This weekend saw the salvage sisters bleary-eyed at St. Donards car boot sale after our 6am start to beat the queues and secure a space to sell our treasures. Our loot had been gathered up at another episode of Tullyroan family house clearance, to include some antique finds by the original salvager, our mother, and also our grandmother who is now 102. The items we sold had a lucky escape from skip-heaven and will hopefully live on to adorn the china cabinets of their new happy owners in east belfast.
The buyers were a friendly bunch of locals and regulars, who were delighted to inform us of the origins and sources of some of our porcelain figurines and items, which were high in demand. We were happy to shift anything for around a pound as sadly, most of it was chipped or in bad repair. We did attract quite a swarm initially as people are definately interested in things which have vintage appeal or nostalgic interest.
We were informed by one shrewd buyer that he would shift the silver mustard spoon he’d found on our table for 50p for up to a handsome tenner on ebay! Its good to know a little more of the life story of the items you’re parting with.
There’s definatley a roaring car boot culture in NI but accessing the details can be tricky. Important nuggets like the fact that if you arrive at this one after about 6.30pm you’ll miss the cut in the queue for when the gates open at 8! Apparently 40 cars got turned away yesterday from this 50 car space.
Two good websites that we used were Car boots R Us and CarbootSales.Org, and we heard about this great page on Facebook so don’t forget to report your successes and tips there if you head out booting!
Hello from the end of a sunny national holiday in Northern Ireland. I don’t hold a lot of sentiment for the spirit behind the 12th of July Jubilations, instead I enjoy the eerily quiet roads and streets (as long as you avoid any band parades!) as the annual mass exodus of our wee country occurs, for those who also seek to avoid the annual face off between our communities!
We did mark it with our own camp bonfire, and first experimental camping-with-toddler expedition.. summary: it takes a lot of pain to have that much fun!
Anyway I just thought I’d be lazy and share these rather more novel and useful ideas over at design sponge (one of my favourite design blogs) for what you could do with any spare pallets, if it’s possible to find any round here, where on earth do they get them all every year?
I must say seeing one of these constructions in real life is not uplifting but definately breath taking! Wonder how it would go down, if I attempt to nick a few next year to complete some nice salvage projects!
Oh and here’s another great idea, a spare bed always comes in handy!
Check out this photography blog for some more heart stopping images of the 11th night traditions.
Pallet bed images at Funky Bear Decor blog
I have made a discovery.. what with our world of social networking and virtual time passing, it fits that to get anything done you need background company!
On reflection, perhaps this is a personal character flaw, I always studied best with company and over the years at school and uni came up with many study comradery adventures – in caravans, parks, cafes, sleepovers chewing actual coffee granules.. aah moment of appreciation for all you tortured students out there.
It was bliss to attend the recent Belfast council run Revamp workshops I wrote about here and here, not least because just pottering away in a room full of people doing the same thing was so comforting, social, inspiring.
So in a bid to reclaim a childhood skill I had a glorious girls night in to ‘Knit and Knatter’.
It really was a rare privelidge to have both a relaxing and gratifying friday night after a long week.. sipping cocktails from a teapot ((i was served lately in a bar in Belfast to this effect) and catching up, whilst patting oneself on back for new skill acquired and that comforting feeling that should you find yourself shivering or naked in the future, you could yarn your way out of that predicament!
The next event, a ‘Pic – knit’. If you’re interested let me know! Extreme knitting ideas welcome..
Last weekend was the wonderful meadows festival, a veritable selection of bric-a-brac, vintage, antique and hippy stalls, plus some great music and eateries. Running since 1972, it achieves a real community vibe every year, and seems to be developing and growing each year alongside the current trend towards thrifting, up-cycling and ‘make-do-and-mend’ culture.
The vintage and second-hand clothes were cheap and abundant….
…lots of tat to choose from; yes, that does say 10p an item! Plus some pretty handmade bits and bobs…
..somewhere very funky to rest your weary limbs…
…plus lots of other wares for the crowds.
So what bargains came home with me? Firstly i was pretty delighted with these 1970s lampshades at £2 for the pair
These little circular Italian pics were 25p each
A lovely vintage Tala flour sifter for £3
And some pretty vintage lace for £2
I’ll be back to showcase my wardrobe finds soon, hopefully to receive the fashion-sista seal of approval!?
Had a lovely day today surrounded by inspiring, talented and eco conscious stylers at the Home Souk and Rethink, Revamp, Restyle event. I was demonstrating furniture painting techniques all day.. and transformed this dowdy little chair into a french bistro styled monsieur!
I absolutely adore french style, and especially that romantic yet battered chippy paint loved and used look.. I did a little inspiration trail into this project as people were going to be looking on..
Colour inspiration came from the beautiful photography blog Paris Parfait..
I’ll do another post on my chippy paint crush another time..
So here I am sanding away..
With my little helper..
