Sunday, 13 June 2010

The Queen of Mean or the Gift of Thrift

Yes I have been out there again making up for lost time last weekend!! 
With DD1 and Ellie we set off this morning for two favourite boot sales and we were not disappointed.  Ellie the wise old shopper found two lovely Care Bears and some more Baby Annabell bits (a pull along case and car seat) that she hasn't got and I found the Etch-a-Sketch, Piglet ice cream sundae dish and books for her. 

I got three pairs of curtains ... Next Traffic Jam, some pretty floral gingham which are brand new from John Lewis and some applique cotton ones which I haven't photographed yet as they are waiting to be ironed.

A green & blue enamel lidded dish

A Victorian china bread plate
I stopped at a stall to buy the Blue & White Cross Stitch book and at the next stall the lady noticed the book and said she had some cross stitch magazines .... as I bent down to look at them I spotted this little lot of vintage women's magazines from the 30s/40s/50s .... she seemed to think they were just an old lot of tat but my heart skipped a beat and I got the lot for £2

TOTAL SPEND = £16.00

This afternoon has been spent tidying up my sewing room and look what I found .... the original pattern for the bridesmaid dress I blogged about yesterday .... was I really a size 12 once

This dresser top has been stored upstairs for 2 years awaiting a paint makeover and tomorrow, weather permitting, it will get a coat of Laura Ashley Linen paint and then be hung on the wall over my sewing desk.


  1. Love those curtains, I'd be torn weather to hang them in Jacks room or make something from them, great find there.

    B xxx

  2. What fab stuff. I LOVE the ladies on the fancy jumpers pattern :) I really miss my Etch a Sketch !!
    Twiggy x

  3. Those vintage mags are a great bargain - an etch a sketch was such a high tech game when it came out!

  4. Ooooooooh you're one jammy begger! What a wonderful, bargainous, haul. Jealous? me?
    YUP! xx

  5. You have some great treasures, especially the vintage magazines. It's wonderful when you find surprises like that. Yeah! Pam @ Sallygoodin

  6. You do have an eye for treasures! I have a dresser top over my sewing desk as is great. Can't wait to see what you do with yours as I didn't quite have the guts to paint mine.

  7. Lala - I remember those pink topped Women's Weeklies!

    That dresser top will look great when you've painted it ...

  8. Wow such lovely CB finds l love the fabric and those magazines are amazing what are you going to make l wonder and l think your dresser top is great also thanks for sharing have a great week hugs Pat.

  9. Yes the vintage magazines are great finds. £2! I'm sure they are worth a great deal more than that!

    Love the little piglet climbing up the side of the pot - so cute.

  10. I agree with Sharie, the magazines are the steal of the day!
    Happy reading

  11. Another lot of great finds, I'd love to come across a collection of patterns like that and what a bargain. My eldest daughter would love them she's really keen on the 30's and 40's. x

  12. Debbie- you WON MY GIVEAWAY! YEAY!!
    please let me have your address and I'll send you the goodies!!

  13. My thoughts and prayers are with this family too, thank you for your kind words it means so much to me.

    Hugs Pat