I’ve discovered a secret weapon !

This weekend we thought it was about time we sold at the boot sale rather than buy.  I spent a few hours on Saturday opening cupboards and sorting out clothes.  I put together a respectable selection of bits and bobs,  nothing to set the world alight but probably make us about £50 I thought.

We were up bright  and VERY early at 5.00am, waking the twins (oh what a pleasure that was to turn the tables on them for a change ) .  Seems the World and his dog decided to sell at Exeter cattle market this week.  It took us over half an hour to get in.  We unpacked and were immediately set upon, the early morning rush began in earnest, women pulling clothes off the rails and out of boxes   “How much ! How much ? for this and this and this. ”  My poor hubby, not used to this kind of female frenzy decided to take the twins for a little “walk” .  I knew what he was upto,  he wanted to mooch the other stalls. Off he went leaving me to deal with the hoards.  An hour or so later he emerged, Jarvis had acquired one of those horrific plastic, battery operated guitars and Milo a bag full of lego.  By this time I was bursting for the loo and desperate to take a look around myself.  I made my excuses, gave hubby vague instructions on our prices and wandered off with a casual remark to call me on my mobile if he got stuck.  I didn’t expect much from him but as trade was slack, he was not likely to do too much damage.

Within a few paces I found this beauty

Gorgeous cast iron well, “iron” I love it, rust and all, its really heavy, perfect for holding open the door.  Bit pricey at £3 but I figured I had sold a few bits so why not.

A little further along I happened upon this tray full of cutlery !

A quick google when we got home revealed they are a varied selection of EPNS varying in date from the 1920’s to 1960’s.  In  need of a good clean but I loved the shapes, initials and weight of them all.  A total steal for £5 including the tray !

This little lot was a bit weighty so as I was only a minute from our pitch I decided to pop back to hubby and drop them off.  Wow!  He was doing a roaring trade, surrounded by women all giggling and laughing “oh really”  “that’s a good price” “your boys are gorgeous” natter, natter, natter. ! Hhhmm! I bet he’s selling all my precious stuff off for pennies .  Not so, he had doubled the prices I had given him and the women were falling over themselves to buy the stuff ! I HAVE A SECRET WEAPON! WooP !  What a winner, not only can I sell at the boot sale, I can leave my hubby to sell too whilst I go shop ! RESULT!

I dropped off my treasure and popped off for a bit more retail therapy.

The chap selling these serving dishes was so desperate to pack up and go home he almost begged me to take them.  “I really don’t want to take them home again, they belonged to my gran, you can have all of the for £1.50”!

They are in need of a tiny bit of TLC but the glass Pyrex serving dishes are in perfect condition.   

What about this gorgeous quilt, it was well hidden under some old sheets and covers, but one look at the kind of things the lady was selling made me investigate further. I was so glad I did.  Its handmade and more than covers a standard double bed.  As soon as I got home I popped it in the washing machine and hung it out to dry in the glorious sunshine.  Apologies for the photographs, I was unable to get the whole quilt in the pics and it was blowing a bit, but I am sure you will agree its a beauty of a quilt for £8!

I am always on the lookout for lampshades, especially these gathered material type.  The pink one is Laura Ashley and really well made, the White one is quite old and has an old style fixing but hubby assures me we can get the necessary widget to make it fit either a lamp or hanging fitting.  The pale pink one was £3 and the white one just 50p ! again, the lady just wanted rid, and as I had hesitated because of the fitting she said “please take it for 50p” !  Ho could I refuse, it still has its original cellophane wrapping.

Finally, this little trio of royal standard fine bone china pretty cups.  No saucers but a steal for 50p each.

All in all not a bad day at all.  When I got back to our pitch hubby had done a roaring trade, so not only was I able to have an unexpected shopping spree but we also came home with a lot more pennies in the purse than we expected.


Please pop over to Lizzie’s MagpieMonday to see what the other ladies have found this week xx




  1. Midlife Singlemum
    July 4, 2011 / 7:51 am

    What a brilliant day! I thought you were going to say that hubby sold the cutlery for a profit. The quilt is just beautiful.

  2. Vintage Amethyst
    July 4, 2011 / 8:27 am

    Oh my goodness such lovelies!I am in love with those beautiful cups!loveAlisonx

  3. The Bird
    July 4, 2011 / 10:03 am

    Oh I really need to do another boot sale! Gorgeous quilt – what a find!

