Be still my beating heart !

It’s been a while since our last visit to the boot sale and to be honest when hubby woke me at 6.00am this morning I was all for turning over and going back to sleep.  Thing is I know how much he enjoys our little meander together on sleepy Sunday mornings so I heaved myself out of bed and am I glad I did.

I still wasn’t feeling it at first.  It was dark, absolutely freezing cold, I had forgotten my gloves and ended up wearing a rather fetching woolly Flybe hat! Some bloke even called me mate ! that’s how bad I looked.

I am so glad I did go and also thank you to the person who decided not to buy as they thought £10 was too much to pay for this little lot !

I’ve been really keen to hand print my own labels and bags for the vintage fairs I sell at but every time I look online for stamp sets they are either too small, cheap and fall apart or don’t print clearly.  When I saw this set on the sellers table I felt sure they were going to be out of my price range so when she said £10 for the lot I couldn’t get my money out quick enough.

There is every conceivable letter, number and sign you could possibly need.  Borders, hearts, flowers and two ink pads etc thrown in for good measure.  Looking at the clothing the woman is wearing on the cover of the book that accompanies the set I think it dates from the 70’s .

It even has the  Neo print unit and base plate – all in immaculate condition.  I can’t find much info  about Neoprint, if anybody has any knowledge of printing I would love to know more.

I can’t wait to get started using this and will let you know how I get on.

Something about the tarnished, worn look of old housewares that I really love.  As long as there are no cracks or potential health risks lurking  I am more than happy to buy them.  This gorgeous jug is a bit of a contradiction, the glass is sparkly, heavy, thick and immaculate.   The top is worn,scratched and tarnished.  I love it !  Don’t think this one will be sold for a while…..

Soooo Pretty. This gorgeous cheese dish was lying under the table in a box full of junk!  Always, always look under the table as well as on it when you go booting.  I find some amazing stuff in boxes that people can’t be bothered to unpack!

I found a selection of pretty single pattern plates and cups.  I will always buy odd cups, saucers and plates.  I love the mix and match look of vintage china and sellers are always willing to sell them for a song in most cases.

I adore the aqua colour of this plate.  Sadly there was only one but now it has been rescued and will be loved and used every day.

Ohh! la! la! what story does this plate tell ?  Gorgeous French Mademoiselle why was she drinking alone ? Did she rush off from her table to meet her French lover ? Hurrying who knows where with her pretty French poodle. 

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  1. missielizzie
    January 15, 2012 / 6:12 pm

    As ever, stunning!!Clearly the answer is to get up early. That counts me out for all the beautiful finds then.And get you – so crafty! Can't wait to see some stamped labels x

  2. Liz
    January 15, 2012 / 6:45 pm

    Fantastic finds, especially like the cheese dish and plates. Glad you found the printing set.Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  3. Midlife Singlemum
    January 15, 2012 / 7:01 pm

    Beautiful as usual.

  4. zazu Jewellery
    January 15, 2012 / 8:06 pm

    Love the stamps and the jug and the last plate, im sure our car boots never have stuff like that in them but will have to pay them a visit I think 🙂

  5. gidders1
    January 16, 2012 / 10:08 am

    Oh my! Love the stamps..I have a real thing about them anyway..I wold have wept if I'd have seen those, an absolute bargain!!I also love the cheese dish, is this going in your shop? If it is please let me know. Thank you Amanda x

  6. Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping]
    January 16, 2012 / 11:41 am

    Ooh I love that jug – just my kind of thing. I really like tarnished silver and sparkly glass too. And the stamp set is fab, they'll make beautiful labels on old luggage tags or similar.

  7. Scarlet
    January 16, 2012 / 7:06 pm

    Gorgeous things. I've found some of my best stuff in boxes on the floor- the sellers think it's worthless tat and sell it for a song , so I get great bargains!

  8. Molly and the Princess
    January 17, 2012 / 9:10 am

    OH MY, the stamps. Be still my beating heart doesn't even cover how I'd feel if I spied them. But I'd never have gotten up early enough to spy them of course! Really love the jug too x

  9. minibreakmummy
    January 18, 2012 / 3:21 pm

    Wow! Really fab printing set!!! And the other things are really pretty, especially the jug and the cafe scene plate.

  10. KARA
    January 21, 2012 / 10:51 pm

    I am not sure what I love most, it is all so gorgeous, but OMG I am so jealous of the printing set, I do love letters, can't wait to see what you do x

  11. A French Touch
    January 22, 2012 / 8:04 pm

    That neo print set…what a find!! Oh the things you could do…

  12. Liz@Violet Posy
    February 6, 2012 / 9:39 pm

    Seriously where is your car boot sale – you have found some amazing stuff!

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