Op shop crawl, part 2…

Last week I shared some of my finds from my short holiday in central west NSW. This week I’m continuing the blogging journey, kicking it off in Parkes, home of that great Aussie film, The Dish.

Parkes has a lovely op shop, the kind where you can still buy a vintage hankie or some pyrex for 50c. I found a basket of hankies and as I was going through them, the lady in the shop watched as I unfolded each one to have a look. It was obviously a trip down memory lane for her as well as me.

These are nylon hankies with flocked designs, made in Japan. I remember having some of these when I was a child in the 1960s.

As I was going through them, little slips of paper with people’s names on them fell out of the folds… Auntie Annie, Mrs Stewart. I picked out 17  hankies and the lady said ‘that’s $8.50 dear, is that OK?’ Indeed it was.

On to Forbes and Grenfell, and a few vintage linens were found. I love the little gingham apron with floral terylene overlay

I stayed overnight in Yass, then headed for Goulburn. At Vinnies I got these two vintage suitcases for a tiny $9. The smaller one nests perfectly inside the larger one:

3 antique shops yielded some lovely bakelite and celluloid trinkets, including the red bakelite denture holder!.

But the Salvo’s in Goulburn was THE BEST… I couldn’t believe it when I saw this 1950s drink tray for $5, woven in plastic ‘cane’

And then there was this sweet little donkey planter just waiting for a new home. I’m wondering if these really are planters as they have no drainage holes. Maybe they were made to hold easter eggs or something like that. I remember that my best friend had one in her room when we were kids in the 1960s.

I also bought lots of pyrex ramekins and mugs, and some vintage tupperware in green and red which fits in nicely with my kitchen.

I found this lovely Arnotts tin for 50c – it’s not vintage but the picture is. I have exactly the same picture on a rectangular tin that I’ve had since the 60s, and which holds birthday, Christmas and other cards I’ve received since I was eight years old.

And to finish up a great few days away, this little stash of chippy vintage enamel dishes.

So I’m off to Sophie’s to check out the other flea market finds for this week – cheers!


Flea Market Finds….

I’m always on the look out for vintage tea cosies, and this one is such a great find. Lovely warm colours with that fabulous inverted crochet design. I also have a pattern to make this tea cosy, but I was very happy to find an ‘original’.

I don’t usually buy books at the oppy, but I couldn’t go past these three C S Lewis books from the Narnia series for $1 each – they bring back memories of school holiday reading when I was a child. And that great hardback copy of Pride and Prejudice for just $2.

Colourful knitting needles, some lovely vintage linens……

And these lovely souvenir teatowels from Canada – I love this one with the maple leaf symbol done in many different colours. The other has native plants of Canada – just gorgeous!

Hope you’ve had a great week. More vintage lovelies at Sophies!

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Flea Market Finds….

Hi and welcome to another fabulous week of flea market finds hosted by Sophie!

A fifteen minute drive from where I work takes me to my favourite secondhand furniture shop. I haven’t been there for a while so I decided to pop down there at lunchtime on Thursday. And I was so I glad I did! I think the owner had just bought out an old sewing machine repair shop. He literally had hundreds of sewing machines there. Most seemed to be quite old, you know, the old-fashioned 50s kind. There were green ones, yellow ones,  pink ones –  he hit the motherlode. There were so many they were stacked on top of each other about 8 high. Lots of overlockers too. But what caught my eye were the props:

A genuine Singer sewing machine sign!  And this:

A great display board for buttons that I can take to the vintage fairs I sell at (sorry – needs a good clean!)

And these:

a largish cotton display cabinet, and

two smaller ones.  Needless to say my car was a bit heavier on the trip back to work, and my purse a bit lighter.  The whole lot cost me only $40!!

Plus I nipped across the road to Vinnies and picked up a few more things:

That was a Jenny Kee plate in the front….was until I dropped it and it smashed into lots of pieces. I could have kicked myself for being so careless. I did keep the pieces. Anyone out there make mosaics??

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Flea Market Finds

What a great week’s op shopping it’s been. I found this lovely old grinder at the Salvo’s shop near my work. Love the yellow colour! I went to visit my mum in hospital, and on the way back to work I thought “I’ll just pop in to Vinnies before I go back” – so glad I did. I could not believe it when I spied these on the shelf! An almost perfect set of 1950s canisters! They’ll be storing something in my overcrowded sewing room.

I think I hit the motherlode when I looked for vintage sheets for this week’s vintage sheet fat quarter swap. Here’s a sneak preview:

Hope you all had a great week. Looking forward to some other great flea market finds at Sophies’s!

Flea Market Finds….

Friday is my day off, so I love to do the rounds of the local oppies. The Red Cross hall is only open on Fridays, so imagine my delight when I walked in and found this bundle of vintage linens…

70s style cafe curtains. What a great border print…

More vintage floral cafe curtains…

Two tablecloths in this great retro design…

Here’s some other vintage linens I’ve found. Love the pink and grey…

and the lobsters!

I found these sweet little containers….

which are perfect for my button flowers!

Stop by Sophie’s for more great thrifted finds!

Flea Market Finds

I’ve had a lovely time haunting the op shops and the odd garage sale these last few weeks. There are three very good shops just down the road from where I work, plus my local Vinnies always has a jar or two of buttons. Here’s some great goodies I picked up:

Some vintage wooden spoons for $1 each

Corning ware coffee percolator, $4

Vintage tea cosy, $1

Some lovely old tablecloths. I love the retro designs!

