A lantern for the garden. We did a fair bit of work on the garden last year, digging the lawn up and replacing it with cobbles. We didn't have much budget for anything else so we used some pallets as edging and as you can see Dan made a little table. I picked the lantern up for 99p, I could be wrong but I think it was brand new, it had certainly not been heavily used if it wasn't new.
Still in the garden another favourite from last year was a repair job I did to some chewed seat pads.
The fishy fabric was only 49p from a shop in Preston, I just used some wundaweb to stick it over the holes.
Moving back inside, my next favourite purchase are some soup bowls, I have always wanted some like this so when these were reduced I snapped them up, I can't remember how much they were, a few quid I think.
They're quite small, so ideal for a lunchtime portion, or for soup and a sandwich.
I am also fond of my tea for one set, I think I paid £2.49 for this, but as it was new, and at that time still selling for around £12 I was more than happy. I use it as part of my menu planning ceremony.
Only two more to go! We remain in the kitchen for one of the most useful things I bought last year, a lovely divided pyrex dish to hold salad.
I think I was under the influence of our trip to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland when I bought this!
Finally, and is probably my favourite charity shop purchase of all time is something I have spoken about before, we bought it from the RSPCA shop in Kendal for £10, my official guide to The Festival Of Britain. Again I say thank you to my niece.
So that's a top six, not a top ten, but they're the things I like and use the most.