This is my first post to the list - after Christmas I found my life too cram-packed for op-shopping, but in desperation I made time on Saturday afternoon. Once the high heat kicked in (which I love) I realised I only had one thing to wear, a sundress, that I considered appropriate for the temperature. As luck would have it, I ended up only having to hang out in one glorious shop, where $50 later I emerged with four skirts and four shirts, though not a lovely, flowing summer dress that fit - which is what I most desired. The skirts and shirts more than made up for my disappointment, though, and of course goal non-fulfillment means I have more op-shopping ahead of me.
I found my treasures in the 149 Chapel St Hunter Gatherer shop, while I chatted with the lovely, stylish volunteer and hogged the dressing room. I am currently camera-less so you will have to work with my descriptions, but I found a short slightly flared denim skirt for my match-with-any-top needs; a three-tiered just below the knee blue and white Indiany (read flimsy) cotton skirt with gold thread stripes and two alternating patterns; a heavy dark brown polyester (read alternating velvet and taffeta) full length extravaganza complete with lace and sequins bejewelling the bottom tier and a plastic label attachment that reads 'ANABIOSE'; and another frilly Indiany type mid-length skirt, dark green (an unusal colour for me) with fabric pieces that circle the waist, hug the belly, and tie on the side.
As for the shirts, I found a beautiful two-shaded rose brushed cotton shirt with a batik-like daisy pattern that ties around the waist; a browny-purple low-cut jacket-type soft cotton overshirt with a lace neck panel, a gathered waste with seven little buttons, and narrow sparkly ribbon along the edges; a long oversized winter shirt of brushed cotton with a snow white underlayer and a dark purple jacket layer that is frilled down the front edges and ties at the chest; and a thin black babydoll shirt with a smocked chest piece (what's the fabric called that has textured polka dots woven into it? It's made of that.)
I achieved one goal of finding a few things in solid colours that will hopefully match with other things. I tend to have a problem with liking colours and patterns on both skirts and tops... Generally my body shape dictates that I have to try on at least 10 things to find one that looks decent, so this particular shop was an amazing success (except for the cool summer dress I dream about). Not that I didn't try many things on...
I usually op shop on Smith St and during my various travels interstate; this Windsor shop was a revelation: much more 'me' sort of stuff than I usually find - well at least that isn't tiny - and flattering lighting and mirrors so I didn't walk out depressed. I look forward to seeing how my new purchases integrate into my wardrobe and wearing my new light and summery preloved garments over the hot week ahead of us. Viva la summer!