Wednesday, 3 June 2009

Nifty Thrifty!

I know! I'm supposed to be working. But I am the mistress of distraction! So yesterday I really felt I should pop to my local field sale. I was there before 8am and home by 9.15am. Not too bad then? A.W.O.L. for 90 mins maximum! And look what I found!
Six lovely, lovely pink beakers and a dotty trio...
Such delicate china. Don't you think it just wants to join in with tea and cake?
Oh yes I think so. This picture's for you Vanessa.....
Wonderful advertising leaflet for Lyons cakes... 20p!
A kitschen tureen with this wonderful pink graphic. Just asking to be adapted into an embroidery don't you think?
A 1960's china money box, so many lovely pictures....
A mini gnome with a cute little fox. Some of you will know our passion for gnomes!
And isn't this the prettiest glass ramekin? It's French Arcoroc which is similar to Pyrex but often more delicate in feel (if not function). I didn't buy one of these....
I bought eight! All in their original packaging... for £1!
Did I mention I got eight? EIGHT! How pretty are these!?
Oh look how pretty they are with my new pink beakers too! I know. I'm happy!
So, they have all been carefully camouflaged as items which have 'been there for years'. The glasses are looking very at home in the big china cupboard in the dining room (hubby only goes in there at Christmas and Easter!) ....
and the little ramekins are here... don't they look cosy?
Oh they've been there for years...honest!
Now then - back to work! t.xxx

40 comments:

Rhiannon said...

Only 45 minutes and you came back with all that loveliness? Including stuff never before used?!

Envy is a terrible thing...

xxx

marble rose said...

tee hee I lol when you said eight...EIGHT! And the word ramekins is so cute like little elf people things (?) -

Did you do like a supermarket sweep of the field?
I really, like really properly love the dotty set though.

I bought my 1st issue of Sew Hip today and love it!

Fleur
xx

Vanessa said...

What a wonderful break from work! I love it all, but especially the dotty trio.

Country Cottage Chic said...

Oh I have those sorts of things....been there for years & years.....

Great finds T!

Jayne

Sal said...

You do show us the loveliest things. The dotty china is gorgeous ;-)

Helen said...

Do you think you may need therapy for this problem A.W.O.L?
If you find a professional that can help you, please forward their number!!

Lottie said...

Absolutely brilliant

comfortstitching said...

Well done for camoflaging your new buys so talentedly!! I would never have guessed.
And I think I will become a mistress of distraction too!! Love the sound of that!

Florence and Mary said...

I'd say that haul was definitely worth going AWOL for!

Victoria xx

Bobo Bun said...

I know you didn't mean to, but now I feel overwhelmed by technology. I am only just keeping up with all this stuff. Can you explain how all this flickr stuff works if we get a chance at the weekend. My plan was to sell the Beryl's, but bad Mr Bun saw them before they got hidden.

I've got those same glasses in mixed colours and they are gorgeous no wonder they had to come home. I think thrifting feeds creativity so a needed part of the work process.

Lisa x

Alexandra said...

Fab finds, how come you manage to get everything so cheap?!? I think car booters see me coming!

Mrs. Cozy Home said...

Oh those ramekins ... they are beautiful and they look so pretty displayed with the rest of your collection.

Cowboys and Custard said...

That's it T... I am on my way back over .. How civilised to have a car boot in the week..something sadly lacking in these parts..
You have made my heart strings twang with that gorgeous little money box..

Mx

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

Hi T!
You have 'the eye' my girl...that's why you can find such lovliness so quickly and still be home in time to sew...

Is that smoke I see rising up over Norfolk?!...good luck reaching that deadline!
Niki x

bex said...

10 out of 10 for the bargain spottins! those ramekins are beautiful! ive just found out that i will be moving in a bigger house at the end of this month which means i can now by all the nice things i see in charity shops because i will have space!!
xx

vanessa said...