Sanding is key for any furniture paint job, and especially for the ‘distressed’ look. Sand all over first. I had to strip this chair initially, but I would only do this if it had a heavy gloss on it.. if you want a very smooth painted result, prime before you start. Otherwise just get the first coat on, sand again, second coat, and sand sand sand until you have the finish you want. I had a lot of questions today on the type of paint you can use. Technically ‘satinwood’ paints are designed to go on wood, but they do give a bit of a sheen. I really like a flat powdery look for this kind of thing, so I use emulsion and then seal it with a wax or a very light coat of varnish or stain. My favourite part of todays project was that i intended to use a contrasting colour on certain parts of the chair, but I loved the original wood contrast so much, I kept it! Sometimes the items just re- invent themselves!
And here’s the table I transformed at the workshops on display today at the showcase.. Will bring you a final after shot of my two chairs when they’re complete.. Don’t forget the Fashion Souk tomorrow too at the Europa! A feast of conscious style all weekend!
At last… the final ‘after’ shot of the chair and where it now lives..
At last.. the final ‘after’ shot of the Bentwood chair and where it now lives..
Hi Blog, missing you. I’ve been enjoying the devotion of three hours of a thursday evening to “Rethink, Revamp, Restyle” so much, I havent had time to pop in and tell you about it.
However you can catch up on all the happenings at the Europa Hotel, Belfast this Saturday from 11am – 5pm where we will be showcasing lots of the items from the workshops. You can see what I did with this little table..
The event is running alongside the fabulous Home Souk stall holders selling their bespoke home furnishing, there’s a keynote speaker on environmental living issues, and exhibits and tips on how to revamp your household items.
Salvage Sisters are proud to be one of the ‘exhibits’, I’ll be revamping this Bentwood type chair.. come, shop, play and say hi!
More details on facebook.. Dont forget the fashion Souk this sunday too!
Sigh – I’m high and drunk on my three blissful hours spent this evening at the first workshop in Ballynafeigh community centre by Rethink, Revamp, Restyle – an amazing collaboration by SS favourite ‘The Fashion Souk’ and Belfast Council. The ethos is on creating and ‘repurposing’ items to prevent waste and give them a new life of usefulness!
After a mad dash from work I found myself with lots of lovely ladies making cushions out of old jumpers and shirts – in a flash, whilst helping to reduce the fourteen double decker bus loads of clothes which are thrown into the waste every WEEK!
The fabulous team of demonstrators poked us into action and inspiration with a quick how to, and left us to wade into piles of old clothes and come out with a unique creation! No better way to spend an evening I tell you, I haven’t felt this relaxed in so long, with the added delight of new additions to my couch.. the husband probably wont share the sentiment that we needed a few more cushions though! I’m quite pleased with how I matched them into my living room scheme..
My only problem was cushion envy, so many juicy little creations - and the fact I forgot my camera, photos of the next one to come. Oh but BBC newsline did turn up, so keep them peeled on the regional news!!
Jealous? Check out the Rethink, Revamp, Restyle group on facebook to see what slots are left that you could sign up for. It’s old furniture revamping next time, can’t wait!
You must look out out for this little treat of an event, which popped up in our city in February this year.
This one in February was held in the delightful venue, of the recently opened Belfast Barge near the Waterfront, and run by Portavogie artist, Alice Burns.
It’s an artists collective, which was conceptualized as a free art show with world wide artists sending their work to be displayed at an impromptu street gallery created in a public space. The works are displayed by local artist(s) residing in the city of an IYTI! show. It was resolved that the shows would be held on the same weekend in 5 cities globally! You can read more about the concept here.
I love Butterflies, and was delighted to pick up a street artist interpretation by ‘A1′, a Finnish street artist apparently.
I love it, and you can see me happily picking it up, along with the other chuffed customers and their finds in the event gallery.
Thanks A1, and IYTI!
Just popping up to share a little treat for all our Belfast Salvagers..
The Belfast council have collaborated with our favourite Fashion Soukers, to create a series of free workshops to guide you on your merry way to a greener, revamped facelift to your life, wardrobe and home.. wow! All our favourite stations here at Salvage sisters. I’m signed, let me know if you want to join me.. wish you were here sis!
So my glee in Belfast’s sources continued on Sunday in the most excellent collaborative of iconic, collectible vintage and retro pieces I have ever seen under one roof, at the Retro Rooms. There are lots of great photos at this link, but here are my most covetable, jaw dropping, stamp-my-feet-i-want-it items.
I have a chair fetish, and here are two of the best samples in the best colours I have ever seen in real life!
A pair of these Vintage Danish 1970 swivel Egg Chairs in Danish Blue wool from Original Compulsive Design..
This original Eames Chair by the same people.. in my ultimate colour..
And here is what I got.. this image care of Frock Around the Clock blog
I was delighted to meet the lady at It’s Vintage Darling, who hales from my townland Co. Armagh, with wares from her Armagh shop, and got this long hunted for candleabra complete with pink candles, yum. And Coupe champagne glasses, a collectable for me..Cant wait to visit..
Finally no day out is complete without a few remnants..
This mustard crochet blanket funks up a tired old chair in the nursery..
And unless Im mistaken this pink and mint lace linen is quite original, or else died in the wash! Love it.
Picks out my touches of pink very well.
I’m tickled pink! x