Monday, 5 May 2014

A little holiday shopping

One of the things that we like to do when we go away is to rootle through antiques centres, charity shops and junk shops.  Sometimes there is nothing, and sometimes there is indeed a find or two.
 
On our recent travels we found something that we just had to have.  It goes really well with our giant teacup and saucer, you can see it here.
 
We found this great serving platter, it is from the same series by Johnson Bros as our cup and saucer, although it is in a different colourway - which I actually really like!  This is the Historic America china pattern, and the platter will be perfect for use at Christmas.  It is pretty big, so I may need to let something else go in order to be able to store this, but I will have a shuffle around first to see if I can fit it in.
 
I love platters, they are so useful for either display or serving and are great if you have a large group to serve a meal to.  Now I just have to wait for winter so that I can use my plate.  I am not going to wish the spring and summer away though, so it will just have to wait its turn!

 



The other find that we had was this little vase, a steal in a charity shop for £1.50 I thought.  It goes really well with the colour scheme that we are trying to work on in our Living/Dining Room.  The platter of course does not go at all with our mid century modern look, oh well!


The vase goes really well with another one that we had found previously (in the right in this photo), although they are made by different companies as there is a bubble in the bottom of the latest find, and not in the other one.  I think that the one we had before is Scandinavian glass, whereas I have no idea about the newer one.  It is a fun piece though and looks great with the other one and that is all that matters to us.


My final chance find was something totally new, and actually cost far more than our new platter and vase combined.  We took our old cool bag (cooler/esky) away with us, but after a spill that stained the inside last year, it was looking in pretty bad shape.  I realised that we had purchased it before we moved to this house and possibly even before we got married so it was at least 10 years old.  A new one surely had to be a possibility.

When I saw this in an independent hardware store (I love hardware stores!), I just had to have it.  It is really lightweight, but sturdy and folds down well, and I love the nautical theme!  Lets just hope that it does as well and lasts at least another 10 years.  We can have lots more happy picnics without a manky cool bag.

Of course, I have kept the old one because you never know when you might need two!!



Oh and just so you don't think that I am mad, I don't always store my cool bag in the living room - it was the lightest place for a photo shoot!


So, that was our holiday shopping.  Not necessarily your conventional souvenirs, but  we like to be different!  What do you like to bring back from your travels?

Amy

54 comments:

  1. Nice picnic basket. Do like the plates

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  2. Good Morning Amy! I'm catching up this morning :) Love your mandalas in the last post ... beautiful colour combinations. You picked up some nice finds on your holidays. I have a platter very similar to yours (probably not as large), that I found last year. It's also brown, but I can't remember now who made it. I really like American folk scenes such as this. The vases are a perfect match! I have lots of little cooler bags that we've had for far longer than 10 years ... should probably have a clear out of them one day ;) Have a great day Amy! Wendy x

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  3. It looks like you found some nice things to remind you of your travels! Because I travel with just a backpack I have to find small things for souvenirs. Well, and yarn. I always try to buy some yarn when I go somewhere. :-)

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  4. Oooh, that platter is beautiful! At first glance, it would seem that it doesn't go with the sleek modern vases, but now, you see people mixing all sorts of stuff with great success. And that cool bag is beautiful! Just right for a picnic!

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  5. I love platters too Amy and this look stunning!
    I love old china and platters!and yes I love buy old things in makets or others.
    xo

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    1. I think that you and I would be dangerous if we went shopping together Gloria, we would encourage each other to buy far too much as we both love china so much!! xx

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  6. Love the little cool bag, what a great color scheme.

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  7. Lovely Amy I adore your finds. I particularly love your platter, now I have a thing about platters myself and have a few but the problem is storing them which is why I only have a few! I just cannot resist ones like your gorgeous find, such a piece of history, no wonder you love it. The vase is perfect and your picnic box will see you through many happy jaunts, I am amazed as it looks so smart and chic, not the usual for such boxes. You are a clever girl finding these, I love days like this when you are not looking for anything in particular and then, whamo, something hits you in the face and you know that you were destined to find it. A lovely post Amy which I really enjoyed, thank you. Sending you lots of loves and hugs
    Dorothyxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  8. Oh well done Amy the vase is beautiful and goes so well with the other one. That's a huge platter and I can see a lovely summer salad sitting on that one, never mind having to wait for winter!

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  9. That platter is simply beautiful - I love the oak leaf pattern around the edge !!

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    1. Thanks Ingrid - did you look back at my giant cup, that has the oak leaves round the edge of the cup and round the saucer as well! xx

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  10. Excellent finds! i can imagine the platter being wonderful at xmas :) and the cooling bag is wonderful - loving the nautical theme! xx

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    1. I guess that I will have to cook something pretty good at Christmas now to use the platter! xx

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  11. Hi Amy! You found some great things! I too, love that gorgeous platter and I'm sure you'll enjoy it so much. Your glass vases are so unusual and very nice. Glad you had a great time.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  12. Beautiful finds, I love the platter. Thank you so much for your well wishes I am just starting to feel a little better.

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  13. What fabulous souvenirs. I love the platter, it's definitely been decorated with winter in mind so it will be great to use at Christmas. I love that cool bag too. We use a plastic cool box, quite large, but it's rather bulky so I must look out for one like you've bought, it will do the job perfectly.

