Charity shop hopping

I didn’t manage the boot sale this week, partly because hubby was working and partly due to a late night on Saturday at a friends 40th Birthday party.  I did though, manage a few trips to the local charity shops last week including the very upmarket one in Topsham (average price of a house there is around £600,000) !

Here is what I found

Two cups, four saucers and 6 side plates in the prettiest pale pink with a lovely turquoise pattern.  Unusual combination but think it works really well.  Super fine bone china too.  A total steal at 10p per item !!!

Following on the pink theme (there was a lot of pink around in the shops last week for some reason) Pretty Rosa J & G Meakin dinner plate.  10p !!

A pretty pink unmarked jug found in Topsham for the very reasonable sum of £2

some more pink china, found five of these Colclough cups for £2 each and the saucers and side plates were in a basket marked 20p in the Topsham shop.  I think they go really well together .

I found this beautiful child’s real feather down Eiderdown in my local charity shop.  It is the most gorgeous Rose Pink colour and is really heavy. Reminded me of childhood, long before duvets were invented and we used to have sheets, blankets and if we were really lucky in the winter (no central heating in our bedrooms) we would borrow a big thick Eiderdown from a relative.  I can still remember the weight of these things, they really kept you warm and snug even when you could see your own breath, because your room was so cold.

This would look absolutely stunning on the bed of a little girl in a shabby chic style bedroom,

Whenever I go to Topsham I always make a point of popping into the Quay Antiques Centre   its packed full of Vintage wares . Everything you can think off, some of it way out of my price range but also lots of gems.  I found these beautiful opaque plates for a total steal.  In fact I think the dealer must have forgotten about them, they were tucked away on a bottom shelf, gathering dust.  I loved them and was more than happy to pay the asking price especially as when I went further along into the store, I found two other dealers selling the exact same individual plates for the same price I paid for one centre plate and four side plates !

Finally, my favourite charity shop has an extensive book section.  I always take a peak to see what’s in as I love books with a passion.  Last week I found this beautiful, beautiful book entitled Hugh Casson’s LONDON.  It’s an absolute feast of water colour pictures from in and around London.  All painted by the Artist Hugh Casson and including memories and information on the places from Hugh himself.  It’s a Divine book and cost me just £1.  

One thing that really touches me when I buy books second hand is if they have personal messages inside the front cover.  

why did Pippa give this book away ?  Who was Paul ?  I adore all things vintage and reloved from charity shops for that alone…..  The history, the story …

That’s all for this week.  Please do take a moment to pop over and look at what the other thrifty peeps have been buying this week.

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  1. missielizzie
    September 12, 2011 / 8:02 am

    This is getting silly! Once again you've done it. You've managed to find the most beautiful, stunning, gorgeous items in the world.Seriously, how DO you do it??

  2. MilkChic
    September 12, 2011 / 8:04 am

    I'm not a big pink fan but find myself coveting all of those delicate china pieces – just gorgeous, and great prices!

  3. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 8:21 am

    Lizzie, Not sure, the stuff is just sitting there when I go in the shops. Maybe I should try and make it into a going concern. Run "come with me thrifting" workshops ? xx

  4. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 8:21 am

    Thanks Milkchic (nice PINK avatar) ; ) xx

  5. Maria
    September 12, 2011 / 8:33 am

    10p an item- Are you serious?! Brilliant finds. And I love how they all combine beautifully

  6. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 8:38 am

    hi Maria, my local charity shop is huge and has a massive turnover of stock especially china. I have often commented that their prices are too low but they said they put them down from 20p because they didn't sell at that amount! Crazy.

  7. ChrisTea And Cakes
    September 12, 2011 / 8:39 am

    Wow, wish we had charity shops as well stocked with prices as cheap as the ones you have, lovely finds! x

  8. gidders1
    September 12, 2011 / 8:49 am

    Gorgeous finds again…the pink combination is just stunning!

  9. Annarack
    September 12, 2011 / 9:20 am

    This buys are amazing…..I would love to go charity and thrift shopping with you one day.

  10. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 9:22 am

    Chisty & Gidders1 thanks ladies, I do have a lot of shops to choose from and Topsham in particular has some great treasure with an older ,wealthy population xx

  11. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 9:23 am

    Annarack – aww thank you, think I might have to set up thrifty weekend away club, where I can take people around all my hunting grounds xx

  12. Midlife singlemum
    September 12, 2011 / 10:26 am

    Brilliant idea to run a shabby-chic weekend seminar with the help of local B&Bs and meetings in your house. Trips include thrift shop buying sprees, other shabby-chic homes nearby… Guest speakers – mostly you and your husband… Ooh, I want to come already.

  13. make do mum
    September 12, 2011 / 10:33 am

    Gorgeous finds. I read a feature in the evening standard mag about vintage tea parties; the crockery they showed was lovely but SO expensive, they need to get themselves to a charity shop!

  14. minibreakmummy
    September 12, 2011 / 10:59 am

    What pretty things – and so very you!I love the gorgeous eiderdown. I have a purple one from a charity shop which is also nice, but it is synthetic so not as nice as yours.

  15. kateonthinice
    September 12, 2011 / 4:47 pm

    If it is that Pippa with the famous bum, you may be onto a good thing here. Book looks fab by the way. I love the eiderdown.Usual pretty selection of lovelies but I got distracted by that wonderful breadbin

  16. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 4:53 pm

    Kate, thank you for your kind if cryptic comment. I only know one Pippa and I am not she : ) xx

  17. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 4:54 pm

    ooops, sorry Kate, just realised that you meant ! Please ignore above comment *blush* xx

  18. thingsandstuff
    September 12, 2011 / 5:48 pm

    I am completely in awe of your teacup/saucer/plate finding skills…..they're all beautiful!! I'm also completely in love with that eiderdown…I have a paisley one that is on Rowan's bed and looks very pretty 🙂

  19. Karen Jones
    September 12, 2011 / 6:07 pm

    Julia sweetie, its all about timing. I pop into charity shops every day on my way to the post office, to collect the twins, I go to boot sales at weekends and also pop to Topsham regularly. I am bound to find lovely things. xx

  20. The syders
    September 12, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    Wow, What Beautiful Bargains! Love the Book…Gorgeous! I always get excited when I find something that was once personal to someone, it makes it so special x

  21. bumpyduey - Sue
    September 12, 2011 / 7:10 pm

    I adore the book. Such beautiful illustrations.

  22. dogsmom
    September 12, 2011 / 7:15 pm

    I may have been tempted to sell the dishes to another dealer (for a nice profit) to round out their set. And then take my earnings and go to a car boot sale.

  23. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    September 12, 2011 / 7:51 pm

    Yes I'd definitely like to stalk you round the shops! Lovely items again, and your photographs are always so professional. I'm just dreaming about being curled up under that eiderdown now…

  24. SusanKMann
    September 13, 2011 / 8:47 pm

    What a great thing to do. Something I have never done. I do love your idea of books with the messages in them. x

  25. Jennifer
    September 21, 2011 / 11:26 pm

    I love china and am always adding bits and pieces to my home. I love your blog – it is beautiful.Your poster "Family Rules" – could you tell me where I might be able to find a copy of this poster to buy – please!

  26. Karen Jones
    September 22, 2011 / 8:48 am

    Jenniferthank you so much for your kind comment. The Family rules is a painted wooden board. We are hoping to make some up and have them available for sale in the near future. Keep checking my Etsy shop xx

  27. Jennifer
    September 26, 2011 / 11:08 am

    Thank you Karen – I will keep checking!

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