the best little charity shop in the world

I might not have had a lot of time to blog lately, but I have managed to squeeze in a bit of thrifting time (seriously, I’d have to be unable to move completely to keep away from the charity shops), and had some huuuuge successes in my favourite spot of all time – the Salvation Army shop in Portsmouth.

I’ve been searching for absolutely aaaaaages for a vintage magazine rack, and when I saw this little beauty for a teeny tiny £4, I snapped it up sharpish. At the moment it’s sitting in the corner of our lounge, holding several half-finished crochet projects and a jumper I’ve started to unravel – definitely a worthwhile buy.

I had a bit of pyrex luck as well – three of these lovely plates for a single English pound – and found the glass jug with orange flowers nestled among a load of dull tumblers. I always tend to umm and ahhh a bit over glassware – I just think unless it’s got a really fantastic print on it, it’s a bit blah. Plus, there are always sooooo many old Wilkinsons glasses and souvenir shot glasses to sift through before you get to the good stuff.

Yes, that is a chamberpot – basically, an old ceramic lav. I’ve got grand plans for the Spring (I’m thinking ahead – totally not a Winter person…), which include a marvelous display of flowers and shrubs planted in these little beauties. Look at the flowers! It fits right in with my hippy-natural-eco-self-sufficient style garden perfectly. Can. Not. Wait.

This little darling actually wasn’t thrifted, but gifted – my Mother-In-Law gave me this amaaaaazing tailors dummy for absolutely nowt, nil, nada. It came packaged up in a bin bag, and I actually squealed when I unwrapped it (her? Should I name her? I quite like Tallulah…) – paisley is my absolute favourite print, along with retro florals, and any plans I had of dressing her up in my vintage dresses have been completely and utterly scuppered. How could I cover her up?!

Teaming up, as usual, with Missie Lizzie and all of the other magpies over on Magpie Monday. Come along and show us your wares!


  1. Lulastic
    September 3, 2012 / 12:08 pm

    Arrghhh the dressmakers model is AMAAAAZING! Absolutely gosh darn to die for! Your other finds are fabulous too but the dummy is killing me!x

  2. nimble fingers and steady eyebrows
    September 3, 2012 / 12:14 pm

    What lovely treasures. Magazine racks are hard to come by and that one is a beauty. I picked up a wicker laundry basket at the charity shop today, which was pleasing. Tallulah is simply gorgeous, what a great gift! Laura x

  3. Harri Davison
    September 3, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Brilliant finds!! x

  4. Eleni
    September 3, 2012 / 2:01 pm

    Oh wow I absolutely LOVE those plates! Nice work 🙂

  5. missielizzie
    September 3, 2012 / 3:30 pm

    Where on earth did your mother-in-la get such a fab dummy? I've never seen anything like it, it's fabulous.Love to po too – we used to use one as our dog's water bowl!!

  6. lightly enchanted
    September 3, 2012 / 3:45 pm

    wow, lovely finds…the dummy is gorgeous, would love to find one like that 🙂

  7. Alice
    September 3, 2012 / 7:34 pm

    Gorgeous dummy! I've always longed after one, such a funky magazine rack too xxx

  8. Mathilde heart Manech
    September 4, 2012 / 9:58 am

    The dressmakers model is amazing! Hurrah for free and thrifty finds : )

  9. KatGotTheCream
    September 15, 2012 / 9:52 pm

    I've been after a magazine rack too – that one is great! Loving your Pyrex as always x

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