The Thriftist: Five flea market finds (and how I found them)

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I dream of the day I’ll make a sensational discovery in a flea market. It will be an undiscovered Matisse or Dali which I’ll craftily snap up for £30 and then sell it off for a cool million on Fake or Fortune. And what will I do with all the money? Probably spend it at flea markets – because I’m obsessed. I love the trawl, the search, the discovery. And these five pretty treasures are my latest finds…

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Silver salt and pepper shakers. When I saw this duo, I realised I didn’t have a set of shakers! Which is quite amazing, as my (actually, my husband’s) number one rule when buying something for my home is to ask yourself first: do I need this? Oh yes I do!

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Last year I spent a week in beautiful Sorrento, a place where you find sunshine, sea and the most wonderful inlaid wood workshops. So when I spotted this vintage beauty last weekend, and the seller told me it was made in Sorrento in the 1970s, it reminded me of my amazing time there – and since I didn’t have any holidays planned this year, I figured I deserved it (although I still want a holiday too).

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“But why would you need two sugar pots?” I can hear you ask – for white and brown, OBVIOUSLY. How can someone have only one sugar pot? Outrageous. Plus this set reminds me of my granny who used to collect crystal objects. So there you go, they sparks emotional memories. Worth it.

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This is my local junk shop – one of my go to places to buy… junk, of course (should I say antiques to make it sound better?). And coffee (they have great scones, if you don’t mind eating surrounded by the fusty smell).

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I barely have space for trays and sugar pot sets, so unfortunately buying furniture in flea markets is out of question for now. But if you do have room, don’t be afraid to take home vintage pieces like these mid century chairs I spotted a couple of weeks ago. They might need a lick of paint and a little bit of love but they’ll also look incredible in your living room. Promise.

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