Charity Shop Finds
At the heart of the local village is a cluster of shops. There's a butcher, baker, hairdresser, corner shop, solicitors, gym, post office and charity shop.
The charity shop supports the Florence Nightingale Hospice and is always brimming with gems. I popped in for a quick browse while the butcher prepped a box of meat and bones for Apollo and Aura.
Inside the shop I chatted to an elderly lady who was dropping off a box of knits that she had made for donations. For 50p I couldn't resist a new fishermans beanie made from wool that she sourced locally, I dropped a few £ coins into the donation box as an added thank you because this super soft hat is going to be a staple!
Amongst other gems were these three mini signed prints of my favourite Lake District hills...
...including Blea Tarn and the Langdales, two regular haunts when up in the area.
There were also two Blandford guides, one being Shorelife and the other Field and Meadow. The books are filled with colour pages of vintage sketch descriptions.
Needless to say, I was powerless to resist, I have a few favourite pages which I'd love to scan and print large poster size prints for framing once the work on the house is complete.
A few months back I had picked up this Midwinter Staffordshire bowl for a few pence, perhaps a whole £1. Nevertheless, it was an utter steal. If you're after something similar, check out ebay and set a search to follow.
My promise for this year is to buy less, much less, so when perusing the charity shop I was increasingly conscience to only bring home pieces which make me utterly happy and content.
The Langdale print is nestled in amongst items on the shelf, while the others are on the mantle stacked beside photographs and artwork.
The bowl serves as a jewellery dish, filled with gems beside my bed.
It feels life a great addition to the room, serving a purpose and bringing a little beauty too.