Monday, May 25, 2009

11 euros well spent...

11 euros of our hard-earned cash went to people in need across France and the world, today. In other words, I popped into a charity shop...

Amusingly this plate, which the man in the shop carefully wrapped in newspapers, is plastic! So instead of hanging it lovingly on the wall, I can use it for meals in the garden. One of those coming up soon...
With the garden party in mind, I decided to seek out some cheap, flowery-themed plates and serving bowls, so that our good Denbyware doesn't end up broken, but that we have something more appropriate than mis-matched and scratched plastic picnic plates. This is a pretty little design and I know I'll find loads more to match/mismatch it. 2 euros for two plates and four bowls - useful for crudites, olives etc.For years we've been using proper (hygenic) cloths in the kitchen, rather than kitchen roll, and we've had cloth napkins for a year now, all in the name of not wasting paper. Inspired by Sarah of The Blueberry Patch, I decided it was time to go for a few cloth handkerchiefs too... And there were other fabrics in my favourite colour too!This charity shop is up near the aerospatial industries, meaning that a lot of English speakers live around there. One of them donated their Agatha Christie collection! It was meant to be 50 cents for each book, but I'm sure I got charged less for a bulk buy... And last but not least, a little granny apron! Not as lovely as the one currently winging its way to Olga, but not bad for the price...
11 euros well spent, I am sure.
Do click on the invitation at the left of my blog - everyone welcome!

13 comments:

Lululiz said...

I'd say that was 11 Euros VERY well spent. I adore the plates and bowls with the teeny weeny roses, they are so very pretty.

Sarah said...

Hi Floss - those hankies are absolutely wonderful and such lovely colours! Thanks ever so for adding a link to my page. I can't believe the plate at the top of your post is plastic!
I wish I could join you for your blogging garden party, but I'm tied up that weekend. I will look foward to seeing all the photo's though!
x

This Vintage Life... said...

Lovely bit's and pieces! I'm very envious of your Christie collection. I'm working my way through them...just when I think I've read them all I find another!
And that plate...plastic! If only all plastic was as pretty!
Deb x
PS: posting your book tomorrow!

Sarah said...

I love those plates with the little flowers on them. I have an old set similar to those, maybe you would like to borrow them for your party? I'm sure it wouldn't cost too much to send them half way across the world and back again!

Olga said...

Hi Floss! I see you are also in the 'blue' mood yourself today ;) I like the polka dot background of your pictures - it matches well with the objects photographed.. Those plates reminded me of my grandma's mismatched plates with similar patterns - half erased, by so dear.. The first plate does look very heavy.. Are you Agatha Christie's fan? (I think I read too many of her books in high school...)

THIS'N'THAT said...

Aah, Agatha Christie ... have alovely time reading the books and look out for pics which I'm posting soon of my visit (yesterday) to her house on the River Dart. It was apparently one of many .. but so lovely. It's called Greenway and is now run by the National Trust. They rent out a wing of it as a holiday let ... that's on my things to do list!! X

bekimarie said...

Great buys, really love the handkerchiefs, very pretty!
((hugs))
Beki xxx

Such a Wondrous Place this Faery Space said...

I was just reading a Miss Marple earlier! Fun and delight will it be to know you! Blessings.

Melanie said...

Wow, another bargains galore! I just love getting a bargain.
I can not wait to receive the magazines! But I do not speak french, so are the crafts quite easy to follow?
I will be posting your books off some time next week. xxx

Marie Reed said...

Flossss! I've been a bum blogger of late:) I am quite excited for the garden party invite!

Hooray! You find the niftiest goodies! You're such a lucky duck to have found English books too! I didn't realize that Toulouse had so many ex pats! How delightful to have the best of both worlds! Do your boys go to a French school or is there an International one in your area?

Glenda/MidSouth said...

You got some great finds. I always have to look up the comparison of euros & dollars. :) That plate is plastic? Sure does not look it in the photo.
Glenda

The Whispering Poppies said...

What lovely thrifty finds! I do love the plate! I really ought to switch to cloth linens in the kitchen. You can just imagine the amount of paper napkins and cleaning cloths we go through with six people in the house. =O

abeachcottage@typepad.com said...

OMG how much would I like to come french charity shopping with you! do you know I don't recall seeing many...are there many?

Sarah