Happy thrifty new year to you!
As promised before Christmas, Magpie Monday is back on the first Monday of each month, sharing my second-hand finds and helping us discover other's treasure and beautiful new blogs through the linky, so do please hook up any pre-loved items you've rescued lately.
The new year is often a time of resolutions, promises to do and be better. I'm not huge on resolutions, but I am going to make a concerted effort to live by the doctrine of the great William Morris - have nothing in your home you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.
Incidentally, we visited the William Morris Gallery just before Christmas and had a fabulous day out, if you're in London pop along to Walthamstow and go see for yourself.
Anyway, I digress. The annual-panicked-clear-up-the-house-before-Christmas - which generally consists of cramming everything into boxes and stashing them into the loft or garage - proved to me that I have waaaaaay too much stuff. I must be more disciplined and stop buying things just because they're a bargain. Unless I absolutely HAVE to have it, it's staying on the shop shelf, and that includes charity shops. I know, I've said it before, but this is the year of the garage conversion and pretty soon I won't have anywhere left to hide things so I'm going to have to try.
These beauties were bought at a jumble sale before Christmas, and even with my new self-imposed rule, I think I'd have still bought them. Especially as they were only 50p each!
The little dustpan and brush is for sweeping crumbs from the table. Our table tends to be covered more in splashes and spills than delicate little crumbs so I doubt that it will be used for it's intended purpose. However, with a small child about, there's always little accidents to sweep up, so I'm sure it will come in handy - see useful AND beautiful.
The little silver plate dish was also too pretty to leave behind, and I'm sure you'll see it cropping up in a blog photo or two in the future.
Incidentally, Christmas and January sale shopping reinforced to me the fact that I abhor 'normal' shops. I find them so uninspiring with their rows and rows of identical products. The only thing I've found in one lately to make my heart sing was these tiny little fairy dust stoppered pots of glitter. Only £1 for 8 from The Works. Who knew you could be so happy for such little money?!
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See you back here on 2nd February - happy thrifting.