Op-Shops are my Kryptonite. That is to say, they don’t kill me or anything, but they do render me powerless and somewhat weak at the knees. I probably wouldn’t be able to leap over a building either (although it is possible I could if the bargains on the other side were awesome enough). I just like the thrill of the chase, the rummaging around in junk looking for some treasure. I know it’s not for everyone – lots of my friends don’t get it and I understand that (although I myself don’t understand why they pay full price for anything or think that $80 is a reasonable price to pay for a t-shirt). I guess I just like looking for things that aren’t the same old stuff everyone else has. I like quirky and different, old or vintage. I think it’s the Aquarian in me (quirky) and the Scot (thrifty) in my blood. Or it’s neither of those things – I don’t know.
This week (having promised myself I wouldn’t make any purchases that weren’t absolutely essential) I stopped in at a local op-shop on my way home from an exceedingly tiresome day at work. Nothing cheers me faster that a haven of 2nd-hand knick-knackery.
I had wanted to find some more little pots for popping succulents into and I found a couple that would work wonderfully well.
Firstly this lovely little earthenware cooking dish with its crackled glaze and its vintage charm. It might not be vintage but it looks is and I liked it (so there!). It’s nice and shallow too which is good for a happy little succulent. I also bought a larger sized bowl (exactly the same, just bigger) which I will use for actual cooking I think.
(Please excuse photos – I had to take them outside on my porch as it was getting dark and my house had the WORST lighting ever for taking pictures…)
Next up, these AMAZING glazed pottery mugs. Swoon. I loved the colours – purply/blue with the brown terracotta swirled through it. I saw one of the mugs and thought “Oh that might be nice to plant a little cactus or succulent in…” and then I saw that is was actually a WHOLE SET (i.e. 6 mugs). They were only $1.25 each and practically brand new so I had to buy them. Well, by “had to” I mean I “wanted to” with every fibre of my being. So I did. I still haven’t decided whether to plant succulents in them or use them as actual coffee mugs. They’re quite small though as is my kitchen cupboard which is already groaning under the weight of a million coffee and tea cups/mugs. Might have to do a cull…
Then I found this lovely little dish (I guess it is like a tapas dish or one that you’d put olives in or something…). Nice and shallow and in perfect condition. The price tag said $3 but the lady at the counter gave it to me for $1. Bargain! I like the colours and design on the inside of the bowl so it seems a shame to cover it up with a plant, but I will anyway methinks! Or have a tapas night…which seems just as pleasant and good for the soul.
Then I spotted these two little trinket dishes. So cute and in pretty good condition. I thought I might give them to a couple of vintage-loving friends as gifts. Or keep them for myself – I am undecided. They’re so pretty and dainty (and I need all the help I can get on those two fronts!).
So that was a pretty good haul for one afternoon and one shop. I am binge-spending so much right now (Mum and I went to the Save the Children Fund Book Sale today and I bought 26 books…I have nowhere to put them!) and it is on par with my binge-eating. I am going to try harder from tomorrow to curb both my emotional-eating and my emotional-purchasing. I know it is all because I am now in the process of divorce and it is easier to feed my face or empty my purse than deal with the feelings I am trying so hard not to feel. But I am also buying things that I can sell on and make some extra money with (at swap-meets and my mini-markets) so I am trying not to be too hard on myself. I assuage my guilt by giving to charity (and op-shops are for charities, right? That counts!) and reminding myself that I am mostly buying 2nd hand things which is a form of recycling. These justifications work if I don’t dwell on it too hard.
Happy Monday everyone… x