As a lover of Treasures, be it new or old, I have become very much an avid follower of Lizzie Longworth through her tweets on twitter. She has an impeccable eye and a knack to sourcing out my idea of treasures. Not everyone will think of them as treasures…but the word Treasure is very personal to everyone. At unik we have sought out traditional Treasures to find new happy homes and take great pleasure in every toy, blanket etc that finds one.
Lizzie explains how she got hooked on Treasure shopping.
The excitement of finding something that has been unloved for years and bringing it back to life for someone else to love all over again is the biggest rush. It is still the biggest attraction in my treasure shopping.
I became hooked on Treasure shopping after the birth of my second daughter all by accident. I found myself rummaging in our local charity shop by the girls school.
We weren’t hard up and we weren’t facing hardship but I suddenly realised we were bleeding money for absolutely no reason what so ever so I made a promise to myself we wouldn't continue to spend so freely. It started small at first with things like batch cooking, making packed lunches for trips out and buying things for our home from discount places and online.I bought, that day, some crochet blankets for our then baby and some vintage cups for a whopping total of £4. I couldn't quite believe my luck at all! This also ignited my passion for all things vintage and as I've found, I seem to have an 'eye' for anything pre 1970! I was dipping my foot in at first, finding exquisite things that I intended to sell on, like a few designer jewellery pieces I paid just a few pounds for that sold for more than £30 each and a French vintage satchel that sold for over £100!! This was a massive rush for me, not because of the money but the thrill of the hunt so to speak.
This soon spread to all aspects of my life, I whiled away hours scouring eBay for lost treasures for our home and vintage dresses to flout around in.
My two girls have also been bitten by the Treasure bug bad! Seeking out toys and books from a time completely unknown to them, favouring clothes with floral patterns and quirky cuts. The girls are finding their own style as well as learning about a time so much different to our own, dreaming of dirty knees and climbing trees. This pleases me. It gives me even more of a reason to hunt out the best charity shops to spend time in and the best search terms to use to find lost treasures on eBay. My mum even has a shopping list in her purse constantly in case she spots something I may like! I don't expect everyone to be comfortable with wearing clothes and the like that was previously owned by someone else. The mere thought freaks some people out. But from an eco point of view, our carbon footprint must be tiny! Everything I buy for the girls and for our home doesn't come with 3 layers of wrapping, our clothes haven't been made by children paid £1 a day and flown millions of miles to get to us, that alone is enough to convince me to keep at it. So to anyone out there worrying about money, just wanting to save some pennies, the environment , or wanting to find a treasure I say go for it! Search every local Charity and Treasure shop and don't be shy. There’s beautiful things to be found and loved. So the next time you need new tea cups or a table cloth, don't go down to your local supermarket and buy something cheap and substandard but nip to your local charity shop, spend a half hour searching for the perfect mix match cups take them hope and love them and all few a few pence, your not only recycling, your supporting a charity and changing other peoples lives.
Confessions of a Frugal Mama by Lizzie Longworth