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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Holiday Thrifting in Hampshire

Last week we went to Hampshire for a few days break, and whilst shopping in the local town, I spied not one but four charity shops! This to a thrifter is like bees to a honey pot and I was jumping for joy. It was lovely to go to different charity shops for a change and see what thrifty gems on show down in the South Coast.

One shop was so big it had three different sections for furniture, clothes and any other items (crockery,toys,CDs,books) I only had a limited time in the shops as I was conscious of having my OH and two children with me, and I didn't want to bore them!

I found this pretty little Japanese dish, it has a flower garden scene with blues and reds running through it, it was only 75p and I am using it as a soap dish in the bathroom.

I have admired tureens from afar and have always fancied one to display roasted potatoes, or vegetables in and present it on the dining room table. So when I saw this beauty for £4.50, I couldn't resist it.

The gilding around the edge it gold and blue and the pretty handles are very regal!

And finally this cute gold rimmed rose bowl stood out, I love the pink colours and brought it for £2.00
I have it on my dressing table, with my day to day jewelery inside it.

Bonus as well as it was made locally from a Devon company called Braunton Studio Ceramics

I adore thrifting and cannot wait for the car boot sales to start soon in my area, more thrifty gems,bargains galore, treasures delight to be found!  I am linking in here at Liz's Magpie Monday and here at Sophie's Flea market finds for this weeks thrifty finds.



  1. wow lovely finds, Im from Hampshire :o) Scarlett x

  2. Hi Scarlett, lucky you! We loved it there, you have the New forest and the South coast on your door step and it is so beautiful. We also managed a trip to Paultons Park for the children, which they loved. I can tell you the name of the town I shopped in if you like? Bx

  3. Your tureen is utterly fantastic value for £4.50!! Great find!! I do love the south coast, just gorgeous :-)

    Jem xXx

  4. oh I love that tureen too! good finds. I always find Charity shops a long way from home much more interesting, guess it's because everything you see is ''new to you''.

  5. Those are beautiful, and such a bargain! Well done.

  6. Oh holiday charity shopping is such fun! Always check out what the locals have on offer!

    I adore that tureen. Very grand indeed.

    Thanks for linking up x

  7. Wow the tureen is gorgeous who wouldn't want that sat on the table full of yummy food!
    And i adore the little bowl so pretty :)

  8. Great price for the tureen, they always want about £15 for ones not half as nice in my local shops. The bowl is a beauty too. :)

  9. the japanese dish is gorgeous - i saw some similar today in a shop and steeled myself not to buy - now I've seen yours I wish I had bought them! well done you. Enjoy your posh potatoes too

  10. I soooo waht that tureen. Totally gorgeous and what a bargain. I am yet to find a good one that isn't chipped or cracked : ( xx

  11. That tureen is an absolute stunner, lucky you. I'm really hoping I find something interesting while I'm down here in Wales, it's always nice to have a new hunting ground. The little Japanese dish is really pretty too x

  12. Great finds - particularly like that blue and gold serving dish.

  13. What gorgeous, gorgeous tureens.

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