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….

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

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!

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:

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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:

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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:

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

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A petal apron from some quilting fabric leftovers.

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

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

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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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Vintage Thingies Thursday – bits and pieces

Welcome to another fun Vintage Thingies Thursday, now hosted by Coloradolady.

I’ve got the op-shopping bug at the moment, and I’d like to share a few of my favourite finds over the last few weeks.

This a great old set of Willow enamel canisters. They’re a bit beat up and a little bit rusty, but I love them. Cream and green – great 1930s colours! The bread bin is enormous!!

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This is a sweet little heart-shaped tray made out of painted masonite with green plastic ‘cane’! There’s a lovely vintage decal decoration – actually I bought some more of these decal transfers today but haven’t had time to photograph them yet – flowers and swans – very 1950s! The  jug is mottled green plastic, reminiscent of the old bakelite kitchenware.

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Just a short post from me today – i’ve got sooooooo much to do! Have a great week!