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.
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.
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.