The Saturday market turned up beautiful finds yesterday and for the first time in weeks the traders weren't having to hold onto their stalls for dear life in high winds and heavy rain. Although I always have a wish list of vintage loveliness in mind - books, brooches, suitcases, teacups and curiosities - I'm never quite sure what will take my fancy until it whispers my name. With the boy away on a stag weekend I had time to burn and no inclination to rush, yet I had bought everything I wanted to take home with me inside half an hour! Got to love accidental efficiency!
Pretty little boxes - the more battered the better - make me smile, although the clincher with this one was the sweet lock plate (will I ever find a lockable box still in possession of its key?) and the plump, amputee bird on the lid - no little bird feet in sight, maybe whoever made it forgot the limbs. The stool it sits on reminds me of those seaside holiday cottages with mismatched furniture and a faint aura of neglect, it was lost amongst better looking wares so I took pity on it for £4.
What is it about old Penguin books? Totally judged these 1940s King Penguins by their covers which are brilliant and I'd love to collect the whole series, they were 50 pence each and worth every penny, the titles were up my street too - hot air ballooning is one of those things I'd like to tick off my life list sooner or later.
The birdcage-esque mesh tower of drawers has to be my favourite find of the week, apparently they are French but I couldn't tell you how true that is or how old they are, I just knew that if I didn't snap them up I'd regret it later. I'm slightly puzzled as to what they were made for though - I wouldn't fancy keeping birds in drawers! Maybe they're for the kitchen to keep garlic, onions and shallots. How would you use them? Answers on a postcard!
If you haven't already placed a vote for Beautiful Clutter in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards 2012 you can find your way there via the badge in my sidebar, still haven't come down from Mondays news of being shortlisted. Can you tell?!
Linking to Flea Market Finds, Magpie Monday, Thrift Share Monday