Friday, 1 April 2011

Button Moon

Since last weekends jumble sale, I’ve been very good and not bought a single thing. That was until today. Admittedly I held back on a few things, I’m trying hard to cut back on the books (as it has become quite apparent I already have far too many).



So I only bought 3 books, all priced at a very reasonable 10p each in my favourite charity shop.The Secret Garden is a classic that should be in everybody's book collection.



This Country Code book from 1973 I couldn’t quite resist, the illustrations are fabulous.



This coat hanger was hanging by the door and simply charmed me at the cost of 20p, if only for display purposes.

Then as I was at the counter paying I heard an old lady behind the counter say “This tin of buttons, don’t sell them individually, make sure it’s sold as a whole lot.”
Well my eyes instantly were drawn towards the said tin in the ladies hand, and instantly I was taken. Maybe more so for the tin than the buttons. You know how I love a vintage tin.



So I quickly asked if I could have a look, and was predictably smitten with the find. The two ladies then had a rather strange disagreement on price, the lady who had originally served me was willing to sell it to me for a £1, but straight away the other lady said “No that’s too cheap!”

I was beginning to think they were never going to settle on a price. So I was finally told £2, which given it was only a pound more than originally suggested, I knew I would be regretting not buying it if I was to leave it behind.



Since returning home, I am really pleased with the collection of buttons. It’s a little odd selection and I must admit that’s what the beauty about it is. It’s not something I’ve ever collected before, but any well established crafter should have a secret button stash.

My little charity spree had gone well, after only spending: £2.50 on all of the above, it was then the magazine demon in me that got the better of me, and I splurged out on May's issue of Easy Living (£3.60). Solely because I wanted this trinket tray:



I know, I know a piece of absolute tat! But I absolutely adore Celia Birtwell and I just couldn’t let this pass me by. It also comes in a black version too. I have such little interest in glossy’s nowadays, but almost have a magnetic pull towards free gifts like this! What am I like seriously!
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27 comments

  1. Ooh I nearly bought that tray! I decided that I had no room whatsoever for it though, and I wouldn't read the magazine so was very sensible and put it back on the shelf.

    Can't decide what I like more - the buttons, or that gorgeous tin.

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  2. the secret garden is a very cute story :)

    jos xx

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  3. eee buttons,i do love buttons.
    The little coat hangar is cute too
    x

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  4. I love the Secret Garden! The book is great but the 1993 film is wonderful. It's one of those that you can watch over and over whilst snuggled into a duvet on a miserable rainy day. Now I have made myself want to do just that!

    The tin is marvellous! I love the shape of it.

    I may have to go find myself that magazine as that trinket dish is really nice especially the dog wearing a ruff! xxx

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  5. OOh buttons and a tin - great bargain find, cheap as chips for £2 and of course the secret garden is a must and yes its on my book shelf. Im always drawn to free gifts too on the mags - the tacky the better in my eyes! Have a fabulous weekend :o) Scarlett x

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  6. Oh Alice, the tin AND the buttons. You got a bargain there girl. You're right, everyone should have a button stash! Have a great weekend. xx

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  7. Such great finds! The button tin is so gorgeous, makes me want to go charity shopping again! :) xoxo

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  8. I might have to buy the magazine just for that tray!

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  9. i was sooooo tempted by the tin, but simon wouldnt let me buy the mag just for a freebie! GRRRRR!!!

    Lovely finds Alice :)

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  10. The Secret Garden makes me cry everytime!
    The tin was well worth £2
    xx

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  11. omgggg the secret garden!
    childhood memories right there :')
    Rosie xo

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  12. Such great finds. I love the 1970s children's book. The illustrations from that time seem to use such bold colours.
    Let me know if you'd like a Pinterest invite and I'll email one to you.

    Emily x

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  13. Oh my! I am loving all these bits and bobs ^_^ Especially that coat hanger, too cute!

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  14. You are right about The Secret Garden Alice, it's an absolute classic. I love the look of the Country Code it's something I would probably buy too.

    And the tin is gorgeous...of course x

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  15. The Secret Garden is one of my favourite children's books, just love it. That coat hanger is really cute too.

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  16. Lovely tin and buttons! Even at £2 that's a great little buy. I hoard buttons like mad.
    Rebecca xx

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  17. The Secret Garden is one of my favourite books - I have the same copy on my shelves as you!

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  18. That trinket tray is gorgeous and well worth having!

    Victoria xx

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  19. Who could resist a vintage tin full of buttons?! Love it! xx

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  20. Aw, that's all really cute stuff - I want it all! Nice finds. x

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  21. me and my grandma used to do this! she always had so many lovely, lovely buttons, i used to have so much fun making sock puppets with them! xx

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  22. So much in this post I love. Just read the secret garden again recently, love it. Buttons, yay and a beautiful tin. Great finds. Finally got to the post office today so mail is on it's way. X

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  23. I love your blog, so I awarded you with the Kreativ Blog Award. I'm not sure if you do these, but I thought I'd give it a go anyway.

    http://babblingkatie.blogspot.com/2011/04/blog-award-kreativ-blogger-award.html

    Katie

    x

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  24. You have an award from me :o) Scarlett x

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  25. I'm not sure how I've not been following your blog before, your picture looks familiar and you seem a girl after my own heart (even down to the magazines! I have a vast towering edifice which I must do something about before my bed hits the ceiling). But anyway, I found you via Scarlett, who name-checked us both for a Kreativ (sic) Blogger award, your blog looks lovely. Vintage tins of buttons are a must - doesn't a siren go off if a crafty blogger dares to leave one behind?!

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  26. A good button stash is a definite must!!!

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  27. i think ur blog is very cute, i tagged you on my blog for a challenge:
    http://dreamurdreamzz.blogspot.com/2011/04/10-day-you-challenge.html

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