This morning I popped into a local charity shop for a look around and they have dedicated one window and almost half the shop to Christmas. Naturally I went to have a rummage through the stuff and found a few bits that I just couldn't say no to, like these lovely place mats:
Sorry about the poor picture quality but the light here is not favourable for taking photos today; very dull and overcast. There are four of these marked up at £1 each. They are still starched as though they have never been used. Not sure if I'll use them as table mats with food around, but I thought I could use them on top of the side board and small cupboard, or even on the top of the chest of drawers that sit on the landing, bringing a festive touch to the upstairs. I also found these:
Tray cloths! Two long and two round. Here's a close up of the picture detail:
Aren't they just gorgeous? I saw a set almost identical to these on ebay a couple of weeks ago and was tempted to bid for them, but I'm really glad I didn't as the ebay starting price was £5 and I bought these for just £2.95! Again I'm not going to let food anywhere near these; they will be used for decoration only - maybe as a base for some fancy candles that will not be lit or for a few of my (many) Christmas decorations.
And then I also bought this towel:
Its a small hand/guest towel that I thought my Godaughter, whose seven, could use for wiping her hands. Its very thin and cheap but just right for messy children! It will add a festive touch to the bathroom. I also found and bought a jigsaw puzzle which is a Christmas bauble to hand on the tree when put together. Its still in its shrink-wrap so could be given as a present but I'm really tempted to do it myself. All in all a good morning's shopping. All these treasures came in at just over £10.
I can't wait til Christmas. I just LOVE the festive season and go completely over the top!