I tend to buy from the same places as they work for me but I feel I may need to diversify this year as it gets harder to find more unusual items. Having said that though I have been lucky recently and seem to have been in the right place at the right time. One of my favourite pieces is this cute little flour shifter.
|American flour shifter|
|Blue bird cup and saucer|
Some more china now and this oversized cup and saucer really caught my eye. I'm not sure if its old but I just loved the subject matter and thought it was a great form of social history.
|Adams Cup and saucer - The Farmers Arms|
|Old French wheelbarrow|
|Old German Wheelbarrow|
I seem to have a thing for wheelbarrows at the moment and they keep appearing in front of me when I'm not looking. The top blue one is French and belonged to an old lady from France who had had it since she was a girl. The green one is German with an iron wheel and that had been in the family for years too. Its so nice to find things in their original state and knowing that they are fresh to the market. Both these will make wonderful display pieces for a garden.
|Victorian corner shelf unit|
|Close up of shelf, you can just see the gold leaf on the top left|
I found this sweet little puzzle and was rather taken with it. It comes in its original wooden box with the original booklet and ALL the pieces are there. I know because I did the puzzle and it took me ages which is a bit worrying seeing as these are for children!
|Old ammo box|
|Bullet boxes for a Mauser bolt|
This find is really interesting as we couldn't understand what on earth would have been in the boxes. I liked it because of the colour and I thought the boxes were interesting although they are empty. Neither Mark or I speak Russian (funnily enough) so Mark asked his Russian friends on Facebook if they could translate. It turns out that the boxes hold bullets for a Mauser Bolt and are from 1954. They are actually quite valuable but only with their contents which thankfully were long gone. A cool find though.
|Victorian Valentine card|
|Art Deco french clock|
|Selection of fabric boxes|
Next we have one of my favorites, an Art Deco French mirrored clock. These are hard to find without chips so I always try and buy them when I can. Will add a touch of glamour to any boudoir! I also managed to find some more fabric boxes including one that still had some wax flower pieces. These would have been used in France in the early 1900s as part of a bride's bouquet. You can still find tiaras made from the wax flowers and they look beautiful. Simple but very effective.
I had some of these lampshades a little while back. They are prototypes of designs for lampshades from the 1930s and are all hand drawn on vellum paper. When I bought the original ones, I instantly regretted not buying more. Luckily the lady is a regular at the market and she kindly kept these aside for me next time I saw her. Really charming pieces.
|Old wooden toys|
|Old rustic ladders|
Well there you have it, I think my spring collection is coming on nicely. I just need to make sure that they actually leave the house and don't end up getting stashed somewhere! That's the problem when you buy what you like, you always want to keep it especially the pieces you know you are unlikely to find again. At least I'll always have my blog :)