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What I Thrifted #1

I have a particular addiction for a charity shop browse. For me, finding a forgotten, unwanted treasure that I can take in and give a new life, and helping an important cause in the process is a perfect scenario. 

I don’t do well with clothes – that’s a given. Not long my friend Eve and her sister, Faye. They know exactly how to spot an old blouse from M&S and turn it into something on-trend. My style is preppy and predictable unfortunately.

But furniture and knick-knacks – that I can do.

It’s no secret that the only new piece of furniture in our house is our bed. I’m proud of that. I’m not a cheapskate, I’m clever. And I’m a big fan of old furniture. Like this beautiful table.

I’m pretty certain that it’s part of a nest, but that didn’t stop me buying it. It stood alone, outside one of my local charity shops. The smallest charity shop in the village. People didn’t notice it, but I did. As soon as I saw it I had to have it. Even more so when I saw the price. £3.00. £3.00 for something beautifully crafted with bags of potential.

 Now, don’t get me wrong, this little table needs some work. It’s seen it’s fare share of wear and tear and the leather inlay is stained and marked. The wood looks like someone has let an angry cat loose on it.

I don’t yet know what to do with it. I know there are two camps of people when it comes to ‘up cycling’. I’m an upcycler. I take furniture that other people wouldn’t notice and turn it into something special.

I’m still not 100%, but I’m thinking that this may be perfect in a pale grey or muted teal, with a decoupage top. Who knows. It won’t be something I rush into – this little beauty deserves some respect.

Next up was this sweet little Welsh Lady bell. She’s a little tarnished, but she cost 39p and she’s beautiful. She lets out a lovely little sound when you ring her and I love the welcome addition she makes to my Welsh dresser. A Welsh Lady for a Welsh dresser, as my mum pointed out.

Since having William, I’ve discovered that I’m even more passionate about books than I ever thought possible. I want him to dream special dreams of adventures with your six friends, or talking animals, or conversational trains. I want him to wonder what a bubble gum that tastes like a three-course meal is really like. Or wonder how it would feel to live in a giant peach.

Thanks to my lovely dad, William already has the complete Roald Dahl collection, but I desperately wanted to take him back even further, to the world of Enid Blyton.

I managed to find the first in my collection – my original stash of books given away by my mum to a family relative. So this collection of Secret Seven stories will do for now. I can’t wait to read them at night, under the covers with a torch.

And finally, well, I’m a lover of old books. I love the smell, the memories they hide in-between their pages and their stories too. I saw these two, an old prayer book and a copy of John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress. They look so beautiful, peeking out of my Welsh dresser, where I’ll get them out from time-to-time, just to flick through those dusty pages.

Altogether, those twelve books cost me just £6.00.

Sometimes I wonder if I was born in the wrong era. Everything seems so much better when it’s old, like a good wine and a good cheese. At least, this way, I can imagine.

£9.39, less than a tenner – not a lot for some special memories.

Do you have thrifty fingers too?

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7 Comments

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    Faded Seaside Mama
    8th October 2013 at 5:50 am

    Some lovely finds there! I was born in the wrong era too – the forties and fifties are my fashion passion and I love the idea of a fifties diner style for my kitchen!

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    Kelly O
    8th October 2013 at 6:38 am

    I'm just like you – old books, nic naks, I can't resist! As I said, the table is the same as a nest my parents had and it originally had a glass top. If you could get some glass cut for the top, you could create a photo or postcard collage which could then be protected.

    I love old books and collect children's books too. I've a few coming from Amazon which I'll be sharing soon including an old Christmas treasury.

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    Charlotte Taylor
    8th October 2013 at 8:26 am

    I was thinking a glass top would protect everything – I'll have to find someone locally who will do it for me. I'm quite excited to have a mini project. I've got a wardrobe to paint too. It's going to be a busy few weeks!

    Ah – Christmas books! We have 'Twas the Night Before Christmas, which I'm planning to read to W every Christmas Eve. I love Christmassy things! xx

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    Charlotte Taylor
    8th October 2013 at 8:27 am

    I love a splash of forties and fifties glamour too! It's absolutely amazing what people give away these days. I love my finds so much! xx

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    Sugar Spun Sisters
    8th October 2013 at 8:47 am

    Fantastic haul! Love that table – it might be worth going back to the charity shop to see if the other two "magically" appear… Quite often nests and sets will be broken up as the individual components can get more money. People won't pay a tenner in a charity shop for a knackered nest of tables, but they *will* pay £3 for a vintage, one off piece. Keep checking – I bet the others turn up! 🙂

    Eve xxx

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    Danielle Askins
    8th October 2013 at 4:45 pm

    I'm never very lucky with charity shops! I'd love to do up soem old furniture some day though, we are all Ikea here-and the OH isn't a huge fan of old things! 🙁

  • Reply
    Eilidh T
    12th October 2013 at 11:46 am

    I can't say I've ever had much success (or any, for that matter) in a charity shop. But I'm just not as creative as you – I don't think like an upcycler! Xo

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