Boot Sale Bounty – Magpie Monday

We were up bright and early to go to the boot sale this week, as hubby only has 2 weekends off shift per month now we have to make the most of our weekends.  Arriving at 6.30 with a light smattering of rain I wasn’t hopeful.  Not many stalls but loads of people on the hunt for bargains.  As a seller I hate it when people all lunge at your table as you are setting up, so I tend to hang back when I am there as a buyer.  No killer instinct !  This didn’t stop us from getting some great bargains today though.

First up this fab chair for £5, we are almost at the end of our renovations on the house and hubby is building a bookcase/computer desk in the corner of the living room where we can house the family computer.  I wanted a chair that would be comfy but also fit in with the style of the room.  This chair will get a few coats of paint and a nice seat pad and hopefully will work well at the desk.

Next up two storm lamps.  The lady had them half full of sand with the most awful brown candles in them.  She wanted £5 for the pair, its always a good ploy to hesitate and not say anything for a moment or two.  I’ll take £4 she said.  I told her actually I didn’t want the candles or the sand and could I have them for £3, ok !  Deal done.  Nice wash in hot soapy water once home and some nice white candles and they are transformed !

I love candles and am always on the lookout for them.  This pack of six 12 inch Mayfair candles had the original price tag of 46p on them.  I paid £1  ! That’s inflation for you.

I love to find books that are a bit different, I came across these four in immaculate condition and with beautiful covers and quirky titles.  I haven’t heard of the author Edward Monkton (I know where have I been)  they are fab books and I got all four for £1.50.

Just along from this lady was a chap selling lots of selvage bits and pieces including this mirror he only wanted £2 for it!  It would have originally been attached to a dressing table.  We of course snapped it up.  Just need a bit of a clean and new fixings on the back and it will make a lovely addition to the top of our stairs.

Trying really hard not to buy anymore china I’m afraid I couldn’t resist when I saw these. I seem to have accidentally started a collection of buttermilk coloured china.  Its the most beautiful soft yellow and amazingly all the pieces I have match perfectly.  The cups and saucers and milk jug are JB Honeyglaze ware and are in immaculate condition and a steal at £4. 

The large Jug was 50p and is Alfred Meaking and the gorgeous Tureen was £10 but I couldn’t walk away from it, its sooooo gorgeous I keep looking at it. 

Next up a great find by my hubby these lovely Pewter Salt and Pepper pots made by Viners, again a steal for 50p !

and finally, because I can never resist a beautiful glass (and am always breaking them) three really heavy cut glass tumblers for 20p each.

So there you go, quite a collection this week and total spend of just over £27 !  I am really pleased.  Don’t forget to pop over the MagpieMonday to see what the other girls have been upto this weekend.



  1. lightly enchanted
    May 9, 2011 / 8:29 am

    wow, what beautiful finds, I always love the bargains featured here. The mirror is so lovely and such a great deal 🙂

  2. missielizzie
    May 9, 2011 / 8:33 am

    You just always seem to find the most beautiful things.Those storm candles are stunning and I'm in love with the shape of that tureen.Sounds like a bonza boot fair trip – worth getting up at an un-godly hour for!

  3. Nicki Cawood
    May 9, 2011 / 8:39 am

    Some fantastic finds!! We start the carbooty trail this weekend, though doubt we'll find such fantastic bargains!Another great MagpieMonday!

  4. Karen Jones
    May 9, 2011 / 8:39 am

    Lightly, thank you. We couldn't believe it when he said £2 !!! its immaculate too xx

  5. Karen Jones
    May 9, 2011 / 8:40 am

    Liz – thanks sweetie, I think a lot of the time its just having an eye and being able to see the potential of things. The storm lamps are a good example. They were filthy with the most disgusting candles and sand in them, but I loved the shape and could see how they would look cleaned up xx

  6. Becky
    May 9, 2011 / 9:04 am

    I love your chair, and I can already imagine how it would look at the end of your DIY. We have been given a similar rocking chair from relatives and it has the most hideous 1970's brown cushion on it. But I can see the potential with it now! Also love your crockery, the tureen is beautiful. Becky x

  7. Missdaisy's Crafts
    May 9, 2011 / 10:15 am

    Oh wow fantastic finds and grt bargains and that mirror is a steal at £2

  8. Madam Salami
    May 9, 2011 / 10:40 am

    What a beautiful selection of things you found! That mirror is gorgeous and real bargain!Loving the salt and pepper pots. x

  9. Alison @ Brocantehome
    May 9, 2011 / 12:04 pm

    Heavens didn't you do well?? Our car boot sale was rained off again…British weather does so get in the way of treasure hunting!

