Edinburgh salvage secret

Last Thursday i discovered one of the best kept salvage secrets in Edinburgh. I had heard about a ‘lane sale’ somewhere in Leith, and after a bit of searching came upon Ramsay Cornish Auctioneers in Jane Street. They host a ‘proper’ auction every Saturday, and then sell off the rest on a Thursday morning in a very informal and slightly haphazard auction. Having orchestrated a Thursday off work, i headed down cash in hand and browsed the goods, laid out in 3 or 4 rows in the back yard of the saleroom. Suddenly the auction started, with a guy holding up some things and a few punters standing around bidding a pound or two on each. Most things were selling for between £1-£5, and that, i must point out, includes the furniture. One guy bought a wardrobe for £1. Unfortunately its a case of survival of the fittest – those that shout the loudest and stand nearest the front win.

One of the great things about this auction is that you can bid for individual items of your choice rather than whole lots in which you inherit one great thing and 5 other large pearlescent ceramic budgies. And because the crowds are relatively small, you are generally successful in bidding. Its clearly a ‘regulars’ thing, as most punters there seemed to be known by name – Mrs. Sprott and Ellen were on fire! (ie they clearly have Diogene’s Syndrome.) If only i were off every Thursday….

So, what treats and trinkets did i procure from this merry event? My first purchase was this pretty oval mirror with distressed white frame, £10.

All the others came in at a mere £1 each. The material remnants are great for little sewing projects. The first chair does actually have a seat! And the second is a beautiful elm and blue velvet combo.

I even came away with a husband-item: a pair of Argyll (Hunter) wellies for £1. Everyone’s a winner!



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7 responses to “Edinburgh salvage secret

  1. Gosh, I think I am going to have to move to Edinburgh! What a lovely way to spend a Thursday morning – I am quite jealous! x

  2. mirror envy! The oval.. it even improves the reflection! and photos look so dreamy in an oval frame.. must hunt for some .. x

  3. oh and that blue velvet.. yum!

  4. Joy

    Been to a few of them proper auctions on the saturday morning…fabulous but dangerous. Shopin for retro random-ness while havin to get the winning bid, shopin becomes a game you have to win. Seen a wee mirror I wanted, thought, yea, max £15 should seal the deal for that wee one….£55 it was mine. …Gings.
    See you there next sat Lucy? 🙂

  5. joy – haven’t braved the saturday auction yet. too dangerous! check out the thursday sale – no £55 price tags there!

  6. Suzi

    You got some gorgeous bargains there!

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