Wednesday, 25 June 2014

No more regular posts from me.

I haven't had time to post anything here for a while due to the renovations going on here.  I've brought home a few odds and ends from the BSL in Eltham, but I've been donating more stuff than I've been buying!
I have quit working at the opshop every Friday now, as I was getting exhausted by the end of the day, so I have put my name down as an 'emergency' - just to fill in if someone is away sick or on holidays.   I've really enjoyed my stint there, and will continue to drop in now and then to donate stuff or see what is new on the shelves. 

Saturday, 21 June 2014

Hunting and Gathering in Knox

Frequently, the only day I have free for op shopping is Sunday, which doesn't tend to work out well, what with most op shops taking a well-earned break on that particular day.  You can imagine, then, how delighted I was to discover that the Hunter & Gatherer op shop in Knox was open on Sunday.  It's not too far away from me and I hadn't visited it in ages.  Clearly, it was time to take advantage of this fortuitous turn of events!

Here's what I found:

Yes, just three things, but they're all perfect.  Firstly, we have Kwik*Sew's Beautiful Lingerie, which has barely been touched.  The original sheet of master patterns is still attached and in perfect condition.

I'm very much into the idea of making all of my own things and I've been lamenting the dearth of modern underwear patterns.  They used to be common, even in the eighties, but now it's next to impossible to find them.  Well now I can design my own, all for the very reaonable price of $3.

I rather like the version of this dress that's illustrated in dark brown.  It has somewhat of a retro feel to it.

Finally, this zipper:

The colour is gorgeous!

The store itself is lovely.  It's a very good size with decent quality stock laid out in an easily accessible fashion. The book section in particular was very well done.  Plus, the staff were cheerful and easy going.

P.S.  If you'd like to learn more about my knitting and (eventually) sewing adventures, please have a look at my new blog,

Tuesday, 17 June 2014



Christ Church Anglican Church Hall, 1076 Mount Alexander Road, Essendon

Saturday the 21st of June, 2014.  2pm Fashion Parade starts.  

A $5 entry gives you COMPLIMENTARY SPARKLY DRINK on arrival, and a hot drink with scrumptious slice of cake after the parade of men’s and women’s attire.  

Come and enjoy a range of new, retro and vintage clothing amongst household wares including a wide range of books.  

For more information call Carolyn on 0408 178 010.

All sales go to community groups and national disasters. 

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Kitchen bric a brac going cheap!

We are having our kitchen renovated, and everything is being pulled out this coming Saturday.  So I have to packed all the contents of the cupboards up and stash them elsewhere in the house.  I started packing today (and only stopped when I ran out of boxes!), and this is what I've put aside to take to our opshop in the coming weeks:

Two teapots, sandwich trays, various plates and bowls, glass salad bowls, Tupperware jelly moulds, and more to come!  I'm so relieved that I won't have to find places for all this in the new kitchen!

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Op Shopping in Heathmont

Isn't it fantastic that you can pop into op shops you visit regularly and still come away with treasures?  That's what happened to me this weekend when I decided to pay a visit to the two Op Shops in Heathmont.  Here's what I found at the Heathmont Inter Church Help Op Shop (hidden away at the end of a little corridor) and the Villa Maria Op Shop:

Old knitting patterns, of course!  As a bonus, I happened to find the perfect pattern for a vest in 8 ply wool - something I've been searching for in vain until now.  It was such a perfect find for me.

I've branched out into sewing lately, so now I'm on the lookout for old sewing patterns I can alter (once I learn how).  A dollar per pattern is a much better price than the $20 you'll pay at Spotlight!

A couple of these have never been used, but the ones that have been cut out only ever came in the one size, so it doesn't actually matter that much.

I also picked up a couple of things to take with me on my sewing adventures.

I can't wait to try the self cover buttons!  The design on this packet is nowhere near as cute as the packet I bought at a market the other week (click here for a photo), but they all do the same job.

Finally, I almost squeed when I uncovered this trio at the Villa Maria Op Shop:

I love, love, love patterns from this era!  These books are in great condition, too.

I hope you've all been enjoying similar successes in your op shopping lately.

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

BSL Eltham last Friday.

I was feeling like death warmed up last week, but didn't want to miss any bargains on my shift...not really the case.  There was only one other volunteer working on Friday afternoon, and if I hadn't been there, she would have had to shut the shop, as one person cannot manage the till and sort the donations at the same time.  I suspected my 'illness' was just extreme tiredness, as I wasn't sick or coughing.  Anyway, it was a worthwhile afternoon.
Three beautiful little ceramic plates for $1 each.

This cute little container with hen on top - $1

More cuteness in the form of a hand made tea cosy with gumnut babies peeping over the top! $2.50

John O'Grady wrote "They're a Weird Mob" a thousand years ago (well it seems that long to me) and it is still one of my favourite funny books, so when I spied this on the shelf for 60c I had to have it - needed something to make me smile, the way I was feeling!