Hands up if you love Charity Shops?! I know I certainly do.
In my attempt to own less ‘stuff’ recently I have been dropping off donations more often than purchasing, but I was feeling lucky this morning and fancied a rummage. My good feeling wasn’t in vain and I was rewarded with these lovelies, for a total of £2.50!
My particular favourite type of Charity shop treasure is beautiful, handmade bits and bobs, things that you know have been made with love and care, things with a use (so it’s a justified purchase) and a story behind it. The hand painted details on this salad spoon/fork is just magical and I couldn’t leave them behind.
This mug was a very lucky find as I have been wanting something similar to enjoy a cup of coffee, I don’t partake in coffee that often, but when I do it’s a little bit like a ritual. I take my time and fully savour the experience. The cup feels wonderful in my hands and the handmade shape/ glazing is even more lovely in real life. It’s so nice to think about the person who took the time and care to create this piece, I wonder who they were and what inspired their choice of shape and colour?
This vintage rattan magazine rack was hidden right in and under a table but I spied it from afar and crawled in after it, I’m completely in love with it and it’s just perfect for Eula’s room. And for those that have been waiting patiently for a post about her room then the wait is almost over, I will get it up next week I promise (all your questions about her amazing bed etc answered then).
This magazine rack is bang on trend at the moment, we have a few dotted around the house and they are such a lovely little detail to have, practical and beautiful. I remember my parents had one when I was a child, it all comes back around doesn’t it.
What I love about Charity shops is that it’s the ultimate form of recycling. We live in such a throw away society, as soon as something loses it’s appeal out it goes. My husband and I have been completely shocked at what some people just take to the dump, we’ve had a surfboard, amazing camping kettle and a few bikes (to name a few) from people about to throw them into the skip. Why wouldn’t you just drop it all off at a place that can make such good use of them?! Someone gets a bargain, the charity gets some money, the previous owner gets a less cluttered house and a guilt free conscience.
I also spied this beautiful desk, but sadly I have absolutely nowhere for it.
Here are a few of my past Charity shop treasures…
OK, so it’s less reliable and you never know what you might get, but that’s part of the fun. Carboots, Garage sales, there are wonderful things out there just waiting to be rediscovered. It’s a great way to add character and depth to your decor, I love a mix of old and new and the price usually means it doesn’t matter if you get it wrong, just donate it back, it’s all good treasure karma! I do sometimes find pieces I know I could sell on and make a little profit, this then helps me to fund something else, I don’t feel bad about it, the Charity got their money, I have been referred to as Del Boy by a few close friends, but I’m more than willing to own that name!
What have been your best Charity/Carboot finds? I’d love to hear from you. I still live in hope of finding that ultimate bargainous thing, I’m not quite sure what, maybe a Danish armchair?! I live in hope.
Happy Friday lovely people xx