Monday, November 07, 2016

Autumn Thrifting

I am really trying to cut back on buying things at the moment, but I still can't resist a little thrifting-although I'm still trying to reduce the amount of stuff I accumulate, even from that. I'm trying to have a shift in how I thrift, to quality over quantity. So far I think I'm succeeding, just about. 

I recently lucked out and picked up what I think was someone's geology collection for a song. There are pieces of rock and an array of crystals, both tumbled and unpolished. There is a big piece of citrine, a chunk of amethyst, fluorite, clear quartz and smoky quartz, as well as some super shiny pyrites. 

As part of my quality over quantity vow, I paid more than I normally would for a pair of these gorgeous Denby cups and saucers. I think it was worth it though, I love Denby pieces and they last extremely well. I particularly like this design as I think the cup looks like an acorn cap. They seem like something faeries would use, but human sized.

Another lucky find was this completely untouched Rowney oil painting set. I'm interested in trying oil painting, but I didn't want to spend too much money on experimenting with it in case I decide it's not for me, so this is perfect for trying it out.

I also picked up a small desk easel. I've realised I like painting on canvases, and it is just so much easier to paint them on an easel. This one is great as it is very lightweight and doesn't require much storage space.

I bought a teeny tiny painted cauldron, because #witchlife.

Another example of paying more than I normally would but getting something pretty special for my money is this vintage glass terrarium. It has a wooden base, with a pyramid shaped glass and metal terrarium on top. Two of the sides are open for access to whatever I plant inside, and it has two triangular panels of pale green glass, which I think are a lovely detail. I had been wanting one of these for ages and this is only the second one I have seen in a charity shop in as many years, so although this was a little expensive compared to my usual thrift finds (£9), I knew I would really love it and that it would be worth the extra cost.

Finally I collected a few vintage books. A sweet little guide to trees and shrubs, Oscar Wilde's fairy stories, a nature book with a fabulous spine, and an old children's book which has beautiful illustrations.

I think I've had a pretty good haul recently, and I'm actually quite enjoying being more selective in my purchases. Hopefully I can keep it up!


  1. That's a lovely haul, especially the books. And of course I love the notion of acorn cap teacups!

  2. What a great haul! I hardly love everything someone picks out, but I love everything you bought! I especially love what you said about the cup looking like something fairies would use! I completely agree!