Sunday, July 4, 2010

Flea Market Finds

I paid a visit to my favourite op shop this week for some "art supplies". While I was there I couldn't resist a bit of a rummage and I am glad I did for I unearthed a few treasures ...

A couple of nicely bound Somerset Maugham novels - I have never read any of his work but recently Melissa gave them the big thumbs up so when I found these I figured it was the Universe giving me a gentle shove to broaden my literary horizons.



These gorgeous coasters have never been used - the images are fantastic! They look like they could become mini book covers to me. Or maybe cards - I am sure I will find a use for them!


I love this saucepan - it is so brightly coloured and has a beaut,retro pattern. It was brand new ( I have put it to work several times already!) - not a ding or a scratch on the enamel inside or out. It has a wonderfully heavy base and a stainless steel lid. It has "SILIT" stamped on the handle and when I googled the name I found out that these are rather expensive pots (not quite Le Crueset but close!) although I couldn't find this pattern so I am guessing it is out of production now. All that aside, this pot is also the perfect size for me now that my nest is gradually emptying!

I also unearthed this lovely tin top. It isn't really really old or anything but it is really colourful and fun. Spinning tops like this are just so joyful - perfect reminders of the simplicity of childhood. Finding it reminded me of rolling down a grassy hill when I was a kid or spinning madly on a roundabout - the sort someone had to run and push - and being really daring and lying back on it so you could stare at the sky and the clouds as they whizzed by. Of course if I tried that now I would probably feel sick but I remember the fun of it!
All in all my fossicking was fruitful and therapeutic - a good break from the intensity with which I have been hitting the studio. (that last bit is for your benefit Kath-oh-whip-cracker!)
To see what others have found in their foraging this week pop on over to Sophies.

8 comments:

Jo said...

Nice haul!

Enchanted Moments said...

My little m has been tapping me all week every so often to spin her top, she has just discovered hers and LOVES IT..........but with kids, you spin it, they stop it, you spin it, they stop it....Im a bit over it now...I shall have to hide it.
But..I do remember having one as a child, with indians and tee pees on it, and I used to spend ages out on the back verandah with it......happy cooking in your new fab looking saucepan..x

spectacularfairywren said...

nice 'Silit' - good season for a casserole!

♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

maugham is fantastic, and he needs a little concentration, i find. the razor's edge there? if you haven't seen it already, it was filmed after the book, with bill murray. have a good time reading!

handmadehappiness said...

what a fab trip you've had your coasters are to die for though lucky lady!!! i reckon i'll be keeping the books for my boy's x

Susan L (lily40au) said...

what an amazing haul ... i was totally thrilled with the pot until i saw the spinning top. that really took me back 40 years.
My Flea Market Find

Mogs Designs said...

Love the coasters

Anonymous said...

Hello oh chained-to-the-wheel-artisan. Lovely oppie finds, absolutely gorgeous pot. Put a slow cooking meal in it and hop into the bead room again, yes? Righto enough chit-chat. Back to it then! Squeezy hug. Kath.