Our family took a little vacation to the Copper Triangle [country South Australia] recently & I found that the triangle of towns surrounding us all had wonderful little opshops, antique & bric a brac stores. Yay for me!
I should also mention that my kids had a great time fossicking & playing with all the toys in the op shops & each of them chose a toy or two plus some books. We'll do another cull of their bedrooms soon & make sure we donate a bunch of surplus of things. Keeps things fresh & interesting for them & recycling kindness helps our earth just a little bit too.
We also decided that whenever we go on holidays again, apart from a DS to play on the long drive & maybe one book, we wouldn't bother taking a whole stack of other amusements for the kids. We plan to just visit the local op shop & purchase a few things while we are there! If they turn out to be just an impulse buy then we can donate the lot upon our return home. Cool idea huh?
Anyway, so here are some of my finds.....
Bit of a sucker for handbags but rarely invest in anything super special. At just $2, this little neat bag suited me to a tea. Fits keys, phone & some cash cards.
Found a bunch of lovely good condition rugs from various stores. Beautiful woollen blanket in lovely rainbow colours. A chenille bubblegum pink bedspread. Plan to cut this up for cushions & maybe dresses for the twins. A vintage yellow & mustard sheet and a knitted pink blanket.
The girls all chose some beads for 50c. High fashions at the beach house! My little model is Chels. hehe. She is too cute. Little poser, hands on hips!
I found some amazing antique stores in Wallaroo. Think it was Wallaroo. Maybe Kadina? Oh yes and Moonta too. I bought a tonne of beautiful stitched linens & a lovely fabric covered book called the 'Big book of Needlecraft.' There was another gorgeous book on childrens Sunday School recitals which looked darling. I asked how much it was & was promptly told that she didn't have the price on hand so it wasn't for sale today. What? HMMMpff. It'll probably sit on the shelves for 5 years now. I would have paid $10 for it. Oh well.
At one of the op shops I found this cute jar filled with white buttons. It was $5. I realise these were probably cut off from all the 'not good enough to sell' mens business shirts but there are some gems in amongst them too. And they just looked nice. So I bought them. Love button collections. It certainly caused a stir in the shop. The lady at the counter said to me as we were leaving, 'oh have fun crafting with all those buttons!! I'm so jealous!' And then Jeff told me he heard the ladies buzzing around saying 'we sold the buttons, we sold the buttons!'
It was so sweet & cute & country. Those buttons probably sat on that shelf for years, looking like candy to all the old lovelies who volunteered there. But being far too sensible, they obviously never took the plunge to buy. I almost feel a bit guilty as I write this. I should have divided them up & gifted them each a bag of buttons.
Got this cutie pie little jacket for my little mister. It'll fit him perfectly this winter. $1. Bargain.
And there's more.....
Loved this little sectional basket. $1.
Some cute old books with lovely pictures!
Starting to collect retro/vintage aprons. Not sure why. They just get to me. Might have to start actually wearing them soon.
Found a little chipboard house looking to have a fresh new look, Kate Mason mixed media style. 50 cents.
Watch this space!
More old books. Loved buying this miniature vintage book for Bud. Train book of course.
Little cupie doll. Couldn't resist.
And lastly, some little colourful ramekin pot thingys. $5 for the set. Too colourful to pass, so I didn't.
And that was my little holiday op shopping! Over the next few days I'll be posting about our holiday & have an overload of family pics to share.