Ok...I promised I would show you what I ended up winning at the auction.
The two solid pine bedside cabinets, in the process of being stripped, cost £7 the pair. They'll go in our room to replace the existing tatty MDF pair.
The school desk £26. Needs stripping and restoring. That will go in my hobby room to store my laptop and other computer equipment in. I have an idea that the inkwell could be opened up to trail the laptop cable up to the machine and then have another hole inside in the corner to feed the cable to the plug, leaving the bulk of the unsightly transformer inside the desk instead of on display on the floor.
Something I spotted at the very last moment under a table; a knitting machine, a ribbing machine and three sets of attachments. £14. I only want the four way colour changing attachment and the wool winders to add to my machine so the rest is going on ebay.
The pews. A big splurge at £60, but the proceeds of selling off the knitting machine equipment I don't want will cover it. They are covered in thick orange varnish, so I will strip them back and restore them. They'll go either side of the bed in the back bedroom.
Old maps fron the 1940s/50s/60s. £3. Loved these when I spotted them, and four in there have some rarity value which I'll keep. I have some furniture upstairs that I'm overhauling so the rest will be lining the interiors of that furniture. Decoupage on the inside if you like.
So this little lot will keep me busy this week. Well that and the ironing (boo hiss!).
And the rest of the items in my previous post? Well, I bid on the pine wardrobe, but ducked out at about £65 as I was up against a very determined bidder. I let the suitcases go without bidding - as much as I loved the large trunk I have nowhere for it to go. The pig trough would have been lovely as a planter, but I foresaw problems with drainage and rust staining the patio so I didn't bid. I ummed and ahhhed about the paraffin powered tractor but then realised it would just be a dust gatherer as Martin was convinced there was a part missing that it would need to work
The vintage bamboo tables...I already have three in the house so really I would gave been entering hoarding territory with those.
Finally the singer sewing machine and treadle table I loved but practicality took over - it was very wide and had a small raised top on it which covered the hole when the machine was down inside the table, so very little could have been displayed on it once restored. It would have been impractical in a house of our size and I already have two vintage singer sewing machines that are portable so I let it go without bidding (sob).
But one day I will have one.