Monday, 28 February 2011
Top, $6, The Preloved Pedlar, Kyneton
Sunday, 27 February 2011
Who knows, maybe one of our readers needs a new set. Looked to be in very good condition, and its WEDGWOOD, not some crummy KMart special... may still be there on Monday...
The Ashburton Op Shop is the local Senior Citizens Community Support Services shop, it is in the green tin building right alongside the railway line, corner High St and Welfare Parade.
Saturday, 26 February 2011
I have seen a few of these types of paintings for sale over the last couple of years as the people who bought them in their 30s & early 40s when visiting Hong Kong are now moving into nursing homes, downsizing, or leaving us for a better place. Some of these paintings are reasonably well executed but are not really something you would want to hang on your wall, with a common theme being junks on Hong Kong Harbour with Victoria Peak on Hong Kong Island in the background.
This one however really grabbed me because of the evocative way it depicts the canyon-like alley flanked by market-style retail outlets, the ubiquitous signage, the steps leading up the hill in what is a pedestrian-only street, and the ever-present crowd of people. If I had only one abiding memory of Hong Kong, it would be this type of scene. Along with this, the painting is fairly well executed, with the bright colours much brighter than how they appear in the photo. There is another painting by the same artist still for sale at the op shop which looks rushed and lacks detail and did not appeal to me.
Happy with this haul.
Thanks to Gina E for information about the new location.
Friday, 25 February 2011
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Thursday, 17 February 2011
The opening of these delightful repositories of hidden gems rarely make the news so I thought it deserved a heads-up to us all, particularly as this one offers training and employment opportunities !
More details, like street address, available on the Ballarat Bargain Browser website HERE.
Savers Mill Park opens TODAY!! Get excited! I was at the official opening last night, working the catwalk as a model, but of course did not get any shots of the fashion show because I was in it. So here are just a few pics of the store - I'll put up a more detailed post later and show you what I got to keep from the fashion show as well as what I ended up buying.
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
did not find a lot today, maybe I'm too choosy or maybe just not the 'right' things for me, but I did enjoy the journey.
Where did you go today?
Monday, 14 February 2011
Finally I got this Ralph Lauren polo for only $4.99 at the Rosebud Salvos.
Sunday, 13 February 2011
Saturday, 12 February 2011
The Salvation Army at Briar Hill operate a garage sale every Saturday morning. I have not been for some time but recently visited. Rummaging in a box of dusty framed pictures I came across a small vase covered in spider webs. It attracted by attention because it was a baby version of a similar vase I rescued from a country tip about 30 years ago years. I could not believe it. It is made of pottery and is a similar brown colour but not exactly with part glazing. Considering it could also be at least 30 years old it had no chips and a little bargain for $1
Tuesday, 8 February 2011
Thank you for the invitation to post to this blog which I have been enjoying reading for some time.
I had time to visit Savers in Greensborough today. I came away with three brand new packs of Christmas cards - with the label “Earth greetings – every pack plants a tree” - for $2.99 each – and I bought two! That was 60 new cards for less than $6. As they had been packaged up , I did not know exactly what I had purchased till I got home and was really pleased to see a variety of cards. Made in Australia, 100% post-consumer recycled. They are blank inside. I still love to send Christmas cards so cannot wait till the end of the year to use these.
They have been in a bag in the boot of my car for over a week, can't even remember which shop I found them in.
I absolutely do not need more table linen, but I'm sure you all know what it is like when you see something that just should NOT be left in the shop.
Maybe they could be 're-invented' as something else? who knows but for now I'll just look at them, and think, "Oh, how pretty!"
come on, confess, who else buys things the do not need or do not collect just 'because'?
Saturday, 12 February 2011.
Same time: 8am to 1pm
Same place: 1st Vermont Scout Hall, located near the corner of Canterbury Rd and Mitcham Rd, Vermont.
Monday, 7 February 2011
Hunter Gatherer on Brunswick Street in Melbourne’s Fitzroy has long been a must-visit retail destination for devotees of vintage, ethical and upcycled fashion.
When it comes to all things vintage, Hunter Gatherer stands out from the pack. Every frock, blouse, handbag, skirt, coat, trouser, hat and shoe at Hunter Gatherer is specially handpicked from the hundreds of thousands of wardrobe items donated each year to the Brotherhood of St Laurence’s 27 community stores or “op shops” across Victoria.
