23 July 2011

bonkers yesterday...

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...we popped over to a junk shop/reclamation yard near Lewisham. Its totally bonkers, and a little bit disturbing.


squillions of chairs, but even if you did find one you wanted, you'd never be able to get it out of there.

hundreds of fireplaces ripped out of Victorian homes and substituted with a fake ones from B&Q .There should be a law against that I reckon. ...And Corinthian columns, 'cause you never know when you might need one of those.


a city made out of 1930s plywood furniture.



we came away empty handed, but just glad to have left in one piece! 
Next we decided to drive over to Brixton Arcade quickly {and maybe get a cuppa + cake}



we visited one of my most favourite shops 'Leftovers'. It is run by a lovely young lady who has a great eye for things and amazing display of her antique clothing. i bought my second pair of handknitted slipper. I wonder who is making them? Nao bought a jacket and a neckerchief.




amazed by her antique crocheted buntings...

my socks/slippers...


we succumbed to the power of cake...

on the way out of the arcade, we spotted hilarious minuscule bananas, we bought the whole bunch.



that evening I decided to start work on cleaning some of my finds from the antiques fair we went to last week.
Not a very helpful photo, but this is the puppet I found. It has the name Esther Nunn written inside, so Esther, if you are reading this, let me know where you are and I'll post it over to you. Otherwise it will be residing with us.

it was SO manky even the stall holder was surprised I wanted it. It looked like covered with poo and grime, and you couldn't really tell what colour it was.

So he spend the evening in the Peckhamshire Health Spa {aka our sink}

The water turned black, but I didn't want to mention it to the patient.

afterwards, he was taken through to the recuperating table, and his mates came to wish him well...


after a brush and blow dry, he is nearly back to his ol'self again, 

...and smelling faintly of Woolite.

32 comments:

  1. Oh yes, a much happier little soul... I love those little bananas too I had them all the time in India but not found them sadly in Emsworth...

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  2. I love that you love these grimy littl'uns! x

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  3. what a lucky little puppet to have found a home with someone as caring as you♥

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  4. What a make over that puppet has had! I love the photo of the little chap relaxing post spa, all that's missing are two cucumber eye patches.

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  5. Oh, the rebirth of the puppet :) Love your slippers ! happy sunday, hope it'll be more sunny than in France, the weather's just awful...

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  6. he looks much more lively now!
    i was in an antique store yesterday that was unbelievably crowded as well. no idea how you could get anything out of there if you wanted!

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  7. oh bless what an excellent adventure for the wee little puppet x

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  8. I think that little yellow fireplace was made for me! Do you have the address of this place? Think I need to go rescue it for my new flat asap!

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  9. Anonymous23.7.11

    Ummm...definitely a different color than when he started! :)
    I wonder if he accompanied the Esther Nunn that crossed the Australian Outback on camels!

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  10. Fun to find crazy little shops...even if they do dive you crazy! Love your little puppet bath bio....so sweet and hilarious : ) Made me smile. Can't wait to share your blog with my step-daughter who just spent a semester in London and misses it!! Cheers, Penny

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  11. so sweet the lil fella got a bath and a crowd watching too :) looks like a very fun day out and I feel I need to visit this 'leftovers' place if I ever get over that side of the world.

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  12. Those bananas could be "Ladyfingers". Love knitted slippers. My aunt made me a pair out of carpet wool about 35 years ago. I keep replacing the soles with denim.

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  13. Awh the puppet having a bath photos are hilarious! He musta been so glad u rescued him! X

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  14. Mr Puppet looks so much happier :) I think is would be fun to wander in a vintage wonderland like that all morning :)

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  15. If I was a lost, forgotten about, unloved, dirty little puppet or soft toy, I'd really want to find my way to you. I bet they love the smell of Wollite. Relaxing in the suds, feling their little fibres swell again. Hope. And a new life.
    I love what you do in your world.

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  16. Sounds and looks a great day. Lots of gorgeous eye candy. Love the knitted slippers. Must look for a pattern for some. The colours are great. And - he must feel better after his spa evening. x

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  17. That made me laugh and I bet he's relieved that you found him! X

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  18. those slippers look so snuggly, I may have to attempt knitting a pair! Glad the spa worked, nothing like a good soak in the bath to bring someone back! x

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  19. I grew up wearing slippers just like that! My mom and gramma always knitted them and and now I knit them for my mom and myself. They are so cozy aren't they?

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  20. Your blog is absolute thrilling :) i love vintage stuff and this is so eye candy and charming blog! i will become your reader :)
    have a great days :)

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  21. I love reclamation yards, we haven't visited our local one in a while so that is now on my list of things to do this week.

    Brixton Arcade looks amazing, I am definitely going there next time I am out that way.

    Oh and what a wonderful makeover that puppet has had!

    xxx

    http://vintage-mardle.blogspot.com/

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  22. sounds like you had a great day! that reclamation yard looks like so much fun to visit!! your blog is so great to visit! looove it!

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  23. what a gorgeous and fun day! that junk shop is the stuff of dreams

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  24. This is so sweet. I believe puppets have a soul, so you just made one more soul very happy.

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  25. Don't get me started on B&Q fireplaces! Aarrgh!

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  26. Tee hee, you've got to love Aladdin's Cave. Definitely the most dangerous junk shop in South London. And quite possibly in the world! Lovely post.

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  27. What a lovely adventure! I always enjoy visiting your blog and seeing what you are "up to". Thank you <3

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  28. just found your blog and I like it
    once I lived in Gravesend and and used to work to markets around Lewisham London and still love junk
    Cristina
    Italy

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  29. "Peckhamshire Health Spa" made me smile & absolutely laugh out loud - adorable! (And that bunting is really beautiful!)

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  30. That junk shop is my idea of a candy store. I could spend all day in a place like that, happily digging. Beautiful photos. And I agree, it's sad that they rip out the original, beautiful fire places and replace them with something cheap.

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  31. Wow, this looks like the most perfect weekend ever! Such beautiful pictures. Love your blog!

    Katie x

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  32. such incredible photos! i could stare at them all day. a perfect friday escape!

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