Monday, 1 September 2014

Shepton Mallet Flea Market Finds

Oh hi, Monday. You again. Showing up when no-one wants to see you, like an ex you run into when looking less than stellar. Bleurgh. 

On the flip side, my Sunday was great. I trundled down to Shepton Mallet Giant Flea Market, to hunt out some bargains. I find vintage fairs, flea markets and antiques places are increasingly hit-and-miss. However, Lady Luck was with me on this occasion and I got some super rad treasures!

I already had a red vanity case, but the strap broke and isn't fixable, so when I saw this one I just had to snap it up. 
And as soon as I saw this gorgeous, cherry print round tablecloth, I knew it was destined to become a swooshy, full circle skirt. I just hope I don't mess it up when it comes to making it!

I've loved old tins since I was a little girl; I think it comes from the hours spent in my granddad's workshop, rummaging through all the tins and drawers, whilst he carved something amazing out of wood, as if by magic. 
I saw this tin from afar and was drawn to it like a beacon. The kitschy retro illustrations are so cute - I can't decide what is my favourite bit!

I've saved the best for last...

When I saw this chest of drawers, it was love at first sight. I already have a pastel pink chest of drawers, which I've had since I was toddler (you can see it on the right of the picture below), so I knew this would match perfectly. Aside from the colour, would you just look at it?! The legs, the shingled drawer fronts, the baby blue melamine top and gold still my heart!

I almost didn't even ask how much it was, as I was sure it would be way too much. I took a shot though, and boy, am I glad I did! The lady said it was £30, but she was just packing up, so I tried my hand at bartering and got her to give it to me for £22, as that's all the money I had left. Yippee! What a steal! Oh, it's just divine and I'm so in love with it. In case you hadn't noticed.

Shepton Mallet is the site of the original Babycham factory and, even though it closed years ago, the Babycham deer is still there. It used to be on the roof, but it's now on a patch of grass next to the (now cider) factory. I've driven past it so many times in my life, but on the way back I finally stopped to take a picture. There were lots of people about, so I unfortunately couldn't climb up and get a snap of me with her. I think you'll agree, she's pretty rad.

When I got home, Soldier wanted to inspect all the new things, of course. He is the boss after all.

I think he approves.

I'm so pleased with my new/old purchases. They came in very reasonably, too:

Vanity case - £8
Tablecloth - £3
Tin - £2
Drawers - £22
Grand Total - £35

How was your weekend? I hope it was happy and fun-filled. Let's go kick Monday's butt.


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  1. oh my days, such beautiful things! I absolutely adore those drawers. I've been keeping an eye on our local Gum tree for some retro furniture. I can't wait to see the skirt you make from the cloth. Lisa x

    1. Good idea - sometimes you find some proper gems on Gumtree!
      I still can't believe my luck with the drawers! :D xx

  2. Wow what a bounty! Those drawers are fab & I can't wait to see the skirt - the vanity case reminds me of one I had when I was a wee girl - now I want one again :)

    1. I can't quite believe what a good haul I managed! Lady Luck was with me that day!

  3. I love the vanity case! Actually I love everything you managed to pick up. I used an old scarf to practice making a skirt and I like the idea of getting some more to work into skirts. Looking forward to seeing that DIY! I think I can safely say I kicked Mondays butt, but today, that kicked my butt.

    1. That's a great idea to practice with a scarf - I think I shall do just that, thanks!
      The butt kicking goes back and forth here too - as long as it evens out in the end!


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