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Geeking out over… Pre-loved Treasures
I’ve just become temporarily homeless while we move house and being deprived of my own kitchen has somewhat curbed my cooking activities so I’ve turned to exploring new eateries and cooking shops to tide me over in the meantime.
I’m a sucker for any shop that sells assorted kitchenalia and I can spend hours browsing for cookware and gadgets, but as much as I might covet their wares, I cant quite bring myself to pay the often steep price tags unless I really (really) need the item in question.
I still buy things from normal cook shops every now and then and if you have to get hold of something specific then this is still the most efficient way to find it but I’ve found a far more satisfying and more affordable way to fill your cupboards with the bits and bobs for your kitchen and dining table that are the most fun to buy. The answer is charity shops. If you’ve already discovered the joy of shopping in second hand stores then this wont exactly be ground breaking news but if you think the best place to go hunting for foodie goodies is Lakeland, then my latest finds will hopefully inspire you to try a slightly greener approach.
Besides saving you loads of money (this Nigella cookbook cost me a whopping £3 instead of £25… sorry Nigella), buying from charity shops means you’re reusing (even better than recycling) things that might otherwise land up as landfill and you’ll feel even more virtuous.
And perhaps the best reason to go second hand… never knowing what you’ll find! I could get myself a jelly mould from most kitchen retailers but would it look as beautiful as this one?
Its so pretty I could just sit and look at it, never mind using it and filling it with jelly. Its far better than anything I could have bought brand new and its deliciously old fashioned. After all, vintage is in!
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