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?