7 August 2011

My favourite price is...

...free! Yes indeed, I am a self confessed bargainista and, while I do splash out from time to time, as a general rule, if it's a bargain, it is more likely to reel me in. So, for ages, I've been blethering to Mr Scribbler about wanting a glass fronted cabinet in which to display/store my unboxed shoes (what else really would I do with it!?) and I keep meaning to check out Gumtree and eBay. I did a while back and there was nothing locally/cheap enough and I keep forgetting to look back. However, today, as we drove home from the train station in the pissing rain, properly pissing rain, I spied a cabinet outside our local random junk shop. On occasion, if they've leave something outside, it's going free and I figured, on account of the aforementioned pissing rain, it may indeed be free - why would you leave something you were selling out in that? So I pestered Mr S and back we headed up the road for a closer look. It was perfect and it was free! I felt like Vintage Vix (constant amazing bargain finds and an awesome house - you should check back her old posts for her house posts if you've not read them)! But it didn't fit in the car - massive bummer. I am a bit of a weakling when it come to the ol' arms and my grip is shit. So that made for an interesting and pathetic stagger (with me having to stop every few steps to readjust my grip and shake my weedy arms) home. Let's not even discuss carrying it up three flights of stairs. However, here it is in it's dark shiny glory.


And, yes it is covered in rain. I didn't just spray it with a hose to add weight to the first part of this post. I have now cleaned it down - it was manky and had a spider's old skin inside it - and have begun sanding. Man, that's a bitch. I'm just thinking whether I know anyone who'll have an electric sander! My plan is to paint it a twee pastel-y duck egg colour to girlie the fuck out of it. T'will be tres chic and macaroon pretty! And look how ornate the feet are! I literally can't believe this was free!


Here's the Elle MacPherson getting her face in my blog post - yup, Top Model just isn't big enough to contain her ego (have you seen it this season?) so she had to get her mug all up in Little Scribbler - even if it is being covered in sanding dust. You're welcome Elle. Then, yes, next to it is Elle Magazine's Runway Edit. Nothing is sacred in my house.

I shall be sure to keep you up to date on my progress with the cabinet and to share pics of it in it's completed shoe filled state! Whether you want to hear about it or not.

12 comments:

Sophie - Country girl said...

yay for freebies and so lucky you found what you wanted!

Vintage Coconut said...

That is absolutely gorgeous! Great find!

Please may I? said...

What a find!

Such a great idea to display all your lovely shoes. Looking forward to the seeing the end result.

X x

Brat said...

Good find! I have a similar glass fronted cabinet that I would loooove to shabby-chic-up in a nice F&B paint.. But it's over 100 years old and I daren't do it :(

Abbie said...

It's going to look fab! xx

Nelly said...

woo hoo how wonderful is that?I look forwad to seeing it painted now.

Laura Tenshi said...

So lucky, I could use something like that for my shoes too.
After you're done polishing it, I am sure it will look brand new.

Faff said...

Yes, awesome bargain! Free is the best thing ever after all :)

Alex said...

Free? FREE?! You jammy beggar. It's gorgeous!

Vix said...

What a fab find! I know what I'd do with that beauty and I'm dying to see if you've got the same idea. x
PS Ta for the shout out!

Marlein said...

Oh now that's awesome! Congrats on the find! It was just standing there waiting for you haha! :D

Pink Haired Princess said...

Amazing find minus the dead spider which I boaked at! Love the pictures of it covered in rain-you were clearly so excited you just had to photograph it right there and then ; ) And love the idea of girlyfying it up..if only I could find one that would cover an entire wall, I'd be a happy bunny!