Oh rummaging, I'll never quit you. Even on the rainiest of days, the busiest of days, the saddest of days, I'll always have the time and patience for you and your surprises.
Nothing brightens up my day more than a fruitful thrifting session and our mini-trip to Rye last weekend gave me lots to smile about. The shops were mostly along the lines of specialist antique rather than junk or vintage but I found a couple of right gems.
Glass Etc is run by Andy McConnell, a familiar face to anyone who loves a bit of Antiques Roadshow on a Sunday evening (diehard fan right here). It's a huge, beautifully laid out shop full of (funnily enough) glassware with a few ceramics and other ephemera thrown in for good measure. I've been looking for swan planters for a while now and wither find them in appalling condition or way out of my price range.
I found this cute little guy for £15, so not car-boot cheap, but I was happy to bring him home on the train with me.
Outside the Rye Museum, they'd set up a book stall predominantly made up of old mechanic journals and DIY manuals. Underneath all the boring books, I spied the illustrated cover for Robert Louis Stevensons A Child's Garden of Verses. After coughing up my £2 for it, I further inspected it. The book is a 1914 edition, with illustations by Jessie Wilcox Smith, two very pretty old bookplates and, after doing a little internet search, possibily worth quite alot more than the two pounds I paid. Not my aim, but certainly a bonus!
Found anything worthy of note recently?