Thursday, 26 April 2007

X marks the spot

Charity shops, antique stalls, flea markets, auctions, jumble sales, house clearances and carboot sales are home to the great unknown. They are treasure troves waiting to be discovered and the excitement of hunting for your buried booty is that there is no map, no short cuts and absolutely no guarantees.

While trawling through Mills&Boon paperbacks and polyester Primark castoffs can be dull and downright depressing - especially when a suspicious smell is wafting from the person standing a bit too close to you - the prospect of finding a covertible Chanel clutch bag or elusive first edition from your favourite author is always just around the corner.

When setting off on an expedition, the trick is never to set your heart on anything too specific - there are supermarkets where you can buy exactly what you expect. Be patient, open-minded and don't leave any stone unturned and you are sure to uncover a gem - whether you knew you wanted a roll of psychedilc 70s wallpaper before you set off from your minilmalist home or not!

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