My parents visited over the weekend, and we spent Saturday afternoon chatting, clearing (our second bedroom’s being turned in to my office 🙌🏼!) and having a potter about our local area.
My Mum has always loved charity shops, we would do the tour of second-hand stores and thrift markets in any town we visited. My sister and I quickly developed ‘thrift goggles’ – an ability to scan a pile of miscellaneous knick knacks for treasure.
As I have shared previously, many of my favourite items in mine and Oli’s home are second-hand. Whilst my parents were over this weekend, we made the traditional pilgrimage to our local charity shop; there I spotted a beautiful tall flower vase with a cobalt blue print. My Mum, seeing how much I loved it so kindly bought it as a gift for me, and it is now taking pride of place in our living room with fun exotic-look palm leaves adorning it.
Today I am sharing three of my favourite thrifted vases, it is amazing what you can find if you just wear those special goggles 😜!
. 3 FAVOURITE THRIFTED FLOWER VASES .
Copper Jug. This was the first second-hand flower vase I ever bought.
Honestly I didn’t really know what I was going to do with my copper jug when I picked it up in a charity shop, but I loved it immediately. Long before copper became so popular, I was drawn to this richly-coloured piece and so coughed up the £5 for it.
On reflection £5 was an absolute steal, but at the time I was a student, and I remember really going back and forth on the investment!
I am so pleased I did buy it. It’s travelled with me to both of my apartments and it always feels special to have it in eyesight.
Large Clear Glass Vase. (Seen top ☝🏼) Oli and I bought this vase about six months ago.
I’ve shared the story before, but Oli heard I loved this ‘vase in a charity shop’ and so went in search of it to buy it as a gift for me (I know it sounds like everyone loves giving me charity shop vases!) – Oli (having not actually seen the vase I liked) assumed it was another vase in the store, a vase which happened to be, for lack of a better word, ugly.
Oli held off on the purchase until one day we were both in store together and I pointed to the vase which now resides in our home. Relieved, Oli pointed to the ugly vase he’d intended to buy and we were both VERY grateful that he had not taken the plunge 🙈.
Tall White Patterned Vase. This is the vase my Mum bought me over the weekend. Isn’t it pretty?
I don’t know if I told you guys previously, but up until a few weeks ago Oli’s brother was staying with us for some time. It wasn’t always easy living with two boys, (male decision-making overload) and now that it is just Oli and I living in the flat again, it feels like we have regained some equilibrium. I’m ready to inject some new pieces in to our flat to make it feel like our ‘home home’.
I’m excited to fill our space with items which will hopefully stay with us for years to come, and this vase feels like a physical punctuation of a new chapter.
I’d love to hear if you guys have any special pieces in your home that you’ve found second hand? Or any vases in particular that your love having on display?
Love, Monica x