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Recent Thrifty Finds


I have been lucky enough to enjoy some afternoons of charity shop and junk market trawling recently and have uncovered some rather pleasing finds.
  Adorable metal coin purse I charity shopped today for the shop.

A sweet little vintage metal coin purse that I will list in my Etsy shop soon.
  Sweet tag on an early 1960s shirtwaister I found for a pound today!

A 1950s cotton shirtwaist dress with a Grecian urn print that I purchased for a pound. That’s right, one pound! It has a minor tear which I can repair but besides this is a lovely dress which an even lovelier label. Unfortunately it was too large for me so it will also find its way into my Etsy shop as soon as I get a chance.
  My £1 leather loafers from the charity shop.

I also happened upon these vintage leather loafers in my size in the same charity shop. They are ever so slightly wide but this just makes them extremely comfortable and for one pound you really can’t complain. 


I have also had some good luck at the junk market. This suitcase contained a person’s whole life in paper ephemera and, although fascinating to rifle through, served as a grim reminder as to how meaningless our memories can become once no longer in our ownership.


This colourful 1950s cotton blouse with real shell buttons is beautifully handmade and will also make its way into my Etsy shop as soon as we get some sunshine in London. It was rescued from a jumble pile.


This 1960s handmade hanging wardrobe organiser was £2 and is a little treat to myself and an incentive to store my stray accessories in a more acceptable manner for a one bedroom flat. I just adore the cheerful print.


Jian Wei and I are totally addicted to vintage enamel and this sweet little colander was a steal at £1. We’d preciously seen a similar one in an antique shop back in Norfolk for £14 so we are feeling rather pleased with ourselves. It just goes to show, if you know the right places to shop you can find some real bargains in London too.

This amateur oil painting is something I initially looked at, liked yet dismissed and later obsessed over, returning the next morning to snap up for a mere £2.50. There is something about the oranges and yellows that gives it a 1970s crafty feel and it really suits a little spot in our lounge above the record player.

And the pièce de résistance – a genuine vintage Anglepoise lamp for £15 in perfect working condition! I spotted it in the British Heart Foundation furniture charity shop in Lewisham after a rather fruitless rummage through the nearby charity shops and instantly twigged that it looked exactly like an Anglepoise. After ten minutes or so desperately scrolling through Google on my phone for definitive guides to Anglepoise features and markings I decided to chance it and brought it back home with me. (It weighed a tonne.) Twenty minutes later, and a good deal more research on the internet, I had located – to my joy – the Anglepoise stamp, embossed and painted over in cream located on the fork between the springs at the base of the lamp.

Anglepoise lamp - £15 in a charity shop in Lewisham.

I have always wanted an iconic Anglepoise lamp and now I have one for about a fifth of the price I would have been prepared to pay in the future. It just goes to show that, with patience, you can find just about everything in a charity shop.

  • jamespulford February 22, 2013, 7:12 pm

    That anglepoise is a thing of beauty! I’ve been wanting one for years but I suspect I’ll have to pay full whack when I get round to getting one.

  • Maisy February 22, 2013, 7:36 pm

    some really great finds, you have such a good eye! Looking forward to hitting that market with you soon :)

    Maisy x


  • birthdaylifevintage.com February 23, 2013, 7:06 am

    That same grim thought about memories crossed my mind today when I was at an estate sale and found a wedding dress in an old trunk!



  • Candy Pop February 24, 2013, 8:41 am

    I adore the wardrobe tidy – lovely fabric!

  • robert foster February 24, 2013, 4:36 pm

    Joans green about the anglepoise.
    A great find and bargain.

  • Georgia Rose February 27, 2013, 12:16 am

    Oh god, that rainbow blouse and the Greek urn dress sound like exactly the sorts of things I want/need in my wardrobe! Approximately what size is the urn dress and do you know around when you will be listing them? I will be anticipating their listing extremely eagerly. I have 21st birthday cash burning a hole in my, well, bank account I guess.

    I adore the anglepoise too. I agree that eventually you will find everything you want in opshops, if you trawl for long enough.

  • Jordan Randolph March 10, 2013, 6:03 am

    That coin purse is fantastic! I wish it was clutch-sized!


  • Vanessa, Take only Memories March 12, 2013, 12:30 pm

    Great finds! I love that blouse! So colorful!

  • Kelly-Marie March 13, 2013, 1:20 pm

    Oh yes, the Chazza Gods have been so good to you Dulcie. I can’t believe you found that lamp!! Bet you were so chuffed. London Car booties can be the best, have you found your way over to the Dalston one yet? I miss it but am super excited for the ones down here to start. xxx

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