29 January 2016

Funky Fabric Finds from St Francis

The other day, between swimming lessons with some of my kids, I popped into the PopUp Op Shop at the St Francis Oppy in Hillcrest.. (They have so much stuff they filled a big room next door with their overflow, and made it cheap as chips..) They also have a Garage Sale tomorrow morning Hamilton people. 

I found lots of cute kids' fabric, among other things..

Very old copies of Wiz of Oz and Black Beauty..

Incredibly strange to have  green-faced children on that fabric. Different! Haha.

The 3 kids' prints were 2 flat single sheets and a couple of pillowcases.. so plenty of fabric!

I'm trying to build up my collection of old towels with prints on, so I only end up with cool oldy ones...

Quite a large and VERY COOL curtain..

Few more towels, these ones from my local..

Old Fisher-Price. Goes. Quite annoying actually, but Stan LOVES music.


Very old. Love.

Gratuitous Arlo-on-Beach photo

 Stan..  He's coming along beautifully. Absoutely adorable and SERIOUSLY still the easiest baby EVS!!!

Happy Days!

27 January 2016

Slight Silver Lining

SO working backwards.. I shall now ATTEMPT to show what the op shopperoo scene has presented to me in the last year or so.. 

The Red Cross Op Shop that shut down the other day had a great closing sale, of course. (Slight Silver lining) .. Nothing was over 50c and everything was half price of the reduced price in that final week. 

As well as getting masses of clothing for the entire family (there was quite a lot of very cool stuff...) these are my favourite purchases:

If you didn't already know, I am quite obsessed with Sindy Dolls, but only the sideways looking type from the 1970s, like the one I had. This particular one (which was 30c!) is extra special as she has those moveable joints. The Ballet Dancer one I believe. I REALLY wanted a ballet dancer/gymnast one when I was little!


ANd because Iris was with me and she wanted one too, we also got 2 1976 barbies. I don't think barbies are anywhere near as cool as Sindy Dolls lol.

This tiny little angel was waiting for me up by the counter. I threw her in the pile at the very last minute. Packed away for next December!

LOVE these old kitchen things, despite their dishwasher-unfriendlieness! 50c each.

There were heaps of cool books.. I got some great ones. These are my favs... Great ballet book and a retro desserts book. Drool. The colours!!!

BACK UP THE BUS... what was that price tag?! LOVE it. Can't get more reasonable than that!!

I am ALWAYS hoping to find some original BARBA family books, like the ones we had as kids.. Not usually winning at this, but FINALLY found one! ANd it was 10c. (half price LOL) STOKED.

Favourite shirt for Stan.

When clothes are 50c or less you can indulge.. and Iris did! 

Those shoes I actually bought for MYSELF but I am quite good at sharing!!


24 January 2016

Re -Committing

Here I am.

Just before Christmas, me and my little elf.

I haven't blogged much lately have I ?!!  and along with technical issues (3 year old drops laptop - TWICE /internet issues etc!) I haven't got around to doing another post since my last... 

Then a couple of weeks ago ANOTHER op shop here in Hamilton closed its doors for the last time. 

The day before this op-shop shut down. Apparently the rent is too steep in the main drag of town. Boo Hiss. 

I have decided that I need to do my bit by continuing this blog, and trying to reaffirm my stance via this blog that op shopping is good for the world. 
For communities. 
For your soul!!! 
(Coz life is a crazy, beautiful treasure hunt!)

I want to do my bit by promoting the op shops, op shopping, a more thrifty lifestyle, reducing/re-using/recycling etc...
This op shop closed down a few months ago, sadly. It was the LAST ONE that I remember from when I was a teenager.. has been there for YEARS and years..

So maybe if somebody googles OP SHOPS HAMILTON NEW ZEALAND they might find me here - and MAYBE I can inspire them to get out amongst it!

I am going to do an info page up above with a kind of directory of Hamilton op shops too - in case it might be useful.

And I HAVE been doing a bit of op shopping in the last 18ish months, and photographing MOST of the purchases - I think I'll have to start by working backwards!

To my faithful readers who might still be there, waiting for a new post - Hi again! Thanks for waiting! There are still a few thousand views every month surprisingly! I am looking forward to re-connecting with some of my blog mates again too.. I often think of y'all, despite not gawking at your blogs much!

Happy Days!