Here I am again with the latest on my charity shop finds and an update about my craft stall. Firstly though, lets have a browse through my recent finds...
You know the score: you've seen someone pick up an item in the charity shop and you think "Dammit, I wish I saw that first", well this happened to me on Saturday when I saw this lovely crochet blanket being looked over by another shopper. After watching her out of the corner of my eye and sending subliminal messages along the lines of "put it down, put it down" I thought that all was lost as she was still clutching it a few minutes later...then my subliminal messages must have worked as she placed it back on the rack and walked out of the shop! I quickly picked it up and as it was missing its price tag asked how much it was; "£1.99" was the answer and I turned to my friend to exclaim that you couldn't crochet it for that price! So, needless to say that it went home with me.
I can't crochet (altho' I'd like to), but can appreciate the work that's gone into the blanket, especially in choosing all those shades of blue. Normally, the crochet blankets that I see in charity shops are a wealth of crazy colours that seem to have been chosen as part of a stash busting exercise, but I love the fact that all these blues appear to have been thought out - no stash busting here! I've decided to keep it on the sofa for the winter months, as it brightens up our front room.
After going for what seems months without any decent utility china hauls, I recently struck it lucky. Last week in one of my usual chazza shop haunts I brought some Woods Ware 'Beryl', comprising a milk jug (I haven't got one in this shape), five dinner plates, a small oval plate and salt and pepper shakers. As we use my Woods Ware on a daily basis, I'm always happy to add to the collection, especially dinner plates, and I think I've got more jugs than is necessary, although I'm still on the hunt for some in the yellow 'Jasmine' and blue 'Iris' colourways.
Not only did I buy the 'Beryl', but I also picked up a Johnson Brothers 'Greydawn' gravy boat and side plate. I love the pale blue shade...and yes, we have used the boat for our gravy!
My final find is this tray cloth; who could resist this gorgeous embroidery? I'm surprised that it hadn't been snapped up already by the time I came across it.
And finally, an update on my stall: I'm now booked in for Saturday 24th March at the Bath Road Market in Cheltenham! It's great to have the date confirmed as I can now concentrate on knitting some items to sell alongside the jewellery and cake stands. I have to admit that I'm a bit daunted as this'll be the first ever stall that I've had, so any advice to this newbie from you seasoned stall holders out there will be appreciated!