Always handy to have and only 25p each (from a local charity shop)
And from the monthly antique fair:
Selection of fastenings and needles, only £1
Belt buckles at 50p for the lot - the result of digging around in a button tin. This is usually a rewarding activity, and I find that stall holders and shop owners are surprised that anyone has bothered to have a look, and confused at what price to charge, often resulting in a bargain.
I liked the look of the buttons in this £1 bag
Even better than they looked in the bag! Pretty turquoise hexagonal glass buttons for a blouse, patterned red glass buttons and other assorted small shell/mother of pearl buttons
Some needles, including massive ones, which I presume are for upholstery?
I didn't expect to find more buttons in the same bag, hidden inside an old Elastoplast tin. Most are black but there are a few interesting ones
On another stall, the stallholder tried in vain to interest me in a pair of vintage electric scissors, however I only had eyes for the folders of knitting patterns, in which I found some beauties:
Isn't this set adorable?
(Does this pattern cover show the beginnings of an argument over what music to play?)
Classic cardigan with lovely detail at the neckline
At a cost of £3 for 4 patterns, all the above finds set me back a mere £6.50. Bargain!
I had also been on the knitting pattern hunt in the charity shops, but most were of 1980s/90s era. Apart from the brightly coloured mohair sweaters and similar, there were quite a few short-sleeved lace jumpers, which were in fact very similar to the ones pictured above. It is the hideous styling that always puts me off patterns of this era, but I really should take time to look at them properly and assess how they might look in a different context.