15 April 2010

rich pickings at the market!

Today was market day...and as you can see we came back with yet more junk. This leather suitcase is so beautifully lined with loads of pockets. I love what bits of stuff you find left inside the pockets...

I found some bargains too, like this hand knit jumper in amazing violet colour, a rather splendid bag, and a silk scarf, all for the princely sum of £12 {my new outfit sorted!}

inside the bag were load of old sewing paraphernalia, tut tut, what a shame eh?

we also scavenged some beautiful old books like this one, with strangely scary illustrations (I won't show you the gruesome ones as it might put you off your lunch)...

lets just say it makes David Attenborough seem like Disney.

I liked the pattern of this book cover.

...and these

...and these!

I loved the colours of this map too, and very handy to have a little colour picker on the side, some nice interior colours maybe? Is this where Farrow & Ball get their colours from do you think?

we found loads of these, which we are going to use for displaying our jewellery.

and last but by no means least, I was charmed by this wee bird with finely painted plumage, he looks very proud so I thought he ought to sit in my shed and keep an eye on things.

apologies for the epic length post, I just had to show you as we managed to get some bargains today.
Most markets in London are so expensive, but its amazing what you can get if you go to the right stall and look in boxes and under tables!


  1. I love the case and the botanical prints. You guys have such great eyes for these things! I love how you get creative and incorporate it into your jewelry displays.

  2. I love the map and botanical prints. I must get snooping around our local charity shops for some similar stuff. A x

  3. Wow you really found loads of stuff! I'd love to see the map & botanicals in action! :) I think a follow up post is in order.

    Bre @ http://theredbungalow.blogspot.com

  4. I'm lusting after an old suitcase like your very first picture. We're soon moving into our first house, and I'll be off to the markets to seek out something similar!


  5. love those little treasures, especially the case, the chair and the prints!

  6. Love all your little finds.

    If you're ever in Crystal Palace I can recommend Haynes Lane market:


    I absolutely adore it and have been there five times in the last three weeks!

    Charlotte xx

  7. WOW WHAT a beautiful lots of things you got. Love all the books, actually love everything!

  8. What wonderful finds! The little birdie is so handsome.

  9. You are so lucky. I love the trunk and what's inside makes it so much more special. I weave stories around these things. I have the hat trunk of a great, great aunt, complete with the tag still on the handle from the last trip she took with it.
    And those books. Sigh. I found a wildflowers of Britain book at the last book sale I went to. 1950s. Gorgeous. I've posted pics from it on my blog.

  10. This looks so much fun! Do you mind if i ask which market you found all this treasure at? It looks worth a visit!

  11. I love your new outfit!

    And yes, those illustrations are quite macabre, aren't they?!