Sunday, 31 July 2011
Hey guys, sorry its been a while. I actually had my purse stolen the other week. From an oppy. The Lions Club store in Mitcham! I knew op shopping would be the end of me! Anyway, I picked up a set of five mugs. I loved the simplistic design and colours, and they were all only 50c each. I think there may have originally been six, as there are two of one design and three of the other, but they were really too cute not to have! I found them at the Ringwood Vinnies store. I do have a bit of an obsession with mugs, and I'm so glad to have these in my collection.
Saturday, 30 July 2011
All funds raised go to the support of the elderly in the area via the ASHBURTON SUPPORT SERVICES. / Meals on Wheels etc....
Wednesday, 27 July 2011
Here is what I bought today. Instead of photographing everything separately (it would take forever to upload) I've just taken one photo of everything I found at each shop.
At the BSL in Eltham I only bought one item - an apron for $3.50, which is going to a friend who is of Italian descent, and loves aprons as much as me.
Our first stop in Diamond Creek was the Salvos. I scored heaps of goodies here for a total of $20.50! Fabrics - gingham, Batik, iron-on interfacing, batting, bundle of laces, two ties, tatted doiley. And a box of oil paints, a book, and a set of placemats with beautiful Lesley Ivory cat paintings.
Next stop a few doors away was the Austin Hospital opshop. I haven't been here for a while, but made up for it today! Two lots of fabric, two craft magazines, a lovely quilted block, a huge heap of lace and braid, a metal bellpull hanger (thanks Lyndel, whose sharp eyes found this!), and a soup bowl that matches the rooster set I bought at Savers early this week. This was a bonus - that set only had three bowls, so now I've got the four. The whole lot for $15!
Finally we stopped at an 'independent' opshop (not one of the big charities) called Aunty Bee. I found two more pieces of fabric including a lovely tartan, more lace, two scarves (a paisley design, and a souvenir of London), and a cross stitched bookmark. All for $7.
A grand total of $45 - did I do well or not?!
Tuesday, 26 July 2011
I am in the process of culling my craft stash, so it was a bit silly of me to buy this cross stitch kit, but I'm a sucker for blue and white china, and for $4 with everything included...
Aprons are another item that I probably don't need to buy, but I was just looking last week at some of the ones I wear, and thinking they were getting a bit raggy, so for $2.40, this joined the basket.
I have just thrown out a pair of cheap slippers, and needed some more. These cost $3.20.
The last dressing gown I bought (at the Brotherhood last year) was wearing a bit thin, and it has been sooooo cold lately, this nice fleecy blue number for $3 will do me well!
Today I had morning tea with some friends who are also opshoppers. They hadn't been to Mill Park Savers, so as it was turning into a nice sunny day, I suggested that we go over there, and they were happy to go along with me. I wasn't going to buy anything; after all, I was there 24 hours ago! Ha. Famous last words.
Two more ties for my collection (I use them for patchwork) $1.99 each.
Don't laugh! Getting old is serious business...you never know what you can learn from books - $3.99.
I noticed these yesterday, but decided I didn't need any more chicken themed dishes. But when I saw them again today, sitting sadly on the shelf, I realised they were waiting for me ;-) $2.99 each.
Another pair of shoes. These are slip-ons, made of elasticised fabric with a hard sole. I've had them before, and they are very comfortable. $5.99
Sunday, 24 July 2011
I also picked up some information while I was at the Salvos which I posted in reply to Lyndel's post ... but here it is in case you missed it. The Forest Hill Lion's Den op shop is closing, apparently some time in August. The reason? According to the lady at the Salvos, it is because the rent has gone up to $50,000 a year (it was originally $22,000 a year). Such a shame, I loved that op shop because it was so chockablock full of stuff and not too orderly, you never knew what you would find. So if you're in the area soon, drop in to say goodbye.
By the way, I am one of the other bloggers from here who might be in the City Weekly article that Gina mentioned but she was so glamorous that they didn't need any photos of me :)
Can't wait to see the shots, Gina!
Saturday, 23 July 2011
Aren't these dishes adorable! Well, only if you like chooks. The photo is distorted because of the angle I took it on but there are three soup bowls (99c each), three bread and butter plates (49c each) and for some reason I was only charged $2.99 for the four dinner plates.
Quiche dish for $3.99. We use my old dishes for bird baths in the aviaries, but I'm running out of 'old' dishes, so I pick them up at opshops now.
