Earlier this year, I set myself a challenge. I'd just moved house and decided to furnish my new place with second hand pieces wherever possible. I did quite well, picking up all manner of thrifted treasures on my car boot and charity shop jaunts - you can see my updates here, here, here, here and here.
Unfortunately, the once-empty house is now rather full of stuff and so the challenge has been on hold for the last few months. Well, it was on hold... until Christmas called for a spot of second hand shopping!
My tree decorations are a mix of charity shop and eBay finds. The hand painted baubles and birds came all the way from India - 15 pieces snapped up for £15 after a frenzied bidding session last year. And just the other week, I found four handmade baubles in a charity shop for 25p each. I've never been one for minimalism and love the slightly mismatched, haphazard nature of a mix of decorations.
I love Christmas traditions, and collecting decorations is one of my favourites. Last Christmas I went to London with the girls and picked up this spangly Harrods bauble, then in November Rob and I were in the city, so I bought Angus the moose from Liberty. Hopefully I can continue to build my collection over the years!
This gorgeous Holly wreath is from The Perfumed Garden in Chapel Allerton. The shop only opened a few weeks ago but I'm already a regular customer - I love their fresh flowers and pretty arrangements.
I'm a bit rubbish at wrapping presents - I always plan to buy brown parcel paper and decorate it with my own handmade stamps, stick it with patterned tape and tie it up with home-dyed string, but the reality is a roll of M&S paper, sellotape (and one year, duct tape) and a cheap plastic bow. This year I'm a little more organised - I bought these brown luggage tags on eBay to use as gift tags and think they add a nice 'home made' touch to presents.
I'm not particularly good at Christmas crafts. I won't be making my own Christmas pudding or cooking a dinner for 10. I'm hopeless with cards and always spend more than the requisite £5 on my Secret Santa gift. But I do have an eye for a second hand bargain, and I'm pretty pleased with the Christmas edition of the Second Hand Home Challenge.
Have you bought any second hand bits for your Christmas celebrations? What does your tree look like?