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Antique shops for cheap very good quality furniture and cooking utencils.
Wed 11-Jul-12
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Noncitydweller
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There is some top quality furniture in Antique shops not always true antique IE made before 1945. Replaced a chipboard computer desk with a solid Oak Bureau when I changed to a laptop. Look for one with metal internal supports and not just the arms that come out when you lower the writing table. Shelves underneath are best not all drawers. Cost me 70 delivered and will last forever.

Cooking utensils such as meat grinders (looks like a sausages machine probably is!) Pots and pans. bought 3 round Pyrex dishes which fit into each other 2.50p. Wanted to buy a oven/roasting pan an old enamel one. Had to buy one in a expensive...very expensive cookery shop cost 35.00 only made of steel not Teflon not that I wanted Teflon. Was to tired as I was on crutches and had enough of hopping around. Could have got a good enamel one (very deep mind) with a rack for a 10.00 in the antique shop. All sorts of roasting utensils. 2.50 for a steamer pan that you put on top of a pan of boiling water. Try the larger antique shops where have more than one seller save you wandering round lots of shops.

Wed 11-Jul-12
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Lots of that stuff here. We have big vide greniers, like boot fairs where all sorts can be bought and brocantes and depot vents that sell furniture and kitchen bits. I love them!

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Wed 11-Jul-12
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have to agree that the junk shops of lincolnshire yield far better bargains than the charity shops with a few notable exceptions, between the charity shops that have been Mary Portessed to death and the ones that have to send everything to a central depot, the Christians and small animal and local charities are the only ones worth a look . this hasnt been the summer of car boot sales weve had one dry sunday and thats it !!

Wed 11-Jul-12
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I have to agree with Kaye about the charity shops being done over and up marketed.  At least you can find things nowadays.  Mind you, I went into an Age UK store this morning and bought a brand new cotton scarf - £3.50, there were a lot of them - I think they buy them in rather than being donated.

I'll try that again!

Wed 11-Jul-12
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We have here in Crystal Palace a shop that sells second hand items - furniture, glassware, etc - not quite antique - but at very reasonable prices.  I found a traditional copper maslin pan there two weeks ago for £70 which was a steal.  Charity shops are a mixed bag these days - some still offer good bargains but by no means all of them.  The local festivals are the best place for jewellery and clothing items.

Wed 11-Jul-12
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I quite like the auctions for my bargains. Especially if the organisers receive house clearance. There is one in Reading that I used to go to fairly regularly – Simon will know this one, too – held in the old cattle market.

We have beds, fridges, tables – even a truly beautiful armoire* - all sorts from here and it has been taken to France to equip the house. Some of the finds/buys have been brilliant.

 

*The armoire was a very interesting buy as this particular auction is large, and there are separated sections. e.g. computers; household; tools; plants; jewellery; and even vehicles.

The armoire, for some reason, was in the computer section, so any furniture dealers were not in that section. It was part of the contents of an interior design shop (from Ascot). It was listed as a white painted cupboard! It definitely didn't deserve that description – it is beautiful. After I bought it, and saw the price still attached - wow, I paid 1/6th of the original.  ok    

I was one very happy bunny!

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Thu 12-Jul-12
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They still hold various actions at the old cattle market. The last one I saw was a horse auction.

About once a month it has a famers market. You know the ones. Where they have less costs than a shop but sell stuff for 3 or 3 times the price. aargh

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Thu 12-Jul-12
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Hey, don't knock Farmers' Markets, Simon! That is where I go to get real milk. We have a couple handy for us here in Lincs, and the cheese stall also sells their own milk, untreated. I don't mind pasteurised, but hate homogenised, and that is all you can get in shops nowadays. This is milk as nature intended, and what is more, it is more expensive (£1.25 per litre) and all the money goes to the dairy farmer - note the protests this week by the farmers facing ruin.

Oops, sorry, off topic!big_laughwave

Sat 14-Jul-12
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lol....I dont think its the Taliban theyre drafting the troops into the olympics for, ive a feeling there may be quite a few farmers and their cows enjoying the games ........Anyway back on topic, there are some very good local auctions , Perkins at market rasen , not so keen on the Boston ones , now and again i go to Louth , Gainsborough on a Tuesday is more traditional, produce, timber and junk , Lincoln are very dealer infested , but as nobody wants solid wood furniture these days unless they plan to Farrow & Ball it , theres plenty of bargains out there , plus it doesnt break easily ive some bits that i paid a £1 for because they were vile but they scrubbed up well

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