Friday, 26 July 2013

You just get more beautiful with age


Sometimes there is nothing more annoying than getting your, "Oh your bag is so amazing, where's it from?" answered with the classic, "Thanks! I bought it in a charity shop." I mean, GRR! Why was that bag not in there when I went in? However, beautiful leather satchels that look exactly like-the-one-that-I-just-spent-fifty-pounds-on do tend to be a one off and take a lot of dedication to find (or just luck. Damn their luck.) Therefore, if you really are looking specifically for a leather satchel, I'd say charity shops aren't always the best way to go about it. 

However, recently I was introduced to the serious bargains that can be found by second hand 'interior' shopping when I was re-organising my room (something that I seem to do a lot...) and was looking for some pretty storage pots/jars. Normally I would have headed straight for the highstreet but it just happened that I was walking passed the local community centre shop and I thought I'd take a peep. And lo and behold, I was presented with some li'l gems! After some sifting, I picked out this lovely glass jar and bowl for a grand total of £1.20. I mean really, how could I say no?? I then glanced through the window of a second hand shop just up the road and this adorable little glass bird stared straight back at me. I'd been looking for a small pot or dish to keep my day to day jewellery in when I was asleep, so you can imagine how chuffed I was when I found my own Li'l Sparrow to keep guard for me. (The shopkeeper had labelled it a robin but I say it's cleeaarly a sparrow...)

Glass Jar: Charity Shop (75p)
Glass Bowl: Charity Shop (45p)
Glass Bird Pot: Second Hand Shop (£4)
So, I'm aware that I'm now doing precisely what I just said really annoys me, but my point is that there are some items that are far easier to find when looking in charity shops. Glassware is a classic category that is almost always in abundance (please notice my almost) and will always look in good condition (I mean, you can hardly sell broken glass can you?) In the future if I'm looking for any other li'l extras for my room, and especially if I haven't got my mind set on anything in particular, I will definitely be heading straight for the charity shops before I lose all my cash by hitting the highstreet!

I'd be interested to know whether you've managed to find any second hand gems recently? What are your favourite items to go shopping in the charity shops for?

Essie x

22 comments:

  1. Oh my, first of all that little bird dish is so gorgeous! Definitely something I would have snatched up if I had seen it! Lovely other buys too. True, it is annoying when others have bought unique objects which you can't buy too, but a great feeling to know that no one else has the same as you when you find something wonderful :)

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    1. It's so true. It's a lovely feeling when you find something unique! xx

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  2. I can't believe how cheap you got your little second hand buys from. The glass jar with the cotton pads in is lovely, would love one of those. Going to have to keep my eyes peeled for some second hand bargains now :)

    Melissa | MELISSA LOVES THIS

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  3. So cute!! I love little finds like this.. and decorative pieces for the room as well! I'm off to Liverpool next week + i love sifting through the second hand shops there + vintage places, hoping i can find some bargain buys of my own :)

    Really glad i stumbled across your blog - it looks so cute.

    Now following!!

    http://right-up-my-street.blogspot.com

    xo

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    1. Oo Liverpool is meant to be good for shopping like that isn't it? Hope you found some lovely things! xx

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  4. This is so adorable.
    I am horrible at home decor.
    I need to get on with it!


    Velia | Cocoamourr

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    1. I'd say a little bit at a time is the way to start :) xx

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  5. The bird pot is absolutely beautiful. I saw some like this at IKEA but it felt wrong buying something like that from there! I need to check out my local charity shops for gems like this! x

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    1. IKEA does have some great things at the moment doesn't it! I saw some cute things not that long ago, resisted from buying and am now regretting it without an IKEA anywhere near me. Thank goodness for the charity shops :) xx

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  6. Oh I do the same, I love putting my jewellery into charity shop glassware :)

    Sarah x
    sarahloves.co.uk

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    1. It just makes everything looks so much prettier doesn't it? :) xx

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  7. I find charity shops to be pretty hit and miss when it comes to clothes/bags, though sometimes you can find some real gems. With homeware accessories I think they're much more consistent, those glass containers are so pretty!

    //teandtwosugars.blogspot.com xx

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    1. I definitely agree! I think clothes come in and out of fashion so much more quickly than homeware xx

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  8. That's some great storage inspiration! I have my rings and earrings in glassware and it looks so nice :) x

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    1. Thanks Natalia. It's great to find storage that looks lovely too isn't it? xx

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  9. just found your blog :D
    very nice storage inspiration, very classic as well :)

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  10. All the things are so cute! i love the glass jar, lovely post xx

    ~ VISUALCANDY INC

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    1. Thanks :) I'm so happy with them xx

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  11. Can't believe you found these in charity shops! Making me want to go to some now!
    Love the bird one, so cute xx

    Rachael | beautypea.com

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    1. Oh you should! There's nothing for satisfying than a good charity shop haul :) xx

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  12. Those are some really good finds, I'm constantly looking out for home interior stuff for when I move out (again) always tell myself I'll pop in to my local charity shops but now I'm 100% going to look next time!

    katyclysm.blogspot.com

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