Sunday, 20 November 2011

Case of Vintage

Recently I have had some lucky finds - the sort that set my little heart aflutter and leave me slightly breathless with glee after handing over the cash and wandering off with my treasure - none more so than this vintage suitcase in navy leather with a near spotless red lining.  It called my name from it's spot on a market stall and was marked at £4 which the lovely seller promptly knocked down to £3 when he saw whose 'Mrs' I was - i.e the guy who bought a bureau from him then borrowed a sack trolley to wheel it back up the hill to his lady fair. 



I'd envied some gorgeous vintage cases found by other thrifty bloggers but until today I hadn't come across one of my own and was super excited when I found it came complete with it's key and a fittingly retro Snoopy keyring.  Previously property of Mrs E. Patchton  (if you're reading this Mrs P rest assured it could not have found a more willing home).


Another vintage something I'd been hoping to come across was a fan of some description, it was just by chance that I spotted an 'everything £1' box outside one of the antiques shops in town.


Inside was this battered fan with it's birdie/floriental design. Pure love.



China has been scarce in the charity shops of late and when it has made an appearance the prices have been a touch rich for my blood.  A pristine cake plate for £1 came as a welcome surprise!  I'm mentally debating whether to christen it with flapjack or cheddar biscuits.



Ten vintage postcards tied up with string were my next happy-making purchase for £1.50 - in my book you can never have too many, they're a friendly window into the past.


I'm more intrigued by the cards written in haste with plenty of blotting and the odd ink spill than I am by those with perfect, slanted penmanship, prim and proper sentiments.


Lastly, a non-vintage hand mirror I picked up in the Salvation Army for 40p.  It has sparked my inner collector - I'd like to pick up a few wooden hand mirrors to hang in a group above my chest of drawers rather than a traditional mirror, in my mind it looks interesting and different - will have to try it and see! 

Hope you've all been having a lovely weekend ♥



31 comments:

  1. Great finds! I've very jealous!

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  2. Fantastic finds. I never seem to stumble upon cases or trunks, and the only fans u see are those plastic Spanish souvenirs. There is a serious dearth of china here too, I've started to collect certain 80's pieces which catch my eye now instead (I have a thing for milk jugs).
    Those postcards are very cute, they remind me of your original header.
    It's great when you have a bountiful week thrift-wise, feels like an achievement worth celebrating.

    Lucy x

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  3. Fantastic finds lovely, what a perfect case and fan, and great pocket pleasing prices too. No chance of a case for under a fiver round here I fear.

    Got to take the boys to tennis soon, but did spend the whole of yesterday in my pyjamas - has to be done occasionally!

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  4. Definitely flapjacks for the plate christening. :)

    Those are wonderful finds - love the cake plate. I have sometiny little side plates with a very similar pattern. And oh those cards are a delight - the things you could make with them!

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  5. Jem,
    Good hunting, I didn't know you could find things out there like this any more. Well done indeed, some great choices!!
    Have a great Sunday :-)
    Di
    x

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  6. I just love your vanity case, I had one when I was little for a xmas present in red and always loved it, don't know what happene to it but I have always dreamed about finding another one! you are so lucky to come across this one, well done :)

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

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  7. Great finds! I have a similar vintage case in brown, quick question for you though......do you know if the handle has been broken and fixed or were they made like that? because mine is exactly the same! xxx

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  8. Sounds like you've got quite the devoted "Mr" there Jem.

    I love the case, how sweet that it's Snoopy key ring is still attached (I am a huge Snoopy fan)
    Mrs Patchton's case couldn't have found a nicer home.

    The post cards are beautiful and so remind me of you. Why is it that old fashioned hand writing is just so lovely?

    Have an awesome week Jem x

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  9. Love the plate and the postcards. I never seem to see any old photos or postcards, so well done!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  10. Wow! You have been busy! Wonderful treasures you have found. I have also just found a bunch of hand illustrated cards at my local Salvation Army for .10 each which I'm going to post soon! Love your mirror idea, hope to see the end result!

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  11. Beautiful finds, I am on the lookout for a similar case! xx

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  12. You did well with the postcards- I paid £1.50 each on a recent visit home.

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  13. I love that case!! I used to hae one very similar when I was little to take my stuff to Ballet class in....it wasnt vintage at the time, although I suppose if I'd kept it, 1988 would be vintage enough! But I didnt envisage the need for a case in my life....how shortsighted I was!

    Really like the fan and the postcards...not sure why other than they just appeal to me!

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  14. Aww gorgeous stuff - especially that mirror. In every antiques shop around us here in the states is crammed full of old vintage postcards - you'd be in heaven!

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  15. A case full of vintage, so jealous of that gorgeous fan and those postcards.the case was a total bargain for £3!round here they're closer to £20 and thats considered cheap. really loving the vintage feel to these shots, its very in keeping!
    x

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  16. great finds Jem, I would have taken all of that stuff home too! I particularly love the fan, I saw an arrangement of beautiful fans like that on a bathroom wall in an interiors magazine recently and have been keeping my eyes peeled ever since x

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  17. found you on bloglovin' by the way! (0:

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  18. Oh the history and wonderfulnees of your finds!

    Smiles,
    The Joyful thrifter

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  19. i'm drooling over your vintage case, Jem! and the fan is just gorgeous! i agree on china being scarce and if there was, the price would be enough to make me think hard to buy it but you got a great bargain there and it's a gorgeous china too! loveeeee all those vintage postcards and the wooden mirror! lucky you! xx susan

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  20. I love that case, and the postcards are great!

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  21. Wow, some great finds! Loving the suitcase.

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  22. That case O_O! You have such good eye! Those postcards are indeed lovely.

    I love your blog (though it does make me slightly envious of all your vintage finds!) xx

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  23. Great finds, especially the case. Very nicely photographed too.

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  24. Love the postcards and the handwriting and stories they suggest. I have a thing about fans and the suitcase is fab especially that keyring.

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  25. Oh didn't you do well (sorry, I sound like Bruce Forsythe!).

    Great haul, I'd be jumping for joy as any of those finds x

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  26. Great price on the vintage case and the rose china plate is really pretty ( was it a flapjack or the cheddar biscuit that won? :P).
    I love your idea of hanging up a group of hand mirrors together on a wall, I would love to see a photo of them, if you do go ahead and do it :)
    Have a lovely week..
    Magie

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  27. That pink lining sure makes everything pop!

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  28. You have seriously scored! Cases cost loads these days, eh.
    I have a stack; in theory they are ideal storage solutions. In practice they are little dungeons of fabric remnants and craft surplus that will never see the light of day :s
    But lush nonetheless!

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  29. Those old postcards are amazing!

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  30. Love your new look by the way.Enviable finds as always,especially the suitcase,fans and postcards(real bargains!)Old postcards are so beautiful and interesting:)xx

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