Not New Niceties #1

I'm adding a new feature to the blog today.

Just a bit of frivolous fun.

I'm going to share the things I find from time to time in second-hand/thrift/charity/junk/antique shops. Or maybe the things I get given by other people.

Basically, the NOT NEW things that come into my possession. 

I was trying to come up with a cool name for this feature, but all the things that go nicely with the words 'second hand' or 'thrifted' were already taken. So Not New Niceties it is.

Even if sometimes the things themselves mightn't be all that 'nice'.

Like this first thing.


I found this book at my local Oxfam shop and snapped it up for €2 before I'd even opened it. (I almost always judge books by their covers)

It didn't disappoint.

John Kenn Mortensen is a Danish artist, who was born in the same year as me and also has twins. He draws monsters on post-it notes in his spare time too. I don't do that. Yet.

The illustrations reminded me immediately of Edward Gorey's work. But there's something of Maurice Sendak's Wild Things about it too. I'm a big fan of both those artists so this really appealed to me.

Some of the pictures are a bit creepy.


But lots of the monsters seem friendly too.


Many of the pictures are beautiful. Especially the ones that feature the sea.


These guys give me the heebie jeebies though...


I'm pretty thrilled with it as a find and I'm excited to see what treasures await to add to this series!

Do you shop in second hand/thrift shops? What's the best thing you've ever found?

10 comments

  1. All the time, most of my wardrobe comes from secondhand shops! Not sure what the best thing I have found is tho'. Too difficult to choose :)

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    1. I spent most of my teenage and college years trawling second hand shops, but I've been a bit out of practice over the last few years. I'm excited to see what I can find!

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  2. What a lovely idea for a series, I love looking in secondhand shops for pretty plates, I haven't had many great finds yet but you never know. and there was that fabulous green sueded jacket that I bought in Oxfam in arounnd 1996 that saw me through college, I wonder where it is now? Must ask my Mam. looking forward to more from this series now.

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    1. Thanks so much! I once found some nice plates actually and gave them to my parents for their little house in the country (they had farm animals on them). The jacket sounds fabulous - I had a baby blue suede one!

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  3. Ooooh, that book looks very cool. I love the illustrations. I'm kind of a second-hand shop wannabe buyer. I always admire beautiful clothes my friends pick up and other gems that they find but I never actually get around to going into one! I worked in the Oxfam shop in Rathmines when I was in transition year in school and STILL never managed to pick anything up. Disaster!

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    1. Haha! That's so funny! I'm always coveting things other find too. My sister is always finding gorgeous leather bags for example. I'm determined to to turn the tables and be the one with the cool finds!

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  4. LOVE second hand shops :) that book is fab, and I love the illustrations, must check him out. Great new feature for your blog, I'm so nosy I love to know what treasures other people have found :)

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    1. I'm nosy too. The minutiae of people's live fascinate me!

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  5. Cool book. Creepy but cool. Look forward to this new feature!

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