Wednesday, 10 March 2010
The first thing we found was the window full of some kind of bulk buy of Bathroom Scales, £5 each! I can't help but wonder who donated these. But if you're after some, you know where to go.
I found this Doll, I recon some little girls brother drew boobs on her dolly just to be a pain. I think it looks pretty awesome, but I can't say I would buy it for my child. From my past experience drawing on Barbies, I know that you can't wash biro of this kind of plastic, ah well, if anyone fancies this doll, shes still there.
Saturday, 20 February 2010
Tuesday, 16 February 2010
Sunday, 14 February 2010
Friday, 12 February 2010
Wednesday, 10 February 2010
Black and white patterned headscarf - Martha Trust, 50p
Pear Cluster earrings - Martha trust, 50p
Faux fur jacket- Martha trust, £3
Top underneath (red) - Primark
A bargain of an outfit really
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Much Lust! - Team Martha
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Pale pink knitted top - Martha trust £2
Skirt - Love label
Tights - Primark
Army boots - Second hand, gift
Wednesday, 3 February 2010
Lust: What's the weirdest thing you've come across in Martha Trust, your item of Martha Crust?
Oscar: I have very little time for anything other than the 1p reliquary. It is the only pilgrimage I deem worthy of significant veneration. You can keep your 10p tea cups or 20p coffee maker, if it’s not 1p then to me it is devoid of meaning. This does of course mean that I resign myself to half-burnt candles, Happy Meal toys, and things that definitely shouldn’t have been in proximity to plasticine at one point, but invariably have ended up with just a little bit of the wonderclay encrusted about their fabrics. Best item of Martha Crust for me has to be, for sheer confusion upon seeing it, a small piece of crochet in a pale lemon wool. I can’t even begin to describe it, so I’ll have to allow the photo to do the talking.
Oscar: It’s got a ring in the middle, but it isn’t a scrunchie. It’s got a couple of layers, so it’s not a doilyesque coaster. It’s entirely impractical for any sensible purpose and aesthetically it is utterly devoid of any pleasing value. Artistic merit is equally poor. It’s almost infuriating how unnecessary the thing is. When something serves no purpose, is it worth existing at all? Questions like this are the reason that the 1p box is the true wonder of Martha Trust. No other charity shop causes
you to leave with an ontological debate on your hands.
Lust: What would be the Holy Grail of finds for you in Martha? What do you hope to spot poking out from behind an old foot bath?
Oscar: A second-hand truss. I’m going on an “If you can think of it, Martha will have it” theory, and so a second-hand truss would pretty much make my day. Failing that, some politically incorrect porcelain figurines never fail to catch my eye, the more offensive the better. Also, I’d really love to see what passes for taxidermy at Martha Trust.
Lust: Man, so would we...
Catch you soon Oscar! Much Lust - Team Martha.
You can find more about Oscar De Winter in his family album: http://oscardewinter.blogspot.com/
Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Monday, 1 February 2010
Jumper - Martha Trust 50p
Jeggings - H&M
Boots - Second hand, Ebay
necklace - second hand, house clearance
But really now. There was actually some debate as to weather he was manufactured, or if he was made by a 3 year old from a mould it and paint it yourself kit? I would be certain it was the latter, if it didn't say 'Made in China' on it, and appeared to be made of proper plastic... Someone help me explain his face?
Sunday, 31 January 2010
Jumper - Martha trust £3
Bow tie - Martha trust 50p
skinny jeans - Topman
Trainers - Topman
Saturday, 30 January 2010
Lust - You're not in Hereford much anymore, what do you miss most about Martha?
Oscar - The clientele and the staff. The last time I was in there, I was fresh off the boat and had my suitcase with me. The handle on it had snapped whilst I was abroad, and so I had to use a silk tie to fashion a makeshift handle. The case itself still has a few miles in it so I’ve not thrown it out. Apparently the woman behind the till was very impressed by this, if her softly cawing murmur and greedy eye were anything to go by. The old gentlemen who were congregating around her,
their own eyes dulled by too much time amid the Crust, resounded the same opinion, like a Greek chorus. “Waste not, want not.”
Lust - What are your top golden finds?
Oscar - Without a doubt my top find is The Shell Owl, for one penny [pictured
on the here alongside a fellow charity shop owl].
Not since Sandro Botticelli realised The Birth Of Venus has someone so expertly
channelled the beauty of Shell As Art. Whilst one may reside in the Uffizi and the other on top of a stack of books, there is no question that the two masterpieces share a common genius. It is hard to date The Shell Owl; the superglue that is the binding force of the bricolage is heavily yellowed and The Shell Owl certainly shows signs of wear and tear. Where It has been, I cannot fathom, but It has been
places I have no doubt. As to why It exists, I am equally clueless. Is it a quiet, reflective homage to St. James, with the shells having been diligently collected by some wayfaring pilgrim along the Camino de Santiago? Is it a fertility statue, a fetish comprised of symbolic vulvas? An unwise children’s toy made by some unfit mother? Whatever it is, its Minervan mysteries are safely locked away. The Beak Shell, the keystone in this dilapidated assemblage, is missing; no secrets shall come to light any time soon.
More from Oscar to follow!
Thursday, 28 January 2010
For instance, Martha had a face sauna in today, if anyone is into that.
Anyway, here is a selection of the best bric a brac i have collected over a year or so, from martha.
