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Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Back to Basics

Lots of things have changed since the last time i blogged , 
The biggest one is giving up my market stall ,  It Didn't last that long really, I gave it a good  try though,
 I  am ok just sitting selling on the stall but its got too  much the lifting up and down the stairs of the stock , Getting it ready , sourcing it etc , Even today i have got so tired and worn out just going  to two shops in town.

 The market where i stand is not very busy either , you get the same people week in week out and other locations are not an option for various reasons ,

 I will miss the banter of the other stall holders but wont miss the cold weather, I get severe muscle cramps in various parts of my body that have got much worse his last two months , They immobilise me for a few minuets and i am frightened that i will have one when i am there and get completely stuck as i am on my own.
The next neurologist appointment has been bought forward because of the cramps and falling over , Its may the 5th so not to long to wait. 
  Anyway i wont bore you any more with health issues just tell you if i have any definite news.

Instead of showing  stock i have bought  to sell i will be going back to basics  shearing  my personnel jumble sale finds and my frugal tips as i will have more time to blog .

I also  now need to be as frugal as i possibly can be after my income drop and spending some money on the house  

Even when i spend money on new items i source the best possible value for money , The patchwork sofa i covered started to sag as it was secondhand fabric wich wasn't upholstery fabric.
So i bought this pair of wing chairs of Ebay.  


They were made to measure and cost just £199 each. 




But the room now needs a lick of paint and a few new touches , I will post about it when its completed.


 These are two of my very favourite finds this week the vintage curtain was 30p and the Normill  framed print £1.50.







Apparently my blog disappeared for about five days according to my friend Mel , Has anybody had any similar problems.  

20 comments:

  1. Welcome back, sorry the stall didn't work out for you, I shall look forward to your thrifty posts, the good thing is in blogland we can all help each other if we share our frugal ways and tips xx

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    1. Thanks , You are right its amazing what tips you can get by reading other peoples blogs xxx

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  2. I really enjoy reading about your vintage finds! I hope you feel better soon and that you get some answers about your health.

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    1. Thanks , I have bought two great clothing items for 50p each this week Will blog about them in my next post xxx

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  3. Just a quickie to say have you tried magnesium oil spray for your muscle cramps? It's brilliant stuff! I got mine from Amazon. Sending you loads of virtual hugs xxx

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    1. Hello Tracey , No i haven't they happen in my trunk mainly just under my breast bone usually after a sudden movement , Will look into it thanks xxx

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  4. You're doing the right thing, you've got to put your health and well being first and that day we visited you was both dead quiet and bitterly cold. You gave it a good go.
    Love those armchairs. What a bargain. xxx

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    1. Thanks vix , Its such a relief not to have to plan everything around getting the stock for the market , I am much more relaxed now, Yes i was thrilled with the price of the chairs , It included free delivery too xxx

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  5. I'm so sorry that you have had to give up your market stall.
    Looking forward to your thrifty posts.....oh and by the way....that curtain is just gorgeous....love it-x-

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    1. I feel much more relaxed knowing that i dont have to lump the stock up and down the stairs xxx

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  6. I do like a normill print , I have one in my office of wilting sunflowers

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    1. Me too ,But i also like anything with flowers , Drives my husband mad lol xxx

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  7. So sorry you are not too good presently Shabby. I live near ish to you in Halesowen. Love the curtain fabric. Is there anywhere you recommend for vintage that I can visit? Bev

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    1. Hello Beverley , I love Halesowen , I used to work there years ago , There are some great charity shops in blackheath , The salvation Army is good for vintage linen but you have to go on a regular basis , You also have some good jumble sales around where you are your local papers will tell you but you need to be there at least half an hour before they start to get the best bargains ,There is one little one i like but last time it wasn't so good its in old heath ,Lady of our lordes or something like that lolxxx

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    2. Thanks Shabby. I will peruse the charity shops more often. x

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  8. So sorry to hear that you are not feeling well. I love to read about your finds. It is a wise move to make the decisions you have. I have decided that due to stress that I am finding my home over run with ebay 'stock'. I am donating the majority of it as for all the money I would make on each item it is not worth the hassle. I am taking a break from the constant listing and running to village with parcels that might only net me a couple of pounds if I am lucky!!! So in future any items I keep or purchase to sell will be higher value and less of them. I like yourself love a bargain and the hunt for items for my home at low low prices is my only goal at present. Take good care of yourself and rest up before your next appointment.

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    1. Hello , I have had the same problem with Ebay , Things not selling or even selling for the starting price of 99p and these are items that used to sell for £30 plus, I really dont know if its Ebay itself or we are heading for another recession , One idea with your low value stuff if you dont want to do a boot sale is sell them as a job lot on gum tree or used you have to sell them quite cheap but at least you will get something for it xxx

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  9. I noticed in your other post that you have problems with opening jars. If you are every able to get a culinaire jar opener which is battery operated it is worth its weight in gold. Neither me nor Hubby can open any type of jars so having purchased one of these many years ago it has come into its own. Maybe put one on your Christmas list.

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  10. I am so sorry to hear that you are having to give up your market stall. I am hoping that your next appointment will help. It is always a joy to visit and be inspired by some of your makeovers. Love the fabric.

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    1. Thanks , Looking forward to your posts about your new home too xxx

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thank you for your message , Shabby