Thursday, 20 May 2010

Charity shopping frenzy

Hoorah, the weekend is almost here! This week has gone by and I haven't reported on my recent charity shop finds. Well, last Saturday when the weather was semi decent (Sunday - it poured), we went to Leigh on Sea which is a cute little place next to Southend on Sea for those of you who don't know it. Lots of lovely charity shops - so I was in my element. Here is what I got:

A rather cheerful table cloth (50p)which, contrary to what I said in an earlier post about not using table cloths, is now firmly on the dining table - beautifully ironed as you can see.

A Van Gogh piccy which I bought for the frame - which, although a little chipped, looks the perfect sort of thing for Mr J and P's Grandma Gladys' rose painting. Gladys was a prolific painter of mainly flowers and the odd nude (and when I say odd......). Will show you the roses (and possibly the nude if you're lucky) later. Anyway a chipped frame for 65p - a bargain methinks.

A tin of buttons for 70p. Now what to do with them is the question..... Suggestions (nice ones, if you please, Mr J and P) welcome.

A lovely mint green teapot (Poole pottery) for £1.29:

A pretty blue jug for £1 and then later I discovered a whole stack of blue and pink bowls in the same design (Grindley Lupin Petal) for 20 p each! I bought 2 blue ones and 2 pink ones much to Mr J and P's dismay and when I suggested to Mr J and P that we should buy the whole darn lot seeing as they were only 20 p each, he declared that he wanted nothing to do with my bowls and went off in a little huff! Well really.....

I still haven't quite got over not buying a whole stack of lovely pink and blue bowls that we don't need; but don't worry folks, we're off to Kent this weekend (camping in the Sittingbourne area) and I'll be dragging Mr J and P and friends around the charity shops - you see if I don't.


  1. I found you on Apron Thrift Girl's blog...and you have hooked me in with all your promises to show us your various collections!

    It is fun to see what can be found on your shores and I think your daughter is quite a good artist (your portrait and the lion my favorites so far).

  2. Hi Vicki K, thank you for you kind words. Junior is especially delighted. BW.

  3. Well I for one am sooo up for checking out a nude - especially an odd one! Pretty bowls - remind me of the Johnson Bros. ones we get her in Oz. Make a necklace out of the buttons - they are gorgeous - and only 70p? Be still my beating heart!

  4. Love the jug and bowls. I have a dinner setting in mixed green,pink and blue by meakin. I would of bought the LOT!!!

  5. the china you found it lovely ... i'd love a piece of the blue if i could find it.

    and you could always make an art and embroidery piece with the buttons ... either random or to some specific colour or design. and then frame it for the wall.

    My Flea Market Find

  6. Oh my, I can't believe you left some of the pink and blue china behind! They are lovely!

  7. that little blue jug would match my new (op shopped) big blue jug perfectly, pack that in with the spotted red jug when you post it to me!!