Thursday, 2 June 2011

thrifty Lake District finds

Myself and Steve celebrated our five year anniversary on Tuesday, and for my present, he booked a surprise trip to the Lake District!  Neither of us had been there before, and I must say it was really nice and it was so good to get away for a couple of days and get some fresh air!  It was a long drive though, 3 1/2 hours there and about 4 1/2 hours back (there was a vehicle fire on the M1 this afternoon, which meant that we were at a standstill for ages).  Our car was so hot!  We've all been waiting for summer to finally arrive, and I tell you what, that sun doesn't hang around does it?!  My poor, fair and pasty skin didn't know what hit it!  While we were there, we hopped on a little boat cruise (I get really too excited about boats!)  I will share some of the photographs of our little adventure when we get the films developed, but until there, I wanted to show you some of the things I found in the charity shops up there in the North West :)
1930s embroidery stitches book £2.50
(originally five shillings!)
scallopped gold necklace 
floral throw for a single bed
three patterns
50p each

I really love the patterns, the cape seems a bit out of my depth at the moment, but hopefully one day I can have a go at it!  The dress/top pattern is exactly the sort of thing that I was thinking of making (I really want to attempt a top, not just dresses!), and the dress pattern can be altered to make nine different designs, nine!  Now that's value for money!

I feel a bit like I'm on auto pilot when I go into charity shops now, I am always on the look out for the same things!  
What section do you seem to gravitate to first when you're charity shop shopping, and what do you always seem to walk out with?


  1. I love that floral fabric! I love looking at the old sheets and curtains in charity shops, I love retro patterns and they're often very cheap and ideal for reworking into other bits and bobs :)

  2. Good finds! Are you going to keep it as a throw or do you have plans for the material?
    I always seem to leave charity shops with colourful glass vases....they are just so pretty!

  3. That necklace is gorgeous! Fab finds :)

  4. Loving that necklace! Can't believe it was only £2, what a find! I'm trying to have a bit of a break from charity shopping at the moment cause I have way too much stuff. It's very hard though. xx


  6. I live right next door to the lake district and the way tourists appreciate it much more than I do always inspires me to go and take another closer look! (: Sounds like you had such fun and I love the scalloped necklace, it's so cute.

  7. okay, between the necklace and the throw, i am very very jealous! i wish i had them... the patterns are pretty, too, but i love the scalloped gold necklace. and i go crazy for floral anything. you have such bargain-skills!

  8. Happy 5th Anniversary!
    Loving the necklace.
    When at car boot sales and charity shops I always gravitate towards the bric-a-brac. Mainly wicker baskets, white crockery, glass bottles and jars.

    Barrina x



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