Shopping for prezzies for the Clover

January 5, 2014

Junk shops + vintage shops + thrift shops = Happy! Because the one thing I absolutely love doing is finding one-of-a-kind, unusual things for my children (and me). And thank goodness for my iPhone. Happy little iPhone; clandestine little photo taker. 😀 Let me show you a favourite shop in our market town: The Old Pill Factory.

I absolutely fell in love with this little mirrored photo frame,(and the enamelled jug), but the frame was a bit pricey at about £28 (if I remember). Might have to go back for it thought because the more I look at it the more I love it to pieces.

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Old books are absolutely my weakness and look at these beautiful covers!

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I loved the gentle girliness of this bench and pillow, and I love that the cover on the bench isn’t perfect matchy matchy. That’s how my quilts usually turn out…lol…so I feel most gratified.

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And look what I found! Now this is the perfect man-cave that I can live with. Aren’t those chairs and that sofa just to die for? I can see them being in some ol’ boy’s club in Oxford, smelling of cigars and scotch. That wine rack would be full of lovely wine bottles and on the wall facing the sofa would be a roaring fire with those plush fire guards, you know, the ones you can perch on. Heaven. Actually, I think I might expropriate this man-cave for myself and call it a girly-grotto.

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I took at least an hour exploring the nooks and crannies of this lovely store. It’s impossible to see it all in one go. I think I might have to go back next week. 🙂

Hope you’re having a relaxing weekend across the ol’ globe.

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23 Comments

  • Reply Patty/BC January 5, 2014 at 11:28 am

    Ooooo, the large basket (for firewood), that lovely quilt and the flag would have to come home with me!

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 12:07 am

      I know what you mean Patty! I can never have enough blankets around. Love the huge baskets too and have one at the cabin, but it’s an old fragile one so only holds newspaper for starting the fires. Saw one in Alberta in an antiques filled town, but the price was astronomical. 🙁

  • Reply Carol Graham January 5, 2014 at 11:30 am

    I have never been good at this — I envy those who can walk into a vintage shop, a garage sale, etc and find TREASURES. I will try to learn from you.

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 12:05 am

      Hi Carol, I bet you can learn. Try picking out one thing you like, for me it was ironstone dishes at first, and then just focus on that. 🙂 Lovely for me that you left your addy because now I can come visit you. 🙂

      • Reply Carol Graham January 6, 2014 at 7:22 am

        O K — let’s do it

        • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 11:25 am

          Ha ha ha, you’re on Carol! 🙂

  • Reply mackenziecircle January 5, 2014 at 11:35 am

    I had forgotten how much I love wandering through these kinds of shops! It’s been awhile since I’ve taken the time. You are inspiring me to go back! Like you, I love the one of a kind but I also like thinking about the stories behind the items – who owned them, how they came to own them – so many possibilities! Would make a lovely story book to just write about found objects. Thanks for sharing your adventure! I think you should get the frame… of course!

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 12:04 am

      Oh I hope you do go find some junk stores. I love thinking about the stories old things carry. Once I bought some bedside tables one of which was filled with letters and cards to a very old lady. I know you’re not supposed to be reading other’s mail, but I couldn’t help myself. Very sweet moment. 🙂

  • Reply Traci Baker January 5, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    I LOVE the desk, the bird house jewelry box on top of the bookshelves (in the last picture), the lamp with built in table-space, not to mention the white dresser and wooden trunk in the “girly grotto”!

    • Reply Veronica January 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm

      I know, I know! My mom has a desk like that and I’m trying to figure out how I can expropriate it! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your addy because now I can come visit you. 🙂

      • Reply Traci Baker January 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

        My site isn’t as nice as yours, but I would sure love the company!! 🙂

  • Reply Joanne January 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I can almost smell the dust in those old places!
    And how did I miss your paintings?
    They are lovely. Soft, misty, gentle – very open. A little like you Veronica! Although I’m not sure about “misty” 🙂
    Happy painting!
    xx

    • Reply Veronica January 5, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Aw, thank you Joanne. 🙂 I’m sure I’m misty too! Hang on, I’ll ask R…yup!

  • Reply Daryl January 5, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    i love shops like that .. sadly there aren’t any in NYC proper .. but i can get to visit one via your photos!

    • Reply Veronica January 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      I don’t believe it! Well then, talk about a new marketing opportunity. 🙂 Just let me pack up all my junk; I’d have enough inventory for years…lol.

    • Reply Traci Baker January 6, 2014 at 7:13 am

      I can’t believe that there are no antique stores in NYC at all. I know there are secondhand clothing stores. So why wouldn’t there be antique stores? However, that would definitely be an amazing business opportunity. If Veronica doesn’t come open a store, if you truly love stores like that, you could open one yourself! Either use it as your main source of income (you can be your own boss, set your own hours, justify out of town shopping trips as a business expense, etc etc) or use it to supplement your current income! If I could handle the big city, I would consider it. As is, I like my small town too much. And we’re saturated with antique stores. 🙁

      • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 11:26 am

        I know what we’ll all be like; we’ll start those stores and just basically end up swapping our lovely stuff. 😀

        • Reply Traci Baker January 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm

          That doesn’t sound like such a bad idea! LOL

  • Reply Christie January 6, 2014 at 10:47 am

    There’s nothing like a good junk/antique shop. I have to be careful, though, because so many things speak to me and I would love to give them a good home. However, I live in a small house so I mostly look for small things these days. But, oh, isn’t the looking fun???

    • Reply Veronica January 6, 2014 at 11:09 am

      I agree Christie, except in my case they scream “PICK ME! PICK ME!” So unfair! 😀

  • Reply Pondside January 6, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    One hour – really, that’s all I’m asking for – just one hour in a shop like that……………..

  • Reply Julia Murnaghan January 15, 2014 at 6:40 am

    Thank you Veronica for your warm comments about our shop – we hope to welcome you back again soon. Julia, The Old Pill Factory.

    • Reply Veronica January 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm

      Hi Julia, I’m only in Northmoor for part of the year, but love to stop by each chance I get. 🙂 Love your store and always find something new. Still looking for a Witney blanket if one should come in. 🙂

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