My name is Jen and I’m addicted to buying things second hand.
There, I said it. It’s out there. My confession. I’ve finally admitted it to myself, which they say is the first stage of recovery. Although I’m not sure I want to recover, especially when there are things like this to be found in charity shop, car boot sales, vintage fairs and eBay listings…
Definitely my favourite find this week. I bought this 1960s vintage oak desk on eBay for £30 and collected it on Monday (which is a story in itself – a long drive on windy country roads, a VERY tight squeeze into the back of the car and an increasingly harassed boyfriend…). It’s beautiful and huge and I love it. I’m now looking out for a suitably 60s-style chair to go with it. Oh, and the Union Jack cushion was £1 from a car boot sale.
I’ve been looking for a Vogue mirror since I saw Fleur’s, so when I spotted this hanging on the wall of a charity shop I beelined like I’ve never beelined before. A bit of research tells me this stunning mirror is Art Deco style, dating from the 1970s. It was £9.
Since I picked up these Hornsea Pottery goodies, I’ve been on the lookout for more of the retro-patterned pieces. These beauty is as groovy as they come, and at £5 she was destined to come home with me and keep my pasta safe.
Armed with a simple staple gun, I now fancy myself as a bit of a furniture restorer. My latest project is this cute wicker chest, picked up at a car boot for £3. I’ll use the leftover fabric from my dining chairs to cover it and finish it off with a bit of white lace trim. Lawrence L-B got nothing on me.
I’ve been drawn to second hand homewares more than clothing recently, but nothing will stand between me and a chunky knit. Or three. The stripy jumper from Whistles for £3, cream cropped jumper for £3.50 and grey Merino wool cardigan from Gap for £2 are being packed away until September.
Spotting this crochet French Connection dress, brand new with tags for £6 was one of those I-have-no-idea-how-to-wear-it-but-I-can’t-leave-it-behind moments. It has no lining, so it’s basically just a knitted sheath, presumably to wear over a bikini on a sun-drenched beach. I’m lacking in both the bikini and beach departments though, so I think this is a case for a plain jersey dress and some flat leather sandals.
Bank Holiday Weekends always mean extra car boot sales, so weather permitting I’ll be up early and out getting my fix tomorrow, too. It’s a habit I just can’t break…
Going second hand shopping this weekend? Report back with your bargains in the comments below!