A new venture

This weekend if you have been on twitter you may have noticed that yet again I had a rant about Ebay and posted about it HERE  I think it could quiet possibly be the straw that broke the camel’s back.  Anyway, not someone to stay down for long, I have always been a fighter and have dragged myself  and my family back from the much more serious stuff in the past.  I was galvanised by this latest attack to put into action a dream that I have had for sometime.  I have set up my facebook page HERE  and intend to turn my love of vintage and thrifting into a money making concern if I can.  I have already booked a Vintage Fair for July and together with a friend I am embarking on another venture renting out Vintage Tea Service’s for Shabby Chic/Vintage weddings or Tea Parties.

This means that I can now shop at boot sales and charity shops to my hearts content, safe in the knowledge that my items will at some point move onto another beloved home.   I have always loved the philosophy of Rachel Ashwell,  the creator of shabby chic when she said that most of the items that she found at yard sales etc she loved for a while and then passed them on. 

Here are some of this weeks finds as part of Liz’s MagpieMonday post  as those who read my blog regularly will know I always manage for the most part to find great value bargains and today was no exception but because of my new ventures unfortunately I will no longer be able to tell you just how great a bargain they were.  Hope this won’t prevent you from enjoying them with me and the excitement that goes along with securing a fantastic piece.

Various pieces of vintage Linen tea towels, napkins and runners, some cotton and some linen every piece a total work of hand embroidered art and a total bargain.  Along with the basket that was full of photo frames. Don’t be afraid to ask if these are for sale, the lady was only too happy to tip out the frames and sell me the basket for 20p !  Woop!

Gorgeous Milk Jug cover, used a lot “in the pre-convenience days” to keep the flies of milk or food . This pretty crocheted one has lovely glass weighted balls on the ends and a tie top.  I love it and bought it along with some of the linen above and the lamp shades below from a lady who had THE most gorgeous stall, with many, many pieces I could have bought, including some French Monogrammed linen sheets that I have been coveting forever ! but can’t find at the right price, unfortunately hers were out of my price range too.  Big sigh, I will just have to keep searching but what about this for an amazing coincidence, I gave her one of my cards so that we could keep in touch and she said her name was …….. KAREN JONES !! How spooky is that ! 

Totally perfect and too die for pale blue and cream Laura Ashley (silk?)  lamp shades for £3 each, exactly what I was looking for for my bedside lamps.  I can’t tell you how thrilled I was to spot these. LOVE ! LOVE! LOVE! and no, these will most certainly not be moving on anytime soon.

Really pretty Glass Luminarc plates. These are quite modern but absolutely lovely, very fine and delicate you can almost see through them. Not plates I will be serving the boys with. 

Here is my tale of woe, doesn’t happen often, but I spotted two of these gorgeous glass paraffin lamps and dashed over to the stall, the lady was besieged by buyers all haggling.  I asked the price of the two lamps again silly money for the quality and the style, so snapped them up.  I paid and was putting them into my bag when some great oaf pushed me from behind reaching across me to get at something and I heard a horrible cracking sound ! Booo! one of the top sections of one of the lamps had smashed !  Hubby assures me we will be able to find a replacement but I was gutted.  Still here is the surviving one. 

I had a few more lovely finds but will catch up with these later in the week.  Please pop over and see what everybody else found this week at .Magpie Monday



  1. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    May 16, 2011 / 9:33 am

    Good luck Karen, I've seen this kind of business be very sucessful and you already have some lovely things, so am sure you'll be beseiged with customers soon. How lovely to have an excuse to keep buying china!

  2. Zoe&Drew
    May 16, 2011 / 9:37 am

    Wishing you loads of luck with your new business. I love searching for gorgeous things! Enjoy!

  3. missielizzie
    May 16, 2011 / 9:40 am

    I'm so excited for you, I know you have a great success on your hands.I adore your finds as always. the lampshades are beautiful as is the oil lamp. Can't believe some clumsy buffoon broke one – I hope you gave him a peice of your mind!Thanks for linking up and I hope you'll still have time to continue doing so xx

  4. Molly and the Princess
    May 16, 2011 / 9:43 am

    Beautiful finds as always, and best of luck with your new venture!

  5. Scarlett Fontaine
    May 16, 2011 / 10:03 am

    Good luck with your new venture! You've found lovely items this week, the lampshades are a bargain! Scarlett x

  6. ChrisTea And Cakes
    May 16, 2011 / 11:26 am

    Love those shades and the pretty plates, always enjoy seeing your stuff and look forward to lots more with your business venture in the offing. x

  7. midlifesinglemum
    May 16, 2011 / 12:27 pm

    What a great idea for a business – will you bake the cakes and scones as well? As a little-clutter person, I love the idea of loving something and then passing it on. I often give gifts from out of my house and no one minds (sometimes I don't say ;))

    May 16, 2011 / 12:29 pm

    The key to a successful business is doing something you're passionate about, so you really are doing the right thing. Your eye for detail and beauty is second to none, good luck on sticking two fingers up to ebay!

  9. mumsarcade
    May 16, 2011 / 1:00 pm

    Every success with the new venture! Always lovely to look at your finds and I like that milk protector thing lots this week. My finds are at http://celebratingmums.wordpress.com

  10. Missdaisy's Crafts
    May 16, 2011 / 1:34 pm

    Gorgeous finds as always and 20p for that basket wow bargain i seen one in the hospice shop today priced at a tenner :0Good luck with the new venture 🙂

  11. lightly enchanted
    May 16, 2011 / 5:38 pm

    what beautiful bargains! I so, so love vintage linen, especially of the French variety. I always look for it but never find it, the only pieces I have were my grandmothers. The little plates are lovely too.

  12. Reluctant Housedad
    May 16, 2011 / 5:53 pm

    Your blog is the epitome of class, calm and serenity. Just looking at it chills me out. Obviously I'm a bloke so have no idea for home accessories or fashion, but this stuff really does look lovely. Best of luck with everything. Keith

  13. Nicki Cawood
    May 16, 2011 / 8:03 pm

    I can't think of a better person to embark on such a venture, and you'll do it with your usual class & style! Good luck and I can't wait until it is all "live"!

  14. Karen Jones
    May 16, 2011 / 8:12 pm

    Thank you so much everybody for your wonderful , kind and supportive messages. If nothing else I am a trier. Need to justify my stay at home lifestyle to my hubby somehow ! xx

  15. Andy
    May 17, 2011 / 11:15 am

    Great work by you. Good luck!!

  16. Lisa
    May 18, 2011 / 8:33 pm

    Wow Karen, how exciting. Would love to know more about your new venture. Love the lamps x

  17. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    May 21, 2011 / 9:33 am

    Good luck x x

  18. Karen Jones
    May 29, 2011 / 1:22 pm

    oh, how fab! Its interesting to see that she has ideas very similar to what I am planning as part of my new venture ! Thanks for sharing sweetie xx

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