Friday, 7 June 2013

Olney with Thrifty


Aloha Sprinklerinos,

A little while ago I had a lovely dovely super duper house guest- Thrifty from AThriftyMrs.

My wonderful little northern chum came down to stay and have a bit of a holiday. Since we both run blogs, it was a hot topic to us so we spent a lot of time together planning new features, taking photographs and discussing the best ways to do things. It was a lot of fun.

As well as 'worky' things, we took some time out to visit a quaint little village nearby called Olney. Olney is full of charity, gift and cutsie homeware shops so perfect for an afternoon mooch. 

Olney Village

Olney Village

Olney Village

Olney Village

Olney Village

Olney Village

Olney Village

I absolutely adore those kinds of shops where you don't know what you are going to find, where each nook is a potential treasure trove waiting to be explored. 

Amongst her many talents, Thrifty is also a charity shop expert and knows all the tricks of the trade so was it was brilliant to have her with me for tips and help. I usually go in charity shops and find nothing but Thrifty uncovered some gems for me to add to my collection of 'things I don't need but certainly want'.

I don't know if it's a 'getting older' thing or if I've always been this way, but sometimes there is just nothing better than wandering about sweet, quiet places and nattering with a chum. We plan on making quite a habit of it.

If you haven't already, do go over and follow Thrifty's Blog. She writes about fun easy ways to save money and ways to enrich your life without spending a fortune. She is a fountain of knowledge. 


Have you ever been to a cutsie village like Olney? What did you think of it?


Toodlepip!

xx

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76 comments:

  1. Reading through this post, I shouted: hey I have that Polly Pocket house!! Hahaha seriously though, such nostalgia. Lovely pictures! Great post!

    X Valérie
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  2. Love thrifting! My eyes lit up when I saw the Polly Pocket toys. Brings back so many memories.

    Great post Lou!

    Xo, Michelle

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  3. This is so cute, love places like that!

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  4. thats so cute, looks so lovely! Little towns like this just make you smile (:

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  5. I used to love Polly Pockets!! Thrift shopping has become a hobby of mine recently, which is so weird because when I was little I hated it and thought everything was "dirty" and "smelly". But now, I've found a million different things that I love! x

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  6. Is it sad that I think I owned all of those Polly pocket toys at some point in my life? God how I miss the old days! My sisters need to hurry up and have little girls so I can legitimately play with polly pockets again ;)

    Stacie xoxo
    stacie-lifeisworththefight.blogspot.co.uk

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  7. Never been to Olney but certainly want to go now! We have a few cute places around ours, like Berkhamstead, with a few vintage shops - except that vintage shops have a much heftier price tags than charity shops... And I could certainly do with a friend who knows her way round charity shops and uncovering gems... Some a good at displaying stuff, some are not - did they not watch Mary Portas?

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  8. I love thrift shops, or any shops that sells these gems that someone else doesn't find interesting anymore.

    I try to go to these kinds of stores every one in a while, to find something to spice up my ife.

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  9. T looks so cute! I've never been anywhere like that bit I really want to!

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  10. Looks like a lovely little shop, would love to visit one like that!
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  11. I love Olney! I think im going there this weekend, there's a really great pizza place there as well :) x

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  12. Lovely photos!

    Carina xx
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  13. I love these oldschool phones and cameras. So nostalgic ! :) <3

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  14. In the before last picture, there is one amazing wall clock. If I was there, I would've bought it in an instance! Gorgeous pictures :3

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  15. How beautiful. Love from Poland ♥
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  16. I had so many Polly pockets when I was younger they were the coolest toys ever haha!
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  17. Looks adorable - great pictures!
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  18. How cute is this?! I especially love the telephones :)

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  19. Yes! Olney is so close to my town! Haha makes me smile that we've been to the same places :) ps loving the polly pockets!

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  20. Am I the only one who was excited to see the Polly Pocket?! It takes me back to my childhood! :)

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  21. I'd love to go there, I love shops like that! :) never know what you'll find!

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    Xxx

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  22. I had that exact Polly Pocket set! This has made me so happy :) xx

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  23. These types of shops make me so happy...love nothing better than a mooch round and find some gems!

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  24. I love these kinds of shops too. And Polly Pocket NO WAY! So so cool.

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    xo Molly

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  25. I had that Polly Pocket dream world!!!! I loved it so much! This made me so happy!!! xxxxx

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  26. I want to go to these kinda shops but sadly we don't have any where i live :(

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  27. I can spend hours in shops like this. I love little tea cups and saucers and little ornaments that i definitely don't need but want so bad i cant leave them without getting upset!

    I had so many polly pockets as a kid they seemed to be the item you always got as birthday presents of friends.

    Carrieanne x

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  28. I simply adore everything vintage!! This quaint little shop you visited seemed like the perfect place to browse and to find the most interesting trinkets!! Thanks for sharing!!!! <3

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  29. I wish vintage/thrift stores were that jazzy here in Australia, ours are smelly unless you go to the really expensive stores!

