Sunday, 5 May 2013

Car booty and second hand scores...

Friday was flea market day and I wandered round several times finding a big fat NOTHING! I was going to leave when I pulled myself together and went round one more time. I thought there had to be something worth having in the entire flea market.

And there was.
Filled with dirty old tools I found this beautiful crate. (Well, obviously it was going to be a crate!)




''Boring!'' I hear you say.
But you are wrong! 
This is very NOT boring.


It's stencilled 'Parma Violet'. Remember the sweets that taste like perfume?





And it has the remains of an old label that says it was indeed full of Parma Violets  and came from Lever Brothers in Port Sunlight, Cheshire. And I thought they only made washing powder!




It was filthy and contained bird poo but I got it for a few quid. Can you see the date on the pic above? 6/1/11. So it's 102 years old.

Making it a very cool crate.


 I think it will live in my pantry. ( I did get the bird poo out and disinfect it!)

*[I have now done some research. It is a SOAP crate not a sweet crate! They did not make sweets...]*

I did well at this mornings boot sale. It was almost warm! I found a new coat  for my daughter with the labels still on... £2 and really thick.


Crocs for her in very good condition... £1


A fifties looking dress for her with the tags on... £1.


A beanie buddy cat. How could I resist that face?


And a balance bike that I'm really hoping will help her get over her fears. She has hypermobility and associated issues that give her physical difficulties...


I'm hoping it's not too low. If it is, perhaps she might feel safer being closer to the ground?

And something for me.


Some wooden boards for 'vintage' signs! Woo hoo!

We are due to have a warm bank holiday weekend! I do believe that's a first. I hope you all have a good one!

I hope to be back in the week with a project I'm working on...

Linking with Blackbird has Spoken; Op shop Show off

30 comments:

  1. I'm loving that label but now I'm wondering what the old brown w... was? Hope your little girl likes the bike x Jane

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    1. Oooh, well spotted. They all do sound rather more like soaps than sweets though don't they?

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    2. It IS a soap crate. Doh! And it's Old Brown Winsor Soap! x

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  2. Bargacious finds for your daughter and lovely crate, just goes to show you need to look hard.

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  3. I hereby dub you Queen Crate! This is a beauty, well found :)

    Kate x
    Just Pirouette and Carry On...

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  4. Gorgeous dress and bike for your little girl- fingers crossed she becomes more confident in her balance. That crate is VERY cool- good find! xx

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    1. She hates the bike but it's gone to a good home. I thnk we need a 'big kid' balance bike which are £130. Ouch.

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  5. My new crates were such a help on my stall yesterday I need more! xxx

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    1. You can never have too many crates. I think...

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  6. You did have a good day! I know that feeling of thinking there's nothing to buy and having one last walk around. Luckily I found lots of things yesterday, and I'm going again today - the joys of a Bank Holiday weekend - we get a carboot on Monday too!

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    1. Ooh, I'll pop over and have a look if you've blogged about it!

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  7. I loved Parma Violets!!! That crate is just beautiful. We did a carboot sale yesterday and it was SO busy I didn't even have time to look around which was really disappointing. I suffer a degree of hypermobility and one of my nephews is severely affected by it so I know how limiting it can be, I hope your daughter enjoys her bike x

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    1. She hates it and it's way too small. But I have already sold it so no loss there. I think I have it to. Despite 20 years pushing prams I cannot steer a shopping trolley and I have hip pain which I think is hypermobility related.

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  8. Some great finds and bargains, brilliant! The old crate is lovely, too.

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  9. Great crate - a rhyming compliment! Just goes to show that one last look can pay off!
    Lovely things for your daughter too - I went to a rather crappy jumble sale on Saturday and only cam home with things for the kids... That's not right, is it?!
    I don't know much about hypermobility, I will educate myself via Mr. Google. xxxx

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    1. It's a wierd thing. Most people have no further issues but she has weakness, pains and runs oddly. She couldn't crawl as a baby as her elbows bent both ways and felt too unstable to her. Now she still has weak arms but it's her ankles and hips that cause problems. That and the feeling of vulnerability. She's never going to be a rugby player. We can live with that. ;)

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  10. I love that crate. Great find Emma Kate. xx

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  11. Just love your crate also your other finds cute little bean cat Purrrr :)

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  12. Love the colour of the little dress. What a great spring frock for your little one

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    1. Thank you! We just need some consistent weather!

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  13. Love that crate, I missed out on one at the boot sale last week-I saw a lady walking around with one and when I mentioned it to my daughter later she said "oh I saw that on the stall when it was for sale"....grrr, if only she'd known I was looking out for one! Never mind, i'll find one eventually.

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  14. that crate is so cool. palma violets has to be one of the finest smells ever. im loving the dress too, gorgeous colour, i bet she loves flouncing around in it. lovely to have you linking up x

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  15. what a gorgeous old crate. the text is a bit special I think.

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