charity shop finds | 4

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brother deluxe 220 typewriter

paddington bear pin

WELL, it’s been a while since i’ve done one of these eh? i do of course, and probably always will, regularly shop in and peruse charity shops, but for whatever reason haven’t done one of these posts for a while. so, hoping to bring them back again. i can’t promise any regularity, but will do a few throughout the year as well as posting bits on instagram.

so, without further ado, a few favourite things i’ve bought in the last year. definitely a few things i’ve forgotten, but i figured some ‘highlights’ are better than nothing.

have you had any particularly interesting charity shop finds? i’d love to know!

black italian leather handbag

technically i bought the typewriter online, but it was via a charity, so it counts. plus it’s so lovely to look at. if you’re interested, it’s a brother deluxe 220.

as if i need another pin/brooch in my life, but i couldn’t resist this cute little paddington bear. love that he’s holding a flower too. this was one of those ‘see it in the corner of my eye just as i was leaving the shop’ finds. score!

the bag is italian leather, and i assume vintage. it’s very good quality and is just the perfect size for ‘essentials’ aka purse, inhaler, painkillers, keys, lipstick, notepad and my camera.

bbc wildlife magazine pocket guides

colourful crochet blanket

the total book of house plants

the total book of house plants front cover illustrations

these little pocket guides just called to me. i have always loved guides and books to do with nature and animals, so if anything’s at a good price with good illustrations or photographs i am in! ditto with the books. the illustrations on/in the top one are absolutely fantastic so i included a close up of part of the cover too. had my eye out for this book for a looong time!

another thing i’ve had my eye out for, for AGES too is the ‘perfect’ crochet blanket. i used to have a really lovely one when i was little that i took absolutely everywhere with me, but with a million house moves over the years it ultimately got lost. i did try making one but it didn’t turn out as i wanted, so i gave up, ha. recently i discovered this one, which is huge too, in the perfect colours and so i snapped that right up. i am perpetually cold (either that, or unbelievably hot ..there’s no in between) so i have quite the collection of blankets.

broderie anglaise top

tooth shaped necklace

close up of pink chair and shawl

a broderie anglaise style top, perfect for when spring finally comes around, and a ‘tooth’ necklace which i initially bought for someone, but decided to keep it for myself. whoops.

and of course, finally, *the* pink chair. i still love it ever so. i saw it in my favourite local charity shop window over christmas, and put a note through the door as i didn’t want anyone else to get it! there’s a better photo of it on my twitter, but i just wanted to show a close up too, because, pink.


snapshots of bath

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fake flowers in bath

tallulah rose flower school

house opposite bath abbey

i fell in love this week. despite having lived in cardiff for almost 7 years now, i’ve never been to bath. which is a bit silly really, as it’s so close, and about the same distance away from me as bristol. pretty much everyone i told this to had a look of disbelief on their faces, ha. but it was so worth the wait. despite the cold and dull (and at times rainy) day, i instantly fell for this city. i can’t even imagine how excitable i’d get about it on a sunny day.

though i had a few suggestions of places to visit, i decided i’d rather wonder around slightly aimlessly and see where my feet and my camera would take me. my main reason for being there was to visit the fashion museum, for a special preview of their latest exhibition, but i’ll talk about that in a bit.

stationery in hay

black and white bust in shop window

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roses peeking over wall

– small thoughtful gifts
– when people are truly understanding
– that strange sense of calmness when my room/area is tidy
– feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin
– seeing people being thoughtful and caring towards others less fortunate
– getting whiffs of the scent of my hair the day after washing
– feeling warm, even if that means i have to wear multiple layers and blankets to get there
this grandma
– getting a few nights of actual restful sleep (despite still waking many times – can’t have it all!)
– smelling delicious food – even if i can’t actually eat it
– taking a few minutes to drink some tea in peace
– having ‘good days’ (or the odd hour or two) amongst the bad ones
– small relief from near constant pain
– scoffing an entire chocolate bar. sometimes you just gotta.