Silloth Charity Shops Come up Trumps

How’s that for a title? It reminds me of Swallows and Amazons and the Beano. It made me almost as happy as posing with this statue of a butcher.

In my last post, I regaled you with narrative on my trip to Cumbria. A feature of this was a trip to Silloth – a seaside resort with a unique atmosphere of faded Victorian charm. I was delighted to find a flourishing, friendly community, along with several interesting local businesses and quite a few CHARITY SHOPS.

My Mother and I spent a happy hour in the fascinating, musty world of the Silloth charity shop.

Along with a pair of trousers that were later deemed to be ‘too pressy’, we came across a large, clear plastic bag filled with textiles, labelled ‘£5.00 the bag’. Mystery vintage fabrics? Yes please. Now marvel at the extensive list of contents!

  • 12 unused packs of Appleton tapestry wool
  • two hand embroidered cotton hankies, unhemmed
  • 1 silver thimble
  • 1 pack rather rusty crewel needles
  • 1 plain linen tablecloth with unfinished embroidered motif in satin stitch
  • 2 ready printed linen tablecloths, unstitched
  • small amount of wool wadding
  • around 2 dozen packs of Anchor embroidery cotton
Appleton threads

Appleton threads

1920s style upholstery fabric (purchased separately)

1920s style upholstery fabric (purchased separately)

Unfinished handkerchief with freehand embroidery

Unfinished handkerchief with freehand embroidery

glazed cotton handkerchief with ready printed motif visible through stitches

glazed cotton handkerchief with ready printed motif visible through stitches

silver thimble

silver thimble

Bargainous, no? I think we did pretty well! I posted a couple of other recent finds on instagram – do follow if you fancy a peek, you’ll find me here.

What’s your latest charity shop treasure?

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