Painful Passes, Scotland Edition!

So long without blogging but only because I’ve been horrifically busy…

So, in case I haven’t mentioned it before, my mother is married to a Scotsman and they live in Dunbar, Scotland, about 30 miles from the beautiful capital city of Edinburgh. The first time I went to Scotland when I was 17 I swore I’d end up living there but, as fate would have it, my mom has ended up there instead. Luckily I’m married to a generous and remorseful husband who leaves me every winter to go to Antarctica but is willing to buy me a ticket to see my mom every year. So, I went to see my mom, this time over Thanksgiving instead of Christmas so I could actually shop and do touristy stuff. The trip was great, the weather was great (no rain or snow!), and the shopping was UNREAL!!! Needless to say, I did a ton of picking for my shop. Today’s blog is in remembrance of the amazing items I couldn’t bring home with me.

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We went to a flea market (car boot sale) immediately after I landed at the airport. This Danish dining set was for sale for a paltry 60 pounds ($95)! And check out that badass red wire folding chair!

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We ended up in a town called Coldstream and made a handy wrong turn down a road and found a GREAT junk shop. I bought some Swedish glass and pottery and gawked at the awesome furniture at rock bottom prices. Above is a GORGEOUS Danish modern teak dining table. It was in stellar condition with two hidden leaves underneath and the guy only wanted 90 pounds ($140) but the price was negotiable. By the table was that super cool little cylindrical teak shelf, unmarked but likely less than $50.

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Above are two awesome items from the same car boot sale outside Dunbar the following week. The Danish modern teak tea cart was in beautiful condition and only 10 pounds ($16.50!). The super cool atomic wicker and iron end table (pardon my crappy iPhone photo skills) was also a jaw droppingly cheap 10 pounds!!

Soon I will post another blog devoted to a massive junk shop in Scotland that is a must see but will leave you now with a pic of my vintage hoard (4 Aseda bone vases, huge Mdina vase, large wedgwood bowl, iittala signed vase, Tapio Wirkkala paper bag Rosenthal vase, 2 murano bowls, Swedish Bostrum candlesticks, original painting) a pic of my mom and I modeling my new authentic Chanel sunglasses I got at a Bric-a-Brac sale in East Linton for only 38 pounds ($60), and some pics from the trip.

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16th century palace at Stirling Castle.

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William Wallace monument in Stirling viewed from castle ramparts.

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Awesome antique shop in Aberfeldy

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5000 year old stone circle, Croft Moraig, outside Alberfeldy

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