Thrift finds

I absolutely love thrifting (or as we call it in the UK charity shop shopping). I was at a secondhand sale today and I bought this book. I don’t exactly need another knitting book as I don’t knit a lot and when I did I was never accomplished enough to make jumpers! However I can never pass up a nice craft book. I have a bookcase full of them! What can you not pass up on?

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26 replies since 28th April 2019 • Last reply 19th May 2019

We don't really have any charity shops where I live, but fortunately there are flea markets during late spring and late summer, that I love going to!
Craft books are a bit of a weakness of mine too lol, but I'm running out of shelves, so I now try to only buy those books that I really, really, really like ;)
Other than books, I love anything crafty, I find fabrics and yarn particularly hard to resist.
And the fact that every flea market is held only once gives everything such a sense of urgency, either buy it then and there or you'll never have a chance to again lol

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I know what you mean C.J.M. You know you are unlikely to see the same thing again, so you have to commit there and then. I often go to a car boot sale at the weekend. My cousin has pretty much decorated her whole house using car boot sale finds, and it looks so good! I find it really inspiring!

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I'm quite jealous of people who are able to do that!
There are often so many things that I see on flea markets that I like, but they're usually so different in style that I don't dare buy them.
Some people are really good at making different styles look nice together, and they can proudly call it "eclectic".
When I try it, it just looks like a big old mess... lol

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She definitely has a particular aesthetic it's kind of vintage country. I never feel like I can really commit to something like that as we still live in a rented house. Until I can do whatever I want to a place (including getting rid of all the horrible textured wallpaper), there doesn't feel like much point decorating.

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What a shame you can't even decorate the walls in a way you like Sad
Is that the case in all rented houses, or does it just depend on the owner?

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I think if I asked my landlord he would probably let us. However, it doesn't seem worth it as we know we won't be here forever and the walls are a very inoffensive cream. To be honest I am probably a bit lazy too.

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"To be honest I am probably a bit lazy too"

I can relate to that... Wink

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I was poking around the charity shops again this week and came up with this little haul. I usually buy clothes and books but this time it was homeware. I do love vintage kitchenware and I think I will make good use of these little fridge keepers. It's nice to not have to use plastic tubs.

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The pink ones are particularly cute Love
Is the green item a grater? I looked at the enlarged picture and noticed the holes look like a honeycomb, might also be fun to use with polymer clay to make tiny hexagonal tiles Happy

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Its actually a garlic press. My boyfriend and I actually already have one of these but I use it a lot and it is starting to show wear. I thought I'd buy this one when I saw it for cheap and keep it for later. Using it for polymer clay is a good idea, I never would have thought of that!

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A garlic press? I wouldn't have guessed that Happy
Not sure it would actually work with polymer clay, so if you try it and it ruins the garlic press, please don't sue me lol

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Haha! I would never! I would probably only try that after the garlic press breaks. Then I wouldn't have to worry about getting polymer clay stuck in it.

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That's a relief! lol.
The flea market season is starting up again over here, so I'll be keeping an eye out for one of these garlic presses. If I find one, I'll try using polymer clay with it and let you know if it worked Wink

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It is amazing what you can find to craft with at flea markets and secondhand shops. I just remembered that I found this carved wooden block for 50p a while ago. I am convinced it's a stamp for block printing but I think its very pretty and I don't want to mess it up with paint/ink so it just sits on the shelf.

Good luck! Let us know how you get on. I'd love to see you thrift finds.

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