Car booting: My top tips

Any vintage-hunter worth their Pareek china tea set will swear by a good car boot sale. It doesn’t take long to discover the best boot sales in your area, the kind of sellers to look out for and the best buys. For newbies though, this type of bargain hunting can be intimidating, so here’s my top tips on unearthing those treasures.

1: The early bird catches the best buys: Car boots start early, I mean 6am early, and that’s when they very best bargains get snapped up. Set the alarm, get their bright and early, grab your trolley and carrier bags and you’ll be reap the rewards.

2: Have an idea what you’re after: Every rooky vintage buyer makes the same mistake … We have all bought things we didn’t really want. I have a shed full of tea sets, cup and saucers and glassware that I really should’ve left behind. If you think you can use or display it, buy it. If you’re tempted just because its cheap, then back away.

3: Dealers often charge more: Professional car boot sellers can always sell their wares the following week, so look out for people who have had a good clear out (especially if they’ve had a good clear out of their gran’s home!).

4: Take lots of change: Paying for a 20p find with a £20 note won’t win you any friends. Have plenty of coins and you’ll be a very welcome buyer.

5: Do haggle: Don’t be afraid to make an offer, especially if you’re buying more than one item. Be polite and haggle with a big smile on your face and you’re more likely to get the price your want.

6: Have a good mooch: You can spot the serious car boot buyers, they’ll be the ones on their knees digging through boxes and bags. If you spot something your fancy, do check for chips or cracks.

Enjoy your bargain hunting and do let me know your favourite finds. If you need some inspiration then here’s just a few of the items I picked up this weekend … All for less than a tenner!

My changing home … part 2

In a previous post I showed you how I’ve used plenty of colour in my kitchen over the last couple of years to create a look that’s very “me”. I’m often told by visitors and my lovely Instagram community how much they admire my use of bold shades and it’s true that in my vintage-filled home I’m not afraid to experiment. But it wasn’t always thus …

I found the photo on the left last week while digging through a box of forgotten bits and bobs. It shows my kitchen about 12 years ago after my first attempt of decorating the room. When I moved into my house the units were horrid pretend wood (why?), the floor was a shiny laminate (again, why?) and the walls were purple (no words!). It needed a big lick of paint and I plumped for cream, cream and more cream. In my defence, there wasn’t the wonderful array of shades available more than a decade ago and chalk paint was merely a twinkle in an upcycler’s eye. But still.

The photo on the right is how my kitchen looks today. Its combination of blue, green, red, yellow and orange makes it the most vibrant room in my house and one I love spending time in.  I’m hoping it shows how use of colour really turns a house into a home. Don’t be afraid to be bold, embrace the rainbow!

Sharing the vintage love


You may well have found this blog via my Instagram account (I’m Lisa_Loves_Vintage) and if you have then you may also be aware of my weekly hashtag #FridayVintageFavourite.

Each week I invite the lovely IG community to share their unearthed treasures and I am delighted and envious in equal measures at the amazing pieces they reveal. From fabulous tin collections and delicate embroidery to china tea sets and painted mirrors, it’s an absolute masterclass in eclectic homewares.

I look at my vintage passion as the ultimate in recycling (it’s how I justify my obsession too!) and adore the fact that I am rehousing something that once took pride of place in someone else’s home. And I’m not alone!

So check out the hashtag every Friday … but prepare for those pangs of jealously!

My changing home … part 1

Our homes go through so many changes over time. Maybe the arrival of kids means toys, toys, toys everywhere (and the inevitable ‘storage solutions’); or perhaps you’ve had a new kitchen fitted and want to update you style.

My own house goes through changes simply because I love experimenting. Rarely a week goes by when I’ve not got a pot of paint in hand and am wandering room to room planning what I’ll do next.

Whether it’s to distress a shelf, update your units or create a feature wall, you can make easy changes to any room in your home, and it often only takes a couple of hours.

Here’s one of my rooms that I can never resist giving a facelift … my kitchen. Over the last year I’ve painted the base units blue, green, red, teal  and back to blue again. I love all five looks and there’s no telling what I’ll try next. I don’t opt for expensive chalk paints (I don’t find the range of colours that impressive) and instead use good ol’ emulsion. I often mix leftover colours together to achieve a desired shade.

Don’t be afraid to experiment with colour. After all, what’s the worse that can happen. You can just paint over it again!