Sigh! That's a sigh of "what wonderful, gorgeous stuff, why can I not get things like that here?" But of course, you have a great eye for spotting treasure, treasure that has been in your cupboard for many years of course! I must admit, I generally can't get away with slipping things into cupboards, Hugo "notices"! My new found tactic is to divert him with just how cheap and bargain friendly my purchase was, hoping that his love of a bargain will stop him thinking, wait, do we need another .................?!
Thanks for the Victoria Sponge pictures! Wonderful! Actually, in hommage to those delightful pictures, I'm going to search for a recipe for a Victoria Sponge, and make one this weekend!
Love Vanessa xxx (do you mind if i knit)

Lucy said...

Oh how pretty. I just adore blue and white. You lucky thing. Thanks for sharing. Lucy x

Conversation Pieces said...

Love the little bowls – they're super-fab! And that is some fast thrift finding!!

Cute blog btw ;)

A Thrifty Mrs said...

Oh yum, what delicious finds!

Mummy Boo Bear said...

oooh lucky thing! Love the dotty trio and those ramekins! just fab. you must swoop in and out again like a caped boot sale crusader!
Saving all the pretty stuff otherwise doomed to a life of living trembling in dark dank corners of someones garge! lol.


The eye candy rating for this post is most definately 10!


MBBx

randi---i have to say said...

I am in love with the china trio. Too cute!

Menopausal musing said...

That's one mouthwatering cup and saucer.x

Shannon said...

You are a pro! I love those little ramekins... and the way you displayed them, with the forget-me-knots floating on top. That photo is going to make me happy all day!

Everything Stops for Tea said...

I love love love the dotty china - I wish they had things like that at my local car boot!

goldenbird said...

Love the china bank and the ramekins! Ooh, now I want to go shopping. Love your blog, it's fun to come and visit.

Floss said...

That has got to be worth skiving off work for! You did really well. We have a big weekend of Vide Greniers coming up, if only our boys are well enough. I'll look out for Arcoroc - you're right about it having a more delicate feel - I like it!

Simply H said...

What fab, gorgeous finds! You must have the thrifting-magic-touch!

cocoa and blankets said...

Hi sweetie....I dont know where to start everything is lovely (and would look very nice in my home!) have you been watching Mary Queen of charity shops...I was shocked at what people send to charity shops...how we manage to find such beautiful things is a mystery to me! one person left a used nappy and very dirty used pants in a bag of clothes for the charity shop!!!Have a lovely weekend..

Melanie said...

How pretty, I love everything. xxx

Felicity said...

gorgeous thrifting!! I cant believe i have only just found your blog, ive been missing out for sooooooo long! he he!!
felicity xx

elma said...

Oh my what wonderful tresures you found! I love them all. I also tell my husban Those? I have had those for years. I do believe that his is starting to wonder:) elma2179@yahoo.com

twiggypeasticks said...

How lovely!!! The money box is sooooo cute
twiggy x

brandi milne said...

Yay for little foxes with elves!!

GeorgiaPeachez said...

My goodness, that was a good sale! I love it all. xo, suzy

Lynda said...

gosh i love coming here!
I am always reminded about all the pretty things in the world! Your bargains are the best, love those ramikins...

Did you see my easter basket effort! *blush with embarrassment*....

Calico Kate said...

I do like your blog! It's all sort of fairycakes and teatimeish - lots of little treats and iced gems.
CKx
PS Serious envy at your availability of field sales nothing like that up here. Humph!

Sarah said...

Wow - that's good going, I think I would have had everything you got too, but I probably wouldn't of spotted them! Love the knome. I'm on the look out for any kind of knome but can't find one anywhere, boo hoo.

Lynda said...

You are so gorgeous! I want to move in with you, you are so positive....clearly my basket was the mongrel basket LOL, I laughed so much when I saw them all there, crushed in sluggy heaps. Nothing compared to what you and the beautiful boy made! My kids became feral during the process and then the result, SUCH a hilarious result for us!

Love the idea of a woolly xmas dec! Love you!
Hey, your hearts are just lovely...will direct you to my next success just to show I am not craft challenged (heee hee).

Katie said...

What fantastic finds! It sounds like you're just like me...easily distracted by the thought of finding something lovely at a sale! LOVE the teacup, saucer and plate. xxx

BusyLizzie said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog.. just catching up with yours. OOOh I love those glasses and the 60's Pyrex dishes on the shelf with the blue flowery ones. Take me way back to a house I lived in YEARS ago!
Lizzie xxx