Friday, 1 July 2011

elephants on wheels

I went on a bit of an expedition today, going round the charity shops of three local towns. I had a good haul, but got almost all of it in the first little town, so the rest of the day was a bit of a let down.

I started off big with not one, but four pairs of vintage curtains.


It's hard to find curtains to fit the windows in our house, but these seem to be ok - there are two pairs of each pattern. Whatever doesn't work in the house will be going on eBay.


I'm not sure how well they go with this fifties' magazine rack (already overflowing with magazines), but I'm sure I can make it work.


Add a Cath Kidston cushion for £2, and the living room is nearly fully furnished.


I came across a set of these Holkham owl mugs ages ago, which S really liked, but they were far too expensive. This lonely owl was only 95p though. Does anyone know why they are called owl mugs? Something to do with the shape maybe?


And finally, the wild card. Each time I come home saying 'this is the weirdest thing I've ever bought' it seemes to get trumped a few weeks later. So here it is - the weirdest thing I have ever bought (to date).


He's a bit musty, but is so freaking cute. The vintage dogs on wheels go for a pretty penny, although I don't think elephants are as desirable. But look at that little face!

What's the weirdest thing you have ever bought in a thrift store?

And after my menagerie of kitschy animals last week, I hit the jackpot today. A box of nearly 100 mice! Some in apples, some in hats, some in teapots. I managed to resist though.

13 comments:

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

yeah. kitschy animals. i have a friend who's collecting some at the moment, although, i believe she's into biscuitware. but the elephant is definitely wild. trumpety wild...
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JeTaimeVintage said...

In love with that elephant. Fantastic finds!

karlyn Jackson said...

Great finds, that elephant is hilarious and I love the yellow mag rack. Also love the shape of those mugs.

Rae said...

i love that little elephant! and good thing i didn't come across those 100 mice, because i wouldn't have been able to resist.

lost property vintage said...

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Vintage Scapes said...

Wonderful finds! My guess to the owl mug is that it looks like an owl when you look at it from the handle side. The two ovular openings look like big eyes. I think you can definitely work the mod rack with the flowery prints...

lost property vintage said...

@Vintage Scapes - That must be it - I've been looking at it from the wrong angle!

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

I love those magazine racks - I'd have bought it too! Although I need more of a pile of boxes for all mine, I must stop some subscriptions, things are getting out of hand...

Nostalgic in Maine said...

Love the elegant blue owl mug! And that elephant thing made me laugh, which is a good thing :-)

MissMollyCoddle said...

LOVE THE ELEPHANT!!!! lucky, lucky you :)

leah @ plainview - moxiethrift on etsy said...

love that magazine rack! haven't seen any that style in my outings! sweet score.

BeckyKay said...

That elephant is adorable!! How fun!

kit and nancy. said...

love that magazine holder. yellow and white together are delicious. lovely finds.