Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Went in for bowls, came out with plates

One of my favourite things about op shops is that you never know what you're going to find. It's like a lucky dip. I went into the NCJWA op shop on Hawthorn Rd, Caulfield Nth (near the corner of Glen Eira Rd) just on a whim, as I was driving by.

What I've been searching for is a set of funky retro bowls. Do you know how difficult it is to find a full set of interesting or retro bowls?! Very.

I did find one beautiful, very old fashioned creamy white bowl, made in Germany so of course I scooped it up. I figure I'll get a full set of bowls eventually, all completely non-matching!

I did find this set of gorgeous little plates though. Even though I don't need them, I couldn't resist. The gold edging is still completely intact, they're made in Germany and the colouring and pattern is quite different. The flatmates and I have been busy using them for eating treats like custard tarts, brownies lathered in cream and upside down pineapple cake. The plates are so nice that they make everything taste more delicious!

I'm not actually sure how old they are, although I'm telling myself they're old and therefore very valuable. :) But who knows, they could have been made in 1988! If anyone has any suggestions on how to find out, let me know!

Thursday, 25 June 2009

30% off until June 30.

The BSL Moonee Ponds store (opposite Moonee Ponds Station) is having a 30% off sale until EFY on all stock. Full of shoes and linen. Lots of clothes, but bric-a-brac is lean. There is a lovely brown David Lawrence dress, size 10, there atm, good for businesswomen. Sadly i am as of yet no businesswoman, just a student...Oh, and its $8.00 less 30%....


Sunday, 21 June 2009

Picnic? Neatnik!

Is it just the ones I frequent, or are ALL opshops suddenly over-run lately with picnic-baskets?

Must be this cold Melbourne winter- folks are jettisoning the bulky baskets because they cannot see using them anytime soon.

Well now my sewing patterns have somewhere to live and stay all neat and tidy...

...at least for awhile. Winter solstice was yesterday, does that mean we're halfway out of winter, or just begun? How long before we can be picnicking again?

Friday, 12 June 2009

Churinga Op Shop Sale!

½ Price Sale at Churinga Op Shop at 108-130 Diamond Creek Road, Greensborough

Thursday 25th June. One Day Only!

Saturday, 6 June 2009

Nothing to do with Op Shops but very interesting

Check out this blog
Some fantastic pics of 50's/60's American Motels etc. This bloke is really into it.
I can't remember seeing much of this stuff still standing Australia. Anyone got any examples?
I think we ripped them all down and replaced them. (Remember the Paris End of Collins St.)

Monday, 1 June 2009

Northcote High St

I had a day off from preparing for next Saturday's Yarraville Market so I took Little Jack for a stroll to two op shops on opposite ends of High St in Northcote.

We started at the south end at Brotherhood of St Laurence, 12a High St. Little Jack sat with the op shop lady and pulled faces, and I picked up a long sleeved top for $4 and a worn-in pair of shoes for Jack, also for $4.

Then we headed north to Mental Illness Fellowship at 454 High St. As well as a pair of Target trousers for Little Jack ($2) I found the following treasures:


They had half a rack of new hand-knitted baby jumpers for $6 a piece! This one won't fit Little Jack until next winter (or the winter after) but for $6 I'm happy for it to take up space for that long.


The rug is crocheted, I suppose. Can any crochet fans confirm this? I saw a similar one at a CWA-style stall at Northcote Plaza a month or so ago for $50 and almost bought it, so when I saw this one for only $8 I snapped it up!

More about Little Jack and me at cravingsfrocks.blogspot.com