Today I paid one of my usual thrifty shopping trips to a long awaited jumble sale in Coventry. I predominantly look for vintage clothes but always make a bee-line for the bric-a-brac first in case I miss a bargain piece of furniture that I can transform with a lick of chalk paint. Because I go to jumbles frequently, I see a lot more coffee tables etc for pennies and so I feel I have the opportunity to refuse what seems expensive in a charity shop. I really could write a separate and lengthy blog post on this topic but I’ll hold back.
I know shabby chicing furniture is more of a trend these days and this is the problem; people know it, demand goes up and so does the price. In turn, second hand shops can price itself out of the market. And if lots of people are doing it, then there’s more competition and price-dropping to sell their spruced up pieces on ebay, etsy and so on. In my opinion, if you are going to painstakingly restore and paint a project, then time is money which is where you give it its new value.
So with that in mind, the first part of my haul is my new £2 coffee table. I’m looking forward to this quick and easy transformation and plan to paint it white and line with wallpaper on the top as an experiment.
My ankle boots were also a great find. They are Gabor and were 50p. I knew what great quality these were and would be comfortable as I have had a similar style from this brand before that cost £70 to help my feet survive my first job in retail. I am already loving how they match my little black bag which was another previous jumble purchase.
Another terrific buy were this bundle of hair curling, straightening and drying appliances for 50p. Ok, so they’re no GHD’s. They all work and I’m so thankful I stumbled across these as I’ve been looking for a pair for months but didn’t want to waste much more than a couple of quid in a charity shop. Why you ask? Because I’m so lazy and impatient with my hair and have collectively spent hundreds on different ones, disliked them and just given them away… yes, even the curling wand.
As I do more YouTube videos for my health and fitness channel, I’ve also been watching many other people’s and have generally been unhappy with how unflattering and unkempt I think my hair looks in comparison and personally don’t want to spend hours doing my hair and make up in hope that someone prefers my videos. I really shouldn’t be comparing myself to others and how much they many can afford to waste on hauls, but I do. Maybe they don’t have a mortgage yet.
Then as our first house is being renovated and some radiators have been removed in the process, I instantly bought this £2 oil radiator which admittedly will need a thorough clean. I bought a heater from the same place at their June jumble which we are using right now and it’s been a saviour. And so the more the merrier for different rooms in the house. I just can’t work efficiently when I’m cold and need to be prepared before Winter is in full swing.
I also found a cute little nail and tweezer set which I mainly bought for the latter as I’m always losing mine. It looks brand new and cost 20p. Absolute bargain!
Then on to my new 20p beauty desk caddy in grey as a little reminder while I work from home to prep my face with my latest skincare treats bought from Amazon which are Bio Oil and St Ives Timeless Skin Moisturiser. I don’t want to slack on this while I’ve crept in to my early 30s and have popped in some Vaseline for my hands and lips and a pump bottle of almond oil as I have dehydrated skin that I need to keep on top of.
Here I have a 20p wooden wine rack which I bought undecided whether I will paint it or not. I’m still not sure but could not resist and its bare wood and perfect for shabby chicing.
And for anyone who has a smart phone that requires a micro usb charger, I picked this up for 10p and I’m probably not alone in that I’ve spent a lot of money on these, but my fiancée tends to pinch them to travel to work. Fair enough, I think as I’m not the one having to do a daily commute. Also, most don’t work with my stupid Sony Xperia Z1 so on a trial and error basis, then 10p is far less risk than some of the prices I’ve paid. Roll on my phone upgrade this year! It couldn’t happen soon enough.
And apart from absolutely loads of clothes I haven’t managed to sort through yet (let me know if you’d like to see this in a video with a try on?), I bought this wicker basket for 10p. This time of year, or any infact, I like to buy baskets for presentation of my Christmas hampers. Second hand ones are perfect for the job as it is mere presentation for aesthetics and if you popped to IKEA like I did on my first year of hamper making, it would set you back at least £4 each and I doubt many would find a purpose for them. In fact, one of the best places to go if you’re squeamish about 2nd hand in this case would be to buy them at B&M for £1.99 and they also now sell shredded paper as a lining and cellophane for 89p.
Luckily I will be attending another jumble this Friday, so I best find homes for my new purchases before I bring home some more cool finds.
If you’re also a bargain/jumble hunter, then I’d love you to share your thoughts below or if you have any questions.
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