White china day

It’s often the case when I go out searching for treasure that I get a bit of a theme going on.  Not sure if its one of those subconscious things where you find one piece and then seem to hone in on similar.  This week’s boot sale found us arriving late, the twins just didn’t want to get out of bed at 6.00am, can’t imagine why !  On arrival the cars were queuing down the road, a mixture of boot sellers and buyers.  It was chaos everywhere, the normal orderly lines were all over the place, I can only think that they must have had new stewards who didn’t know what they were doing.  I could see the early morning booters in full swing as I impatiently  sat in the car, hubby decided not to cut in around the roundabout as I would and instead “faffed” about, this is always guaranteed to make me get slightly hot under the collar as I see all my treasures disappear into another buyers trolley.  In a fit of peak I decided I wasn’t sitting around waiting for him to decide where he was going to park and jumped out the car with a backward wave and a comment of “find me when you decide what to do ” !  and off I trotted…

First treasure of the day, pretty white and floral Gladstone bone china cup and saucer .

The same seller also sold me this pretty cake stand, unfortunately she was one of those people that assures you all is well with the item and you find out when you get home its not !  Wasn’t the end of the world though, it was only the small base screw that was missing and my hubby always has the necessary part in his Aladdins cave of a workshop to fix it.  Again gorgeous White bone china with pretty pink floral pattern.

After the success of the Vintage fair a few weeks ago, I sold out of all my rosebud patterned china so I was really pleased to come across this pretty little Crown Royal jug and matching dinner plate (forgot to photograph the dinner plate sorry)

It seems I might be turning into a bit of booty totty for the local gentlemen of a certain age !  Believe me I am NOT flattered.  After being told I could trade my wares for a dinner date a few weeks ago, I was given this really pretty Johnson Brothers plate free with the Gramophone Unit we purchased and he also gave the twins Disney alarm clocks each, whilst telling my hubby how lucky he was to have such a gorgeous wife ! Lucky for hubby he agreed.

Next up this gorgeous, absolutely too die for Royal Vale Bone China white with pink spots tea set comprising of 6 cups and saucers, side plates, two sandwich plates and a milk jug !  They were really dirty, but I could so see their beauty shining through.  The lady was as thrilled as I was that I was so thrilled (if that makes sense) sometimes its hard to remain cool and to appear disinterested when you find a real treasure.  I just had to show how pleased I was with my find.  As you can see, lots of hot soapy water and they have washed up a treat. 

One of my favourite pieces of glassware is Milkglass.  You don’t see much of it in this country and I spend many hours drooling over the pieces for sale on Etsy in America.  I love this hobnail design and was really chuffed to pick this piece up for 50p !

Finally this gorgeous wicker “bowl” in immaculate condition was mine for just £5 !  I was astounded, these days most people seem to think even the tattiest piece of wicker is worth a small fortune and I tend to pass them up.  I think it looks fab with some of my books nestled inside, not sure what I will ultimately use it for but its a wonderful, quality piece.

Thats my lot for this week.  Please take a moment to pop over and see what all the other magpies have found at this week’s MagpieMonday.



  1. Scarlett
    August 1, 2011 / 9:01 am

    That polka dot set is to die for, what a great find! Im also loving the 'boot sale tooty' bit, if your got it flaunt it hun and use it to bag the best bargains! Scarlett x

  2. thingsandstuff
    August 1, 2011 / 9:27 am

    I am so so so jealous of the polka dot set!! I have a green spotty teacup, saucer and cake plate in my collection….you always find such beautiful things! x

  3. Karen Jones
    August 1, 2011 / 9:31 am

    Scarlett, the set is every bit as lovely as it looks in the photo, so chuffed. Also not so sure about flaunting the totty bit when the admirers are 70 plus year old men ! ha!

  4. Karen Jones
    August 1, 2011 / 9:32 am

    Jules, its so lovely and it wasn't early on either, it was our second time around the bootsale that I spotted it. Probably because it was so filthy, people discounted it. Stupid fools ! Already had an offer from Ruth, not sure I will be able to part with it just yet ! xx

  5. Michelle
    August 1, 2011 / 10:47 am

    Love the spotty set but my fav is the milkglass. what fab finds 🙂

    August 1, 2011 / 12:45 pm

    What beautiful finds, everything looks too nice to ever be used! I never knew that type of glass was called Milkglass, I shall be on the lookout now.Polka dots make a very pleasing break from floral at times, you will be able to name your price if you sell that on (are you going to keep it?). Lucy x

  7. missielizzie
    August 1, 2011 / 4:08 pm

    Glad to hear you are using your assets to their fullest!Beautiful finds as always. I too love the polka dots and I love the rose bud china too x

  8. Karen Jones
    August 1, 2011 / 5:41 pm

    Michelle mine too, will have a real struggle parting with the dot set but am def keeping the milkglass, can feel a collection coming on : ) xx

  9. Jane
    August 1, 2011 / 5:42 pm

    wow fab finds as always the cake stand and polka dot tea set are lush!

  10. Karen Jones
    August 1, 2011 / 5:44 pm

    Lucewoman, I have loved milkglass for years, there is tons of the stuff in america but not so much at great prices in the UK. Always the way ! The dot china is really immaculate, its amazing how people pass stuff up because its dirty ! I will keep it and admire it for a while but will have to sell it on I have so much china. I have already been asked for a price but not sure what to do ! xx

  11. Karen Jones
    August 1, 2011 / 5:45 pm

    lizzie, Seriously ! These kind of crusty old men are the stuff nightmares are made of, although in fairness to the chap yesterday he was a sweetie and really kind to the boys xx

  12. dogsmom
    August 1, 2011 / 6:33 pm

    I was so with you when you talked about the que of cars. I knew I would be jumping out and getting a head start. Fantastic finds. As long as you stay arms length away, use whatever means you must to get those bargains.

  13. ChrisTea And Cakes
    August 1, 2011 / 7:00 pm

    As always I never know where to start with your finds, amazeballs as usual and totes jealous, get you flirting with your husband in tow, have you no shame?! 😉 xx

  14. Rose
    August 1, 2011 / 7:31 pm

    Oh Wow! I LOVE LOVE LOVE that spotty teaset!!! x

  15. JeTaimeVintage
    August 1, 2011 / 9:43 pm

    Yup, that spotty tea set is indeed gorgeous! Fantastic find!

  16. Caroline
    August 2, 2011 / 7:20 am

    Wow – you must have a very big house, the amount of vintage china you buy!! Love that spotty tea set x

  17. Karen Jones
    August 2, 2011 / 7:56 am

    dogsmom and Christy ! You girls ! ha, its truly a sign of my advancing years, only the "older" gents are interested these days. xx

  18. Karen Jones
    August 2, 2011 / 7:57 am

    Rose and JeTaimeVintage its even better than it looks in the photo. I will at some point have to part with it though. xx

  19. Mama Syder
    August 2, 2011 / 8:28 am

    Love the dotty tea set…Absolutely Gorgeous! Love it! x

  20. mumsarcade
    August 2, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    My fave is definitely the cake stand as I have a thing about then. I am also very taken by that little jug. Don't like the white thing though at all. Have not thought of car boots as dating locations before so you put a new spin on them entirely

  21. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    August 2, 2011 / 9:34 pm

    Awright darlin'? Lovely jugs you've got there! heh, I suppose it could be worse, I take my compliments where I can get them :-)Very nice china as usual, and yes see lots of milkglass on US blogs, but don't think I've ever seen any here, what a bargain for 50p.

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