Paisley cotton fabric for patchwork $3.99
Seersucker tablecloth $6.99. It was folded in a way that suggested it was a round cloth, which I was looking for, but when I got home I discovered it is oblong. Never mind - I like the sunny design, it will be good on the table outside in the summer.
This cloth ($2.99) is an old Semco cloth embroidered with blue Lazy Daisy. Hard to see the pretty stitching from this distance.
This cloth ($4.99)is of interest to me because the tiny embroidered castles in each corner match a set of napkins I bought years ago. Never thought I'd find a cloth to match!
Art deco doiley in perfect condition - 99 cents
Them chooks again! Terry towelling tea towel 99 cents
He arrived right on 3 pm, dragging a heap of photographic equipment up the stairs. I took him into the kitchen where he glanced at the table, then asked if I bought any clothes at opshops. I said yes, and took him into the bedroom. He pounced on my crazy patchwork gown and said "Perfect - put that on!". So I did, then he got me to drape myself across the other clothes on the bed, in various poses. Then he asked me to get a teapot and cup, and he would photograph me in the gown, pouring a cup of tea. I said "Not in the bedroom!", so we went back into the kitchen to do that. In the meantime, the sun had come out, so he wanted to take some pictures outside, and asked me to select a few pieces from the kitchen table to take outside. He took some photos of various items in interesting spots in the garden, then did more of me still in that gown pouring tea!!
I was almost breathless by the time he left about 3.45; he must have taken about 200 photos. I asked if I could see them one day, and he said to speak to the photo editor after the article is published in the mag, and she might supply me with a proof sheet.
It will be interesting to see the mag when it comes out - Kathryn said she would send me a couple of copies. I don't get into town very often, so it is unlikely that I would be able to obtain a copy otherwise. The photographer said there were 8 magazines published by their company, in different areas of Melbourne, and he thought I would be in a local one. My God, I just hope they don't put me on the front cover, draped across the marital bed in my dressing gown, looking orgasmic over my opshop clothes!!! Ken will have a fit, and I'd never live it down with the locals :-O
Friday, 22 July 2011
I will definitely have some more bits and pieces coming for you all soon, however I just wanted to share with you my newest find. I have been eyeing off some incredible cameo brooches on Ebay and Etsy for a while, however when I found this one in a Healsville oppy for $6, well, I was pretty stoked. Sometimes it definitely pays to wait.
Wednesday, 20 July 2011
Monday, 18 July 2011
Saturday, 16 July 2011
Busy little shop, nice staff. I found a cookbook for diabetics (hubby, not me) for $2 and a ball of braid for $3, which took me a good 5 minutes to unwind and rewind around a piece of cardboard. This pic is a bit blurred, the colours are actually quite vivid.
The embroidered centrepiece was from another opshop a few days ago.
Wednesday, 13 July 2011
I suppose I should have put a coin or something in the photo so you can tell the size because the glasses look big in the photo but they're really more like egg cup size. I'm not sure if they were made purely for a tourist market or if people actually use these, but I love the gold and the painting on them. If they were for the tourist market this set definitely would have cost more than $3!!
Hello, my name is Alexandra and I decided to join 'I Op therefore I Am' to simply pass the time until I get the motivation to do something myself. I dabble in op shopping most weeks, always on the hunt for the cheap, and the unusual, but only if it's cheap enough.
I went out on a bit of a spree, as so I had something interesting to share in my first entry.
Friday, 8 July 2011
Then I found a little bag full of lace - 50 cents.
Finally I found this vintage card table cloth for $2.
I didn't get to the Animal Aid opshop - ran out of time. I drove on to Diamond Creek where I was meeting a friend, and I suggested to her that we check out the opshops up there, as I hadn't been up there for a while, and she was agreeable.
The Austin opshop was already closed, and when we stopped at the Salvos, we had 15 minutes before they too closed, so we dived in. I found some great stuff!
Japanese fan brooch - $3.
Magazine, ric rac and laces - 50 cents each.
Long stitch Steam Train, framed and in perfect condition - $5. Hubby loves it!
Set of six napkins worked in Chicken Scratch - $3.
Cute dolphin dish - $2.50
I'm a happy gal!
This beautifully embroidered doiley cost $4.
Patchwork mags 50 cents each.
Half metre of quilt batting - 50 cents!
This scarf is absolutely gorgeous - the photo doesn't do it justice. Polyster, made in Korea. $3.