Hello and a good Sunday evening to you. Hope you have had a great weekend. I was helping out at my local Church Bazaar yesterday which was good fun. Sadly not much there to be thrifted, then a meal with family and friends in the evening. Today I've been flopped out on the settee most of the day - bit of an indulgence but very nice! Looking forward to Cranford at 9pm, annoyingly I missed the first episode last week, just completely forgot about it.
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A couple of weeks ago I wrote about a visit to Marlborough. This is part 2 of that day when I decided to go into Pewsey as well. It’s much smaller than Marlborough but does have a couple of charity shops.
The first is a fund-raising committee shop for the Pewsey Carnival, and it’s always overflowing with stuff. I found this lovely big mirror, which someone had kindly already painted white for me (I added the flowers).
They didn’t have any fabrics, they always pass them on to the hospice shop, they told me. In the hospice shop there were no fabrics out but when I asked they brought out this huge piece of Laura Ashley fabric. It’s a lightweight cotton so didn’t feel that big but when I got home I found there were over 7 yards! I think this will be great for using as a lining or in patchwork. I also bought this marmalade jar girl because she was so cute.
Lastly I went into the haberdashery shop which doubles as the bric-a-brac shop through a connecting door - it’s quite odd really. Amongst the usual bric-a-brac there were piles of fabric offcuts, sewing books, old patterns and bags of trimmings. Disappointing though, after a good old rummage I only found this fabric and some trimmings.
On the way home I saw a sign for a garden centre which I hadn’t noticed before so decided to go and take a look. After driving for what seemed like ages, I nearly gave up, I found it miles out in the middle of nowhere. Next to the garden centre there were some shop units and an antique shop selling lovely brocante-style treasures.
After a good look around I had a chat with the owner and asked if she had any vintage fabrics.
“Oh I had loads until a couple of weeks ago, then Cath Kidston came in and bought them all”
WHAT? CATH KIDSTON?? OUT HERE???
It’s funny, I hadn’t imagined Cath Kidston as going to little out-of-the way places looking for treasures, not now that she’s made her fortune anyway. But thinking about it, that’s how she started and why would she have stopped now. Apparently she has friends in the area and that’s how she knew about this place.
Anyway, whilst I stood there feeling miffed that Cath had bought ALL the fabric (she might have left a little bit for the rest of us) the lady went to a drawer and found some pieces tucked away she had forgotten about.
So I got these (Cath’s rejects – not wonderful but I had to come away with something!):
But I’d love to know what CK went away with.
I gave the nice lady my phone number and she kindly said she’d look out for more fabric and phone me when she had some. And one thing’s for sure, I won’t be telling Cath Kidston!
Have a great week everyone!