At exactly the same time we moved in this house, we noticed a local derelict mill (less than a mile away) had been turned into a cafe – and was about to open its doors. We’ve been there several times since for a cooked breakfast – but mostly for coffee and cake as we’re passing. But, what I particularly like about this place is that it has it’s own adjoining ‘antiques’ centre, which you can only access through the cafe itself. Here you’ll find a mixture of modern and old goods for sale – everything from clothes to furniture to homeware; most of which are at affordable prices too. I snapped these pictures on my phone of things for sale during my latest visit.
I have bought several things from them over time – but have always had my eye on one item in particular. This item had appeared on their publicity leaflets and has always been ‘not for sale’ despite mine and other people’s requests to buy it; but yesterday I noticed, to my delight, that a price tag had indeed finally been fixed. Of course I bought it – and I am now owner of this antique butter Dazey churn. It sits proudly on my kitchen window sill.
What do you think? In case you were interested, I found several informative websites online about the history of butter churning – including this one HERE which talks about the invention of these glass butter churns in the early 1900s.
Sometimes I share my beautiful Etsy finds with you – well, today I wanted to share a stunning internet find instead. Who? What? I hear you ask!
Well, I would like to introduce you to Madeleine Boulesteix. I can’t remember exactly how I came across Madeleine’s website nor blog now – but regardless, am truly glad I did. We started exchanging a few messages about life – and now we follow each others blogs. You can access Madeleine’s blog here.
She is a really lovely, warm, charitable and generous person; but not only that, I also admire her work tremendously. Why? Madeleine makes the most gorgeous and unique chandeliers, (combining both art and function) out of glasses, crystal droplets, jelly moulds, glass teacups, kitchen utensils, pastry cutters…essentially anything that needs re-using, re-cycling, re-imagining and re-creating.
Searching charity shops, car boot sales and scrap metal yards, Madeliene says: “I prefer to work with things I’ve found and let their qualities dictate what happens. A piece begins with a really simple set of ideas, a shape, a colour combination and the objects I want to use. I liked the idea of making something opulent – a chandelier – but out of humble objects.”
Whilst made from collected objects, Madeliene’s chandeliers maintain classic shapes sitting equally as well with antiques and period interiors, as they do as a contrasting feature in a modern minimal home. Pure timeless pieces of art – I truly adore them and one day – post studies – will invest!
Madeleine has chandeliers and special commissions on view all over the world in exhibtions, shops and homes. She has also just been immortalised in literature through Joanna Trollope’s latest novel ‘The Other Family’ which features a teashop in Highgate and the beautiful chandelier of Madeleine’s that hangs within.
Please check out her website here and let me know what you think. Anyone for tea?
As I usually do on the Saturday’s I’m around, I went to the market ;-) I’ve got to know many of the stall holders very well now, so each visit takes longer and longer as I stand and chat to them about life and their latest purchases. Today was no exception – and I thoroughly enjoyed myself – not only because of the gossip but the fact I bought a few bargain things too! Wanna see?
First up is this stunning box with leather handle. The stall holder said it was a Dr’s medical box – however I believe the crest on the front to be a musician’s emblem. The box is dovetailed and closes with a clasp and hook. Inside the box were 8 glass bottles – 3 of which have a glass stopper too and supposedly once contained poison! The stall holder gave these all in with the price – so a real bargain was had!
I also bought 2 huge pieces of 2 different types of beautiful woolen material for just £1 each. They will be perfect for making (and backing) my cushions and other sewing projects. (Click on any of the photos to see them bigger!)
As you can see from the photo above I also bought a cross pastry cutter for 50p and some vintage cufflinks, which completes my ‘local market’ shopping expedition for today! Of course, the sun was shining, so my beau and I decided to drive onto Todmorden and Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. We like to go once in a while, as there are a few bric-a-brac / antique places that we like to go to.
The first is called Picture House Antique centre. Sadly, it isn’t as good as it used to be, however, I purchased various bits and bobs (dispensary bottles, vintage earthenware, jelly mould etc) for both the kitchen and bathroom. All bargains!
I can’t wait to use the jelly mould in particular! It’s years since I’ve eaten any, and it’s such a lovely size and shape – perfect! One of the pot bottles I bought interestinly had stamped within it’s clay the words “To buy or sell this bottle is illegal!” I really should have reminded the shopkeeper of that as I handed over my pound (he might have given me it for free!)
The market of Todmorden had some interesting sales too. My beau bought a rare Eurythmics CD for £1.99 which sales on Amazon for £40+ ! I, of course, headed for the vegan cake stand, and bought the most tasty of chocolate, oat and cherry vegan slice which was tres yummmmmy!
Onto Hebden Bridge, we found an old vintage shop run by a young lady called Lucy and her gorgeous dog Coco Chanel! The shop is called interestingly ‘Lucy and the Caterpillar’. Here she is:
I asked her if it was ok to take some photos for my blog and she agreed. Sadly, she stocks very few men’s clothes at present – but this is something that she is currently working on. The rest of the shop is gorgeous anyhow: selling furniture, cards, household items, bedspreads, in fact, you name it..she probably has it! She was really charming and the shop is well worth a visit if you’re ever in town! And yes, she always dresses that way – so don’t even dare ask her!
