Category Archives: Thrift

Found items from car boot sales, charity shops, second hand shops, skips, house clearances with a focus on home and interior design.

Tips: To haggle or not to haggle?

I touched briefly on haggling in a previous post and realised there is quite a lot to be said for this subtle but fairly strenuous activity.

Having been a trader, I’ve seen it from both sides and have my own disaster stories to reflect on. Read more…


Tips: How I thrift with confidence

The instinct to thrift is a basic one. I don’t mean our cave-dwelling ancestors liked to take a Sunday stroll through the local Car Boot, but that we, as a people, can’t help but seek out things that enrich us. Read more…

Photos: Folk art flowers at the car boot

I have a childlike love for Russian folk art. My eyes are always drawn to the brightly coloured flowers and illustrative flair, which is why I have had this sweet Matryoshka doll sitting on my desk for the last ten years (accompanied by a Bahamian papier-mache fish and a Mexican ceramic bird whistle – those folk artists certainly like colour). Read more…