Wednesday, June 30, 2010

The Challenge of the Utmost Kind - 9 months in...

This is a boring little corner of our patio, isn't it? The thing is, the dreadful plastic treasure chest which holds spare wellies etc needed replacing... But on the Challenge of the Utmost Kind, I'm not buying new stuff for myself or the house (and, by extension, the patio) for a year. I didn't mind waiting... There's been a hole in the top of the treasure chest for a long while now... But I've been on the lookout!
I'll admit to a few lapses from the Challenge: I sensed mutiny from Ben when I was ill and we were running out of tumblers and also kitchen knives, and I just picked some up at the supermarket next time I was there... Seems fair enough to me. But I held out on the replacement patio box, and also waited on POATS for a replacement basket for the washing and a food processor.
And lo and behold - a trip to the tip turned up this beauty! Ben had already hauled two teenager's mountain bikes out of the skip (to do up for Son 1) when I spotted this battered, stencilled crate, and begged first Ben to wrench it out for me, and then the tip supervisor to let me have it. 'Don't make this a habit!' warned the tip supervisor (but it might as well have been Ben)...
I've moved it round the corner now, and I think it looks even better than when I took this photo.
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So, did I mention I needed a food processor? The old one died in November, I think.
They're easy to find in the Troc shops, but I was waiting for the Right One, and last week I found it! A Kenwood Multi Pro, with blender jug as well as the FP one. Some of the attachments are missing, but for 25€? I am really happy... That's Son 1, BTW, making breadcrumbs for his treacle tart.
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The basket arrived on the same fortuitous day, in the Troc shop next door to the FP one! It's replaced a broken plastic one - a real upgrade, I feel!
And barely looked-for, I found the rag rug I've always wanted for 1€ at a Vide Grenier this weekend (with my sister).
It's made from vintage woolen blankets! 1€!!
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1€!!!
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The Challenge has certainly taught me to hold on for the good things that will come if I wait.

19 comments:

Serenata said...

Well done Floss - the wooden trunk was definitely worth waiting for! The rug is great - can't quite believe it was only one euro!

Elizabethd said...

One euro!! You do have the right shops where you live!

Sarah said...

What can I say but jolly well done! That rug is so beautiful and looks new. Your shops are clearly way better than the ones I visit.

Maria said...

The wooden trunk looks great Floss, and you have got some really good fines there. I don't understand why tips are funny about people taking things, I have often seen things and asked if I could give them a home only to be told no its not allowed ! Why ?

Juanita Tortilla said...

ONE EURO!!!

1€ for that lovely thing! I'm amazed Floss.

harmony and rosie said...

Love the trunk, so much character and certainly a step up from the red! You must be saving a small fortune with your Utmost Challenge. Hoping everything is ok in Edinburgh ..

Kate x

TheMadHouse said...

Well done. I am finding that a seriious lack of funds mean that we too have to wait which just makes it all the sweeter. I have just ordered some fabric to make me a dress, I have been lusting for it for months and managed to get it 20% cheaper

Autumn Mist said...

Excellent finds, especially the box. There's nothing more satisfying, is there?!

Della said...

That's amazing! I love it when things pop up at the utmost perfect moment.

The new boots box is very charming!

Mrs Yappy Dog said...

All lovely finds, the rug is very pretty and I love your trunk. I like the idea of the challenge of the utmost kind, might have to think about myself as credit crunch is biting.

Julia said...

Don't you just love finds like that! They say, good things come to those who wait. It paid off!

Lorrie said...

Great challenge, and I admire the way you are sticking to it. The wooden chest is just the ticket for your patio corner.

Sherri B. said...

You have been so good about the challenge! That trunk is fantastic...What is the tip? Your processor looks like a good strong one, I haven't seen that brand in the states...You can't beat that type of laundry basket, they always look so good under the line. Pretty colors on the rug.

maryannlucy said...

I wish I could be so lucky, what great finds, well done x

Tina said...

Wow excellent finds!! Both the wooden crate, basket and rug are beautiful. You and some of the other boot sale/thrift store shoppers have inspired me to look harder around here for bargains. My oldest and I are going to have a Friday garage sale run this week. I hope I find stuff have as cute as you have. Tina

Val said...

I love your stenciled wooden box, what a terrific find! I also am a 20 Minuter and on the Ultimate Challenge. I must say Dotty Angel's idea does keep me on my toes and I have got a new summer wardrobe from the charity shops in town. :0)
I love your blog and will be back!
Val

A Bun Can Dance said...

Hello there Floss
You've just reminded me that I need to do an update on the Challenge over on my blog!
I love that our wonderful and plentiful POATS has sent you these much needed items - I do keep reminding myself that it is all possible, as long as I have the patience to wait awhile!
Wishing you happy days,
Denise x

jus said...

Yum!! A birthday treacle tart... that has to be the best birthday cake I've seen in a long while x

Forest View by Jayne-Marie said...

Hi Floss,
I haven't been blogging for a while so today I've made a consertive effort to put a posting on and catch up with fellow bloggers. Glad to see you are on form. What a great rug for 1 euro. absolute bargain. I've had a few good boot buys recently but I think your's tops them. keep well
Jayne