Op shop crawl – or what I did on my holidays….

It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted, and there’s a lot of catching up to do! I’m enjoying 5 lovely weeks off work, so I decided to treat myself to a few days away. A nostalgic holiday visiting places that I travelled through many times as a child when on holidays with my parents. And what better to do than to take in every op shop, antique and collectible shop I could find.

First stop was Darcy’s – the big tin shed at Lucknow just out of Orange NSW. I wandered down aisles and aisles filled with an eclectic mix of memorabilia. I came away with some vintage sheet music, a lacy bakelite plate and a colourful set of spice jars

after visiting two op shops in Orange I loaded the car with a fabulous square vintage suitcase, some colourful glassware and a gorgeous vintage cloth in my favourite colours… love that green!

I travelled on through Molong, Wellington and Dubbo and on to Narromine. I seem to make this trip every few years. My partner lived and worked in Narromine for a few years. He was killed in a car accident 9 years ago, but I still feel the need to revisit this place even though it holds only memories for me. It’s still one of the prettiest small country towns I’ve visited.

Next day I took the road down towards Parkes, and passed through the old gold mining town of Peak Hill. There were three antique shops there so naturally I visited all three. In one I found some great old postcards and photos…

and I couldn’t resist the urge to buy this fabulous photo album. The picture on the cover is a bit deceptive, as most of the photos inside were much older. It was filled with original photos, most were 6″ x 8″, some tinted…

I love this sepia one with the turban and dropped waist


not so sure about the colours for this wedding – definitely not my cup of tea!

I was astounded to find this original photo – it’s of Florence Broadhurst, the wallpaper designer, who was a friend of my parents. If you Google Florence Broadhurst, this is the picture you’ll get. It’s also on the cover of the book written about her life and tragic death, A Life by Design.

More finds in Peak Hill…

Vintage bread bin, now holding spuds and onions in my kitchen

WonderfulDoulton plate – love the design!, and some old magnets, some are made of celluloid.

Well that’s halfway through my holiday, I’ll leave the rest for next week!

More great Flea Market Finds over at Sophies”s….

Vintage Thingies Thursday 5….

Thanks to Confessions of an Apron Queen for VTT.

This week I’d like to share a lovely symbol of harder times – Depression glass. You may know that I have a fondness for pink and green; and these are the two colours of Depression glass that I collect.

 

According to Wikipedia, Depression glass was manufactured by a number of glass companies in the US, and was added to boxes of food as an incentive to buy, or was handed to patrons when they went to the movies.

  

It was also made in clear, amber and blue colours, but my favourites are pink and green. I have a small collection on my dressing table; I particularly love the translucent jadeite vase.

You can also find vintage buttons in the same colours as Depression glass. I don’t think they were manufactured in the US – most glass buttons seem to come from the Czech Republic – I’ll have to research this a bit more!

  

 

Some of my “Depression glass” buttons!

Cheers til next week!

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Vintage Thingies Thursday (2)

I have a penchant for things pink and green.  To me those colours epitomise spring, and I always look forward to the balmy weather and longer daylight hours after the starkness of winter. So when I find a pretty keepsake in those colours, I add it to my little stash:

 A few pieces of pink and green china, some chipped, but all lovely!

 

Pansy milk jug..

 

A pretty dish…

A marble glazed vase…

 

This is a pretty little thingy to hang on the wall…

Spring – bring it on!!

Thanks to Confessions of an Apron Queen for Vintage Thingies Thursday!

Published in: on September 4, 2008 at 6:34 pm  Comments (4)  
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