Last weekend, I discovered that there was an Oxfam bookshop right around the corner from the market we buy our veg from every Saturday – how I’ve never been in there until now, I’ll never know. Talk about a thrifty fail.
The inside was ah-ma-zing. Packed full of books that covered every subject, from modern fiction to vintage annuals and everything in between, there was something for everyone. Seriously, I challenge you not to fall in love with an Oxfam bookshop; rows and rows of old books jostling happily against new ones, leather covers, hardback covers, tatty paper covers – they were all there, and ripe for the picking. I ended up with a pile of about six different books, and then remembered that we’re supposed to be practising frugality. Cue much sighing, and huffing and puffing while I decided on my favourite two. And a tote bag. Ahem.
You’ll have noticed that a lot of my posts lately have been garden-related, and I’ve been reading and re-reading Alys Fowler’s books lately – so well written, even a simpleton like me can understand what she’s talking about – but I really wanted something a little bit chunkier for extra reference. So when I found the mahoosive RHS Encyclopedia of Gardening for a mere £3.99, there was no question that it was coming home with me. It has everything from instructions to problem solvers and handy hints, and a whole load of lovely photographs.
My second find was a book I’ve been waiting years to buy, and I’m so pleased that I managed to find a bargain copy in a charity shop, rather than giving in and paying a small fortune on Amazon. The beautiful Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady was bargain £2.49, and worth every penny. There are sooooo many beautiful illustrations by the author, from birds to flowers, flora to fauna, all handpainted with watercolour (I think) – I’ve already got grand plans to scan them into the computer and print them off to use in arty and crafty projects. Seriously, check this lot out!
After a long break from thrifting, I’m hooking up with all the other wonderful magpies over on Magpie Monday with the aceballs Missie Lizzie. Show us yer thrifts, you lovely lot!