Monday, December 11, 2006

Flea Finds!

I visited the Shepton Mallet Flea Market on Sunday. It was a very chilly day, so consequently there were very few outside traders - who can blame them? It rained in the afternoon too! I still managed to pick up a few tasteful items though!!

The three old green glass jars are for the on-going saga of my workroom blitz! They will be perfect storage for buttons, fabric flowers or ribbons. I also found the little aqua glass perfume bottle with stopper quite charming.

The painted hat stand was purchased from Sue, as was the blue check French linen hand towel. The stunning Gladys Cooper is featured on the postcards, which I bought because of my interest in vintage hats. I have a collection of postcards in a lovely old French album, that I enjoy adding to. It is a hobby that costs just pennies. These were 50pence each.

There are three items of white lacy linen here bought for just £1.00 the lot! And two adorable small bisque dolls. I'm not sure if the little kewpie is old, as her condition is immaculate! But she is a cutie anyway with her tiny wings on her back.

Finally, I found this Victorian Christmas card. It has a green velvet frame and the forget-me-nots are hand painted on silk.

I have been collecting the glass Christmas baubles from car boot sales and flea markets all year. I finally have enough to make a covered wreath similar to the one seen in Rachel Ashwell's book 'The Gift of Giving'. I hope to find the time to make it this week. (As well as tidy my workroom - I promise!)
(Click on the photo above for the Amazon link to this book.)


  1. Hi Niki - Thanks to you and Debbie for manning my stand during my 'comfort break' yesterday! It was much appreciated! And thank you for your purchases of course.

    It wasn't a bad day for me in the end, and I was quite pleased that I managed to spend less than I took in sales - could be a first!!!

    Sue x

  2. Hi Niki, I LOVE that doll!

  3. OMG it worked! I have finally been able to leave a blog, what did I do right...? Anyway while luck is on my side just to say that I loved the drawers, totally inspirational and love seeing all your shopping buys.

    Thank you for leaving a comment on my new blog and yes I will get a picture up of my Christmas tree, I don't have my christmas lucky boots up on it, but may be I should?
    Best wishes Ginny

  4. What beautiful treasures you found. I went antiquing today and picked up some more vintage ornaments also. I look forward to making one of those wreaths one day too.

  5. Hi!

    I just wanted to say that I think you have an absolutely delightful blog! Loved your finds at the fleamarket!

  6. Wow you have been busy since I last saw you. I have had computer problems and have missed catching up.

    I LOVE your kewpie. Will you be putting her on your site?

  7. Hi Niki! Thanks for dropping by my blog. I LOVE Rachel Ashwell and can't wait to see your finished wreath. PLEASE post pics! I saw the picture of you with your chicken on your profile! We have seven chickens and love them! I think we're cut from the same cloth!

  8. As usual I love every thing that you bought. I would love to live near you and shadow you around a few of your favorite places. I am going to shop when I get back up North but we do not have the wonderful places like you have. I will have to get on the internet and find put just where I can go to find wonderful treasures like you have found....Sharon Kay

  9. What a wonderful collection of things you found. I love them all.
    I think it was Gladys Cooper that was once named the most beautiful woman in Britain (many years ago of course).She was very lovely.She was the actor Robert Morley's MIL...
    I'm full of useless info .like that...LOL

  10. Hi Niki, Pleased you found some treasures at Shepton and I can't wait to see the bauble wreath! Clare x

  11. I love the bauble wreath idea. Can't wait to see your version. No doubt it will be beautiful.

  12. Anonymous11:42 am

    Wonderful finds as usual, and I'm really looking forward to seeing your bauble wreath.
    That book looks interesting, don't think I've seen it anywhere, must keep an eye out for it.
    Carolyn (Willow House)

  13. Morning Nikki I see you SCORED at the sale all your items are sooo tender and sweet I absolutley love them all. I look forward to seeing your wreath.
    Happy Straightening my craft room needs it too.

  14. Oh how fun! What fantastic finds! I want to see the wreath when you finish it. I'm sure it will be gorgeous.

  15. Anonymous6:01 am

    What beautiful things you have on your blog, I enjoyed my visit very much!

  16. Anonymous12:35 pm

    Hi Niki!
    You definitely scored big time with these wonderful treasures!! I love them all! I especially love the postcards - such a neat find!
    I truly savor your wonderful blog!

  17. Love all the wonderful things you bought. I have this complete addiction to aqua and for-get-me nots.The bauble wreath I started a few years back and its made up of silver mercury balls but I'm still on the lookout for more to do the complete circle. I still do display it every Christmas and enjoy it.Have fun making one. I'm sure you'll do a lovely job.

    Annabelle ~^..^~ xo

  18. Anonymous5:32 am

    i love all your finds! we have very similar tastes it seems. i've got you bookmarked so i can check back again. :)

  19. Anonymous10:32 pm

    I had such a harried day, and this post brought me back into deep breathing.....

    love to you

  20. Anonymous10:32 pm

    anonymous was cityfarmer

  21. The Christmas Card is really terrific!


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