Making a Thrifty Living

I say this over and over but somehow, being forced into this thrifty lifestyle just after the birth of the twins really has opened my eyes to all the treasure that you can find on a budget and it really is possible to live well and furnish your home beautifully with a bit of imagination and luck.  The Sunday morning boot sale is now a regular part of our routine.  I am always amazed at the treasure I find.

I am now coming into the really busy season for selling my thrifty finds.  The run upto Christmas is swamped with Vintage & Craft Christmas fairs.  All my weekends are booked up with two fairs in one day in some cases.   I have resisted listing most of my stock in my Etsy shop as I am certain I will sell it within the month, resulting in my home resembling a charity shop itself.  I couldn’t resist one more trip to the boot sale this morning as the forecast was dry and bright.  I am SOOOOOOOOO glad I went.  Look what I found :

Seriously tooo die for mirrors.  The one on the left is brass and is totally Divine.  The one on the right is plaster.  Both are in immaculate condition.  Purchased from the same seller for a super smashing price.  I know I should sell them, but ……..

Also purchased from the same seller and the proof that getting out of bed at 5.30 to arrive at the bootsale in the dark is worth it.  These gorgeous handpainted but unmarked mint green bone china cups and saucers.

I paid £3 for the three and am *cough* keeping them, but as I have always maintained something in so something goes and after a Summer of gracing my kitchen windowsill I am finally ready to see my beautiful pastel coloured trio’s move on.

Pretty ceramic trinket pot and lid will though go to a fair, it will be certain to sell as a lovely Christmas gift.  I may put something inside.  I have lots of lovely new soaps, candles and other handmade lovelies to take along this year.

The photograph does not do this saucer justice.  Palest hand painted mint green, pink and gold.  Again I have plans for all the odd saucers I have collected this year.  Hopefully they will be a good seller.  If it works I will sell them in my Etsy shop in future.

Three lovely cups (all without saucers) again not to be overlooked. Sellers let you have them cheaper in most cases because they think they are not as useful without their saucers.  We of course know different !!

Beautiful finest bone china tea, coffee cup and saucer.  I paid more than my usual great thrifty price but who could resist ?

It’s one thing finding a great bargain, it’s another fighting for one !  Walking past this seller’s table she was totally swamped with people grabbing items from her table, out the back of her car, from her boot.  It was total carnage.  I absolutely hate to see this and will not get involved.  As a bootsale seller myself this sort of behaviour makes me see red.  So I walked away.  When I returned she had hardly anything left and was looking frazzled.  She did though have this pretty Arthur Wood jug.

Any ideas what this could have been used for ?  lovely heavy glass with a metal handle, no idea of its use but totally love it !

I don’t usually go for the books at bootsales but this pretty one caught my eye.  Full to the brim of gorgeous embroidery patterns, stitches, how to’s etc.  Love it and am sure I will be able to find it a lovely new home at the handmade fair .

No not photographs actual embroidery ! Can you imagine being so talented and patient to make such a wonderful piece.

Finally this “has potential” chair.  Hubby was not best pleased that I bought it as its sprung and has horse hair filling but isn’t it a beauty ?  I can so see the potential for it.  Watch this space for the makeover transformation.

Taking part in MagpieMonday do pop over and see all the other thrifty finds



  1. Jem
    November 6, 2011 / 4:41 pm

    Karen I don't think there is any way I could part with those spectacular mirrors either! What finds!! Just brilliant! Well worth and early start I'd say, especially love those cups and saucers too. Jem xXx

  2. MIdlife Singlemum
    November 6, 2011 / 6:53 pm

    I'm intrigued to know what you are going to do with the saucers. Good luck witht he Christmas sales. How do you remember what you paid for everything so that you are sure to make a profit?

  3. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    November 6, 2011 / 10:34 pm

    Loads of stunning finds again – the mirrors are gorgeous and I love the detailing on that chair. You always make everything look so appealing in your photographs, I'm sure they're even better in reality. Sure you'll make a killing at the fairs!

  4. Karen Jones
    November 7, 2011 / 8:26 am

    Hi Jem, its a dilemma thats for sure. I love them and finding similar is rare indeed these days, but they could make me a nice little profit ! arrgh!

  5. Karen Jones
    November 7, 2011 / 8:28 am

    Midlife and Lakota, thank you ladies for your lovely comments. Midlife, I keep an inventory and also have a set price for most things which I know will give me a reasonable profit. I don't make massive profits I like to sell my items so that I get a good price but also the customer is really pleased. I don't charge high prices at events.

  6. Bee happy
    November 7, 2011 / 10:19 am

    I just love love love your buys, so pretty and beautiful and shabby! the mirrors are just gorgeous well done you!Bee happy xHave a delicious day!

  7. Anonymous
    November 7, 2011 / 11:29 am

    How can you even see in the dark at such an ungodly hour to find this treasure – you sure must have been eating your carrots!I'm speechless at the beauty you've found this week.Thanks for linking up x (blogger not letting me sign in for some reason)@missielizzieb

  8. Karen Jones
    November 7, 2011 / 11:35 am

    lol, Lizzie we have little torches : ) All the "SERIOUS" buyers have them. Its good fun, all of us walking around shining our torches onto the sellers tables or faces !! hehehe!

  9. Jane
    November 7, 2011 / 12:23 pm

    wow loving the mirrors and as always you've found some amazing bits and pieces love em all

  10. squeakymom
    November 7, 2011 / 1:01 pm

    The mystery glass with handle looks like a votive/tealight holder, would that make sense size-wise? Love the jug, amazing that made it through the scrum!

  11. Karen Jones
    November 7, 2011 / 1:09 pm

    Hi Squeakymom thanks for your comment, no its much too big. Larger than a jam jar size measures about 5 inches across .

  12. ChrisTea And Cakes
    November 7, 2011 / 1:33 pm

    Ah Karen, you're just a gorgeousness magnet! x

  13. minibreakmummy
    November 7, 2011 / 4:48 pm

    Such pretty things! I particularly like the embroidery book.

  14. kateonthinice
    November 7, 2011 / 5:01 pm

    Statement mirrors, fab chair but my fave is that little jug, just lovely

  15. OhSoVintage
    November 7, 2011 / 8:38 pm

    Some great finds, obviously your car boots are much much better than where I live. Love that chair; after the makeover you should make a pretty penny on that.

  16. Becky Goddard-Hill
    November 8, 2011 / 6:29 am

    Stunning and stylish, Thank you so much for sharing this Karen at the Thrifty Families Blog Carnival which will be live on Thursaday at You really showcase the frugal can mean fabulous

  17. Cass@TheDiaryofaFrugalFamily
    November 10, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    I want EVERYTHING 😉

  18. make do mum
    November 11, 2011 / 9:33 am

    I'd find it too hard to part with my treasures! It's a great way to make money though, you definitely have an eye for the pretty things.

  19. Kate Buckley
    November 30, 2011 / 6:05 pm

    Those mirrors are fabulous. In fact I love everything featured in this post. Two questions: Are those really your pink stairs? They are amazing! And, how do you manage keeping everything white in a house full of boys? 🙂

  20. Karen Jones
    November 30, 2011 / 7:08 pm

    Hi Kate, Many thanks for visiting and yes they are our stairs : ) With all these men in the house I have to lay claim to some girlyness. Its easy to keep white clean, white painted walls and cotton . You can bleach and wash both to your hearts content : ) xx

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