It's official, I'll never shake off the magpie on my shoulder who chirrups into my ear each time she clocks something remotely shiny. Small wonder that it means I'm always bringing home glass! One of the things I love most about glass is it's ability to lend a little opulence to wherever it sits sparkling away when in reality I've found it one of the least expensive things to pick up in a charity shop, at a car boot sale or at a flea market. The downside is the potential for a horde of twinkly dust catchers in every room of the house, but I'll gloss over that . . . !
I had a brilliant couple of hours treasure seeking last week; the charity shop gods smiled on me and all was peachy. There is a distinct lack of china in each of our half dozen shops at the moment, I mentioned it to one of the Cancer Research ladies while having a rummage and she sagely explained it's always the same round here 'whenever we're into car boot season'. I'd never thought of it that way before - but if you're having a clear out I suppose it makes sense to sell things for your own profit during boot sale weather!
The absence of china seems to have made way for an abundance of other pretty things though and I spotted this little silver plated tray under a heap of 80s vinyl classics like Wham and Yazoo. Not bad for £1.50!
A little bonbonniere for 99p, my Great-Nannie had something like this full of blackcurrant and liquorice sweets, whenever we visited it seemed to catch the light making the sweets look even more mouthwatering and as a little kid I'd stare at it hoping she'd offer me one before we left and she always forgot. I credit her with giving me a taste for peanut brittle and peanut cookies though - I think they were her favourites - she shared them around constantly.
Another sundae glass - a different shape to the one I found a few weeks ago but a similar size and made of very thick glass bought for 20p. I'd like to believe it's 1950s as it's label in the antiques shop suggested because I can easily picture it full of a thick milkshake with a stripy straw peeking out of the frothy top and a little Elvis playing in the background. There's an 'oddments' table in this particular shop and it's always full of curious little things for 10 pence and upwards, I think I must be one of the few who pays attention to it because the contents always seem the same excepting new arrivals like this added every so often.
Three gilded glasses for £1.00 from Age UK, I think they must be pudding/dessert glasses as they seem too square for champagne bowls. They look quite 60s in style to me but suggestions welcome!
A silver plated something which I think must be for flowers? Not the most pleasant thought but it reminds me of the sort of vases you see attached to/around tomb stones. It's a little tarnished in places and needs a good clean but for £1 I thought it would look lovely filled with roses or used as an ornate pen pot.
If I ever wake up during the night to the sound of someone breaking in, I'd like to think I could hurl the candle holder at the back of the intruder's head and knock them out cold while I call the police as it's certainly weighty enough! It was a little pricier than my usual charity shop buys at £2.49 but it's the sort of thing I'm sure would survive a nuclear holocaust and look pretty doing it so I had to have the little rectangular dish in a similar shade of blue to go with it at 30p.
Last but not least a very cute little retro sherry glass for 10p - bargain of the day and a replacement for one I dropped and broke recently.
Just a quick one to apologise for not blogging or commenting much in the past couple of weeks, I was a tad under the weather and then had a touch of blogger's block so got wrapped up in books and job applications instead. Looking forward to catching up with all of your blogs and hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!
Linking to: Flea Market Finds, Magpie Monday, Thrift Share Monday, Thrifty Things Friday @ The Thrifty Groove