‘We have a huge array of pieces to choose from’, says Andrea Philippou, Manager of Hunter Gatherer ‘s Royal Arcade store. ‘The sorters at our warehouse have a keen eye, and know just what to look for. What you see at Hunter Gatherer is the absolute cream of the crop.’
‘People are often prepared to give away beautiful, classic fashions they no longer have a use for, if it helps a good cause, and shoppers at Hunter Gatherer are the lucky ones to benefit from this generosity!’
Hunter Gatherer is a Brotherhood business, so shopping with us makes for guilt-free retail therapy. By making a purchase at hg, you’ll be helping the Brotherhood of St Laurence deliver its many programs and services, which prevent and alleviate poverty in Australia and help disadvantaged and marginalised people.
Hunter Gatherer in the Royal Arcade specialises in vintage frocks and pre-loved, European-style leather shoes, including authentic Swedish clogs. It also boasts a men’s range that spans everything from velvet blazers to Lacoste cardigans to braces, bow ties and hats.
‘We also carry boutique jewellery from Melbourne artisans including Greg Mann, who crafts using antique cutlery, Run Wild Horses, who turn vintage clock parts into steampunk-inspired pieces, Gabriella Hirst, who works with fimo to make necklaces and bangles with a coral look, and the sweet designs from Scrumptious Productions’. Fans of upcycling will also adore the hats made of vintage fabrics from The Cat’s Pajamas and Lydra’s clutch purses fashioned from pre-loved fabrics.
So what’s hot in vintage right now? Andrea says the television series Mad Men has inspired a resurgence in demand for 1950’s and 1960’s women’s fashion. ‘Many people want figure-hugging garments with cinched waistlines and full skirts, to recreate the look of Joan, Peggy or Betty. It’s a wonderful style − garments from this era are flattering to many different body shapes and sizes’.
The Melbourne city store was launched in January this year and given its gorgeous wares have a long history, it’s fitting that the shop’s new home does, too. ‘There’s been a lack of vintage shopping options in the Melbourne CBD, so we hope city shoppers will like what they find’.
HUNTER GATHERER STORE LOCATIONS:
274 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy (Ph: 03 9415 7371)
Street level, Shop 51, Royal Arcade, 335 Bourke Street Mall, Melbourne CBD (Ph: 03 9650 1843)
Friday, 4 February 2011
This polyester casual shoulder bag was so pretty in Chinese patterned fabric that for $3 I figured I could find a use for it one day.
I looked at this blouse several times before pulling it off the rack and trying it on. It looks such an 'old lady's blouse' at first, but I knew it would go well with at least four pairs of cotton slacks that I have, and it fit me perfectly. $3.50.
The MOTH has had two heart attacks, and the cardiologist has referred him to a heart surgeon to have bypass surgery. So I've been reading up on everything I can so I know in advance what to expect when I'll be looking after him. For 60c, this is the best book I've read so far. Graphic details, but very informative. Ken asked what the book said about the bypass operation, and I said "You don't need to know!"
The total value of $7.10 was reduced to $3.50. You can't go wrong with those prices!
Wednesday, 2 February 2011
Well.... could not help but peek in ONE op shop (I know Salvos are only a few doors further up the main street, but cant test hubby's patience too much).
The colours are deep purple and fuchsia pink, peacock blue and teal blue/green. Really nice 1970s colour scheme and NO I do not know what I'll do with it, but for the very small price, I could not let it sit there. Also found a few more knitting pattern books. Talked to the 2 nice ladies in the shop for a few minutes and then felt guilty about hubby standing out in the street waiting, so didn't even check out the Salvos. Also passed one in Mentone as the bus drove thru.... may be a trip to make alone in the not too distant future.?
so, a quiet day out turned into Op Shop find after all !
Oh, and they were handing out fliers about a BOOK SALE, ex Library, 19/20 February at the Mordialloc Scout Hall in Park Street.
There is another little opshop in Wattletree Road, around the corner from Glenferrie Road, so I popped in there too.
Fabulous scarf with leopard print - $5!
Interesting rubber stamp for $5. I'm not into stamping, but my friend Val is, and she is particularly interested in Oriental designs. I think she'll like this one.