Just glancing around our kitchen, I would say that 60% of our serve ware and crockery is second hand. We try and hunt for things that are cheap as possible, and for items that have a story, and a life we want to continue – rather than opting for plain, generic mass-produced items from Ikea or Argos, with no personality. It makes a home look lived in… and real!
Today we went to Chesterfield Car Boot Sale at Twin Oaks Hotel… it’s interesting. When say interesting, I mean to say the majority of stuff is tat – but that’s to be expected when people are trying to make a dollar from the things they no longer want or need. We saw a few creepy pot dolls, tatty shoes and 1990’s electricals… we also saw a suitcase full of remotes, which was a bit weird. However, in amongst all the tat and the junk we found a few fab little items to introduce into our home!
For the modest price of £7 I managed to get a beautiful blue painted square plate, and two oval plates with a green and gold trim – all perfect for serving cakes and sandwiches, some salt and pepper pots and three hand-painted teacups and saucers. The lady on the stall told me that she has a shop in Malton and usually sells them for £6 each… I got 3 for £5 with the two oval plates thrown in for free. She was fed up with the quality of the other stalls (like I said, they’re interesting) and was packing up to go home.
Not only is buying second hand cheaper… you’re salvaging something and giving it new life in your home – a beautiful item that could have easily been destined for landfill. In our apartment we have a 1950’s desk, a 1920’s dresser, an old piano and a TV we bought for £10 off Ebay (see, we’re really frugal). Throwing dinner parties with second hand and vintage crockery is fun too – you can really go to town with the table set up. I have two 1970’s cups I use as sauce pots and old jugs I use for breadsticks and crisps. What could easily look like a drab dinner party, soon becomes and vibrant table of colours, crockery and food. It’s so much food – and it’s lovely to treat friends to an experience, as well as nice food.
Here’s a closer look at what I bought today!
Hayley Jayne xx