Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Car Boot Bargains – August Bank Holiday Monday

Oh my life, you will never know how much I love a good rummage, especially when I come back with treasures beyond my wildest dreams.  Can you believe that I made a list of things to look for and I came back with four of them! I am so excited I don’t know where to start ….
Ok ….. I will do them in reverse order of excitement, building up to a crescendo of absolute joy!!
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Largish  glass dish -  I saw it, I liked it, I bought it ….. £1 !
Wooden Picture Frames
Three wooden picture frames ….. 50p each, when I saw them I thought shabby chic, and as I type, this one is in the garden drying after its first coat of paint …. I will sand it down later to shabby it and if I am happy with the result, I will do the other two …. the centre of the flowers in each corner are begging for large clear flat backed gems, but for the sake of good taste I will resist! I am also wondering weather to replace the glass for a mirror.
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I have an old fashioned taste in jewellery, I know this isn’t old but I love the colours and shapes, it’s a bit art nouveau – 50p – nabbed it!
Carboot Necklace
The drawers were the first thing on my list – £2.50 was my limit  but 50p grabbed it!  I want it to alter, then give it as a present. I have done one already, but you will have to wait a little while to see it as I have scheduled it for later.
Picture 174
This brocade effect pillowcase may seem an odd thing to put on my list, but I saw it on the market about two weeks ago and have regretted not buying it ever since but hoped it would still be in the huge box where I first saw it. (The car boot joins the market on Bank Holidays).  It cost £1 and with some flat backed gems and a length of black/silver velvet ribbon, it’s going to make the most stunning Christmas present sack ever!
Brocade Pillowcase ready to be altered
This canvas/cotton Topshop bag was another “look for” on my list and cost another £1.
Canvas Bag ready to be altered
I saw the bag below on Saturday in Accessorize, but it  was £28.00 – so I thought, if I could find a similar bag, I could embellish it myself with some of the bits I have on my shelves, save a huge amount of money and still be on trend! (I’ve been watching too much Gok me thinks!).
General Cross Body Bag
…….. And finally zee piece de resistance ….. I NEVER EVER thought in my wildest dreams I would find something like this ……
Leather Bag - Carboot Bargain
…. a Hidesign messenger/work bag (it looks nothing in the picture I know), but, when new, it would cost silly money -  £100 plus – I paid 50p!  It has three compartments, two with zips and has the most delicious leathery smell! The leather is so soft and I have set about polishing it with loving care.  I need to sew about 1.5 inches of one zip where it has come undone and the same in one of the corners, but otherwise it is perfect with a worn comfortableness, if you know what I mean. You can imagine how thrilled I am as I have been looking for something like this on e-bay for ages and although I have made lots of bids, bags I have fancied have sold way beyond my means …… Oh what a perfect day!


Belle xx said...

that satchel bag is beautiful, you certainly saved the best til last!
i went to a car boot sale today and got a pair of leather jazz shoes for just 50p! i do love a car booty
belle xxx
ellabellevintage.blogspot.com x

misteejay said...

I haven't been to a boot sale for years cos all the ones here became very expensive with far too many 'traders'.

You certainly came away with a good haul - enjoy your treasures.

Toni :o)

MoonDoggie said...

Wish I had as much luck as you with boot sales. Congrats on finding what you wanted.

Suzanne said...

Brilliant finds, Helen. What did you paint that gorgeous frame with? x

Craftyanny said...

wow that bag is a fab find Helen. L love the little glass dish too:)
What car bootie do you go to? Is it drivable from Glasgow?
Anne x

Bubbles said...

Every Sunday I swear I'll walk to the local car booty and grab a few bargains... trouble is, I never do - and ours is more traders than just people trying to shift some of their stuff. Anyways... I LOVE those photo frames... absolutely gorgeous, and I can't wait to see the finished detail you put on them. Oh, and have to say that your idea of making 'my' flowers red and using as poinsettia was just inspired - thank you!

carlytheprincess said...

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo jealous of those frames love love love them! Well done x

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sh3ri3 said...

Wow great finds, those frames are lush! :)