In the summer, there are usually two boot fairs in our area, the really early one which starts at 6am Sunday morning and is kinda smallish, and the late start one which we usually go to around 9am, which is somewhat larger. I don't think I have ever come away from either one without buying at least one thing.......... until last Sunday, that is, when the first boot sale yielded absolutely nothing. Zilch. Nada. Nichts. Rien. At least the second boot fair came good, and I found a few things.
I was very happy to once again see the guy who had lots of French stuff a while ago, and who cost me a small fortune the last time I saw him. If you want to see what I spent the money on then, have a look at this post HERE, all the beautiful trims, laces, ribbons and those gorgeous fine threads came from this fella.
This time, I was able to pick up a few more little pieces of vintage French lace, 5 rolls of the most deliciously pale peachy pink vintage seam binding, and a set of 5 French dinner serviettes/napkins, monogrammed of course -
I didn't iron the serviettes before taking a pic, they are as found, because they need a jolly good wash -
The monogram M G is so typically Art Deco -
I have a love/hate relationship with some of the regular stallholders ( when they are there, which is not very often ), because they make me spend lots of money! But I can't resist, I have a passion for linens, lace and all things old.
Here are a few more things I found at other stalls, nothing especially outstanding, but sweet little things nonetheless. A necklace with loads of MOP ( or some other shiny shell ) disks, which I took apart straight away -
A few bits dug out of an old tin with some sewing stuff, a lovely beaded trim, possibly from a lamp, a handful of vintage brass curtain hooks and this sweet little jug cover -
The very fine old netting in the middle is full of holes, but can easily be replaced, and the beautiful fringing with the gorgeous green glass beads is worth saving -
A tiny little needlekeep in the softest suede -
and this little instruction booklet for an antique sewing machine which I had to have because it had such a nice image of the sewing machine in it -
The trim came from yet another stall. I love this shade of baby blue -
Those pompoms are enormous! -
This is quite a sweet thing, a drinking glass with a gorgeous little wicker jacket. Quite small, perhaps it was for Sherry or a tot of Whisky after a lovely picnic in the meadow -
Now, the next item is such a mundane little thing, but incredibly special. It is a piece of wrapping paper. From 1937, would you believe? It commemorates the Coronation of George VI and shows George and Elizabeth. Incredible that this sheet of paper, which most people would have thrown in the bin after unwrapping their present, has survived all these years. It was folded up unfortunately, but I will carefully remove the creases over time and keep it rolled -
Lastly, an item which I had found a few weeks ago, but forgot to show you. It will become my travelling craft case for the summer in France. I don't think this little beauty case has ever been used, it still has the original label attached to it and is absolutely pristine, inside and out -
I am already putting aside bits and pieces to fill it with.
Thats all for today, folks, I need to go and cook dinner. If you can, take some time and visit Blue Creek Home HERE to check out the other Treasure Hunt Thursday posts.