My guest and I went charity shopping today, taking the bus from sunny Crackney all the way to...North London. Golly, I'd forgotten what the wilds of Seven Sisters Road were like, and it was a football match day so all the beer drinking and loudly swearing burly blokes ended up giving me quite the headache after a couple of hours.
Anyway - I had some shopping success and managed to purchase for myself a really beautiful biscuit barrel which I shall use to keep my teabags in (I know I should use leaf tea, and I do have some, but I prefer PG Tips and from a pyramid bag by jove!). It really is a pretty little thing, off white with a gold floral design and wicker handle, with the original lid, and only £2! I'm very happy with it, as is Marlon:
Egad! In that first picture you can see my chipped nail polish. I'll have to fix that this evening!
The barrel is made by Sadler, a UK based teapot manufacturer. The company started in 1882 and is still making its famous "Brown Betty" teapots to this day. The mark on this piece dates it to the late 40's. Hurrah!
There was another lovely pair of biscuit barrels which I considered buying too, but they were £17 for the pair and while lovely I resent paying that much when thrifting and left them behind. I am slightly regretting it now though as I'd like one for sugar and one for coffee (not that I drink the muck but still, its good to have it in for guests and the like).
In another shop on our trek back eastwards I found a lovely wool tweed skirt - probably 80's I'd say but it looks incredibly 40's on. Its a brown check with dark red, mustard and blue accents, mid calf length with large wide top-stitched pleats. It is from Kinloch Anderson and, having looked at their website, my £3.50 was a bargain. I'm at a bit of a loss at what I've got to pair with it - might knit something. Any ideas welcome.
Finally, this wasn't a purchase today but I'm just thrilled with it A knitting bag. Its huge and so contains all three current (and neglected) projects.
I do so love shopping.