OK, OK I'm sorry. I've been AWOL for a few weeks, but don't worry I haven't been slacking, I've been busy sourcing lovely thrifted bargains to show you!
I had no idea the school holidays would be so hectic. It's the first proper one for us as Ruby just started school last September and I totally underestimated how difficult it would be to carry on blogging with her at home. And anyway, we've been out and about and on holidays so I really haven't been around much.
I was very lucky to spend a few days away with friends up in Edinburgh - child-free! So it was time to indulge the group passion of charity shopping - don't you just love thrift-loving friends? Arthur's Seat? The Royal Mile? Pah, seen them I don't suppose they've changed much, so there was very little sight-seeing, just two whole days of bargain-hunting.
Having a local as a guide, she took us straight to Stockbridge, an area just north of the city and only a few minutes stroll from the centre. It's chok-a-blok with charity shops, broken up by cool little cafes and coffee shops. My idea of heaven, right?
I got lots of bits and pieces, mainly clothes and a few books. In fact, I bought so much that I ended up having to mail some bits back to myself in the post because they wouldn't go through hand luggage! I got a complete pin-hole camera set, not realising that the developing fluids wouldn't get through security, so that had to be posted, and some enourmous old OS maps - those were dispatched in a mailing tube an arrived home a few days after I did.
We also spent some time in Dundee where we were treated to a visit to the Tayside re-use centre. A total Aladin's cave, this place is massive. Here I picked up my favourite bargains.
No trip to Scotland would be complete without some tartan, and I bought this huge piece of woolen fabric for just £1. It will be perfect for making cushions.
The pretty polka dot cotton was 50p. The spoons I initially picked up to hammer-punch words on, but on closer inspection they are marked as 'Afghan silver' and hallmarked - does anyone know what that means? They were £2 for the set.
Lastly, my favourite, this stack of vintage Tala cake tins for only 10p each.
I have an upcycling project in mind for these, but after reading Capture by Lucy's new linky Sunday Prop Shop, I'm thinking maybe I should just keep them.
Do take a look at Lucy's beautiful blog where she shares her tips on photography and styling.
So, how about you? Have you had a busy summer? Did you find time for any thrifting?
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