style!

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This did catch my eye though. To me, it looked like rhubarb. I love rhubarb. Although, on a closer examination, I think it’s celery. Very pink, pink celery. Hmmm. It was £1.99 so I’m sure I’ll find a use for it at that price.

Heading out again tomorrow, so maybe I’ll have more luck then!

It is with a hopeful smile I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only Home but I like it…

A few months ago I offered to help my Mum do a big Spring Clean. My Mum lives in a little cottage in the Wye Valley in Wales. It’s got lots of good memories for me as it was my Grandparent’s house, then my Mum moved here. It’s an old cottage with low ceilings and it’s a little overstuffed! A good sort out was needed!

I’ve helped Mum clear out recesses of her home: backs of cupboards, drawers and even under the stairs. This has been tiring, dirty and also at times, emotional. We’ve found lots of things belonging to my Grandparents, things we had as children and I’ve managed to sneak a quick look around charity shops while I was donating the things we decided to get rid of!

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A Beryl plate for 50p and a jelly mould for £2 – well I wasn’t going to say no, was I?

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We discovered my Gran’s chocolate cake recipe scribbled down on a piece of paper – she was known for her chocolate cake, so this was a good find and I can’t wait to bake it.

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Found some most excellent vintage cookbooks. Some interesting titles there. Again, need to look through this and whip up some treats…

There are a whole box of things that I have said I will rehome but they’ll stay with Mum and she’ll bring them down once we’ve moved. Don’t tell Dr P! I will have a stealth mission to get them into the house without him noticing!

It is with a crafty sideways glance I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

 

It’s only Camila Prada but I like it…

Meet Camila Prada:

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One of my friends introduced me to this lady on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CamilaPradaFanPage?fref=photo) and I was instantly smitten with her characterful ceramics.

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Camila has won many awards for her ceramics that she hand makes in the UK. She is passionate about her work and about keeping it all in house. I love to see phrases like ‘sweatshop free’ and ‘British heritage manufacturing’ on her website. it makes me glad to see someone keeping alive the tradition of ceramics that once made Britain great. Clappison would be proud.

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I was drawn to the cute characters and the vaguely 70s motifs that Camila uses and I immediately demanded, I mean requested, a Camila original from the Dr for my birthday. We had a few postal hiccups (not Camila’s fault) along the way but she was great at communicating and I finally got my cup and tray.

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I was most pleased with my new buddy and found lots of uses for her!

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I think Camila’s designs could work in a contemporary or a retro inspired home and I definitely intend to test that theory by purchasing more of her designs. In fact – and in some ways I don’t want to share this with you in case you get in before I do –  tomorrow she’s holding a seconds sale from 9am. I will be sitting at my laptop with my credit card poised! The Mid Century Modern inspired living room I dream of needs a little Panda nestling on the bookshelf.

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It is with panda-envy I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Charity Shop but I like it…

Had a quick whizz around the Southampton town centre shops today and was very pleased with my finds.
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This large vacuum flask was in great condition and I love the little Good Housekeeping Institute logo! I nearly put it back on the shelf due to lack of space in my kitchen but it’s exactly the kind of thing I scour charity shops trying to find so walking away without it would have been a travesty!
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I also spied this Meakin serving dish. I do love these patterns! This china was so prevalent in the homes of my Mum’s friends when I was growing up it makes me feel cosy.

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It is with a one-bed-flat bulging at the seams I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only a Charity shop but I like it…

Today I finally got round to scouting out the charity shops in the bit of Southampton I work in. I take a bus into this part of town and have been seeing the charity shops everyday on my way in and out, but of course I am always at work during opening hours. We were in that part of town to view some houses and so afterwards I had a little tour and I was pleasantly surprised by the range of vintage homeware I found. I had to limit myself, as I don’t want to buy lots until we move, but I could definitely have bought more.

My finds were these beauties:

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That background is a double sized candy striped sheet. I’m in love with it, I think it’d make a really cute summer dress… Just £2.50.

The beetroot pot is spectacularly ugly, I know, but I still adore it. I already own a celery man, apple man and an onion man. Now I have completed the set for £2.00.

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As you may remember those bubble vases are a favourite of mine and at 99p this one had to come home with me. It now resides with it’s older sibling.

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The little silver vase was an impulse. It’s marked ‘silver plated’ on the bottom and for a pound I thought it might look cute somewhere.

I’m impressed with what I found and there was lots more to be had. I just need to find the house to put it all in!

It is with a house-hungry stare I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!

It’s only bedding but I like it…

I popped into ASDA today to buy some stewing steak. I had promised the Dr a steak and kidney pie (I had to cut up kidneys, I am a vegetarian) so I grabbed thyme, parsley and stewing steak – all the ingredients I hadn’t garnered earlier in the week. As I was making my way to the till my eye was caught by this cute Spring themed duvet cover.

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I remembered a blog post by www.retrochick.co.uk about a Christmas pin up girl duvet cover. I think MrsJMP mentioned that one too.

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I decided I needed to check out the bedding in more detail and was quickly pulled in by this lovely teal 1940s style beauty.

imageI can’t find any images of this one online, but I love it! I purchased it even though I have no room to store any more bedding and we have yet to purchase a house! I think it’s a winner and a quick Google shows there have been some other great vintage themed bedding recently. I’m not going to unpack it, but stow it away with several other recent purchases, until we move. It will be a nice addition to the new bed we treat ourselves to.

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Retro Chick has this Sailor Girl one, and I must admit I’m tempted!

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I think they’re incredibly cute and would bring a smile to my face every time I stepped into my boudoir. I don’t think the Dr would disapprove of scantily clad ladies in the bedroom either. My advice is to get to your nearest ASDA and check out their range – or look online www.asda.co.uk.

It is with a vision of a future bedroom I say:

It’s only vintage but it like it!

*I paid for the items included in this vintage adventure and the opinions expressed are all my own!*