While we were away camping on the North Yorkshire coast at the end of August, we decided to rise early on the Sunday morning and pop along to a local car boot sale which was sited in a huge field outside a pretty little village. Now, I do love a browse around anything with stalls, be it a farmer’s market, craft fair or church fête, but rummaging through other people’s second hand loot? I’m in absolute HEAVEN! I wish we could have had a bit longer there to potter about the place; car boots, foldout tables and even patches of grass were crammed full of vintage treasures, books, antiques, rickety old chairs, baskets and boxes, jewellery and other collectable trinkets amongst many other things, but with the kids in tow, sadly it just wasn’t possible to wander around too long. That said, I did manage to spot some little homeware finds that I’m pretty chuffed with (and all for the princely sum of £5)!
I picked up this cute little vintage ceramic marmalade jar that is very similar to one my Mum has which has held everything from pencils to posies over the years. You can never have enough little jars, bottles and vases about the place. They can be grouped together according to shape or colour to form an interest corner on a shelf or mantelpiece, or filled with pretty blooms throughout the seasons for that laid back, country vibe. It brought me a little bit of happiness for £1!
This next trinket may not be to everyone’s taste, but I was just drawn to its vibrant blue colour and simple shape. It’s a handblown Finnish glass bird, from the Karelia region, so is worth a wee bit more than the £1 I paid for it! It is probably one of a pair of glass paperweights. I just need to find the perfect spot for it, but sometimes finding the right home for a new ornament takes a little time! I love it.
I do love vintage cutlery, especially nice heavy spoons such as this matching set of three and the pair of bone-handled Sheffield steel butter knives much like the ones my own Grandmother would have used for mixing her scone dough! I paid £2 for the lot and they will come in so handy. I just love that they can tell their own story – I wonder who has dined with them or baked with them over the years? If only they could speak! Why buy your everyday cutlery in Ikea when for the same price (or less) you can find these well-made gems. They add a certain rustic elegance to the dinner table, especially when set against fresh white linens and vases of blooms.
Lastly, back to the bird theme and although this is by no means an antique or vintage find, it is simply a pretty object that caught my eye. I bought this painted metal birdcage hanging votive holder again for the (not-to-be-sniffed-at) sum of one pound, as I like to light tealights outside on a summer’s evening when entertaining outside or whilst the hubby and I enjoy a glass of vino together once the wee ones are tucked up in bed. This would look sweet hanging from a tree branch or snuggled into a corner of the garden. It adds a little touch of femininity alongside bulkier garden planters and is a pretty alternative to traditional glass outdoor lanterns. It could also be brought indoors over the winter months to sit on a hearth or mantel shelf. (Apologies for the lack of actual tealight candle in these pictures, but I could not for the life of me remember where I last stashed them)! The trials and tribulations of moving house once again…
I’m sure if I’d had more time (or room in my own car boot), I could have picked up lots of little furniture finds ripe for upcycling or reupholstering, but I will definitely be on the lookout once we get settled into a new home. I adore realising the potential of other people’s ‘junk’ or simply finding a new home for unloved items that renews their former glory.
For details on car boot or indoor sales taking place in your region, visit here or for London listings, try this guide here. As for me, I’m looking forward to the next treasure hunt in a field… roll on Sunday mornings!
Are you a car boot addict or champion treasure finder? What have been your recent finds? Please share, I’d love to know!