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Monday, 17 September 2012

Village yard sale


Last week a little sign went up in our village shop: 'posh junk sale, this Sunday, 10am - 3pm.' It was to be held in the garden of a very pretty old house five minutes away from our street. So, on my way to fetch the Sunday paper, I called in. I bought these two chippy old rose platters, above, and another, rather amazing object. Can  you guess what this is?


Apparently, it would have been used to skim the cream from the milk in a traditional dairy. Very Tess of the D'Urbervilles! I don't know what I will do with it, as it is absolutely mahoosive, but I just fell for it. I think it made from elm, and it has some cracks and old woodworm holes, but the patina is just gorgeous. It is so smooth and burnished. And for only £5, I couldn't resist it. I can imagine using it at Christmas, although I'd need about a tonne of oranges to fill it up. I also came home (staggered really) with a pretty little Victorian bedroom chair. My son was incredulous. "Mum, I thought you said you were just going to get the paper!" 

12 comments:

  1. Ahhhh that's when all the best bargains are to be had, when you're least expecting it. Love that big bowl you could always eek out the oranges with fir cones, Lucey x

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  2. The cream skimmer is fantastic. What a bargain! Absolutely love the colourful, patchwork suitcase makeovers in your previous post too.
    M x

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    1. I think it was a good buy, too. Thanks for the suitcase feedback!

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  3. That made me laugh and reminded me of the time I went to watch our local carnival and came home with a car! Well, we have to get a bargain when we can, don't we?

    Have a lovely Monday,

    Claire xx

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  4. I think I will nip out this Sunday for a paper, just to see what I return with! Lovely stuff! Ada :)

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  5. Great find - I wouldn't have known what that was for!
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

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  6. What a wonderful find, I love the thought of a lady back in time using the bowl to make her butter/cheese
    Thea x

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  7. Wonderful finds!
    I bet you feel chuffed you popped out to buy that paper! hehe..
    Have a cosy week.
    love Maria x

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    1. I certainly do! Have a good week, too.

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