After a couple of weeks of faffing about sanding, painting etc. I've finished revamping the bathroom cupboard that I mentioned in an earlier post. As it was looking a bit tired, I repainted it white and quickly ran up a curtain in a Kaffe Fassett fabric to hide all the lotions and potions! The brass catch had tarnished quite badly, but a couple of minutes soak in vinegar brought back the shine.
I've been out and about over the past two weeks with work, catching up with friends and family and so on, but have managed to squeeze in a couple of car boot sales and visits to favourite second hand book shops and charity shops; so I've two weeks' worth of goodies to show you all.
I used to love reading Enid Blyton books when I was a child and still have a couple that have survived the various house moves etc. So, I decided to supplement these and start collecting the Dean series for Monkeychild in the hope that she too will enjoy reading them in a few years time. The car boot sales and bookshop yielded some more editions to add to her library, including a Twinkle annual (the weekly comic used to be a childhood treat!) and some more classic Ladybird books.
I also found some books for me:
The Table & Domestic Etiquette book is fab; it has some real gems in it:
A Nation of Shopkeepers is illustrated with photographs of traditional, quirky and eye-catching shop fronts and interiors. Its very nostalgic and reminds me of shopping with Mum in the 1970s. Have a look at these photos; I love the signwriting used for Dolly's:
Its quite poignant really looking through this book (which was published in 1981), as I wonder how many of these shops have now gone forever. On a brighter note - I can testify that the butchers shop on the front cover is still in business!
I also brought some more retro knitting patterns and books:
The knitted bikini looks well groovy and isn't it great a great photo? A healthy looking model with a 'real' figure in a photo which hasn't been touched up. I wish modern magazines would revert to this instead of using airbrushed images of so-called 'perfection'.
One of my charity shop finds is this tooled leather handbag; I particularly like the plaited closure. This will look great with my ankle length gypsy skirt and cowboy boots!
A week later I came across this needlework bag which I think dates from the 1940s, in a vintage clothes shop. As the bakelite chain handle was broken I managed to buy it quite cheaply. However, after a few minutes in the shed with Dad it was mended, as he replaced the missing link with a black rubber washer! Thanks Dad!
On the crockery front, I brought the Poole two-tone teapot and Beryl Ware milk jug at my local car boot sale. My husband thinks that I should have a moratorium on my china buying as we're running out of space Well, this is nigh on impossible, but in order to compromise I've said that I'll only buy things that I'll use. This still allows my collections of non-china related stuff to carry on regardless!
My last find to show you is this lucite cupboard handle that I found in a box of household locks and hinges on a boot sale stall. I've never seen anything quite like this before -its lovely and very 50s kitsch. Unfortunately the stall holder didn't have any more, but I still snapped it up for the grand sum of 50p!
That concludes my two week catch up of bargain browsing- happy hunting everyone!