  10. make do mum
    May 9, 2011 / 12:05 pm

    Love all your goodies but especially that art deco tureen – can see why you couldn't leave it. Love the salt & pepper set too with their little handles.

  11. ChrisTea And Cakes
    May 9, 2011 / 12:17 pm

    Super finds as usual, love the mirror, a steal at £2!! The salt and pepper shakers are fab and what can I say about the china, I'm a china addict too so probably couldn't have walked away either! x

  12. dogsmom
    May 9, 2011 / 12:49 pm

    I would say you made the most of his time off. Wonderful bargains and some fun finds. A nice desk chair – the cushion will make all the difference. Love the books and the storm candles.

  13. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    May 9, 2011 / 3:26 pm

    Gorgeous stuff once again Karen, the hurricane lanterns, the china (where DO you put it all?) and fantastic mirror. I know what you mean about having to look past dirt, I find so many bits of glassware which are absolutely filthy and just need a bit of soap and water.

  14. Karen Jones
    May 9, 2011 / 3:55 pm

    Hi Lakota thank you. It is starting to become a problem but what's a girl to do. I love vintage china and can't walk past if I find beautiful pieces : ) Like you say a good wash in hot soapy water and a soak in bicarb and they are sparkly, shiny and new again xx

  15. midlifesinglemum
    May 9, 2011 / 4:26 pm

    What an amazing day's treasure and all for 27 pounds. In John Lewis you pay that much just to look at the china!

  16. WhiteLily
    May 9, 2011 / 5:25 pm

    I am never disappointed when I visit your blog, karen. Utterly gorgeous finds… Love them all.

  17. ilovedolly
    May 9, 2011 / 7:13 pm

    Love! The! Tureen!

  18. carole
    May 9, 2011 / 9:39 pm

    Simply beautiful as always, you never disappoint us. Oh and as your house renovations are nearly complete can you and Mr Jones come and renovate my home pleeeeeassseee!!!!!! :)) x

  19. overthehillmum
    May 9, 2011 / 10:29 pm

    you always find the good things. 🙂 I have 2 of those chairs.

  20. Karen Jones
    May 10, 2011 / 7:23 am

    Thank you ladies for all your lovely comments. xx

  21. Michelle
    May 10, 2011 / 11:24 am

    These products are very beautiful!! Loved them. And you also have a great blog.

  22. mumsarcade
    May 11, 2011 / 9:15 am

    I like your jugs (oo-er missus!) and I love the books and want to find them soon so I can see what is inside them.I love how sometimes I panic when I look at my bags of booty and then realise that actually I have spent very little for what I have got. A good feeling. My finds are over at

  23. Hayley
    May 11, 2011 / 9:24 am

    Wow you are a true car boot expert! Some GORGEOUS things there! Love it!

  24. Mongs
    May 14, 2011 / 9:10 am

    You are such a thrifter of exquisite taste, I love all your finds, no prize for guessing, the chair will be painted white…it will look so pretty! Everything is so cheap and good! Well done!

  25. Karen Jones
    May 14, 2011 / 3:12 pm

    Hi Mongs, thank you so much for your lovely comment and yes you are right, the chair will be white but will have a jaunty nautical theme cushion xx

  26. Jo
    May 16, 2011 / 1:08 pm

    My favourite are the pewter pots and I have been a fan of Edward Monckton a while, ots of his bits in coastal resort gift shops.Fabuluos spend for all those items, we done.Beats my Magpie Monday bargain. Well done x

  27. ..:.lab.:..
    May 16, 2011 / 5:49 pm

    Wow! You do manage to get some amazing bargains! All gorgeous, Lx

  28. About JollyJilly
    May 16, 2011 / 6:40 pm

    wow what a collection of beautiful things you are very lucky, I love them well done!

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