Sunday, October 20, 2013

Second hand goodies

In Ireland, we don't really use the word thrift. Irish people go second hand shopping,car boot sale-ing or you might do the charity shops of an afternoon. However, I've decided to wholeheartedly adopt the word thrift.  

The self-proclaimed title of "thrifty amos" makes me feel economical, savvy even, all the while referencing my many second hand shopping outings in search of vintage treasures.

Which leads me to one of my latest finds...

 When I bought them I didn't recognise that they were Arklow pottery. I hadn't even looked at them properly, I just thought they were pretty and rushed to the counter. Generally this is a terrible idea when thrifting, but this time I lucked out.

Arklow Pottery was a pottery company based in County Wicklow, Ireland founded in 1934. Unfortunately, they stopped production in 1998 .There's an interesting article here about how Arklow pottery exported 70 per cent of their goods to North America as the american market had more of a taste for the traditional Irish pottery than Irish people had. Maybe that's true, and in fairness many of their patterns sport green shamrocks, something many Irish people try and avoid.

Well, I for one think this little set is beautiful and the made in Ireland stamp makes me proud.

I plan to open an online shop in the future, when I do I'm going to miss this little fellow...

I'm so glad to have found this collective. I've already lost hours of my life going through the lovely thrift finds here and I look forward to losing more.

I'm new to this blogging thing, I just started this week, so if anyone has tips I would love to hear the

Thank you,


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