You know you’ve found a true friend when she shares with you her top spot for finding bargain blog props, and I have found that friend in Rachel from Vintage Folly. Since meeting, I’ve always been in awe of Rachel’s ability to style her blog (and herself to for that matter) beautifully. So when she told me of a charity shop near her home where I’d find retro tableware and vintage fabrics I had to have a look.
My own blog (much like myself) doesn’t have a set style. But since I went on a food styling workshop last year, I’ve been keen to make more of an effort. So I’m always on the look out for quirky finds which I can use but which won’t break the bank. I may have gone a little crazy, so thought it would be fun to share with you what I came away with.
Let’s start with this cake stand. It’s a pretty wooden thing, made in Switzerland with inlaid flowers. But the best thing? It’s musical!
These serving spoons were still in the original box, I’d love to think that they were a wedding gift or something. They were obviously Sunday best as they are so well kept.
These British made Vitner butter knives are so dinky. There was one missing so not a full set but cute none the less.
I was thrilled that there were five of these Meakin plates in the half price bric a brac sale- so I got them all for £2. I know it’s not everyone’s cup of tea (thank you very much, I’m here all week!) but Rachel tipped me off to this Meakin teapot in the sister store – so I nipped in one lunchtime. The lovely staff there even took my number and said they’d call if anything interesting came in.
I also picked up a load of fabric which you can see in the shots.
A 1970s brown flowery tablecloth and a white and blue tablecloth. A couple of pretty embroidered napkins and some colourful offcuts. These will all be so useful. To be honest I wish I’d had more time to rummage around the fabrics, so I intend to go back again after my next pay day.
All of this for around £20.
I’ve got to clear out a big drawer to make it my blog prop space, but once I have I’ll be on the look out for more quirky finds. So if you have a favourite charity shop which you think I should check out, let me know.
And where did I get all this stuff I hear you ask? Well I’m not sure if I’m ready to share but if you want to go I will of course tell you!