I love to rummage about in our local market where there are interesting treasures just waiting to be unearthed. Items that have already lived a full and useful life with one owner can often have their usefulness extended in the hands of a new owner. If I need something in particular the second-hand stalls and shops are the first port of call. I like things that have a story to tell. Well designed things that have been built to last- just like the Jimmy Choo wallet I picked up last week for a mere €6. I’ve been looking for the perfect purse for an age and this one fits the bill. Preloved – the lovely soft leather is already broken in. It is beautifully crafted with well proportioned compartments including a coin pocket that doesn’t spill out coppers all over the floor every time I open it. Despite all this it is not a monster and fits snugly in my smallest handbag. What more could a girl ask for?
At the same stall I also picked a retro tray with a metal surround. The plan is to cover the base with some class of an illustration and seal it with a lick of varnish. One of these weeks I’ll be inspired into action (watch this space) but in the meanwhile I will probably just use it. I’m all about the retro vibe these days.
You might surprise yourself with a coveted find if you take the time to peruse second-hand shops, car boot sales and bric-a-brac stalls. Likewise think about passing on the things you no longer want to a local charity shop instead of condemning them to the rubbish heap. As the saying so rightly goes; one man’s junk is another man’s treasure.