Friday, 27 April 2012


Yesterday I went to Todmorden near Burnley, Halifax and Rochdale in the UK with my friends Susan and Ruth
Butter dish and cross stitched paperweight £1.50 each

We got some real finds on the secondhand market and charity shops
I will be making some cakestands out of this £3.50 find

For my two kiddywinks next door
These lovely bracelets were made by Angelini Designs you can contact her on 
Facebook on angdesigns
As we wandered round the market in the rain I spotted a box under a stall that was full of these goodies .....
When the story unfolded about where they had come from we were all hooked.
They had been found in the basement of what once was a high class tailors on Regent Street, Ardwick Green, Salford named Lieberman's. Joanne the lovely owner of the market stall told us how the buttons dated from the early 1900's and others that were found may have been featured, along with a shop bag from Lieberman's, in the Manchester Museum.
Joanne gave me these buttons which had been left open to the elements in the basement and eroded into these fantastic textured pieces.  They are a great find for me to add to some of my art work and I will be sharing them with my friend Gemma Thorpe who works with coastal themes.
Nip over to BUTTON FLOOZIES to see the rest of the stash and contact details for Joanne if you are interested in learning more or are looking for vintage buttons.
A trip to Todmorden, even in the rain, would not be complete without  a lovely homecooked lunch at THE BEAR CAFE followed by a bit of haberdashery & craft shopping on the inside market at A STITCH IN TIME and a call in at the Bead Shop


  1. What a find- those old buttons!!

  2. Ooh, the back story for those buttons is so cool. And those eroded buttons look amazing!

  3. It looks like Todmorden has a lot to offer, that crockery looks beautiful and those buttons - well what a find, they are gorgeous.

  4. I can't wait to see what you come up with for the buttons Lynn, but also "make a cake stand" ? How you gonna do that I wonder? You're so clever ;)
    And I love your bitties from the craft & bead shops. The knotty buttons, shiny threads, sweet colourful beads and that very cute bird cage charm nestled in there, very luverly indeed ;) x

  5. Oh wow Lynn,
    That china is beautiful. Can't wait to see what you make with them. And the buttons, I love buttons!! Lucky you!!! Garage sale season is starting up here - can't wait.


  6. Love your finds - the buttons are such a find and I look forward to seeing what you do with that lovely china. I know Todmorden, there was a garden centre there that I visited hunting for gorgeous plants for my garden when I lived in the Manchester area, seems aeons ago now :) Elizabeth x

  7. How lovely, and when you get a find like that it makes up for all the days you come home wet and empty handed. Really bad storms in the Forest today so I wont be venturing far from home. Such a shame as the Sunday car boot is the highlight of the week for my dad. Have a great creative week. Jayne :+)

  8. Wow - love all the purchases x