Up until yesterday it had been a very lean time for vintage bargains of any sort. My charity shop browsings over the past couple of weeks had come to nothing and two car boot sales in one day last weekend were both disappointing for the lack of anything interesting.
I love reading about fantastic finds by other bloggers like Vix and Scarlett who attract bargains like moths to a flame, however I was hankering after my own find that makes the heart race. It doesn't have to be of value, but could be something as simple as an old knitting book or a utility ware cup and saucer.
Anyway, on the way home from work yesterday I thought I'd drop into a couple of local charity shops. The first is a Red Cross Bookshop and after making a beeline to my usual shelf found a pile of 1960s Stitchcraft magazines. The heart started to race...20p each? That's my sort of price.
Having a shuffle through the crafts section I also brought a knitting pattern for a child's cardi. The pattern is for a 4 - 6 year old, but that's for a child of the 1940s and I think that Monkeychild is a tad more sturdier than your average vintage child! I also picked up a cute crochet pattern (although I can't crochet!) and a few booklets, including a 'Make Your Own Lampshade' book, which contains some very 1950s looking lampshades. After commenting a couple of weeks ago that I was going to make a shade for the lamp we found at my mother in law's, I started to think that the gods of thrift were starting to smile down on me!!
|I love these shades, especially the one on the top left. By the way, doesn't the shade with the bird design look very|
The 'Gifts to Make' booklet dates from 1949 and has some lovely little vintage craft projects inside.
On the way out of the bookshop, I spied a pristine 'Twinkle' annual for £2 which I brought for Monkeychild. I used to have the Twinkle comic as a child and loved the stories and illustrations. I still have my own treasured 1973 annual which was a Christmas present, although I have passed this on to Monkeychild who loves having stories read to her about 'Patty Pickle' and 'Nurse Nancy'.
I couldn't believe that my luck was still holding out in the next shop though, when I saw two bundles of sewing patterns. The price tag had '£3 the lot' on it and I presumed it was per bundle. Wrong! It was for all the patterns. Needless to say that I paid my money and went home very happy indeed. Some of the patterns have lost their envelopes, but I found pictures of the original envelopes on the Vintage Patterns Flickr Group.
This weekend Monkeychild and I are off to stay at my parents whilst Husband tackles some d.i.y., so I've saved browsing through my Stitchcraft magazines until then when I can have a relaxing browse through, cuppa in hand, whilst Mum and Dad have a bit of quality time with Monkeychild.
I'm planning to go to another car boot sale on Sunday and am hoping that my run of good luck will carry on into the weekend!
And on that note, I'll wish you all a happy weekend and hope that your boot sale/charity shop browsing will uncover some bargains for you too!
P.S. Blog Award Thanks go to ...
Lakota at Faith Hope and Charity Shopping for my blog award a couple of weeks ago. Thanks Lakota, I really appreciate it.