Saturday, April 28, 2012

Books and Bling

Scored on children's books last trip, including a book I had been looking for for years. It's great getting that op shop payoff feeling.

Some Australian authors- Ruth Park with The Muddle-headed Wombat, and the poet C.J. Dennis with an illustrated version of his poem Hist!

The artwork in the book are lithograph prints, which is an interesting style I haven't come across in children's books much.

This is a lovely fairy tale type story where the Princess saves her kingdom from the bad archduke. The illustrations are gorgeous.

I love how the princess is an ordinary looking little girl, and her father the king wears glasses.

Some books bought for when my boys are a little older. Another Paul Jennings book for the collection, and the first book in the fantasy Rowan of Rin series by Emily Rodda. My son is called Rohan, so I couldn't resist.

Here's my major find of the trip: Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats by T.S. Elliot. This was one of my Grandma's favourite books. We used to spend afternoons as kids putting tracing paper over the pictures and tracing pictures of the cats to make our own cat artworks, while our Grandma would read us the poems. I was mad about cats as a child, and loved to write my own cat poetry. When my Grandma died the book was given to my Aunty (her daughter) as I suspect she had similar lovely memories. I became determined to find my own copy. This book is in great condition too- I am so lucky! 

And just a bit of bling to end the trip with. The bracelet in the middle was tossed in for free when I pointed out the elastic was degrading.


Saturday, March 3, 2012

Journeys into the Past

Popped into my local op shop today, and was delighted to find yet another book in the Journeys into the Past series. This is the fourth book I have found in various op shops in this set. You can see my other ones here.

I thought this game would be good for Mr7, but when I popped it into the playstation 2, it didn't work. Oh well, at least I'm only out $2.

A shirt for Mr 7. Not a big fan of the colour, but he needs some size 7 shirts.

A jumper for Mr 4, orange is a good colour on him, and he's a ninja turtles fan after I showed them the 80s cartoon I used to watch as a kid. :-)

I also had some jewelry to show you, but the lady at the shop must have missed seeing it on the counter, and it didn't come home in my bag. I'm going to pop back in on Monday on the small chance it is still there.


Friday, March 2, 2012


Here's a quickie- a cute cheeseboard. I love the retro design on the tile. Now I just have to find a knife to go with it. The little dark circle is a magnetic spot which will hold the knife on the board. Ingenious, no?

Monday, October 3, 2011

Shirts and Scarves

Some nice finds this week. This lovely scarf is just the right size for tying round a ponytail. I love the mix of blue, purple and green.

This scarf pattern is just lovely, and will go with my purple tops. It folds out to make a huge scarf.

This pink skirt looks brand new, and has a lovely relaxed fit when on, skimming loosely over my tummy and hips. Looks great with jeans.

This striped top shows no signs of wear either. It looks like a cardy/shirt but it's just a t-shirt.

Both tops are soft cotton and casual, which is exactly what I was looking for to add to my summer wardrobe.


Thursday, September 8, 2011

Another Vintage Case

I'm so excited! My mum has found another vintage case for me. My last one was picked for $2, and I did a post about it here. This one is not a hard case, it's stiff, but movable. The blue colour is much prettier, and it's a bit smaller than its friend.

It came with these bottles and a tiny key. The inside is so pretty. My mum gave me this one, and said "So now you'll be getting rid of the other one?". No way Mum! Now I have a collection. :-)

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Beads and Bandanas

This is the second part of my shop last week, and boy did I get some goodies. This bag is a lovely shade of blue (the colour is a little darker that the photo) and which I bought specifically to go with a dress of a similar colour.

 These beads are so pretty! A dark red bracelet, a blue-green set of beads which looks like woven silk, and a set of retro red beads.

I love the cheery robots on the bandana. The long pretty flower scarf is perfect for a headband, or tied 50s style on a ponytail.

 This cardi is perfect for the warmer weather, and such a pretty knit, with its scalloped bottom. I tend to veer away from pastel colours, especially white, but I thought a soft cream might be doable.

May your op shopping adventures be just as fruitful as mine!


Sunday, August 14, 2011


Hi all, I just had a fantastic haul at the op shop, so I'm going to divide it into a few posts.
This post is kids toys, next post will be clothes and jewelry.

A Diego doll and a motorbike. Mr3 is enjoying Diego, and both boys are loving the motorbike.

This is my favourite find of the shopping trip. A wooden chess set, with all its pieces, $5. Mr 6 has been interested in chess, but I only have a small glass chess set, which isn't ideal. This set is perfect.

A set of marble runs with the marbles. My boys already have more of this set at home, so now they will have more scope to build their marble runs. It came in a plastic container, with a little container full of marbles. This basket is also from the op shop, and I thought it looked better in it.

That's all for today, see you next week with some more goodies!