Thursday, 16 June 2016

We're supposed to be saving .....


We're supposed to be saving like mad this year to pay off the mortgage but an opportunity that was simply too good to miss came up ... and I just went for it. 

 A lovely little antique shop in Deganwy is soon to be closing it's doors for the last time, the chap who runs it has been in the business for over 30 years is retiring and he was having a genuine closing down sale and everything was half price ... including this cupboard that I first fell in love with not long after we bought our home in Wales almost three years ago, when I first discovered the little treasure of a shop called Acorn Antiques.  While he was writing out the receipt and taking down our delivery details we had a lovely chat about how sad it is to close down a business that you love, I've had to close down two shops in the past and it's like giving a piece of your heart away.

 Anyway back to my 'new to me' cupboard it's a pine copy of an original Welsh 'Bread and Cheese Cupboard'.  I don't think this is as old an example as I have seen before and they are usually in either Mahogany or Oak so mine is most likely a 'poor man's bread and cheese cupboard', which suits me just fine ;-)

It was made locally to us, just forty minutes up the road on Anglesey, seemingly these cupboards were only ever made in the Welsh counties of  Anglesey,  Caernarfonshire, Denbighshire and  Merionethshire, so it makes me happy to have one in our home.

Now I've cleaned it all out I just have the happy job of filling it up ... although I doubt there will be any bread and cheese stored in there.


As we were leaving the shop, the owner rushed after us and handed me a paper bag, saying 'I hope you like this as much as you said you did', it contained a lovely Pewter sugar shaker that I had picked up when I first went into the shop and showed to Lovely Hubby.  His thoughtful and generous gesture made my day, and now it's taken pride of place on my shelves in the conservatory, and will stay there to remind me of such a lovely man .... and such a special day ... more of which will be revealed as soon as I can :-)

Sue xx

27 comments:

  1. I love the cabinet. I've been looking for one to use as my pantry but no luck. Yours is brilliant plus deal and such a nice man to toss in the salt shaker. Enjoy!!

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  2. What a lovely piece of furniture, lovely shaker and a lovely man!! How lovely all round!

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  3. Sounds like you had a lovely day, you got your cupboard and a nice gift thrown in! It's lovely to get something "new to you" that you are really pleased with. Would like to see photos of how you dress it. Kind regards, Louise S, Cheshire.

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  4. Aw, there's nothing wrong with treating yourself, especially if you find something that would be criminal to miss out on! That is a beautiful piece of furniture.

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  5. love your cupboard. never seen one like that before.

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  6. Some things are just too good an offer to walk away from. I know I would have covered it too and what a lovely gesture to give you an admired treasure.

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  7. Oh Sue what a beautiful cupboard,you couldn't pass that up,and what a generous man to give you the shaker I love them both,just my style too. Ann

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  8. Of course you had to have it. I will look forward to seeing what you are going to put in it.
    xx

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  9. Beautiful...I have a serious case of cupboard envy ;)

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  10. oooh I LOVE it. When I bought my dresser the lady gave me a pretty floral jug x

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  11. That cupboard looks wonderful and matches the arched mirror on the wall. What a kind man. I hope you get pleasure each time you see your new cupboard. Please show us inside sometime.

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  12. It looks lovely. I love wood it has so much depth to it. Loving the pewter shaker too.

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  13. That's a great piece of furniture. Nice and big, you can store lots in there. What a thoughtful gesture from the shop owner. Too bad he is having to close. -Jenn

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    1. He's 70 so I guess he's due a nice retirement 😊

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  14. The cabinets and furniture are just wonderful...good choices!

    Jane

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  15. Beautiful and will last a long time!

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  16. What a lovely original piece of furniture and how nice to come across someone who is genuinely still enthused by what he does :) you will certainly treasure both pieces I'm sure.

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  17. If he'd have had two I'd have bought the other one! What a lovely man and a kind gesture.

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  18. That is a lovely cupboard and a nice gift of the sugar shaker. I smiled at your large freezer in the photograph which you obviously need; it reminded me of the large one I had pre 1977 when I was young and freezing became very popular. I used to buy a forequarter of beef at a time together with a whole lamb which still left lots of space for other things. I have been wondering about purchasing a Remoska although I do have a pressure cooker but I am undecided at the moment. Gillian in Worcestershire

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    1. Once we have power in the workshop the freezer will be relocated out there, leaving space for a chair in the conservatory meaning it looks more like a conservatory and less like a utility room :-)

      Remoskas are brilliant for any thing that you would either cook in the oven or on the hob, so everything from oven chips to an omelette, I wouldn't be without mine for when the Aga is switched off.

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  19. Loving your cupboard and shaker, what a kind man. Speaking of freezers; a long time ago a friend of mine always used to buy a huge piece of meat from the butcher and we used to spend the best part of the day cutting it up. One evening when we were nearly finished the vicar called to discuss the upcoming christening of one of her brood. He looked around the kitchen, blood and bones and freezer bags everywhere, and then whispered, "Where's your husband", after he had gone we laughed and laughed. Her husband was bathing five children by the way. Love Andie xxx

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  20. That's not spending, that's investing! Lovely piece of furniture and so suitable for your home. A kind and unexpected gift is always special and the sugar shaker is well loved. Catriona

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  21. Love your cupboard and sugar shaker. For some reason the sugar shaker reminds me of a lighthouse.Both will hold special memories for you.

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