This week I was very lucky with a find.
I spotted the perfume bottle standing on the table all forlorn. More bits and pieces were being added to the table and I instantly sniffed 'fresh stock'. I thought at first the glass perfume bottle was decorated with pewter - it was absolutely filthy and the metal was black.
But after picking it up, I thought it might just be silver. The glass was very heavy and you could tell by looking at it it was good quality and fairly old. The scratches on the base from years of use and the little etched number on the bottom of the glass made me think it probably wasn't one of those repro ones you pick up in hippy-crystal-and-incense shops. The price ticket said £1. So of course, I bought it.
Once we were home, I worked up a sweat with my silver polishing cloth, and sure enough a little while later I had one black cloth and one gleaming, shining silver perfume bottle. I even uncovered the silver mark. I love it, it's so beautiful and will have pride of place on my dressing table.
However, I couldn't buy a silver perfume bottle for a quid! I couldn't sleep at night. So I have since given them some more money. Probably not as much as it's worth, but as much as I can afford right now.
Don't look at me like that. Had I purchased this from some hapless boot stall holder, I would have slinked away and done the happy dance as soon as I was out of sight. But I didn't buy it from a boot sale. I bought it from a charity shop. Not just any charity shop, but a charity who are doing amazing things right now, and have a campaign I'm proud to support. I bought my little bottle from my Save the Children shop.
If you've been about on Twitter or the bloggersphere recently, you must surely have heard of the #passiton campaign. If you haven't heard about it, then in a nutshell Save the Children are lobbying World Leaders ahead of the summit on June 13th to fund vaccines for the world's poorest children and save 4 million lives.
Three bloggers, including the amazing Christine Mosler from Thinly Spread are heading out shortly to Mozambique where they will undertake the same journey as a vaccination along the 'cold trail' and see the conditions first hand. Please help support them on this campaign 'No child Born to Die'
What can you do? Well, for a start you could spend less than a minute and sign the petition. I've signed it, I've badgered the old man to sign it and even Ruby has added her name to it. Can you and your family do the same?
Click here to help save 4 million lives
If you're reading this blog post from your phone, then that is not an excuse my friend. No, no, no because you can sign the petition by text.
Simply text JAB to 84118. Your text will be charged at your standard network rate. For terms and conditions please see http://savethechildren.org.uk/mobile
There are all sorts of amazing memes and tags going around blogland, but don't wait to be invited - jump in! I've asked my brother and brother-in-law who are teachers if their schools can get involved. I've asked my other brother who is a fireman to see if his watch can all sign up. I'm amazed by people's willingness to help - just ask and find out for yourself.
To somewhat mis-quote the amazing Ms Wendy James, they don't want your money honey, they want your love. x
I would be thrilled to bits if all of you who read and participate in Magpie Monday each week, could spare less than a minute to add your name to the petition.
Of course, I still want you to join the link up and share your treasure - and if you could pop a link to the petition on your post too so your readers can sign as well that would be fantastic x
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