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  30. lovely, going to check out vintage stores in my area today ^_^
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  31. Oh how lovely! I love little stores like this, you might find something very special and one of a kind.

    I posted my first 7 pictures for the 30 day snap challenge here, I'd love if you checked them out :)

    - Erin

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  32. Love Olney - used to go there with my mum when I was younger and your post has bought back some happy memories. I must go back!

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  33. I love Olney. It's not too far from me but have only been the once! It's such a pretty place.

    Gemma xXx

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  34. Wow that place looks so interesting and vintage, you go to the coolest little places Louise!

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    xxx

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  35. wish they had more of these shops around where I live!

    - Janine
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  36. Good to know I'm not the only one who needs a little help finding my way in a thrift shop. Lovely pictures!

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  37. Some of my best afternoons have been spent with my mum in antique stores and junk shops. It's something we've done together since I was a little girl and something I hope to do with my (future) daughter someday. We always find something wonderful we didn't know we needed!

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  38. Ahhh! I had that big polly pocket land when I was younger! I used to put actual water in the pond :)

    Em x
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  39. Looks so vintage! Love the pic of you guys :) Look lovely !

    Pipp xx
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  40. Those telephones are awesome haha, how cute ♥ x

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  41. That Polly Pocket picture made my heart leap with excitement haha. My childhood in a nutshell :)

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  42. Argh, I have those Polly Pocket doll's houses! x

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  43. Ahh those polly pockets remind me of my childhood, I love shops like that where you can rummage through

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  44. Those phones look so cool! Love to have a piece like that at home.

    Zoe // The Caribbean Flower

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  45. Its amazing to think places like this can be right on your doorstep- it looks so amzing there. I love shops like that,super quirky charity shops and little shops like this are my downfall when it comes to shopping!

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  46. Hahaha love the Polly Pocket! Great post :)

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  47. I wish there were some shops like that around where I live, seems like a lovely place to shop.

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  48. I'd love to have little shops like this near were I live, they're so cute! Love the vintage phones and I used to love polly pocket haha!

    Millie x
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  49. omg polly pocket! that was my fav toy as a child i begged my mom to get me one since i was the only one among my cousins who didn't own one. >_< i've never been in a thrift store but i surely would love to visit one!

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  50. i love little shops like that, you ans athriftymrs are amazing:)..... and i used to have that polly pocket set... childhood memorys... :) <3

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  51. I LOVE onley! It the first place I go if I need to get some one a present!! It's very near my house too, beautiful town!
    Marion's fish and chips are the best their!!

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  52. WOW I love these kind of ''store'' I used to get there a lot!
    I love your photos they're really cute :) xx

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  53. wowza check out those old school polly pockets! i used to have a pink heart-shaped one... oh 90s.

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  54. Polly Pocket- brings back the memories! Great finds in those homewares shops!
    xx

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  55. I love places like these, i could easily loose myself for hours! Unfortunately, we don't have many places like this around us! :( I can spend so much money in places like these, more than I probably should :/ These photos are so lovely and well done! I love the post!!
    Please could you check out my blog. I was inspired by you to make my blog so I would appreciate it if you would check it out! :) I love your blog and all of your posts!! :D
    Alice x
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  56. When is your girlfriend due?? You're going to be great moms!

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  57. Eeek! I used to have that Polly Pocket with the lake in the middle! Brings back so many memories.

    Lucy x The New Northerner

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  58. Ooh I love a visit to Olney, I'm quite nearby but haven't been for ages! There's a lovely tearoom there called Teapots you should check it out, it's yummy :) love the pics! I went in those same shops last time I visited and found lots of treasures!

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  59. I wish I lived near a shop like this! I would feel like an adventurer going through one of those shops!
    Jess x - http://prettylikepastels.blogspot.co.uk/

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  60. I live so close to Olney! Will definitely go and look around there now!!

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  61. Awhh I used to have that big polly pocket set!!! Love the vintage stuff! If I'm ever that way I shall be checking the shops out there!!:)

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  62. I've always wanted to be able to go in to shops like that, but never have the patience to go through everything! I'll have to give it another go. I love how happy you always look in all your photos, I know it may not seem like it but you are somewhat of an inspiration to some people! Keep up the great posts :)

    Oh PS,
    I also have a blog which I sometimes neglect but occasionally put a lot of thought into:
    www.livloves21.blogspot.com
    Cheers!

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  63. I used to love Polly Pocket when I was a little girl! X

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  64. That's such a gorgeous place! xx

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  65. I love shops like this! I wish there were more!! x

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  66. I love cute little places like this :) on another note POLLY POCKETS!! Sorry for all the over-excitement but I had these when I was younger and I wish I could find them now :/

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  67. Great photos :) I love going to shops like that too xxx

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  68. I love charity shops, my husband bought a camera like the one in the first picture the other week. And I love the polly pocket. The ones these days just aren't as good, bring back the old polly pocket x

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