Moving and changing name …

… this blog is moving over to here:

and it has a new name – This is OUR second-hand life to celebrate my magpie existence with the boy🙂

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Putting my hoarding to use

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.

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You can make furniture from anything!

I’ve been too sick to do any thrifting lately.  Yesterday I started to feel better, got myself together and left the house.  Only to return about 10 minutes later with just a pint of a milk.  However this morning I have woken up and not coughed once.  My chest is starting to feel clearer – there’s no bronchial wheeze on it – has this infection finally flown and left me alone?

So while I’ve been laid up in bed trying to sleep through the wheezing, I’ve been stumbling and looking for amazing upcycling/ reusing/ remaking  ideas.  Today I thought I’d collect together a few of my favourite furniture from upcycled items.  In our flat we have some amazing bookshelves that are upcycled goodiness – however I’m not sharing photos with you yet until the flat is sorted and I’m happy with them enough to take photographs ;)  That’s to say – I’m stupidly happy with the shelves, I’m just not happy with how untidy I am and how messy they are.  I’m embarrassed to show them to you!

So here are some of my favourite furniture upcycled projects:

Repurposed drawers:



These wonderful designs are from a German shop called schubLaden {meaning drawers in German}.

This image was found on Flickr – however I’m not sure who actually designed these:

repurposed drawers

I would happily make Mr Second-Hand spend his spring evenings sawing away at old cabinets so I could have something this splendid in the flat🙂

I have a real love for Vespas – in fact I still think that one day I will own one.  So these seats made out of old Vespas by Italian company Bel&Bel make me very happy indeed {although I’d rather have the bike than the chair!}:



Katie Thomspon from Recreate is an absolute genius.  These beautifully created pieces of furniture made from repurposed cases are simply divine:




Not surprisingly all of the seats I’ve chosen to feature are now sold however her website states that she does do custom orders – if only she wasn’t in South Africa!

Finally I’m going to feature the wonderful work of Dallas welder, Joel Hester.  His furniture made from repurposed car hoods are simply inspired.  All of the projects are ‘handmade to order’ which means that you truly get one off pieces especially for you!

Firstly – the beds:

Aren’t these gorgeous?  Unfortunately I can’t post larger pics but if you click on them they’ll take you right to the page.  They are all designed around the shape of your mattress, the size you want etc.  What more could you want? If I had the money and the space I would be purchasing one of these.  However, Mr Second-Hand is creating our bed this Spring so I’ll be posting photographs of that🙂

I’m just going to post the coffee table too that I love because of the unique pattern on it caused by the original paint and rust:

Coffee Table

This is from their website about the standard coffee table specifications:

straight or modern oval leg design

30+ year old relcaimed sheetmetal top

MIG/TIG welded steel frame

gloss clear coat

stainless steel hardware

leveling feet

original VIN badge���

tables weigh 60+ pounds, the real deal …


Oh yes – they certainly do look the real deal🙂 LOVE ‘EM!

I promise that very soon I will be posting photographs of our own repurposed furniture once the flat is sorted!

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Deptford Market ‘haul’ – 15th January 2011

I’ve been stuck in bed for nearly a week with norovirus – so this weekend – when I was on the mend I got my ass down to Deptford Market.  As we’re on a budget at the moment I set myself a £5 limit.  It’s quite fun setting yourself a limit because then you don’t come home with just anything – although you may feel that looking at what I did buy that’s what I did!

Things that got away:

  • A set of 1930s camera magazines – £4
  • A 1970s coffee table – no idea on price – wouldn’t fit in our tiny lickle flat!

However we managed to get some bits of cutlery.  I don’t like having matching crockery and cutlery – it just reeks of my old life.  So we got ourselves some bits of cutlery:


Air France and Saint Spoon🙂

The flat based ones are actually Air France forks – Thrifty Boy has a real obsession with logos and branded items and these fit our collection perfectly.  On the left is what I’ve always known as a ‘Saint Spoon’ – however apparently they’re called Apostle Spoons .  When I was growing up my neighbour, Hilda (who was like a grandmother to us) always used these spoons and I’ve had a fascination with them ever since for some bizarre reason.  So here is my first Apostle Spoon🙂

Next to the Apostle Spoon is a knife.  I really liked the handle of it and although it isn’t silver I thought it might make a nice piece for a charm necklace along the lines of:

Damselflygemma on Flickr

Stumpy25's Flickr

I’m really not sure how to start – also I’m allergic to most metal so I’ll have to coat it in something – but it’s so pretty.

Next mugs:

For our collections!

I really love The Little Prince (in fact my next tattoo is going to be a Little Prince one) so finding this cute little plastic mug will add to my collection of bits and pieces well.  I would like to turn it into one of these cute little pin-cushions:

Sister Valentine on Flickr

but it has this cute little design in bottom of it:


and I don’t really want to lose that.

