The early bird and all that

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Getting back into the swing of the early starts for the bootsale after a long break can take some willpower.  I paid for my late arrival last week by having to park some distance from the market.  No such worries this morning.  I was up and out of bed at 5.30 without the aid of an alarm clock, my only worry was that it would still be raining, it wasn’t , yipee!

I had no trouble parking this morning but also found, maybe I was a tiny bit early as there was barely a car or van on the site.

I took the opportunity to grab a coffee and a loo break so I wouldn’t have any distractions once the gates opened proper to the sellers.  I always find this stage of the morning unsettling, it always appears like lots of people are delving into boots and backs of vans and making off with all manner of treasure.  Once I make my first purchase I am fine and feel like I am off and running.  The first purchase this morning was :

This fabulous  old plaster framed picture.  Obviously it was only the frame I was interested in and even in its battered state I think its wonderful !  Not even going to repair it, I know there are buyers in my shop who will also appreciate its shabby beauty and if nobody buys it, it will come home with me.


Always love a pretty stool, this will look perfect painted and also be a really useful addition to the home.

Pair of modern but pretty jugs

oh ! oh! oh!  If you can’t have mason jars then these are the next best thing !  Snapped up these four La Parfait Preserve jars out from under the nose of a woman who was consulting a friend on the phone.  If you snooze, you loose ladies.

New wicker bicycle basket.


Pretty yellow enamel jug with pewter lid

Time for Tee !  Must be German looking at the spelling.  Love this.

I always try to find local pottery.  Love this pretty jar made by a local potter in Devon.

Two old slate boards, complete with little wooden shelf for the chalk.

Yep, definitely getting back into the bootsale swing of things.

Linking up with the lovely Liz at Magpie Monday



  1. Jenni
    March 23, 2014 / 7:57 pm

    Such fantastic finds, I especially love the yellow jug.

    • karen jones
      March 25, 2014 / 10:21 am

      Its a smasher Jenni, in great condition. Might have to keep it myself xx

  2. Liz Burton
    March 24, 2014 / 2:42 pm

    Cor didn't you do well?!!Love that cycle basket especially and the chalk boards.It never ceases to amaze me how early you get up though! x

    • karen jones
      March 25, 2014 / 10:22 am

      Thanks lovely lady. You will probably be the same, as I have got older I sleep far less and especially since I stopped the old vino every night ! xx

  3. Becky Goddard-Hill
    March 24, 2014 / 3:21 pm

    Oh i do like your bike basket and the jugs very lovley and well don on your mads finalist status!

    • karen jones
      March 25, 2014 / 10:21 am

      Thank you Becky. I have to say I really was totally gobsmacked to see I was in the final after not blogging much this year due to the shop xx

  4. Emma Kate at Painted Style
    March 24, 2014 / 8:50 pm

    Hi Karen, You got some cool goodies! I think the frame is my favourite and I would also leave it as is. Just perfect!

    • karen jones
      March 25, 2014 / 10:20 am

      Thanks Emma, yes agree. Can't beat a bit of proper shabby chic xx

  5. Molly and the Princess
    March 24, 2014 / 10:58 pm

    Wonderful finds as always Karen. I am the loser snoozer 🙂 x

    • karen jones
      March 25, 2014 / 10:19 am

      Ha! One day I will drag you out of bed to come with me Mol xx

  6. Make do Mum
    March 28, 2014 / 12:48 pm

    I find the irony of having small children is that they wake me up early enough to get to boot sales for the good stuff but then I spend so much time having to chase them (and prise manky toys out of their hands) that I don't get a proper look!You've done really well, love that foot stool. Sorry to hear about your shop but huge congrats on the Mads 🙂

    • karen jones
      March 28, 2014 / 1:25 pm

      Ha ! Tell me about the manky monkeys, had my fair share of that when ever I ventured to take the twins ! Not these days. Thank you sweetie for your best wishes on the MADS, totally blown away about that one xx

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