Wednesday 27 April 2011

Charity Shop Chic

Had a little bloggy break over the long weekend, but it's back to business as usual today after a jolt home to reality at work.  We've been overrun with tourists and traffic in the Peaks this weekend and it has been a surprise to experience just how busy it gets, we moved here in November so have got to know the place in the quiet months of Autumn/Winter and I really can't blame everyone for wanting to visit as even on a wet and windy day it can be gorgeous.

First find up is this retro daisy covered jug, it was one of the first things I clocked in the Salvation Army as it was placed handily on the counter - some savvy merchandising given the weather last week and the likelihood of barbecues/garden parties meaning everyone will dusting off the jugs at the back of the cupboard or replacing them to fill with yummy stuff.  I thought it was a snip at 99p!

It was the MIL's birthday last Monday; I'd wanted to pick up a trinket/jewellery box of some description to go with the scarf and book I'd already picked out and found a really pretty china one in a local antique shop but was in two minds as to whether she'd love it so found this as a back up.  Luckily the china one went down a storm so I got to keep this one - I'm in love with the carving.

These little sherry glasses (I think they're sherry glasses!) were 10p each and I'm going to use them as candle holders once I've found some the right size candles.

I've been envious of other bloggers Pyrex collections (naming no names but you know who you are!) so fell upon this small mixing bowl in Age UK for £1, considering making cupcakes purely to give the bowl it's maiden voyage!

When will I stop picking up china?  I'm beginning to think Satan will skate to work before I stop swooping at every piece of pretty vintage china I see.  This was absolutely the bargain of the week at 50p and I did a subtle happy dance when I handed over the money, luckily the Lighthouse charity shop staff seem used to having such an odd regular.

On another note, I'd been mooning over a beautiful hand mirror featured by Kylie on her lovely blog Lucy Violet Vintage and she was kind enough to request my address and send me a gorgeous vintage hairbrush all the way from sunny Perth, Australia.  It was such a kind gesture and made my day! Thank you so much Kylie.

I was also a very lucky girl on the giveaway front and won one of the generous collections of prizes from Scarlett of Scarlett Loves Elvis.  Gorgeous rhinestone hairslides, a string of vintage beads, a sequinned handbag mirror in a little organza bag and a vintage postcard which was put straight into action as a bookmark, while the Elvis notelet fittingly took pride of place here.  It was like Christmas opening the beautifully wrapped little parcels!

Hope you all had a lovely Easter!
Jem xXx


  1. My mum has the same rose pyrex and hates it - it was a wedding present, she thinks it's old fashioned! Isn't it funny how we all love this kind of stuff and our trendy mums are horrified! Royal wedding cupcake - perfect excuse for baking ;-)

    Kylie's a love isn't she - that mirror is gorgeous x

  2. everything's coming up roses (and daisies) Jem...all lovely x

  3. Well done on your win, great things from Scarlett! Love your new buys, the daisy jug especially :)

    I know what you mean about tourists, we live in a small village that is deserted in winter but when the sun comes out everyone wants to walk through! very busy!

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  4. I love love love that hand mirror,how wonderful that was for you to get gifted.

  5. Love those finds! Especially the jug - so pretty and right for summer.

  6. Ooooh great finds Jem - of course the June Rose pyrex is amazing, I use my plates in this design all the time and love them. Love the mirror you got from the fabulous Kylie and thanks for the mention - I did laugh to see Elvis featured in your beautiful photos :o)))Scarlett x

  7. Oh i just love the "Daisy" jug fab bargain and well done on finding your pyrex its lovely ;D x

  8. Love the little jewellary box, I have a thing for little wooden one's like treasure chests! xxx

  9. Oh, you found some lovely items. I especially like those sherry glasses!

  10. oh wow!!! you found treasures yet again, Jem! i could never ever find anything in my charity shops as littler as 10p and you got those sherry glasses for 10p!! gorgeous too! love the jug, the pyrex and the china too, i know i've been drooling over pyrex (let's not name the person but we both know who you are! haha) gorgeous mirror from kylie, so sweet of her!! and congrats on winning Scarlett's giveaways, so envious!!! it's going to be a long weekend again soon!! xx Susan

  11. I see we have similar tastes. I have a wooden caddy similar to yours and the little glasses. I am not lucky enough got have a pretty mirror but will look out for one.

  12. It's a real treat to peek into your treasure trove and I especially love the sherry glasses and the rose pyrex bowl is just delicious:)xx

  13. You are one fine treasure hunter! WOW! My daughter loves to collect the pyrex items like your bowl. She also likes pink pyrex and was over the moon when she found a set of mixing bowls last January! Happy Hunting.

  14. I really need to get to charity shops more! I love all the bits you pick up! You have an excellent eye!


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