Scouting flea markets, charity shops and car boot sales for pretty vintage finds is a treat enough in itself - I can't be the only vintage-hearted soul who actually feels a rush of adrenaline when the game is on (Sherlock reference. Oh how I cannot wait for series three!). Although occasionally something lovely will drop into my lap purely by chance and this is where the recent acquisitions above come in! A pair of very dainty fans came my way from T's Mum, Andrée, while we were helping her to pack up her house ahead of a move shortly before Christmas - one old and one not so old but both equally eye catching and fluttery. It could just be me, but I find that a sweet little fan opened up and hung on the wall or balanced on a shelf has a similar effect to a vase of pretty flowers in brightening up a room. The pack of bright yellow vintage playing cards were an accidental find on eBay - I was searching for a 1950s style card with a cute deer on the front for a friend and having no luck whatsoever, a little scrolling lead me to these beauties which were due to end in mere minutes. I made a cup of tea (jasmine earl grey if you're interested, delicious and so worth trying) popped in a very cheeky bid and moments later they were mine for the price of a newspaper. Fate!
My horsey teacups are a slightly different story - there is a little café locally where I picked up some casual shifts when we first moved to Derbyshire - tea is served in mismatched vintage china, chairs and tables are chipped but well cared for and the whole place feels like a snuggly country kitchen. I would wash endless teacups, milk jugs and tea plates in one shift there and frequently came across lovely patterns I've since kept a beady eye out for. None bewitched me quite the way a set of hunt-themed teacups did and so I regularly scoured all eight charity shops in town for weeks, seeking some for myself! I'd about given up hope when I ducked into the Salvation Army and one of the lovely volunteers I chat with each time I visit had put by some teacups for when she next spotted me. Out came a Kit-Kat box and inside amongst the tissue paper nestled three horsey teacups complete with three saucers and an extra tea plate all for the bargain price of £2.00. A very happy ending. Two of my greatest loves; horses and teacups, in one!
Did you happen to spot something beautiful, mysterious and brassy in the top photo? That would be the gigantic brass key sent to me by Lakota in her Christmas swap parcel to me, she could not have chosen better - I have such a thing for old keys and this one although ornamental is a stunner, she knows me well!
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