Last Saturday was event called Siivouspäivä. That’s when you can set up your own little flea market stall anywhere you want (rather like Queens’ Day King’s Day in Holland). It’s purpose is to encourage people to re- and upcycle things. Me and my sister decided to sell our goodies in Kallio, Helsinki as we figured that it would be packed with people and thus we would have bigger chance on good sales.
We were right. I managed to get rid of bunch of fabrics I wasn’t so keen on anymore and managed to make profit. Well done me! I kept getting complimented on my selling skills all day long.
*waves like a Miss Universum-contestant, weeps and whispers I love you to the audience*
BUT it wouldn’t be a good market if I didn’t make some scores myself. Well, actually I went to Hietalahden Kirpputori too on Sunday and continued my shopping there, so not all these finds are from Saturday.
I call this shirt the Urban Fractured Giraffe. 1 euro.
Yardage. I think almost 10 meters in total. 2 euros.
Yellow stripes. 1 euro.
Vintage fabric. My grandparents had sheets from this fabric but different colourway. 2,50 euros.
Marianne-pattern by Sanna Annukka. 5 euros.
Vintage Cluedo. It’s missing one player piece and the murder weapons but I can borrow them from the new set I have. 1 euro.
Domino-book. Oh, how I drooled after this book when it got out. The designs inside still look fresh and exciting. 1 euro.
Vintage christmas decorations. Since my old collection got stolen, I’ve been desperate to re-start my collection again. 50 cents.
Left out a skirt (of which I will blog about another time), a vintage Christmas tray and some random bits and bobs. I splurged 5 euros on the Sanna Annukka-piece. It’s actually XS sized tube top and the pattern is one she designed for the candy company Fazer to promote their Marianne-candy. I’m a fan of Sanna Annukka and few years ago I wrote about her HERE. Iäm such a fan of this pattern. When they launched it, they had a Metro-magazine covered in the pattern. I hoarded three copies. Should have taken more so I would have plenty for Christmas-related crafts. Now they just sit in my bookshelf to be carefully admired once in a while.
Some frames I may or may not use for framing my favourite vintage fabrics, some more :D vintage fabric, and yet another silkscreen. The dark fabric is yardage, there’s about 6-7 meters of it. The mustard coloured fabric is a pair of curtains. I paid about 25€ for all of these.
As you hopefully remember, I moved into a new apartment in December. Well, actually it’s a semi-houseshare but I don’t care as I get to live in a cute red house with tons of space! With a price I can afford! This place also has tons of light (which makes me so happy after living many years in a place that got direct sunlight only 4 weeks a year) and it has plenty of potential for home decor and DIY-projects.
See where I’m going with this?
The first project wasn’t actually my own doing. I asked my friend to come and help with unpacking and he cherry-picked the funnest thing to do, which was the art wall. I admit he did a good job but as he then left and I was stuck with moving boxes with recently operated knee, I wasn’t too happy about it then. (I may have used the word asshat).
This is my staircase. The frames are from various places and in true Thrifty Finn-fashion, I didn’t pay full price for any of them. In the frames sit two vintage ads, an old alphabet education poster, a piece of scrapbook paper, vintage shelf paper, my own freebie printable and what is left over of Vincent van Gogh’s ‘Almond Tree’-poster. There is still room to grow the collection but I like the way it looks now. Here you can see it better in context:
Nice, eh? Cheers me up every morning. As soon as I find nice ones, I’m going to add some hooks on the wall on the left to hold my cutest purses and such. I’m slightly tempted to go with coastal/sea/captains cabin theme because the panelling but I think it’s better to stick with what I know; Spinster in the attic/grandma/crazy cat lady-vibe. Hah. To achieve that, my next project is:
Painting the frame white. Again in Thrifty Finn-fashion, I made a major saving…The paint was free from my landlord. And yes, in Finland paint is expensive so this IS a big deal.
Hi, peeps! Long time no see! So many things have happened and I’m not even going to try catch up on them in one blog post but let me tell you, things are looking good for Thrifty Finn. To get my blogging mojo back on track, however, I decided to join this week’s Photo Challenge because you know how I like my photo challenges.
For this week’s theme ‘Let There Be Light’ I had plenty of pictures to choose from but in the end I settled for two pictures from my two favourite cities in the world:
This photo was taken in October in Paris. Me and my friend were touring an antique market, me oohing and aahing everything and my friend asking the vendors if it’s okay to take pics. For some weird reason my friend didn’t enjoy the outing that much ;)
The second one is from my home town of Rovaniemi. Even though the bridge design itself is not very original, it looks beautiful in the middle of winter when it’s dark and the lights at the top shine very clearly.
Anyhoo, I’m keeping this short. If you are interested, other interpretations of the theme can be found HERE.
I was so sure I wasn’t going to do this week’s challenge. Golden hour? There’s no way I’m getting up that early and/or, sit and wait for the perfect sunset moment. Not my thing. Then today, after coming home from a carboot sale, I realized that the golden hour can be many things.
For me, the golden hour is the hour before closing time. The hour when you do the best finds and get the best deals. Some of my today’s loot:
I smell the sweet scent of profit…IF I can sell these that is. The other interpretations of The Golden Hour are HERE.