Monday, March 28, 2011

Belts and Pretties

I hit up the Mayfield op shops recently, namely Salvos and Vinnies. I was disappointed to see that Vinnies no longer has a plus size section for their clothes, but I got some good scores on belts there. Salvos had its usual collection of fancy and average brands.

Fabulous belt scores from Vinnies, $1 each. I've been experimenting with wearing skirts with tops tucked in, and a belt. I think it looks good on me. The one belt I had doesn't cinch tight enough around my waist, so finding these belts were a great score. I like how the black one has an elasticised belt for a firmer fit.

This skirt was my favourite find of the morning. I love the cheery red flower pattern, and the little touches like the edging around the waist, and the frilly bottom. It was $6, with the original shop tags still attached.

A long-sleeved purple top for the cooler weather. I like the lace edging on the v-neck. This was marked at $6, but the lady offered it to me for $3 when I pointed out the stain on the bottom. I think it's an oil stain, which doesn't bother me, I can wear it tucked in, or around the house, or layer it under something.

Isn't this pendant gorgeous? I'm not a fan of gold colour jewelry, but I couldn't pass up the lovely green stone. I'm wearing it as a pendant at the moment, but as the back is flat, I could glue a brooch back to it if I change my mind. It was $2.

This bowl was 50c at Vinnies. I like little bowls I can put in the microwave, often I use them to melt a little butter or chocolate for baking.

This baby doll was a previous purchase at the same Vinnies, for 50c. It has been a fabulous buy, my boys adore playing with it. Now we have an op shop collection of 3 babies, and they all get played with. :-)

A few books. Space Demons is the first book in a young adult trilogy by Australian author Gillian Rubenstein. I loved the series in high school, and now I have the whole set, having found the other books at op shops over the years. The Dr Phil book I bought to resell, we'll see how it goes. Live Better on a Low Budget was an interesting read. An Australian book written in the 80s.

How adorable is this set of stacking boxes? $1! The pictures are lovely. All the boxes sit inside each other to pack away. I have a play school set that R got for his 1st birthday, 2 years later they're still going strong! I'm very happy to add this set to the collection.

Linking to Apron Thrift Girl for her Thrift Share Mondays. If I could figure out how to put your Thrift Share button in the sidebar Selena, I would- sorry!


Monday, March 21, 2011

New Op Shop discovery

Recently I heard about a new op shop in Islington. I had a spare morning, so my friend and I went to check it out. It's a more upmarket op shop, but there are lots of things to look at, and loads of room. Pricing varied- it seemed to depend on whether you asked the middle aged lady or the older lady for the price. The older lady gave much cheaper prices.

For those of you in Newcastle, the address is 23 Maitland Road Islington.

I went on a Friday, and they had bags full of bread that you could take for free, if you were in need.

The front room (there were 3 connecting rooms). Some lovely vintage gloves there, too small for my hands!

Cocktail dresses- quite a variety of them, in sizes 8-14.

Some dapper hats in the men's section. Except for the village people hat down the bottom.

A display of accessories at the front counter.

I loved how they used an old tree branch to display their jewelry.

Some pretty crockery and glassware.

The second room. This room has cuddly sizes (yes that's what the sign said), and children's clothes, toys and games. My son and my friend are in the background. The children's clothes are mostly the fancy brands. I looked at some of the cuddly clothes, prices ranged from $6 to $15.

The children's section. Books, games, toys. My son picked a few things to take home.

Love the parasol. :-)

The last room, full of home wares, books, crockery, suitcases.

In the end, I bought just one thing for my mum, who collects bells. Its made out of crystal, and has a lovely tone. It was $6 (bargained down from the middle-aged lady who said $9!).