Second Time Around!

Cavemen“I hope my ancient ancestors would be proud of my bargain hunting and gathering skills.”

This weekend the Saturday Photo Challenge over at GC and my site Weekly Prompts is Old and New.

Yesterday,  I responded to the photo challenge when I wrote a post entitled ‘Turning a House into a Home’.  Unfortunately, due to a problem with WordPress, although my post was published, my pingback didn’t work.

Today I attempted another pingback and inserted within a second photo story about the Old and New.


During one of our numerous shopping trips to antique/second-hand shops to assist my son Joss in his attempt to furnish his new home, daughter Sophie and I spotted a couple of items for ourselves that well and truly piqued our interest.

The first item was an absolutely beautiful doll’s house in perfect condition, and with a houseful of furniture. As you can see from the photos below, Sophie’s youngest child, four year old Evie, is delighted with her unexpected gift and she too has turned a house into a home!

Evie's new doll's houseEvie and her new house

The second find of the day was this set of Staffordshire Old Granite featuring the Hearts and Flowers design, and seen here on display at Decorporium.

Hearts and Flowers set at Decoporium

I was thrilled with this find because in 1976 when we moved here to this house, my late husband and I purchased this design, but over the years the family managed to break much of it. I always loved this set and found it impossible to discard the remaining pieces even though the design was discontinued many years ago, so as you might imagine I was delighted to find it here.

There was far more than I needed, but it was a fixed price for the whole set. I paid for our purchases and Sophie and I went next door for lunch. When we returned, the store manager had wrapped every single piece individually!

I love the extra-large cup and saucer and my coffee pod coffee fits perfectly..

After unpacking and careful washing of all, the excess crockery was divided between Sophie and my third daughter, Elizabeth.

(C) 2019  Photo Challenge Old and New from Weekly Prompts

Cavemen cartoon courtesy of Pixabay.

36 thoughts on “Second Time Around!

    1. I know Peter, I could hardly believe my eyes! I’ve tried to replace on eBay but the odd pieces were ridiculously expensive. The doll’s house was £25 and included all the furniture, it was spotless just like new, what a bagain!

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  1. What great finds! That was pretty darn lucky to find your set of dishes. I have never had much luck and now have totally mismatched dishes, which we have come to love. Well, accept, anyway..

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    1. I have another set of beautiful ones that I acquired twenty years ago when my daughter’s engagement was called off, but I hardly dare use it. I’ve packed away my mismatched ones for the charity shop and my hearts and flowers set will be used every day! I could not believe my luck Lois. Odd pieces turn up on eBay from time to time, but they are always expensive.

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  2. I decided to buy mismatched dishes from the beginning, getting one of every pattern of Talavera that I liked. Eighteen years later, I’m still picking up new patterns. I love yours and love the sentimental value of it. Good work.

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    1. Thank you Judy. The girls were delighted to take some of it off my hands, they hadn’t realised I still had part of the old set, so this was a glimpse back into childhood for them. Mismatched was a great idea and quite trendy, you were ahead of your time Judy! .:)


      1. Judy! I’ve just had a look at the table, It is absolutely glorious, wow, so colourful, and so Mexican! Thank you so much for the link. 🙂

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  3. Murphy's Law

    Sue, I don’t know which I love more! The dollhouse is delightful and Evie looks like she loves it. When I was about Evie’s age, my dad made me a dollhouse for Christmas. It was white with a red roof and the windows opened! I played with that dollhouse until my early teens! Lol.

    The set of dishes is an outstanding find, not just because you like them, but because you used to own the same set. Oooooo, I would have wanted that set myself!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Ginger, I still have a third of the original set. It’s now out of storage, I’ve made up a full set and I’m using it every day! Hopefully, Evie’s big brothers will playfight elsewhere and this gorgeous house will last as long as yours. Thank you ginger 🙂


    1. Hello again Judy, just found your comment in the Spam folder along with four Others!

      It could be because Staffordshire pottery is English. I think two of my girls plus my son would love to have it handed down. Thank you Judy and I apologise for not checking my spam folder sooner.


      1. I’m not brilliant at checking the Spam either, but at the moment because of the faults that WordPress are experiencing I am avoiding using the App to write new posts. So while I was on the dashboard I thought I’d check out the Spam!

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  4. Brilliant finds, Sue! I love it when things like that happen! The tea service has a lovely pattern..I have seen it before, but wouldn’t have known what it is called. And what a super doll’s house, lots of happy playing time for little Evie. We have a couple of community second hand barns not too far away, I love to have a nose around them, & have happily donated items we no longer need too, they do a great job!

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    1. I remember Trev once writing about the community barns, what a splendid idea. I think I should dig around a bit and try to find more second hand places. They’re fascinating to look around aren’t they.

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    1. Haha! Her mother spent the evening playing with it as soon as Evie had gone to bed! By the way, your comment was in the Spam folder plus two others of yours and a couple written by other people!


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