After the past few weeks Magpie Monday postings, I'm pretty sure a fair few of you think I'm losing my marbles. This week could very easily have turned out differently had I attended the Saturday auction. But I thought it best not to. A bored and fed up Lizzie often makes hasty purchases.
Don't panic. I didn't.
Instead, it turns out I was eminently sensible this week. I don't do fashion. Yes, really! Anyone who's actually met me in the flesh will tell you that. But just occasionally it seems I must be subliminally affected by external forces.
This week, my purchase from charity shops have been of a nautical theme. A couple of days later, my July edition of Ideal Home plops through the letterbox, crammed full of seaside themed interior decor. What do you know, I'm on trend!
If you are the sort that likes to update their home every couple of months with new accessories to fit the latest fashion, then you could do a lot worse that a trawl of your local house clearance shops, charity shops and car boot sales. It's amazing what you can find.
I spotted this cute little whimsical boat ornament hanging up in the Salvation Army shop with a price tag of 99p. It was actually a wind chime with a hanging loop at the top, but I soon snipped of those dingly dangly buggers, and now have a beautiful ornament for my daughter's new room (eventually!). I ask you, indoor wind chimes?? What is the point?
I also found this gorgeous vintage children's book for £2. She's not a boy, but so what, we don't do stereotypes in this house. Someone has dated the book as 1933, but I don't know if that's accurate. I just thought it was a beautiful decorative item - although I am looking forward to reading the story entitled 'The saucy Marion'. I say!
This glass fish was a curious one. I rather liked it the first time I spotted it in my local Shelter charity shop, but couldn't think what to use it for. I went back several times to the shop, each time picking it up and putting it back again. Finally, I realised exactly what it would be used for, and returned to the shop only to find it gone. The assistant must have heard my disappointed sigh, and asked me what I was looking for. She nipped out the back, and returned with it in her hands. Best of all, I got it for half price as it was due to be disposed of.
£1.50 is a bargain for my new salt pot don't you think. My fish now sits happily next to the hob, dispensing seasoning for my cooking from his open mouth.
Remember that lovely seagull Devonshire pot I showed you a couple of weeks back? Imagine my delight at finding a matching salt and pepper pot! My little seagull display is growing. I plan to show these off on a dresser in my kitchen. I shan't use them for condiments, but probably put scented beads in them to fragrance the room (because I haven't got enough pomanders, right!)
The nautical feel does not end at homeware. No, I have also been adorning myself in all things coastal. I loved this T Shirt for £3. My mum said nay, but I said yay. What do you think, was I right?
I adore it! I was a bit gutted to find in the label that it's Primark, but hey-ho. The blue and white stripes are quite Boden-esque and I love the fifties inspired graphic boat prints.
I've also picked up a few pendants to complete the look. This anchor cost me £1 with chain and I've worn it loads. The little enamel seahorse is cute too. The larger one is enormous, and I'll never wear it as a necklace, but I'm thinking of using it as a bag charm or something else crafty.
I have a fondness for seahorses. Any species where the male carries and delivers the babies, gets my vote.
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