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I thought I would share with you  one of my favourite charity shop finds of last year.  It is a ‘Swan Brand’ vintage enamel stock pot / pan with the most amazing retro blue pattern.  It cost a measly £4.00 from the Salvation Army charity shop near where I live. Can you imagine what an enamelware pot of this size would cost new?

Not only is it wonderful to look at, it cooks up the most delicious home made soups & stews.  In fact, I have made more soups than ever since buying this amazing piece.  It is really quite big so you can cook up enough for four people.  It looks great on top of my cooker & is perfectly functional too – a perfect combination.  I have some other enamel pans in white & orange which I will post at some stage.  Again, these get used on a weekly basis.  My kitchen is full of stuff like this and I use it all.  Visitors are always asking where I bought things & they are always amazed when I tell them a) where I find them & b) how much they cost. 

The joys of second hand eh?  Do you have any vintage cookware / kitchenware that you simply love to death?

My beautiful stock pot


What a pattern!





A vision in purple

Well, I am doing well on the vintage costume jewellery front this week.  I came across this beautiful faceted glass necklace the other day & quickly snapped it up.  It is a lovely amethyst shade & has a traditional screw barrel clasp.  Purple is my favourite colour so I was delighted to find this little beauty.  Can’t wait to wear it with a pair of vintage purple diamante dangly earrings that I also picked up in a charity shop. 

At the same time as buying this necklace, I also got a fabulous 1980s slash neck top.  It has a leaf pattern all over it and looks very NOW!  I’ll show you this later.  Looks amazing with a cinch belt. 

A good week for bargains so far!

A vision in purple

The apple of my eye…

Check out these super fruity earrings that I found in a charity shop this week for the grand sum of 50p!  Bright red glass apples & metal leaves suspended from silver ear wires.  How amazing are they?!  They are certain to brighten up any outfit on a cold winter’s day.

Apple of my eye

Hello world!

Well, this is my first ever blog post and I truly feel like a second hand rose in a modern world!  I have got a lot to learn but I’m sure I’ll pick it up as I go along.  We didn’t have computers when I was at school, you know!

I will be using this blog to talk about my life as a lover of all things second hand in today’s throw away world.  I am Queen of Charity Shops and will be showcasing my vintage finds & how I put them to good use decades after they were first produced.  So…if you like making old things new again… this space! 

Second hand rose in a modern day world - that's me!