We also love Commemorative/ Royal Wedding/ Jubilee mugs and found this lovely one:

Stoneware Charles and Di wedding mug

We’re very excited about the upcoming wedding in April between Kate and Wills – hopefully the junk markets and charity shops will be full of tat very soon!

Finally the obvious wander to the book stall – I really must get some photographs of Deptford Market to accompany my ‘hauls’ from there! It has to be seen to be believed :):

I bought this book as I love Britishness.  I’m proud of being British – not something a lot of people say.  I love our eccentricities, our small houses, our quirks, our crap weather etc.  This book collects together some fantastic photographs that capture British life very simply – AND it opens with a postcard showing Ipswich my home town :)  The photography reminds me of Martin Parr – which is NEVER a bad thing🙂

Smash Hits Shit Book

I actually said to Thrifty Boy the other day that I really wanted this book – and what happened? It turned up on the market so I had to pick it up.  Why do I call it a Shit Book? Well, this is my really classy way of referring to the books we have in the bathroom for reading while we’re on the toilet!  This book is perfect for that.  As Thrifty Boy is a few years younger than me he lost out of being brought up with Smash Hits so it’s a whole new world being opened up to him.

And finally a book that I wanted as a teenager and never got round to buying because I was too busy buying music and tickets to gigs:

At last!

So my total spend?:

  • Books – £2
  • Cutlery and mugs: £2
  • Total spend: £4





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I’ve already created one post about what to do with old books – here and here –  however this one is about what to do with old magazines.  We are very lucky to be where we live; we have an awesome junk market that operates three days a week where often you can find some wicked ephemera buys.

This weekend I happened upon 6 magazines from the 1920s for £3!

Atlantic Monthly - 1920s Atlantic Monthly - 1920s

As you can see they’re falling apart quite badly so I’m thinking that I’m going to have to remove some pages for different things.  I don’t like cutting up old magazines but as these are disintegrating anyway it might have to be done.

I’m really loving the adverts in them and I’m considering framing some of these for our kitchen:

Atlantic Monthly - 1920s Atlantic Monthly - 1920s Atlantic Monthly - 1920s

And I’m going to scan them in for just to keep them complete for prosperity.

However I’m not sure what to do when I’ve finished all the hacking.  Any ideas?  Here are some that I’ve found in my stumblings:


National Geographic Shelf

Book/ Magazine Beads

Paper Flowers

Tutorial here


I could make a mini-album/ book like these [click on the photograph to take you to the original image]:

Mini Album from Upcycled Paper
upcycled fabric and paper sewn journal
Recycled paper journal detail
Scrap Journal recycled pages

I could make rossettes, bows etc.:
Christmas Origami Text Wreath
Bows & Buttons
upcycled book jacket flower bows

I think I’d really like to try to make a little journal – but I’m not sure.  I’m not very good with all these choices and just a few magazines to play with – including magazines I’m not really sure I want to cut up!


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Slides slides slides

No – not the ones you fly down and break your arm on at the bottom. Instead I’m talking about photographic slides.
Many months ago we bought a load of photographic slides from Deptford Market and Ebay to turn into either this:
Kodachrome curtains

[<a href=”″>tutorial on Craftster here</A>]

or this:

[tutorial on Craftster here]

However life took over and we still haven’t got around to creating these wonderful things. At the moment we are brassic so I’m hoping that we can start putting one or both of these together while we’re trying not to leave the flat and have our usual adventures, which often involve trips to one or two pubs on the way.  And some eatery of some sort.
In preparation for this I’ve been scanning in the ones I find interesting/ unusual – if you click on the wind-swept doggy below you’ll find some that I’ve scanned in:

Thrifty Boy also found an awesome box of photographic slides in a junk shop in Greenwich. They weren’t cheap, however they ARE amazing – Novosti Press Agency slides of Russia in 1975. You can see some of the set here:

Novosti Press Agency - Found slide - I couldn't edit it like this even if I'd tried!

These ones we don’t really want to turn into anything so we’re hoping to make a light box to display them in. We saw this one in SuckUK:

SuckUK Slide Light

But it’s about £150 – £200!  As Thrifty Boy is very clever he’s currently designing a slide box for our slides.  Hopefully it means that we can have an ever-changing wall display of our collection🙂

I’ve found a couple tutorials to share here for light boxes:


steampunk workshop – not a slide display but you can follow the same principles

Instructables – again not a slide display but a great tutorial – very expensive though – I’m sure it can be done a lot cheaper than this!

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knitting patterns

I have a strange obsession with old knitting patterns (and sewing patterns, cook books etc. etc. – I’m just a hoarder after all) – and when I was out with my parents a while ago in Felixstowe I came  across a whole selection of them for 5p each.

I have (sadly) no desire to actually knit any of the patterns – afterall I can only manage squares and scarves – however I do just LOVE the images on them.


This one is by far my favourite – just click on the photo to take you to the rest of them!

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