Dolls leg (on shelf) - 30p (for whole broken doll)
Green oil burner - 10p
Old glass bottle - 10p
Hard plastic doll in black - 30p
Very old pack of charcoal - 10p
Headless doll - 10p
Mini teapot - 50p
Old book - £2
Jar - 10p
Legless doll (legs on shelf) - 30p
Rag doll - 10p
Photos on wall behind - second hand, from my vintage photo collection
This really old box of charcoal was a great find at the back of the 10p shelf. I love the old yellowing cellotape, its just a great box, and still full of charcoal!
Another couple of great 10p shelf items. Some kind of old rusty oil burner, that i think is just a great object. The jar has a really nice fancy lid, and is a nice shape, looks great with one of my old dolls heads inside.
I got this book so i could use the old paper to work on. Martha has a shelf of older, more interesting books, still only a pound or two, they're good to cut up or use for altered books.
The rag doll is one of my favourites, her embroidered features are lovely and give her a really interesting face, the plastic one is pretty average, but his left eye is kind of sideways which i like. You can see the nice lid of the jar in this picture and the two bits of dolls clothing in the corner are also from Martha Trust, 30p.
This headless doll was in the 10p box, i like her tights and dress, the lack of head is kind of cool. I have enough dolls with heads.
So there you go, Martha is a haven for interesting old items aswell if you keep your eyes out. What don't they have!
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
These two jackets were the cream of the crop last week. Seemingly a matching pair, one lovely double breasted jacket, and one single breasted. Looking pretty great here with some skinny jeans and geek chic glasses.
Jacket - Martha trust £3
Skinny jeans - Topshop
Check shirt - River island
Shoes - Second hand
Jacket - Martha trust £3
Jeans - Criminal Damage
Silver shirt - second hand, charity shop
Tie - Vintage
Boots - Clarks
Monday, 25 January 2010
He seems like a perfectly happy little bear, but wait... What's that embroidered upon his chest?
MEN!!!? His arms out-stretched in celebration of the male gender. Is he outing himself? That sure is a look of pride upon his face.... Or maybe he just has his priorities straight. I mean, where would we be with out MEN? Not even born for starters. I might have to get a full size version knitted for myself, or I could just hope that one turns up in Martha's...
Until next time - Much Lust - Martha
(P.S. Thanks Nancy for letting us borrow your Bear)
Sunday, 24 January 2010
Martha never ceases to serve up a daily dose of upset and this doll has obviously seen its fair share...
Saturday, 23 January 2010
Yes, you really are seeing that. Your worst fears can be confirmed by this close up:
I suppose this sort of thing is supposed to make you feel connected with Mother nature, and the beauty of life or something, but I'm not really getting it. I mean those boobs are almost as long as her arms! Are those babies sucking on those pendulus teats, or are they sort of eagle/goat parasites? Wouldn't it be awful waking up with those things swinging from your breasts? And then to have the moment captured eternally in a wearable garment... The ultimate humiliation. I'll be wearing this one to an interview sometime for sure.
Much lust - Team Martha
As soon as I layed eyes on them, I was instantly taken back to my childhood and memories of mothers on the school run in the early nineties. Complete with large t shirts in pastel colours, leggings and of course a pair of these sandals.
That feeling of being so small, and surrounded by such late 80s/early 90s footwear in the mother's waiting area of Cherry Orchard first school. Maybe it was just my town... But these sandals are a sight i haven't seen since then. I just had to buy them, even though I couldn't decide weather they were truly hideous, or achingly cool. There were 3 pairs in the shoe rack in total, £1 each, two pairs in Black, one pair considerably more 'beat up' than the other. I decided to go for this stunning white pair.
I used to play many imaginary games in my garden with my old friend from first school. We required nothing more than a few flower pots for a whole days fun, and her mother practically lived in a white pair of these sandals. I really do wish that my purchase of these sandals could take me back to those carefree days, but I guess it's just a fleeting memory of pure happiness.
That was all abit deep for a pair of sandals!
Friday, 22 January 2010
A solitary green square dominates this image. Perhaps it is an extreme closeup of broccoli? Or maybe it really is NOTHING? Has this anonymous photographer truly captured infinity? I'm looking very, very closely at it, and I think I can see some stars, and maybe the face of a bearded man in a white robe? Actually, no. It is just a green square.
Thursday, 21 January 2010
Your mother takes it, and stares for a minute."That's lovely, it's a... yes... Why is it so brown?"
No matter how awful it is, every piece of Child art deserves its month on the refrigerator or the mantel piece. But what about when Mum just can't look at it anymore? Where does it go?
Well now we know! Martha Trust came up trumps with these excellent specimens of Child Art:
This piece is by Luke, aged 6 & 3/4 (He says so on the back). I think it's a barnacle, but who can be sure? Is it Morgan Freeman's eye? A sphincter? The Sarlacc pit from Return of the Jedi?
And this piece is by Jack D. At least I think that's his name, it may simply be what this painting was made under the influence of. Either way I applaud this image, as I could tell that it's probably meant to be a Nautilus shell. Rock on Jack D.
Much Lust - Team Martha
Wednesday, 20 January 2010
The fur jacket was also a Martha find from a few months ago. Its a wardrobe staple, practical and great looking, it goes with everything.
White short sleeved jumper - Martha trust 50p
Faux fur jacket - Martha trust £3
earrings - Martha trust 50p
skinny jeans - H&M
boots - Army surplus store
They don't yet have names, any ideas?
Note the painted shoes and socks on the boy, the detailed beading on the princess' dress, and the brown waterstained tshirt on the boy, tatty chic!