Tuesday, 30 August 2011
you can of course also pop into the shop to find a heap of bargains, especially as all LADIES wear is 50% off all week.
The shop is open Five Days a Week from 10am to 4.30pm, AND.. all day Saturday, which is a real bonus, 9.30am to 4pm.
All profit goes back into the local community, thru Ashburton Support Services.
Friday, 26 August 2011
I don't know what happened about the article that was supposed to appear in the City Weekly magazine. I've been keeping an eye out for both the City Weekly and our local version of it, but I haven't seen any mention of me and opshopping. Have I missed out on it?? The journalist isn't answering my calls, and I never had a contact name or number for the photographer, so I have no way of finding out what is going on. Are you there Fourth Daughter??
Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Monday, 22 August 2011
French Connection cardigan $12.99 - Savers Dandenong (with 20% student discount available every Sunday)
Mirror $10 - Oakleigh Vinnies
Saturday, 20 August 2011
I received an email about the closure of the Diamond Creek op shop. Here is an edited version:
"Austin Health is in the process of selling the landmark land and buildings, housing the Diamond Creek Austin Health Opportunity Shop, located at 42-44 Main Hurstbridge Road, Diamond Creek.
The Op-Shop has been operated by volunteers for over 40 years, and raises approximately $100k per annum for the purchase of medical equipment for the hospital. Volunteers have recently been fundraising to raise the funds required to upgrade the buildings to increase shopper comfort. The buildings are un-insulated, un-heated, and un-air-conditioned making them stifling hot in summer and freezing cold in winter.
While the volunteers have been fundraising, the hospital has been exploring options to sell the property. Fast food restaurants have previously expressed interest in the site. It is believed that Austin Health will receive over a $1 million for the site.
The Op-Shop provides a much need service to the local community, by providing cheap second hand clothing, books, furniture and household items to the people of the Diamond Valley and beyond. Victims of the Black Saturday bushfires are amongst the regular customers. Closure of the Op-Shop will add to the financial burden of those customers who are facing financial difficulty.
A sale is going to be held on September 10, to clear stock.If you want the Op-Shop to stay open, please email or write to Austin Health and protest the closure and sale of a Diamond Creek icon."
Tuesday, 16 August 2011
Saturday, 13 August 2011
Patchwork and craft mags for 50c each, and a lovely bag to carry them in - free!!
Canvas boards, $3 each. They possibly weren't such a bargain, as I'm sure they only cost a few dollars at the Reject shops...
Art deco doiley $3.
Another beautiful doiley $2.50. These were both in a glass case, as part of a display of glassware. Sometimes the opshops don't like to sell them as the doilies enhance the other items, but the Vinnies lady was happy to sell me both.
This photo is of some of the unframed cross stitch and embroidered items I've collected at opshops. I am in the process of sewing a black border around each one, and then I'll incorporate them into a quilt. I can't make up my mind what kind of fabric to use as the background - plain or patterned? In this picture they are lying on the carpet. I don't want the background fabric to detract from the individual pieces, but a plain colour might be too simple. Any ideas?
Friday, 12 August 2011
Aussie! Aussie! Aussie! Ken said "not another coffee mug!" but as I explained, two of our favourites have cracks and chips in them, so this will be a good replacement (all of 50 cents).
I wondered if this tie had been worn by an accountant? For 50 cents it was worth buying - I can see it as part of an interesting quilt block.
Speaking of quilt blocks, I've heard of this book, and now I have it - $1.
Yesterday was my weekly shopping day with my friend Glenda, and as always, we ended up at The Brotherhood shop before sitting down to relax with a coffee.
I found five things to bring home.
A woven Oriental design wall hanging for $1. This side is day time.
The reverse appears to be night time.
A pair of tiny glass elephants on a mirror base and background - $2.
Good length of gingham cotton fabric - $4.
Tiny little petit point pincushion - 50 cents
Beautifully stitched doiley - $1.
Tuesday, 9 August 2011
Sunday, 7 August 2011
Woollen legging-y pant-things with a jacquard pattern at Vinnies Springvale (I know, they look like old lady pants. Probably because they are! But I will take them in and wear them with heels and hopefully redeem them that way).
Red sweater dress from the Salvos Brandon Park ($6.99 but half price because of it was 50% off orange tagged items). It had massive shoulder pads which I removed toot sweet.
Indigo woollen jumper also from the Salvos BP and also $3.50 after the 50% off. You can see what it looks like (and check out a much earlier op shop find from Japan) in a clearer photo here.
The usual... sewing patterns from the '60s and '70s...$1 each at Vinnies Springvale (getting a bit pricey!!)
The one in the middle is actually a pack of embroidery transfers. Who knows when I will ever get around to doing embroidery, but meanwhile I can enjoy the pattern envelope...
Saturday, 6 August 2011
Friday, 5 August 2011
Three yards of 45" width cotton. I showed it to a friend just after I'd bought it at the Brotherhood in Eltham, and she squealed "Oh I love stuff from the seventies -where did you get that??" When I told her it cost me $8, she squealed again!
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
This shirt is a Mens size XL. The lady behind the counter said 'That's too big for you, dear' to which I replied 'yes I know, but I won't be wearing it. I'm cutting it up for patchwork - look at that terrific fabric!'
Speaking of fabric, I was over in Malvern today, so I visited three opshops within walking distance. A small independent shop in Wattletree Road, and in Glenferrie Road I went to Vinnies and the Salvos. Both of these shops are VERY upmarket - fabulous window displays and lovely stock inside. I bought three pieces of cotton fabric for $2 each at the Salvos (not worth putting a pic on here).
Tuesday, 2 August 2011
After uni today, I stopped by the small op shop in Mcleod, and picked up this metal mesh clutch for only $4! I'm a giant metal mesh fan, and I'd say I have over 20 pieces, however, aside from a few hard-to-find pieces I have, I refuse to pay a lot for it, so when I manage to find metal mesh at such an awesome price, it's really hard to say 'no'. It's in perfect condition, no missing links and only a few small make-up stains on the inside.