Bingo. Favoured hobby of the blue rinse brigade in it's usual form although I play it a little differently and always have a mental bingo card of treasures I need to unearth in a charity shop sooner or later. Vintage china is a constant - it's almost a religion for me - the pretty floral teacups, stately teapots and stacks of mismatched plates, but there are other tea-related goodies that seem to crop up far less often making it all the more special when they do. Russian tea glasses definitely fall into that bracket! I've no idea whether this particular pair are actually Russian or when they were made but I can tell you that I did an involuntary happy dance (luckily not in full view of the counter!) and mentally shouted 'bingo' when these appeared on the shelves. Prior to finding mine I'd actually never come across them in any antique shop, charity shop, or flea market I'd ever visited and had begun to doubt their existence outside of gorgeous pictures on the web and the set my grandparents used to have. Though now I'm thinking about it . . . . . didn't the White Witch have some in the Narnia BBC series? I feel some investigative googling coming on! Waffling aside, they were 50 pence for the pair!
Anyone who has been bitten by the horse bug will probably agree that a love of horses never leaves you, some of my other bingo-worthy buys recently were pony stories published in 1960. At 26 you'd think I'd have grown out of pony stories by now but it seems there is as much chance of that happening as there is of roping a parliament of owls together and flying to a tea party on the moon. Anyway . . . . the Ashbourne branch of Cancer Research often have a great, varied selection of vintage books and I've picked up some stunning editions of old favourites as well as some totally kitsch titles I'd never have thought to pick up otherwise. Was really pleased to hand over £3 for this pair of pony books.
Next up . . . round silvery, pretty things of no specific purpose. Know what these are for? Answers on a postcard my lovelies! I've decided for the moment that they're going to serve as bottle glamourisers (definitely not a word but I like it!) or bangle holders. Silver-coloured shiny things for £1.50 felt like a fair deal!
I've been busy on the vintage hunting front of late - for my own collection and for my fledgling Etsy shop here (take a peek!) but I'll have to split the other discoveries to avoid boring you to death with an endless post. Pop over to Flea Market Finds for more thrifty vintage gorgeousness.
Hope you're all having a relaxing (or adrenaline and excitement filled if that's your bag) weekend ❥
Also linking to: Thrift Share Monday and Magpie Monday