It’s not every day you find design classics in a junk shop, but this was clearly a lucky one.
Whether you’re a champion charity shopper, adept at auctions, or plain excellent at eBay, there comes a point when you start to feel guilty about your bargain hunting: these aren’t fair sales but outright steals! It might be my deep-rooted Catholic conscience talking, but short of actually going to confession – it’s been a while – I’m sharing with you my best thrifty (read: thieving) interiors buys… #sorrynotsorry
First up, my big, bold, beautiful and retro-fabulous geometric lampshade by Gylsen Design. Purple acrylic paint screen-printed onto gold silk… Easily one of my best eBay finds, I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted it going for peanuts (I already knew, and loved, the brand) and I was the sole bidder. What can I say? It was a shaky iPhone pic that definitely didn’t do it justice.
I paid: £15
Another crap photo come good, I found my beloved leather Chesterfield sofa on eBay. The image was so bad it curled up at the sides and was totally out of focus. But I swooped on that amateur eBayer like a ravenous bird of prey, and won it with three seconds to go. OK, it was a massive risk… turns out it was a Thomas Lloyd in perfect nick, and it’s ageing beautifully.
I paid: £198 (+ £20 for man with van)
Red or dead
It’s not every day you find design classics in a junk shop, but this was clearly a lucky one. These lipstick red beauties – Eros swivel chairs by Kartell/Philippe Starck – were out on the street and looking for a new owner who’d fully appreciate their ‘60s, sexy-cool voluptuousness. Total impulse buy with zero regrets – and later spotted in the vair stylish office of Ugly Betty’s Daniel Meade.
RRP: £390 each
I paid: £200 for three
And another junk shop gem… Once I’d wiped off the inch of dust, I clung to this vintage L’Oreal salon mirror for dear life as I happily handed over my cash. A thing of rare beauty, I can only imagine its fascinating history and all the L’Oreal lovelies who’ve stared into it over the years. Now sitting pretty above my dressing table.
RRP: Um, priceless?
I paid: £50