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?
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
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!
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
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.
What a shame you can't even decorate the walls in a way you like
Is that the case in all rented houses, or does it just depend on the owner?
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.
"To be honest I am probably a bit lazy too"
I can relate to that...
The pink ones are particularly cute
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
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!
A garlic press? I wouldn't have guessed that
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
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.
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
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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