Category Archives: Flea market finds

Wedding Dress

Sons are not, in the main, great shopping companions. Mine are complaining in and out types, fixing on an item as quickly as possible, ducking from considering alternatives I might point out to them, making for the tills in tortured … Continue reading

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Found and lost

Rubbish or what? A plastic packet headed for the dustbin. Inside are masses of fragile folded embroidery patterns annotated in Greek ( yes, Greek) some dated to the 1920′s. Inspiration for some impromptu painting/collage. The one on the left is … Continue reading

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All tied up

  At first the thinking was something along these lines: what should I do with these silk ties I have collected over the years from charity shops and flea markets? Ah, I know, sew them onto a cloth, some unbleached … Continue reading

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Anybody out there who sailed on the S.S. Florence Brierley?

  S.S. Florence Brierley arriving in Cape Town 1950                   S.T. Florence Brierley at sea 1951   These two darling oil paintings, the artist of which is only identified by the name “Leo”, are now ours. Internet gives us a few … Continue reading

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Colonel Schermbrucker pops up at Milnerton Flea Market

I’m a stickler for old frames so when one was poking out from the bottom of a heaped table at the flea market, I do what I always do: I dug it out. An old sepia photograph snuck out with … Continue reading

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Don’t give me a dusty answer!

A new interest has burgeoned in our home and it’s all because of a water damaged flea market find: a thick, wavy-paged volume called BREWER’S DICTIONARY OF PHRASE AND FABLE. Prospecting in the densely packed text whilst on the toilet … Continue reading

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Creamy ware on platterdays

n the odd occasion when I have guests over for supper, out come the platters and the good plates and I am reminded just how much I like the lightly adorned, creamy crockery we have been collecting for many a … Continue reading

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Lekka Decca Decor

Gilbert and Sullivan is not a favourite of mine and some of this music is a strain on the ears. The DECCA record covers, by contrast, are, I think, design delights.                   … Continue reading

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It’s not only high art that speaks

                                                 Maybe by now you’ve realised that we are – you name it – junk addicts, flea-market trawlers , fête bingers, rubbish luggers… How about collectors of crappola (a term coined by another shit magnet and great American artist, Philip … Continue reading

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