I regaled wendz at 15 Coast Road (could someone please tell me how you do that link thing with the right name on it?) regarding CB protocol and etiquette. The sun was shining so the CB was maaahooosive - nevertheless I have to put my purchasing blinkers on so ignored the huge collection of West German ceramics, the three different garden sun loungers (circa 1970), the vast array of china tea sets.
I whizzed round but stalled when I saw these two embroideries...poised in front of them was another CB'er - looked a novice to me but I could not be certain. 'How much?' she asked. 'The two for £3'. My throat tightened a little bit..CB'er pondered and hummed. I went a little blue around the edges and gripped my purse a little tighter. CB'er was not actually holding the embroideries and no part of her body was touching the items. How do we read this situation bloggers? She has only asked the price...no body part touching the item? What would you do?
Did I :
A) Shrug and move on
B) Smile sweetly and wait
C) Barge in and purchase..........................
Shame on you for thinking C) - it was B)!!!!!! CB'er moved away but glanced over her shoulder....I moved in. Possibly not quite as dramatic as I have painted...I then had a lovely long chat with the stallholders (please do leave a message if you find your way through the ether to here).
For one pound only I was able to purchase this delicious, marvellouso panel of fabric. I think that this dates from the 1920s/1930s - what do you think? It has the feel/look and the fabric just feels that old. Reminds me of Chinoiserie designs of that time - I love the colours and the Turk's Cap lillies and beautiful roses.
Oh bought a couple of lovely tapestries but did not buy all of them...
Rounded off with two huge lavender plants for four pounds each - perfecto.
However....there were two marvellouso things that I did not buy and they are eating away....
One was one of those BEAUTIFUL 'proper' travelling suitcases - with original wooden hangers and fabric lined drawers (those ones that you stand up to put your clothes in)...I did not ask the price for fear of it being cheap.......it was so lovely.
The other was two BEAUTIFUL veranda chairs - I say veranda rather than garden because I think that they too also dated from the 1920s/1930s when verandas were de rigueur - these were a little like steamer chairs but more delicate and painted a wonderful battered blue, the fabric was faded and torn but goodness me they were perfecto. I can see them on the front cover of CL (the magazine of which I no longer speak but will mention for effect!). I did not ask the price for fear of them being cheap....they were so lovely.
So in fact in my short shopping trip I actually SAVED money! Ho ho
Tra la la fiddle dee dee off I go to make some tea......