I think it’s safe to say that I am a hoarder who comes from a long line of hoarders. For some reason my sister avoided the hoarding gene but I took it on full force.
So Mr SH and I have been discussing what to do about our obsessive collecting and hoarding whilst watching American Pickers and thought that we might give this wheelin’/ dealin’ a go. I don’t really want to make any sort of proper money out of it but I thought it would be good to sell some things on.
Today I started with my vintage knitting patterns that are now being listed on Etsy:
And as a Shop Opening offer:
Honestly – I’m not just saying this because I’m selling them as PDFs and would like to make a little bit of dosh – but this patterns are gorgeous. So far I’ve not listed anything I wouldn’t wear myself and am taking the entire book down to my mum tomorrow to get some hints and tips so I can start creating my own ‘Mad Men’ style knitted outfits.
I’m going to put a load more up in a few minutes – I think it’s better to have a well-stocked shop – and the Vogue book is nearly all posted so I’ll start pulling out some of the other tasty outfits.
It’s ridiculous that I don’t blog here more because I’ve turned into the biggest magpie possible recently. I will definitely blog more – I promise! Anyway – while I’m here I thought I’d let you know about the wonderful find I had on Deptford Junk Market [or as I heard a middle-class lady tell her long-haired 3 year old called Oscar - the 'flea' market] today.
This, my dear friends, is a beautiful scrapbook created from a 1968 catalogue of Christmas cards. The colour instantly grabbed my attention. Imagine my joy when I opened its pages:
Look at this beautiful woman. She appears throughout the album and I just wonder if the scrapbook belonged to her.
Lots of notes and letters – some in Spanish – beautiful handwriting.
A couple of pages of stamps – some of which I’ll turn into Photoshop Brushes to give away here.
Some great matchbook covers and Christmas cards
Sketches [not very good unfortunately]
The dates on these range from 1968 to 1969 as far as I can see – so it’s 40 years old. Most of the items on the stall I bought this from come from house clearances so the sad thing is is that it feels as though perhaps this woman no longer is around. That this was just thrown into a pile along with other belongings.
I don’t know what to do with it now. Part of me wants to turn it into my own scrapbook because the book is so gorgeous. Perhaps remove all the items [most of which are held in by photo corners] and reuse the book. Or I could keep it how it is. Or create my own art around it. I just don’t know. At the moment I’m just enjoying flicking through it and marvelling at this woman’s collection and craving to do my own now!
so I stumble around the internet.
It started with Ben and I looking for a vintage picnic set. When we were last in Camden we saw a beautiful white and red (of course, our colour pallet is very much influenced by my love of black and red, and Ben’s obsession with the White Stripes!) picnic set. After trawling around ebay and Google, we didn’t manage to find anything similar. So later today we will trek to Camden to see if we can find it again. I was convinced it was on sale for £20, Ben thought it was for £45 – fingers crossed I was right and that it’s still there.
Next week we’re going on a road trip. Off to Wales to meet Ben’s folks (and extended family by the sounds of things) then onto Ipswich to meet my family – and now some of my extended family as my cousin’s decided to get married – typically at the last minute so that will be great. So – this is why we’re interested in a picnic set as we want to take one with us
Here are some pics then of gorgeous vintage picnic sets … YUMMY
This is pretty close to the set we saw
How perfect is this? Wouldn't you feel marvellous picnicking with this?
I HATE not being able to post photos at the moment of my Freecycle wonderfulness – however – it is safe to say that this weekend was CHOCKABLOCKFULL of Freecycled wonderfulness.
On Saturday we picked up two clothes rails – I despise wardrobes and have done for a long time. Wardrobes have doors, doors can be shut and hide things – specifically mess. Therefore if I have a clothes rail my clothes will not get messy and indeed be on show. The downside is obvious of course – light from the windows can fade my clothing and dust can settle - however I do much prefer them to bulky and unsightly wardrobes. Unless one day I can find a beautiful art-deco wardrobe that will fulfill all my needs.
Yesterday we had two goodies to collect. First we took a stroll down into Brockley to collect a random box of kitchen stuff. A 4 slice toaster, 3 saucepans, some glasses of varying sizes and a random oval plate. All of which (apart from the toaster of course) are sitting in our magic cupboard (read dishwasher) ready to be cleaned and used. My asthma hit me after that and Ben collected our two clothes airers. Since we moved in we’ve been drying our clothes on the radiators which has meant that we’ve not been doing much washing. Now we have TWO airers ready to dry our clothes on which makes us very happy bunnies indeed. I can’t wait to empty our big bag of washing that needs doing and hang it all around the flat.
Freecycle is always hit and miss. Sometimes you’ll see something you really want (like a bag of vintage cameras) and miss out on it by milliseconds. I kind of think that this is where the fun lies. You send your email you see what happens. I’m sure some people have insider knowledge of what’s coming up before any one else and gets all the fine goodies first But that’s just me because I WANTED THAT BAG OF VINTAGE CAMERAS! (even though my dad has a box of cameras and equipment to unload onto me next time I see them).
Later this week I will be the proud custodian of a darkroom too – I can’t wait. I’m not sure when I’m going to have the time/ money to start developing my own photographs but I’m sure as hell going to make time/ money to do so. I’m very very excited to see what godawful results I come up with. It’s been a looooooooooooooooooooooooooong time since I set foot in a dark room so I’m quite nervous/ excited. Our bathroom will never smell the same again!
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