There was a flea market that I wanted to go to this weekend but having no childcare I had to stay local for my vintage foraging. Just as well really as I found some wonderful bits.
One of my favourite finds was an old leather suitcase, complete with travel stickers, containing 2 old handmade cushions. The fabric is a wonderful 1950's design by Marion Mahler. More surprisingly this item was found in the crusher at the recycling centre and was saved for me by a lovely friend who works there. He knows that I like old fabric and was sure this was something that would be of interest to me, he was right. Can you imagine such treasure being crushed?! It makes me wonder how many beautiful old textiles get shredded or crushed, in fact I can't bear to think of it!
I bought the old embroidered cushions from a couple who were clearing out their uncle's house and on speaking further to them they invited me to go round and look at some more textiles they had. I ended up buying several old leather suitcases, one tiny one, suitable for a teddy, a wonderful array of old union jacks and some cotton reels.
I seem to be attracting a lot of old toys and books as well, just right for the vintage fairs that are coming up. I adore the old building blocks. I bought another old doll's pram, bigger than the last two, which I have hidden away in the garage, so no photo, sorry. I also found some lovely Enid Blyton books and some old Ladybird books with wonderful pictures of scottie dog loveliness! One of the books, Bom The little toy drummer, is one I've never seen before. Does anyone know this one?
Some of the things I bought are to keep (for now at least) including the old Arthur Woods pot and the green swallows. That's the beauty of what I do, until I sell the items I am the guardian of them and enjoy them for as long as I want.
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