Instead of scouring the junk shops we visited Criterion Auctioneers, an auction house on Essex Road with a huge floor of furniture and collectables. There were some lovely old pharmacy tins, a handful of gilded religious icons and old Elvis posters but I decided to be restrained and save my money for a fish finger sandwich and a cider at The Old Queen's Head where we sat amongst stuffed stags heads on the walls and glass domes filled with old doll parts.
I've blogged about my love for the amazing-but-expensive Camden Passage in Islington before so was more than delighted to take another stroll down it on Saturday. I spied a shop I've never seen before: Issy's Milky Way is a fifties diner and milkshake bar in a palette of pastels and stripes. We didn't get a chance to pop in but looking at the photos of their cakes on their Facebook page is making me want to make a date there ASAP.
The Passage also holds the fabulously weird stall outside Loveday Antiques which over time has become my favourite. This week, they were selling old incorrect education posters, bits of threadbare taxidermy, strange metal contraptions, some very steamy projector transparencies and all manner of small vintage toys.
The last photo, for those of you who are familiar with it, will indicate we ended up near Brick Lane browsing the Old Truman Brewery sample sales and sipping hot chocolate at Rough Trade. And still, after all these amazing shops and stalls, my purse was still firmly planted in my satchel. It was quite a novel experience not to be engulfed in a haze of post-spending guilt!
And finally, the winner of my phone cover giveaway is...drum-roll please...Jasmine from Jaz XO! Congratulations Jasmine, I'll be emailing you now. Thank you to everyone who entered!