Where there’s muck there’s brass !

I receive many comments about how lovely the items are I find at boot sales and how immaculate they look. In most cases I don’t buy them this way, many are overlooked by other buyers because of the condition they are in.  Some of my best buys have been buried under layers of dirt,dust and rubbish, just screaming out for a good wash. 

Todays haul was no exception.  There seems to be an increase in “man with a van” types turning up at my local Sunday morning boot sale, they unload box after box of household items that have clearly been aquired from house clearances.  Many probably sitting in attics for years or in the cupboards of the elderly and infirm.  This is a double edged sword for me as I often feel a pang of sadness for the life that has been and the fact that many treasured possessions end up this way, but then I feel cheered by the knowledge that hopefully they would be pleased to know I rescue their items and they go onto be loved again.

BEFORE (although you can’t really see how filthy the water jugs and cake stand were).  See the wire attached to the aqua dishess !  Why would you hang these on the wall ? Most odd.


A good long soak in hot soapy water, bit of a wash with bicarbe and how fab do they look.

I might have to keep these aqua plates and dishes for a while, each one has a different flower design painted onto it, I love them !

Beautiful heavy Aqua coloured glass jug (was full of sediment and yuck in the bottom & sides)  Hot water, bicarb and a good soak and it looks fab! 

Don’t be scared to barter the price, the lady initially asked for £5 for this little lot, when I pointed out the condition and the missing saucers I got them all for £3.  Washed up a treat, lovely Duchess English Bone China.

Take a moment to pop over to MagpieMonday and see what the other ladies have been upto this week.



  1. Liz
    October 17, 2011 / 8:54 am

    Great finds! Love the aqua plates – so pretty!Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  2. Debra Finn
    October 17, 2011 / 8:55 am

    I love those plates Karen. Thanks for the bicarb tip, not for car boot purchases but for my own dirty flower vases! x

  3. Alison
    October 17, 2011 / 10:03 am

    Oh such pretty finds again.I love the jug & the aqua plates, they are so pretty.I have a pink tea pot like that one & I love it. loveAlisonx

  4. Midlife Singlemum
    October 17, 2011 / 10:08 am

    Will you try to find matching saucers or what are your plans for the orphaned teacups?

  5. Karen Jones
    October 17, 2011 / 10:14 am

    Thanks for the lovely comments ladies. I am seriously going to have a problem selling the Aqua flower plates and jug !

  6. Karen Jones
    October 17, 2011 / 10:15 am

    Midlife, I have a lot of saucers that will look great with plain white cups on them. Will sell some as sets at the fairs I am attending and want to make a few candle cups too, just to see how they are received : ) xx

  7. Karen Jones
    October 17, 2011 / 11:00 am

    Lizzie, so agree, got my best buy (and sale) from an absolutely filthy art deco tea set. It washed up absolutely beautifully.Just created the link to magpie Monday sorry forgot to do it before : ( xxx

  8. kateonthinice
    October 17, 2011 / 11:31 am

    Lovely as always and you should get whoever produces bicarb to sponsor you as you sell the product so well.Good advice to the novices too

  9. The syders
    October 17, 2011 / 11:48 am

    Really, really love those aqua bowls…stunning! gorgeous finds as ever! x

  10. minibreakmummy
    October 17, 2011 / 12:48 pm

    Gosh what lovely things. Even with muck on them you can see how gorgeous they are – and you did a great job of getting them gleaming once again.It reminds me the Elmer money box I bought for £1.10 last month. It was filthy but scrubbed up beautifully. I should have done a 'before' photo!

  11. lightly enchanted
    October 17, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    you definitely have a knack for finding the most beautiful things, some of my best bargains have also been very dirty and in need of a good clean 🙂

  12. KatGotTheCream
    October 17, 2011 / 4:58 pm

    Ohhh those plates are simply divine. I must remember to use bicarb more in cleaning things, so cheap but effective!You always get the best things!!!

  13. Karen Jones
    October 17, 2011 / 5:22 pm

    Thanks ladies for your lovely comments it seems we are all in agreement, a bit of muck never hurt anyone and usually means the best bargains. I swear by bicarb, multi purpose cleaner for all around the house xx

  14. ChrisTea And Cakes
    October 17, 2011 / 7:42 pm

    Those gorgeous floral plates are to die for and so unusual too, great spots as usual Karen. And you already know my thoughts on the jug. x

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