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Affordable blogging props haul!




Who doesn't love homeware? I feel like you hit a certain age and then all of a sudden traipsing round IKEA becomes more of a much-loved hobby than a chore. It probably coincides with being of the age of moving out, whether that be moving out for uni or for work.

Today's post is a bit of a mix of homeware and blogging props and kinda just stuff that can be used for both, although lets face it, I've probably already Instagrammed most of this stuff. 

I also wanted to show you guys that you don't have to spend a fortune on blogging props to make a photo look pretty!

All of these items came from an impromptu shopping trip to Home Bargains. I went in for some sweets (I realise I'm not 7 anymore, but a girl sometimes needs a sugar rush...) and cereal, and came out with this lot. If there's one thing that I'd miss by moving down south, it would be Home Bargains. I LOVE this place.


The first thing I picked up from Home Bargains was this dead cute milk bottle and straw. I think these have been around for a while now haven't they? But they're just so cute! And they make drinking whatever you choose to put in them a little bit more fun too, right? Oh, and it was 99p! 

I also then picked up these beautiful fake flowers that you can see below. As you'll probably know from my Instagram, I already had my beloved red rose from an IKEA haul wayyyyyy back when I first started my blog, so these lovely yellow peonies were just a must have (at 59p they were also an absolute steal!) to add to the collection.


Have I mentioned I love a good cuppa? Well, y'know, just incase... I love a good cuppa. 

How friggin' cute are these tea-cups and saucers! They have rather a Cath Kidston look about them with the patterns that have been chosen, and they are the perfect thing to brighten up your kitchen. These beauties were £1.50 each. I probably should have only got one but, well... INDECISIVENESS.

While we're on the subject of tea, I could not resist these next two. I realise I probably went a bit overboard on the whole cup/mug thing, but everything in Home Bargains is so cheap, I literally got them all for the price of one somewhere else. Or that's what I was telling myself as I dropped them in my basket.


I don't think I even need to say anything about these two. At least now I'll never get coffee tasting tea when I forget to rinse my coffee mug out before making a cup of tea. Again, probably shouldn't have got both. Oh well. £1.50 again guys. £1.50!

The next item that caught my eye definitely wasn't right next to the tea cups.... okay it was. And it's tea related again. DON'T JUDGE ME GUYS. Its the small things
We have a proper tea set in the flat, with a gorgeous floral tea-pot and cosy and everything, but the one thing thats missing? A milk jug.


 

Keeping things elegant and simple, this jug is just plain white all around with the exception of this lovely gold detail that runs along the edges. Its so flippin' photogenic too! I'm gonna leave you guys to guess the price of this one. *ahem* It may have been less than £1. 

The next few things I'm about to show you were from a few different places, but I wanted to share these with you too, so I thought I might as well just pop them on the end!


Coffee shot cup! I can't explain how tiny and cute this cup is! I've tried to show it against my hand but I feel like you still can't grasp the size of it. It's just so tiny and comes with it's own mini saucer as well. I haven't actually used this one yet because I actually don't like straight coffee shots.. but if you do, this from IKEA would be perfect! If I remember rightly (we're talking a few months ago here) I think this was about £3.

The pink rose featured in these photo's was also part of the same haul (linked above) that I purchased my red rose in, so if you need further details on these, click here.

The last thing I got when I was going a bit homeware crazy was this jar/jug/glass thing? I can't think what the proper name is! A bit like the milk bottle, I feel like these quirky glasses have been around for a while, and I love putting my smoothies in here, I'm not gonna lie, I do feel pretty cool. But, look, they also make pretty cute vases too! This particular one was £3 from Matalan. I always underestimate Matalan, and then proper love it when I go in!


Hopefully, this post might have given you a few ideas as to the loadssss of different but cheap things you can use for photo's and blogs and goodness knows what else we use them for now. All of the items from Home Bargains only came to £8.50, and you can guarantee I'll get a fair few more photo's and uses out of them yet!


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  1. Thank you very much for this post!
    These ideas are amazing and who knew they were so cheap, I love home bargains - I live in the Midlands; I thought they were everywhere!

    Chloe // chloexlogan.blogspot.co.uk x

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    1. No problem, I had a lot of fun with it not going to lie haha! Yeah, i didn't know they weren't really down south until recently either! x

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  2. Too bad we dont have that store where i live because those items are so beautiful and affordable!

    Stay fabulous x
    http://daristo-chic.blogspot.com/?m=1

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    1. It would be great if they were everywhere, they literally sell everything! :) x

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  3. I loved this post. These are great props.

    Jenn | Jennifer Jayne

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    1. Thanks Jenn! I'm glad you liked it! :)

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  4. Great props - The Range also do some fab cute bits and pieces like this - a must for us Southern gals!