There are some lovely shops in Hebden (in and amongst tens of juice bars and trendy cafe /wine bars) although sadly, most think it’s ok to shut at 4.30pm on a Saturday! That isn’t my idea of retail heaven, as a few of my fave shops had already shut by the time we’d got to them! Although it was great to get home, unwrap and photograph the things I’d bought. I borrowed some material off my neighbour as a new photographic backdrop – what do you think? Was seriously thinking of using it for my Etsy shop too. I love the fact that my cards have backgrounds which are vintage and complimentary, although some people on Etsy have mentioned that they wish they could see the card just by itself. I guess I’m happy to indulge them for one picture out of the Etsy 5 at least! What do you think?
So that completes my fun, sunny, wonderful day out and bargain hunting shopping trip – well, for another day at least! x
Well you know how much I love my little curiosities!…so even though I’m literally counting the pennies til payday; I emptied every pocket, every would-be wallet, every sofa back (ok just the one) to see if I could find me some little spends for today’s Tuesday market. (I’ve suddenly become really paranoid about the use of my apostrophe’s since reading FrenchKissed’s blog – and realise I no longer know how to use them!)
Anyhow, I gathered me some coins and I tootled off down to the local open market. It’s only a 15 minute walk – if that really; and as I was off, thought I ought to go get some fresh air. Any excuse! Now for those newbies – I set myself a challenge on flea-market days to buy as many lovely things that I can for £10! I try my best to not only buy things that I would have for decoration purposes, but also things I would use in some way – even if it was just as background for my Etsy shop photos.
Today was a little disappointing admittedly. There wasn’t as many stalls as usual – and I prefer Saturday’s sellers truth be told. The stall holders I chat to always say Tuesday’s are better; as they tend to buy new stock on Sunday’s and so Tuesday is the first day they can realistically sell it. The market opens at 6am – and I go as late as possible, so I miss all the new and best buys anyhow! I think it would be different if I was a seller myself elsewhere – but I’m not so it doesn’t matter; I buy trinkets just for myself, my overcrowded flat and my photoshoots!
Anyhow, enough waffling, let me show you what I got today!
First up is this cute little bottle with the words J. Lewis (department store?) on it. I’m not sure if it’s an old perfume bottle or something for medicines – but either way at 50p I thought I’d invest. I have some lovely old bottles balanced precariously on top of an old rectangular antique mirror I have in my bathroom – so I thought it would go with these. I was also hovering around the stall, as a lady had picked something up that I had wanted – and I was hanging around to see whether or not she was going to buy it – she did! So as to not look too suspicious to warrant calling the police (!!) I thought I ought to buy a little something too – so this little trinket was it. Actually it looks quite cute in its place.
Next up is this vintage postcard dated February 4th 1905 and ironically also advertising Lewis & co; ring manufacturers of Regent Street, London. There are two little advertisements showcasing solid gold hall marked rings adorned with sapphires, rubies, emeralds and pearls on either side. Again at 50p I thought it would make a perfect back to one of my vintage greeting cards. All of my cards have imagery on the front and on the reverse of the card – making them verstaile and unique in many ways.
Third up are these lovely buttons! OK OK OK so I don’t need any more buttons (for those of you who don’t know what I’m on about see the link below)! https://houndini.wordpress.com/category/buttons/ but at £1.50 I couldn’t resist! They are all metal and some of them are soooooooo ornate! Please click on the photo and take a closer look to really see how intricate some of them are. I also love buttons with writing on…so, anyhow, I refuse to listen to your tuts – I’ve already bought them – LOL! Can’t wait to use some of them!
Fourth up is this wonderful game of Happy Families!
I use to play this as a kid! I thought these cards were so cute and decorative (again click on the photo) – and at 50p were again, another steal! I think they would make an ideal backdrop to one of my future Etsy card listings; plus it’s a cute game to have in should ever any of my nieces and nephews come visit! They live a long way away so the chances are slim – but they really won’t go to waste. I make my own books too full of ephemera and cabinet cards – so these would look really lovely within them – or scanned in, again, as another back for one of my vintage cards! For 50p I think I’m onto a winner!
Finally, I went to see Karen, a particularly lovely stall holder who sells vintage jewellery. She did me a BOGOF on these! (Buy One Get One Free)! I know (!!!) when she first said to me “you can have a BOGOF” I thought she had taken offence by something I’d said! ((LOL))
Anyhow, I walked away with these two lovely brooches for £5! One is of a sailors anchor – and the other is of a Scottish thistle and leaves. I thought both of them would be perfect for the cushions that I’m making avec buttons and brooches! Again for the newbies, check out this blog link! https://houndini.wordpress.com/category/cushions/
I’ve got some new Tweeds and so am itching to make another. These little brooches will be great accessories on them – whether or not I keep them for myself or put them on Etsy is still unsure. Watch this space!
So that concludes today’s ‘treasure’ hunt – £7.50 for all that – BARGAIN! I even had enough change to buy myself an egg custard and a coffee! EUREKA x