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

I had to nip into town in my lunch hour the other day. I rarely do it, I’m usually shovelling a tuna salad and marking maths books. It’s not the greatest way to spend an hour but it beats sitting around and doing it at the end of the day. I was lured out by a phone call from the jewellers to say my engagement ring had been resized and was ready to be collected.

I dashed out (once I’d shovelled the tuna salad) and was there within 10minutes. The ring is now a perfect fit and I was feeling smiley. Knowing I didn’t have anything to get ready for the afternoon, I decided to have a wander round the numerous charity shops my part of Southampton has to offer.


First find was two bubble vases for my collection! Just 99p each. I really should slow down on these now as I hear someone else has collected a shoebox full for me – amazing!



Next up was this pretty pale blue serving dish. I love the colour and it’s ding and dent-free. It’s a good match for my crockery and my other serving dishes and at £3.50 I thought it should come and live with me!


My final, and favourite find was this set of Bovril jars. They are hard to photograph but I adore the fact they are in size order – 16oz, 8oz, 4oz and 2oz. Super cute! I don’t know where they’ll live but I need them in my life! £4.99 for the set which I thought was reasonable!

Very successful for a quick 20 minute run round! I went back to school feeling quite naughty but with a big smile. Now I just need to make sure lunchtime shopping is not too much of a regular thing…

It is with a large pile of marking I say:
It’s only vintage but I like it! (more…)

It’s only a Bubble Bud Vase but I like it…

I’ve been meaning to post about this for ages… I’m sure I’ve mentioned these lovelies before as I’ve picked up a few in the last 6 months in charity shops and at Car Boot Sales.



My Gran had a blue bubble bud vase on her windowsill. I used to marvel at the tiny bubbles in the base. How did they get there? How did they join the bubbly base and the clear stem?  I loved staring through the coloured glass. I still do and as soon as I saw one of these on a car boot sale last autumn I knew I wanted to start my own collection.



I haven’t been able to find much about these vases online. I think they were popular but inexpensive items in the 1960s. Presumably from more than one manufacturer as they differ in manufacturing methods and in the size and shape of the base and the cone at the top.

My collection is small but perfectly formed and today I found two more to add to it. They were hiding at the bottom of a box. I feel a little uncomfortable rooting around in boxes, but this guy does house clearances and he had lots of boxes of mixed china and glass. I exercised great self control and didn’t bring home a gorgeous teapot, but these two had to come home with me.


i find it satisfying to have a collection on the go – my Mum and several friends are keeping an eye out for me! I can’t decide when we move whether I’ll put them all together somewhere or find places where they work in twos and threes.


For now, I shall just revert to childhood and spend ages looking through their sparkly bases at the sun – well, if we had any sun I would!

It it is with a bout of Bank Holiday grumpiness I say:

It’s only vintage but I like it!