Sunday, 30 August 2009

Bootilicious weekend

Despite a nip in the air the sun has shone at times this weekend and I've made it to my regular boot sales. They were both absolutely packed with sellers which is unusual for a BH weekend and I managed to get a great haul .... my little trolley was on overtime and I was stopped several times and complimented on it and asked where I'd got it from .... it was from Argos
I spotted some boxes of old linens under a table and got chatting to the stallholder who told me she had visited an old convent to do a part clearance and was after old bed linen. As part of a job lot she took several other boxes of napkins and in them were these beautiful vintage pieces of chintzy fabric and hand embroidered panels. She told me that everything was just stored in a cupboard and that it must have been a childrens home at one time because some pieces had names sewn on to them. The two panels above are hand embroidered in what I think is a very William Morris inspired design ... the top one in wool and the bottom in silks. Below is a handmade chair cover in cabbage rose linen. Next is a door panel which is around a yard wide and 8' in length. It is again in a lovely cabbage rose print and despite some speckling from being stored in damp conditions it is a lovely piece of fabric. The lady thought they date to the 1920s.

Next is another chair cover which I have draped over one of mine so that the design can be seen more clearly.

There are four of these seat covers in a floral chintz with birds of paradise. Again hand made with a frill around the edge. There was a fifth but it had been patched so many times there wasn't much left of it. I imagine that during the war years they had to make do and mend at that in true Sound of Music style the curtains had been used to make covers for chairs and cushions. The grand total for this lot was £3.

A few stalls further on was this lovely retro bed linen from M & S with the old St Michael label. There is one double sheet in the orange and the purple has two double sheets and four pillowcases. They are in lovely condition and very seventies.

From the same stall was a lovely embroidered table cover and two tray cloths plus a bag of lovely buttons. The whole lot was only £6!

Yesterday I found this lovely flower basked hand embroidered table cloth, John Lewis flannelette DK size fitted sheet which will be perfect now that the nights are getting a little colder. Total spent £8.

A lovely embroidered top from Monsoon for £3

Some pieces of 1990s Sanderson fabric, zips and buttons ...... £3.50
Two pashminas, a make-up bag (with the two hair slides inside), Marks & Spencer watch, Tibetan Silver bracelet .... £12
A stair basket, a box of Country Garden Rose tea lights, Rose & Co set of 3 doll sized flower salves in Rose Petal, Lavender and Violet and also a Rose & Co toiletry set in a very pretty box (price tag £15) ..... total spend £6
A Knit Kit for baby, slug traps, pocket size umbrella and Ikea rose shaped floating candle set. Total spend £3
Enid Blyton Famous Five books, Card Shop CD-rom, four DVDs (Willow, Dungeons & Dragons, Wizard of Oz and Tooth) and a Time Out Mat ..... total £6
and finally these two large hard back books which are in pristine condition for 50p each I just love bargains hunts like this especially as the booty season draws to a close ..... I will have to find somewhere else to rummage around .....


  1. wow, lots of lovely bargains, I like the purple bed linen, I remember having that as a child and I had matching curtains as well!
    Josie x

  2. What stunning selection of things you have bought. I too would have been really pleased with all that. You did really well!!
    Isabelle x

  3. Wow, you got some fab bargains - I love that stair basket. I've been away for two weeks so have missed the car boot sales - can't wait for Sunday, so I can go bargain hunting again!

  4. Have just come across your blog via Debbie's blog - I had to smile when I saw the 70's lilac bedlinen - my husband and I had that set from M&S when we first moved in together! Happy days! Love all the other goodies too! Sharon Peters X