Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Oxfam's best bits - online


Wow. Can't believe I've only just discovered the brilliant idea that is Oxfam's online homewares store, introduced to me by my very stylish friend, Abi.

Regular readers may remember a recent visit to a rather disappointing car-boot sale, which involved an epic journey across the capital, early on a Saturday morning, and not much to show for it (apart from thedazzlingly good/bad 1970s photographic coasters, featuring technicolour images of ye olde rural Spain, for a mere £2). A fleetingly fun outing, but nearly fruitless - unlike, I promise you, a visit to the above-mentioned Oxfam outlet.

Like all good charity shops, there's a lot of tat to wade through - it'll comfortably fill a quiet hour at work (there's some truly wonderful rubbish, such as a box of Archers-themed notelets, a genuine 1980s Cabbage Patch Doll - can't believe they actually marketed these to kids - a porcelain pipe rest, complete with technicolour, textured alsatian, and - ta-da! - a Kriss Akabusi signed photograph and signed biography (for £19.99!!). just me - you might be down with the Akabusi paraphernalia, but slightly more sexy offerings are featured in the pictures above. Simply click on each of them to go to the site for full details and to buy. I've got my eye on the 1950s biscuit barrel, £12.99 (bottom right, above).

Abi's favourite buried treasure includes this rather cute Royal Worcester Palissy sauce jug (bottom, centre), featuring its splendid, trademark, bull motif - for just £8.99. Good birthday present for a Taurean with good taste (that is a hint, by the way, friends). She also shared a green, floral Jonnson Brothers coffee pot (top, centre, just £9.99, but get in quick, as Abi collects them and has her eye on this one). The 1920s Underwood typewriter (top right), which comes complete with a matching case, is gorgeous – it's £50, but a swish gift for the budding writer in your circle (one with room for a bulky ornament); while this sweet, vintage History of the Motor Car (top left) book, dismantled and assembled into plain, black Ikea frames, would make unique wall decoration for a small boy's bedroom (that font is great), and the old-school Marlboro ashtray, £3.99.

Oops - was that an hour? Get browsing yourselves, I've got work to do...

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