Posts in thrifting
Thrifting and Guilt

20131021-IMG_5702 20131021-IMG_5695 20131021-IMG_5695 20131021-IMG_5696 20131021-IMG_5705 20131021-IMG_5708

Sometimes, I wonder if my thrifting is motivated by guilt.  I simply can not bear to walk into a charity shop and see beautiful old things sitting all forlorn. They call to me - telling me made up tales of abandonment and neglect, so I feel obligated to take them home with me.

While I did need a new pair of wellies, my vintage suitcase count is at at least 10.  I have over 30 vintage plates, without the 13 I just added.  I simply couldn't leave them.

But then, I suppose at the grand total of £7, my guilt is pretty cheaply assuaged.


In other things:

- Have you read the article yet about the Knitting Ninja - hilarious and passed on to me via about 7 different people.

- I have about 1,000,000 new blogs I am in love with (Blogtacular is a great excuse to nosey around, I tell you).  I am particularly in love with Fringe Association found via Karina and Futurustic via someone on twitter - if it was you - THANK YOU!

- In visual inspiration, I could just dive into Hesperdoodle's Instagram feed. I know I am probably late to the party on this one, but still I get to gorge on her beautiful photos because of it.

- I also am in love with these hats found via A Verb For Keeping Warm's Pinterest Boards - seriously if you are yarnie and don't follow them on pinterest - DO IT NOW!


In the Name of "Props"





With a number of massive photoshoots coming up in the next few months, my other thrifting ambition has been to gather props.  When working with a stylist, props are usually rented from prop houses - enormous warehouses full of stuff.  However, being a one woman show and operating out of the semi-back of beyond, I tend to use what I have.

In many ways, the back of beyond is what helps me.  There doesn't seem to be the same market for vintage here as there is in other parts of the country, so I can keep to my very modest budget.  The bicycle above--- £5. With its dark green and gold paint, I was smitten as soon as I saw it and it took only a small bit of begging for Kevin to agree that we NEEDED it. IMG_0519


"But wait", I hear you say, "Don't you already have a vintage raleigh?" Well, yes, I do.  But its blue and been photographed to death, so I *needed* another one...Obviously. IMG_0525



Plus look, it can store important work stuff.  Multi-functional as well as beautiful.IMG_0546


I am not sure I can say the same for the accordion I bought a few weeks ago.  Its sole purpose is to be a constant source of amazement for my children.  All they want to do is play it...much to the delight of the neighbours, I am sure. The vintage suitcase, on the other hand is exceedingly useful as it store all of our shoes in the hallway. IMG_0590


And act as perch for weary souls eating their ice cream while Mama  tries to take pictures. IMG_0580