  4. Anonymous
    July 4, 2011 / 10:03 am

    Oh my, it sounds like your hubby is quite the charmer! Well done to him for drawing the shoppers in.I am always in awe of your finds. I simply don't know how you do it. They are all so beautiful. the quilt is to die for.@missielizzieb

  5. maria
    July 4, 2011 / 10:38 am

    oh wow! sounds like a perfect day!Love your bargains!Maria x

  6. Karen Jones
    July 4, 2011 / 11:59 am

    Thank you for your lovely comments ladies.Midlife – if he had sold the cutlery I would have killed him ! ha I have plans for it xxThe quilt is devine, I really want to keep it but really must try to sell it. I have far too much stuff xx

  7. ChrisTea And Cakes
    July 4, 2011 / 12:00 pm

    As always amazing finds, I so need to do a boot sale, got so much stuff in my loft to get rid of, to make room for all the tat I'd buy at the sale no doubt! x

  8. Karen Jones
    July 4, 2011 / 12:35 pm

    bless, its NEVER tat Christy its treasure : ) xx

  9. gidders1
    July 4, 2011 / 12:58 pm

    Its so lovely to see you back on Magpie Monday, I've missed your beautiful bargains. I'm very impressed by your hubby too, my OH would have sold everything for pennies, not realising!

  10. Karen Jones
    July 4, 2011 / 1:06 pm

    aww thank you gidders1. So busy trying to make a living,I'm afraid something had to give. Back now and all stuff on track so hopefully won't miss anymore weeks xx

  11. icklebabe_com
    July 4, 2011 / 1:20 pm

    Okay Karen … How the hell did u get that bueatiful quilt for 8 quid! Are u sure you didn't miss a naught off ;)) amazing finds, you do honestly have a gift. I have a new nickname for you gorgous chum…Mrs Lovejoy ! xxx

  12. Karen Jones
    July 4, 2011 / 3:21 pm

    ha, Helen, I could so cope with being Mrs Lovejoy. Will you be mad if I told you the lady asked me for £10 and I knocked her down to £8 !! Mrs Ruthless, thats me : ) xx

    July 4, 2011 / 3:25 pm

    What a result, best of both worlds. I'm itching to do a bootsale and shop at one, unfortunately I have an OH who doesn't enjoy either side of th deal!

  14. Karen Jones
    July 4, 2011 / 3:57 pm

    Lucewoman, Its my wedding anniversary tomorrow and I think after eight years I am finally realising I have a keeper and a real gem ! I am soo lucky xx

  15. Becky (Hazel and Blue)
    July 4, 2011 / 4:09 pm

    That's why I love car boot sales, as you can sell and buy at the same time. Great minds think alike, and it's sounds like your OH is the car boot King! Beautiful handmade quilt find, it's so pretty and you can imagine the hardworking which has gone in to it. Bx

  16. KatGotTheCream
    July 4, 2011 / 5:19 pm

    Well done for selling at a car boot – I can't even manage to get myself and the kids up and organised in time to buy at one!!Absolutely love the quilt and tea cups!!

  17. Jane
    July 4, 2011 / 6:47 pm

    gorgeous finds i love the quilt and the cups are so pretty.And how fantastic getting your hubby to sell your stuff whilst you go off and shop for more lol i cant even get my oh to go to a bootsale with me the miserable ol bugger lol

  18. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    July 4, 2011 / 7:30 pm

    Wow lovely finds – especially that price for a handmade patchwork of that size – and well done that husband! (even if he did allow annoying guitar and more lego – the bane of my life!)

  19. Molly and the Princess
    July 4, 2011 / 9:06 pm

    Aha, that's why I didn't find anything at the car boot sale – you'd nabbed it all before me! I admire your resolve, I'm afraid I will probably never get up at 5am on a Sunday, as it was we didn't get to the car boot till nearly nine!Well done to your husband, and you on your fab finds, as always 🙂

  20. Sheffy
    July 5, 2011 / 6:44 am

    You did really well. The name of your cutlery design by the way is Plain Fiddle with Pip.

  21. Karen Jones
    July 5, 2011 / 7:35 am

    Hi Sheffy, thank you so much for your comment and for your really useful info. Any idea of how much each I could charge please ? I am thinking of selling them.Just popped over to your blog, love your name "she who must be obeyed " hahaha as an ex teacher thats really great. I am now following you xx

  22. polkadotsandblooms
    July 5, 2011 / 8:21 am

    Great post – Love the cups – great colours!

  23. mumsarcade
    July 5, 2011 / 8:30 am

    I love the quilt best of all but then I just have a thing about them and would have them on every bed and wall if I could get away with it.I like the container things too and they are such a bargain.Pretty little cups too.You are so good at this magpie game.

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