The last couple of weeks have been good ones in the world of the thrift. Charity shops in Portsmouth are pretty hit-and-miss - it pretty much works out that it's all or nothing; they're either stuffed full of overpriced Primark and you come away empty handed, or it's like the second-hand equivalent of getting three cherries on a fruit machine. Lately, I've been hearing the jackpot bell inside my head an awful lot - ding, ding, ding, vintage annuals, wooden toys and retro sewing baskets galore.
|I'll be removing that paper very carefully indeed.|
I've had some right results with vintage comics and annuals lately as well - I'm always on the lookout for old Beanos, Dandys and suchlike, and have started to use them in crafty projects, after seeing a number of tutorials on the fab Lulastic blog. I was talking to the owner of the second-hand bookshop about using them, and was explaining how reluctant I was to cut them up, particularly when they date from the sixties or seventies, and he suggested photocopying them. I literally don't know why I haven't thought of it before - I've got a scanner and printer that mostly just sits unused in the corner... that's about to change! It also means that I can copy anything I find and then post it to other vintage fans on the blogosphere - there's nothing as good as sharing the love! I also stumbled across an old copy of 'Little Star' which is delightfully kitsch - bluebirds and pelicans and bears, oh my!
Easter is approaching, and while Benjamin will get a small amount of chocolate, I like to give the kiddos things that will last that little bit longer (and Lord knows he certainly doesn't need any extra sugar!), so I was overjoyed to find this push along wooden duck in Sue Ryder, for the princely sum of £1.50. It comes with a long stick, and will be ideal for Daisy, although under strict supervision only - those beads look worryingly throat sized!
|'Thrift' spelled out in thrifted bricks. Tracy Emin, eat your heart out.|
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