Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Op Shopping in Tecoma

As we were driving through Tecoma last weekend, I saw that sign I rarely ever see on a Sunday: Op Shop Open.  Obviously, I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity for unexpected op shopping, so we turned off and headed into the PWP Op Shop in Tecoma, where I unearthed and claimed the following treasures.


Knitting pattern books, of course.  There wasn't much old stuff, but I managed to pick up some classic looking eighties books.


Some splendid sewing books.  The Stretch Fabrics book claims it contains patterns, which equates to patterns drawn on a grid and a folded-up square of grid paper at the end of the book.  So that should be interesting.  The Supercrafts book contains some excellent sock patterns and they are the main reason I bought it.

And then I found one of the best things I've ever discovered in an op shop...


A hem marker, possibly from the seventies, going by the illustration.  It's made in West Germany, so that helps with narrowing down the date.  It's never been used, though - everything is still packed into the box in the inner cardboard frame.  I had no idea how it was actually meant to work until I found the little bottle of powdered chalk.


It's still full!

I'll be testing this out as soon as humanly possible, because it's just brilliant, so do check out my blog (link below) if you'd like to see how that goes.  It turns out I currently have a skirt I'm about to hem, so it's rather timely.

If you ever happen to be in Tecoma, I definitely recommend dropping into the PWP Op Shop.


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

Friday, 1 August 2014

Storehouse Op Shops

The Little Op shop with big ideas - not all op shops are run by large charities.

Has anyone checked out the Storehouse op shops?

http://www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2014/07/30/4057341.htm

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Happy reading

A haul of Charlaine Harris novels from the Salvos at Noble Park = many hours of happily escapist reading.
All between $1.25 and $2.25.

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, WoolGeek.com.

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

OP SHOP FASHION PARADE


OP SHOP FASHION PARADE

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.