Three milk glass plates for less than $5. The top one is a Fireking, Made in the US. It cost 75c. I went into a vintage market in the Blue Mountains a few days later and saw the same thing for sale for $45!!

I just love these – two solid bakelite billiard balls and a little vintage plastic lidded container:

More lovely old kitchen items:

Hope you’ve all had fun hunting down some new treasures. Visit Sophie to catch up on some more great finds!

Flea market finds – well…garage sale!

This is my first time participating in flea market finds at Sophie’s place. It also fits in well with my regular Vintage Thingies Thursday post – join in over at Coloradolady.

I don’t often go to garage sales. Maybe because I’m too lazy to get up early on a Saturday. Or maybe I find it hard to choose which one to put at the top of the list. Or maybe I fear my house might end up looking a bit like a tip because some things are so hard to resist. But a couple of Saturdays ago I was on my way to visit my mum, and saw someone walking out of a garage sale with what looked like vintage cream enamel bowls. Mental note to oneself – ‘I must stop in on the way home, even though it’s after 1 in the afternoon, and 17 year old son is driving and hates garage sales’.  So we stopped. And 17 year old helped me pack the car with these great finds:

Two vintage leather hat boxes,  $5 each.

A nest of four different suitcases. The largest is leather. It’s in great nick except for a broken handle. $5 for all four. I now have a stack of suitcases topped with hat boxes decorating my bedroom.

Two circular metal tins which I’m told are also hat boxes. I guess they were for picture hats as they are quite large. They’re all rusty but, who cares? $5 for the two plus a couple of old metal biscuit tins. They are on the verandah, under cover.

I was very happy with my finds. So happy that I went back a couple of days later and bought something else. I’ll leave that one for another post.

Looking forward to seeing everybody’s thrifted goodies!

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Vintage Thingies Thursday….kitchen utensils and more

Hi and welcome to another Vintage Thingies Thursday hosted by Suzanne over at Coloradolady blog.

I love old cooking utensils – I don’t have many, but I can see that these could easily become addictive to collect.  The first three in the pic belong to my mum. I can picture coming home from school in the 60s and my grandmother pounding the meat to make schnitzels with that meat tenderiser! I picked up the lovely old egg beaters at a local op shop yesterday for $8.50.

Lovely old scales, rusty metal and faded red plastic. The 1950s cloth was also an Oppie find – I paid a whole $2 for it!

Not really a utensil, but how could I resist showing you my mum’s 1950s lazy susan. It’s missing the bowl in the centre, but otherwise in pretty good nick – I just love the colours. I remember we had a set of plates and bowls to match (if you can call un-matched colours a match). I was so happy to find this in her cupboard.

And lastly , well I couldn’t resist buying this for $2 at the local Oppie – it’s such a giggle. Any guesses to what it could be? I first thought it was a garlic press, but no….

It comes apart into two pieces…..

But what really made me buy it was the explanation printed on one side.

“Distinctive” party ice crusher, complete with its own built-in ‘ice spoon’ (which I’ve only just noticed!)  Hmmm…. small party, or do you buy one for each guest so they can crush their own? Maybe a job for the kids?  Or maybe you start crushing a week in advance?  Certainly different from the one built into my fridge door!

Have a great week!

Blogtoberfest Day 2…I love the Oppy…

I love my local Op shop! Just about every week they have a few jars of these:


Being a button lover, I’m they’re best customer. They call me the Button Lady.


Here’s just a few from my latest visit – these are BIG!

And some blingy ones too:


I always have a quick scout around for other interesting tidbits. Imagine my luck finding this great little red anodised teapot:


And the best part – it only cost:



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Back to blogging….

Hi everyone. Hope you had a great Christmas / New Year break. It’s funny how you can cope with having a heap of things ‘on your plate’ throughout the year, but as soon as the holidays come, everything falls to pieces. That’s kind of what happened to me over the last few weeks. I did a little crash and burn as soon as I went on hols, and blogging was just too much trouble for a few weeks. Thanks to all who wrote and asked if I was OK – yes, just renewing my energy!

Anyhoo, I did make time for some serious op-shopping, and found myself coming home with some seriously great vintage and retro fabric:



This is the most wonderful retro curtain – must be at least 14 usable metres of fabric in it!

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Vintage polished cotton and strawcloth.

And some other goodies:


And I’ve been prompted to go back to a vocation I had many years ago – I used to be dressmaker. I had my own business for about 10 years, but as soon as I started making wedding / bridesmaids dresses, I got so bored with making the same things over and over again.  So I changed careers, but I’ve always got a bit of a sewing bug laying dormant, waiting for the right project to come along. I made a few quilts when my kids were little (might write a post about that one day), but now I’m into upcycling. It’s amazing how much great fabric you can find in a curtain, sheet or tablecloth! So I bought some great old apron patterns from the 1940s and 50s, and I’ve been sewing up a storm:


A cute little 1950s flared number in vintage polished cotton.


A petal apron from some quilting fabric leftovers.


A fab little 1950s circular number – lime green check with that huge black rick rack. The check used to be a cot valance.


A very retro yellow/orange/brown apron with acid yellow rick rack – this used to be a curtain.


And a more demure style, again an ex-curtain.

I’m going to add some vintage buttons for a bit of extra oomph. I’ve also got lots more ideas for re-purposing napkins, doilies, cloths etc. Just need to keep going with the old sewing machine!

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