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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:

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

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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:

Stars

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

HURRAH!

 

 

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Magazines

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 Archive.org 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=”http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=338100.0″>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:

ehow

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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Deptford Junk Market strikes again

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.

Awesome Scrapbook Find

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:

Awesome Scrapbook Find

Look at this beautiful woman. She appears throughout the album and I just wonder if the scrapbook belonged to her.

Awesome Scrapbook Find

Awesome Scrapbook Find
Lots of notes and letters – some in Spanish – beautiful handwriting.

Awesome Scrapbook Find
A couple of pages of stamps – some of which I’ll turn into Photoshop Brushes to give away here.

Awesome Scrapbook Find

Awesome Scrapbook Find
Some great matchbook covers and Christmas cards

Awesome Scrapbook Find
Sketches [not very good unfortunately]

Awesome Scrapbook Find

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!

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