Vintage Antique Shop Thrifty Buys.. ♥

During my visit to Cambridgeshire I visted a few charity and antique shops around the towns of Ely and March. I am still very into collecting beautiful vintage china, especially tea cups and saucers, so I kept my eye open for anything that I could add to my collection. I found some really gorgeous tea cups, I bought 4 different ones! They’re all gorgeous, which one is your favourite?

Royal Albert Elfin teacup and saucer, £3.50, from Ely market.
Royal Albert Painters Rose teacup, £4.50 from charity shop in March. I think this is my favourite one! I love the intricate gold handle.
Argyle rosebud teacup and saucer, £2.50, charity shop

Elizabethan fine bone china trio, bought for £8 from Waterside Antiques in Ely.
This pretty floral bin obviously isn’t an antique, but it was only £1 from a little ‘bits and bobs’ store in March. It matches my room perfectly!
I love this, it’s a key hanger, but I’m planning to use it to hang my necklaces and jewellery on instead. I’m not sure whether to paint it white or leave it ‘natural’ though? This was only £2.50 from the same little store as the bin.

And this little box was only 99p from an Oxfam charity shop. It came empty, and I’ve decided to use it to store my samples in! It’s got a really gorgeous pattern on it, with teapots, roses and florals all over it in pretty colours. It originally would have had a writing set in it by Wedgwood.

What do you think of my thrifty buys? Where’s your favourite area for second hand shopping?


  1. July 4, 2012 / 11:37 am

    How lovely!

    I'm just wondering with all the teacups and pretty things you buy, where/how do you store them? You seem to have loads!

    I think that Wedgewood storage box is my fave, its so pretty, great buys anyway Victoria!

    Laura xx

    • July 4, 2012 / 12:10 pm

      Thanks Laura 🙂 I am actually trying to only keep about 8 at a time. So when I get a new one, I get rid of an old one. I keep them on my shelves in my bedroom, and some in our spare bedroom! xxx

  2. July 4, 2012 / 12:13 pm

    Argyle rosebud teacup and saucer is my favourite!! holds such fond memories for me, my nanny looked after me a lot when i was little and she was a tea drinker always had a pot on the rayburn and had the whole argyle rosebud tea set 🙂 i always used a cup and saucer from that set. But i have to say they are all really cute

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  3. July 4, 2012 / 1:08 pm

    Aw I live near March! 🙂 These are some gorgeous little bits. I never think to look in charity shops for little bits and bobs like this, I will be doing so now though! xxx

  4. July 4, 2012 / 4:31 pm

    these are all gorgeous, in Ireland we never have anything like this in Charity shops or anything! xo

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