    Rach // illustrated-teacup.blogspot.co.uk

    xx

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    1. Thank you Rach! Ahh really? The Range have just opened near me too, I might have to go and have a nosey in there too! xx

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  5. Love the milk bottle, it's so cute!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

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    1. I don't think anyone could disagree with you there Maddy! xx

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  6. This is too much cuteness! I love that coffee shot cup!

    i-amanna.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you sweet! It's so cute isn't it! :)

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  7. I love Home Bargains. The amount of really cool things you can get there for so little money is amazing. I've got so many of my props from there and Wilkinsons!

    I'm in love with your layout. Your blog is lovely!

    Becky
    Blogger & The Geek

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    1. It's amazing isn't it! Ahh I'd completely forgot about Wilkinsons! Definitely might have to make a trip!

      Thank you so much Becky! :) xx

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  9. now I want to go shopping for decor... That milk jug is right up my alley, so simple and elegant!

    And you're right wandering through ikea and decorating your home suddenly evolves from 'wow this is old people stuff and it's fricking boring' to 'OMG CAN I LIVE IN IKEA AND ALSO I NEED 3434590 MORE TEA CUPS AND HAVE YOU SEEN THOSE FLOWERS I NEED ALL THOSE FLOWERS' once you move out haha!

    xx, M
    maysways.blogspot.com

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    1. I think you should go ;)

      hahaha oh this! it's so true but it's weird when you think about it! You just stand there like, when did this happen to me! xx

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  10. Literally going to home bargains now - complete #swoon over that milk bottle Xo

    www.thesociasnob.com

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    1. Haha it's lovely isn't it! Go go go! :) xx

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  11. *quickly rushes to Home Bargain*... this was such a helpful post, thank you, Sophie!

    Heather, PorcelainBeauty xx

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  12. So many pretty teacups! This was so helpful, I'll be traipsing round Home & Bargain tomorrow!
    Jodie xo // Jodie Loue

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    1. So pretty! They had loads more too! Oh I'm glad! Let me know if you get anything! :) xx

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  13. I love all of these! I am a firm believer that you can never have too many mugs. The tea and coffee ones are my favorite out of your haul. I like to get mine at thrift stores, where most of them are under $1 USD. It's crazy cheap and they're basically one of a kind!

    Oh man. I love IKEA. I'm *finally* moving into a house after living in dorms for the past 2 years, and I've got to pick up a bunch of stuff! A little worried because I always leave with way more than I intend, but at least it's cheap!

    Also, the glass jar is a mason jar! :)

    Emily
    crazy scarf girl

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    1. You can never ever have too many mugs. Ever.
      That is such a good idea, I'd never thought of looking in places like that!

      Haha yes, you don't feel as bad when it's cheap! Ahhh, amazing! Thank you for letting me know! xx

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  14. AHHH there's so much beautiful stuff here! I completely forgive you for the liquid container madness, I'm guilty too! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

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    1. Hahahaha thanks Martha! I'm glad I'm not the only one! x

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  15. Going to Ikea saturday, will have to have a look at their fake flowers!

    Alice | Sheer Beautiful | Bloglovin' x

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    1. They're so cheap! You'll love them! x

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  16. I just came across your blog and have fallen in love. I love the layout of everything and your posts are really interesting to watch. I have a major obsession for IKEA, so will definitely be heading down soon to check out their flowers.

    Lee | www.wonderringg.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you so much Lee! I'm glad you liked the post too :)

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  17. Love your photography Soph. I have those milk bottles from their and absolutely love them! Can't wait to get our new house so that I can spend all of my money on homeware again....

    Rhi xo

    www.chapterandcircle.co.uk

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    1. Oh god I meant 'there', cringe!

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    2. Thank you so much Rhian! Oh god, getting a new house would be so much fun! Good luck with the move lovely! :) xx

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  18. I officially need to move up North asap! I've heard people rave about home bargains but I've never been before, I want to go so badly now!

    I am a bit of a homeware obsessive and got so excited when we moved into our uni flat a year ago - might have gone a bit overboard with the motivation quote plaques and wine glasses :P My big find is BHS for bedding, does the best patterns for bargain prices!

    I need one of those milk jars and oh my goodness the tea and coffee mugs are gorgeous!

    * sorry for the overuse of exclamation marks, this post made me ever so slightly excited aha :)

    Writing Possibility

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  19. I loveeeee these!
    I always forget about Home Bargains but it never EVER disappoints! I need to visit one soon. I'll let you know what I find :)

    Lou
    naturallybeige.com
    xxx

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  20. I need one of these stores where i live! Or an Ikea!

    http://www.heyitskiaerin.blogspot.co.uk/

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  21. Love all of your finds! I'm on a hunt for new blog photo props, so will definitely have to check out Home Bargains and the others you've mentioned! x

    ellie etc | a personal style & lifestyle blog

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