We spent yet another weekend clearing our loft and despite 3 trips to the charity shop I'm still not sure we're making in-roads. All this time spent holed up in the rafters has also considerably impacted on my available bargain-hunting time, but I've still managed to score a few goodies.
I spotted these plates in a stack on the shelf of the Salvation Army shop and leapt on them thinking they were Emma Bridgewater. Frankly it's time I started earning a few pennies on eBay again and I thought they'd re-sell well.
They were marked up at 25p each, but I was surprised to find they are not Emma Bridgewater. I ask you, do they or do they not look like the Polka Heart design:
|Emma Bridgewater Polka Hearts Teapot|
Anyhow, I think they're cute and they'd make great tea plates for me and Ruby.
I've looked up the backstamp of Moorland, Chelsea Works Burslem and am still none the wiser. The company has been going for a long time and there's a few bits of Clarice Cliff on eBay with this stamp, but they seem to be modern licensed new products. So, which came first...?
Next up, remember my lucky dip box I got at auction a couple of weeks back? I said there was a Tala icing set amongst the items and I planned to eBay that too. Well, after chiseling off the old icing (yuck!) and thoroughly sterilising it in the dishwasher, it's come out gleaming. If I can get over the fact that it looks vaguely surgical, I actually quite like it. I'm going to try it out on a few cupcakes this afternoon with Ruby, and if I like the results then this will be staying too!
What shall I put my cupcakes on I hear you ask. Well as luck would have it I won this amazing cakestand this week from Rebecca Bakes Cakes. Isn't it the cleverest bit of upcycling you've ever seen? Huge thanks to Rebecca.
|Picture credit http://www.rebeccabakescakes.blogspot.com/|
I'm not very good at the re-selling lark am I? I think the trick for me would have to be to buy things I don't like, then there's no risk of wanting to keep them.
Just a quick cautionary tale before I go. If you are looking for a second-hand bargain, or to turn a quick buck on eBay, don't believe everything you read in charity shops. I spotted these in the window and nearly fell over laughing.
Described as 'original set from the 60's' these are Nigella Lawson storage jars, no more than 10 years old maximum! I guess £9.50 for the set is still a bargain, but vintage they ain't!
Caveat emptor folks.
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