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  14. Amy that platter is amazing!! The winter details are just stunning and you are so right!! You can never have too many platters! And the vase is a pretty find as well! That cooler is the cutest one I have ever seen! Perfect for a picnic in the park listening to music! You did good friend!! A wonderful week to you! Nicole xoxo

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  15. Nice finds, Amy, and a very impressive cool bag.

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  16. What great finds. I love browsing and finding something I didn't even know I was looking for. I am glad you found such wonderful items on your get-away!

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    1. It is a great way to while away some time isn't it Robbie! xx

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  17. I love to browse the antique shops too and anything we bring home is usually something unusual that just takes our fancy.The platter is lovely and as you say fab for Christmas.

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    1. So often we don't find anything, so it is great when you do isn't it Anne - you have had some lovely finds! xx

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  18. I do like a nice platter even if they are a pain to store. I love your cool box, very summery & beach like.

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  19. Great holiday shopping. I liked all your finds! Sarah x

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  20. What FANTASTIC finds, Amy! Well done, you! I love the platter - My parents had a full set of Johnson Bros. china when I was a little girl so seeing it again here at your blog and in antique shops during our travels really brings back fond memories!

    Love the vase and your cooler bag too!

    xo

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  21. Some great holiday shopping. I bought a little posy vase yesterday - so I guess I'm always on the look out to add to china and glass for our home. But I have to say I love your cool bag. Very smart. I'm quite envious. And I speak as someone who regularly packs picnics at this time of year to take us through a cricket match. Let's hope we get lots of sunny days so you can use it. Xx

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  22. At Christmas time the plate will be a wonderful addition to the food festivities.

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  23. These are all great finds. I think it's interesting whenever I see something made in another country celebrating America. I didn't think people were terribly impressed, haha. I like to bring home old things in general anyway, so I always look for new ones when I travel.

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  24. Great finds lovely the new cool bag too
    Clare x

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  25. Ahhhhh you had some great buys there. The platter really is beautiful, such lovely detail. And that cool bag looks great, I really could do with something like that! What a find. :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah, we need to have lots of picnics now to use the cool bag! I hope that you can find something useful for yourself. xx

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  26. Great finds! I love the platter and glass, I am a sucker for vintage china and crystal. Love that bag, they are called chilly bins here in NZ.

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  27. That platter is lovely and I think you can always get away with different styles and tastes at Christmas than you can at any other time of year. I definitely go in for more kitsch and glitter at Christmas! The vases are really nice - the one on the right reminds me of a Holmegaard vase, mid-centure Danish glassware. Great finds! x

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  28. Lovely finds Amy, I love the plate I could just sit and stare at that for ages and imagine all kinds of stories, your vase is lovely and goes well with the other one as for your cool bag how very posh, it's lovely. I don't usually have anything particular in mind to buy when I go away but if something takes my fancy I will buy it, I like to buy at least one thing to remind me of my holiday even if it's just a fridge magnet. :)

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  29. Love the platter, I like hardware stores too! I have found some great things in them. Great kitchen finds and always a little dusty xo

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  30. Very nice treasure you found, Amy. And love your mandalas from previous post. :-)

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  31. You found some very nice things, and useful, too! The platter will be a beautiful addition to the holiday season and your cooler is just the right size. I like the colored glass, too. Hardware stores always have the most interesting things. A little of this and a little of that. Enjoy your week! xo Karen

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    1. Glad that you like them Karen, and that you like hardware stores too! As you say all sorts of things that you would not necessarily expect to find or be looking for! xx

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  32. I love rooting around junk shops and antiques markets… I didn't find anything this weekend but it's such a thrill when you do! x

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  33. Great finds, and I love your new cool bag. x

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  34. Whenever we go away somewhere we have to go round the antique shops I'm afraid D is quite addicted to them. I can browse especially if I'm after a particular thing for a particular purpose but he could spend hours just wondering around. Each to their own I suppose.

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    1. We look round quite quickly a we generally know what we like and don't so we scan and if we spot something we take a closer look, otherwise we just move on! I'm not into spending ages looking in detail at everything, but it is great fun for those who are! xx

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  35. Fab finds LOVE the plate,Thank You for sharing
    Hope you're well
    Much Love
    Sue xxx

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    1. You are welcome Sue, glad that you liked them! xx

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  36. Such lovely finds! That picnic bag (cooler?) is unlike anything we have in the US. It looks very functional.
    While traveling, I prefer to buy things that remind us of the visit. I have a huge collection of magnets!

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  37. I love a good old antique centre too Amy and love a bargain. Your platter is gorgeous, lucky you.
    Patricia x

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    1. Thanks Patricia, it is nice to have a rootle round isn't it! xx

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  38. Lovely finds. I think your things will look fine together because they're both your taste. Better to be eclectic than show house anyway. We don't tend to do much shopping when on holiday so usually only bring back small souvenirs like fridge magnets. My best souvenir is my red Kipling bag from Macys in New York. x

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    1. You are very kind Julie. Your find from NY sounds great, what a great memory that must be! We have lots of magnets too, as you say, they make great easy to transport souvenirs don't they! xx

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