A boot sale Sunday

July 14, 2013

After all the sugary, flowery, girlyness of yesterday, Robert planned a day out at a car show…somewhere…with Jason…only boys allowed!

Actually, that’s not strictly true, girls are allowed there too, but they went out in the Caterham, which only has two seats, to Goodwood House, Sussex for the Festival of Speed. (please note my use of British racing green just there)

So I went to a couple of car boot sales. πŸ™‚

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Oh my gosh, how much fun can a girl have with about $25?

Let me describe the loot for you.

I got eight hand thrown flower pots for about $1.50. I think these guys have been around for a long time and probably seen at least 50 seasons of seedlings come and go. I love old flower pots and already own dozens and really need these like a hole in the head, but then I really need them!!! You know?

There’s some bits of old crockery. I love these two cream vases and they match the three I bought at Sudeley Castle last year. (I know, now I have five)

Some coronation china and vintage linens, and some lovely old books.

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Look at this fantastic vintage puzzle! Still in the box, still in the plastic wrapping, with a little Christmas paper taped to the back. Do you like puzzles? We love them. Then there are five records: The Talking Heads, James Brown, Marvin Gaye, The Police, and The Weather Girls. (Remember “It’s Raining Men”? Lol…what a riot)

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Then there’s this gorgeous painting. I just love it and it’s coming back to Vancouver with me. (no idea how yet…but let’s not bother with details… πŸ™‚ )

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And Oh MY Gosh, this Milo plate! It so looks like my great big Vancouver boy. Chloe’s going to love this one.

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And, just because I couldn’t leave it there and it cost about 75 cents, this wonderful, happy, ceramic elephant. He stands about 10″ tall and has a velvety mat black glaze. He makes me smile.

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I also bought a hand knitted sweater in the best red colour in the world…you know I love reds, and a bracelet, (which Chloe will try to steal), and a pretty Autumnal dress for Binky, and three black and white ordnance survey maps which I can paint on.

Yesterday was filled with gardens and flowers and wonderful botanical illustrations and so I zoned right in on one of the little old books I bought. It is a 1944 book called Some British Months and has these fabulous coloured plates:
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And as wonderful as they are, they don’t compare to the birthday card my darling girl sent me. She composed it in Paint and used images form my latest posts. That is a real treasure! She also made me a wonderful, silly, loving video. I wonder if she’d agree for me to post it. (I’ll ask)

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Using the smallest brushes
My birthday at RBG Kew

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15 Comments

  • Reply carla July 14, 2013 at 8:15 am

    The cat plate is marvelous! and an elephant with it’s trunk up is a symbol of good luck. Good hunting.

    I’ve always loved those official prints of the Queen from the 50’s. I have a vivid memory of a huge one that hung in my elementary school. xo, carla

    • Reply Veronica July 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Carla, I remember those portraits. I loved them too. Did you have Prince Philip as well? I think we did. πŸ™‚

  • Reply ebbandflo (@pomomama) July 14, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Happy birthday and happy treasure troving

    • Reply Veronica July 15, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hi Amanda, thank you so much. πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sabra Bowers July 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I love the birthday card! I have two black cats living with me and they look exactly like the image on the plate.
    It is so hard to tell them apart. Sometimes I can’t, unless they are together.

    • Reply Veronica July 15, 2013 at 3:21 pm

      Sabra it’s so true. I used to feel like that until I got my own black cat now all the other’s look different from Milo but the same as each other…lol πŸ™‚

  • Reply Marrianna July 14, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    Such great treasures. Coming from the States, when I saw the title of your post, I thought you bought some boots to wear. When I started reading your post, I was thrilled to see it was the boot of a car. Lucky you and I know you’ll figure out a way to bring that great painting home. Thank you for sharing your experiences.
    Marrianna

    • Reply Veronica July 15, 2013 at 3:22 pm

      Oh no Marrianna, I should have put “car” in the title…lol. Do you like flea markets and sales like this? I love them. πŸ™‚

  • Reply daryledelstein July 15, 2013 at 4:27 am

    love all your new treasures but i am coveting that Milo plate!!!!!!

    • Reply Veronica July 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

      It’s a good one isn’t it Daryl? πŸ™‚

  • Reply Sara v July 16, 2013 at 10:37 am

    Veronica–thought you meant the shoe–was looking forward to all kinds of mahogany buttery leather!! Ha! πŸ™‚ Your kind of boot sale is much better–love, love, love the Milo plate, the elephant and the butterfly color plates-wonderful! So glad you had such a fun treasure hunt πŸ™‚ And Chloe’s card is perfect!

    • Reply Veronica July 16, 2013 at 10:47 am

      I Know, I know Sara! Oh my gosh, I’m too British for my own good some days. πŸ™‚ These little flea markets are just called boot sales because the trunk is call a car boot, (as opposed to the hood which is called a bonnet and don’t get me started on spanner, (wrench), naught, (zero) and numpty, (which is what I sound like when I stop speaking North American…lol)) πŸ˜‰

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