Monday, 5 January 2015

Magpie Monday - A Clean Sweep

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?!

Please join me and link up your second-hand finds so I can pop over and say hi.  Grab the badge and join the linky.

See you back here on 2nd February - happy thrifting.


    


16 comments:

  1. Way too pretty to clean up with. Gorgeous pieces and such bargains x

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  2. I need that sweeper, for my old Victorian kitchen table - husband is threatening to throw it as it traps crumbs in the cracks, but it has history and came from a posh house in Brixton where it used to be the pastry table in the servants quarters. I will keep my eyes peeled for one ;)

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  3. A brush for the table sounds a great idea - the amount of times I have to yell and stop the boys using the floor brush on the table!

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  4. Great to see Magpie Monday back Liz. I'm the same, always telling myself to stop buying more stuff!

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  5. Lovely to see Magpie Monday back - a good excuse to get out shopping again! x

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  6. OOh so much pretty! I am banned from buying anything at the mo cos of imminent house move - but then once we do move I have the perfect excuse for some second hand shopping!

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  7. I'm glad the linky is back. I will be joining for sure.

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  8. A great linky which I'm sure I 'll be often linking up to. I find since living in Cyprus I only tend to shop in thrift of second hand shops, in fact apart from food I've not been proper shopping in years!

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  9. Jumble sales are great for getting items that are just that little bit different. Well chosen!

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  10. I love those little fairy glitter pots :-) The little dustpan and brush is super cute as well. x

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  11. Ok you inspired me to take photos of a couple of my recent finds and link up (even though I had to get the daylight lamp out to get good photos!). I totally agree that you should only buy things you really love xx

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  12. I'm glad to see Magpie Monday back! Thank you :)

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  13. I have been missing Magpie Mondays. Thanks for hosting! Linda@wetcreek Blog

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  14. Your little brush set is just gorgeous, our table and counter tops could definitely do with something like that.

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  15. So pretty! I am delighted you're back with #magpiemonday hope I can join in part way through the month? As I have something to post when I get a moment! x

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