Op-Shopping to the Max

Op-Shopping to the Max

It is fair to say that op-shopping is one of my favourite things to do.  Without question.  I am always in the mood for it and will seek out op-shops wherever I go.  If I go somewhere and they are thrift-free, I am disappointed and sulky.  What kind of town doesn’t have an op-shop??? That’s just craziness and I don’t understand it.

These past couple of weeks, when I should have been saving money after the Christmas spend-up, I did a fair bit of op-shopping.  My Mum is my enabler in this.  She loves it as much as I do, although she is more restrained than me.  I get caught up in a bit of  frenzy and end up with bags of stuff that I have no room for in my wardrobe.  Which then necessitates a clear-out of said wardrobe, which then leads me to the op-shop again when I go to donate stuff.  It’s a bit of a vicious cycle.  Vicious, but oh so enjoyable.  Plus it isn’t costing me a fortune (I tell myself, too scared to actually add up what I am spending).  And it’s a form of recycling, right?  So I am being eco-friendly! 🙂

Here are some things I got recently.  I actually bought a ridiculous amount so I won’t bore you with all of it.  But I snagged a few bargains and some designer stuff as well as a few things I got for other people (because I really, really like the pieces but am too fat/short/stumpy/long-in-the-tooth to wear them myself).  Apologies for the crappy photos – I am yet to figure out how to take decent photos of clothes…I probably should have worn each of them for the photos, but a page full of pictures of me seemed cruel and unfair punishment to my readers.

  1. Pale Blue Linen Dress – I wasn’t sure about this one as it is very plain and I tend to prefer pattern or dark colours to hide any wobbly bits ha ha.  It is very cool though – great for Summer – and easy to wear and accessorise.  I’ll wear it with a belt I think to break the monotone-ness up a bit.

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  2. Review Office Dress – Very excited to see this on the rack as I can’t afford Review brand new.  Their clothes are very well cut and made and this fits really nicely.  I’m trying to be more professional-looking at work and I think this is a good start.

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  3. Simple Shift Dress – Again, I wasn’t sure about this one.  I ‘don’t tend to wear a lot of shapeless stuff – it makes me look lumpy and sad.  This dress is pretty shapeless, so I might wear it with a belt or just have it as a casual, bumming-around-the-house kind of dress.  I do like the print though – nice and bright and Summery.

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  4. Maxi Dress – I suppose this isn’t technically a maxi dress…but I am short and so it is maxi on me 🙂  It sits really nicely and drapes well – I don’t usually wear clingy materials but this is ok.  I liked the colours and pattern of the fabric.  I’m not sure where I think I will be wearing it – it is fancier than what I would normally get, but will be a good standby if I suddenly become sociable and get invited to lots of soirees 🙂

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  5. Plain Office Dress – Hard to take a photo of plain black items, but this dress fits nicely and, other than my pudgy arms, is slimming.  I will wear it with a coloured belt to break up the black and also to pretend I have a waist ha ha (I do, actually – it is the only part of my body I don’t complain about).

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  6. Sunny Girl Love Heart Dress – LOVE this dress!  It’s so cute!  I showed my friend last night and I had to wrench it out of her hands because she wanted it for herself.  I love the heart print and the style of the dress – the skirt sits just right and isn’t too short, and I think I am just on the cusp of being too old to wear this style but I am going to wear it anyway, so there!  I tried to find a similar one from Sunny Girl online last night but couldn’t…so my friend is out of luck ha ha.  I think this cost me $2.50 – such a bargain 🙂

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  7. Blue and White Tiered Dress – This dress is SO eighties but when I tried it on it actually looked nice and I thought I would give it a go.  The frills at the bottom actually hide my less-than-model-perfect thighs and backside and does a cute swirly thing if I jig about.  It is cool and I love the print.

  8. Print Dress – I REALLY liked this but it is way too small for me.  The top part fitted fine which surprised me as it is a size 6 and I am so NOT a size 6 normally.  But the bottom part – Jesus, I could barely get half a leg in it.  So disappointing.  I bought it anyway as I thought it would look great on my friend who is a size 6.  She tried it on last night and couldn’t get in to it either.  So I’m not sure what kind of woman-child hybrid person they think it is supposed to be worn by, but it made me feel better that maybe I’m not quite the heffalump I think I am.  Having a little, skinny friend not fit into something you’ve also tried and failed at is a comfort.  Anyway, I might see if I can make the dress in to a top as it fits fine there, and I have run out of tiny friends to offer it to. Please excuse car keys in the first photo – whoops…

  9. Ruby & Kit Floral Backpack – gotta say, I am a bit in love with this little bag.  It was brand new and un-used, plus I really like Ruby & Kit stuff.  It will be my new op-shopping bag now – hands-free shopping!  Could be dangerous actually…  This was $7.25 which is more than I would normally pay but I liked it and it was something I have wanted for a while.

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  10. Review Lace-Detail Wrap Dress – now this wasn’t something I purchased (a friend at work gave it to me) but it came in at the same time as the op-shopping haul so I have included it.  Love navy blue and the lace detail on the shoulders of this piece is so pretty.  I am always wary of wrap dresses – they always seem to gape and threaten to come undone at inappropriate moments with me… However, this seemed to look ok and fit really nicely and I certainly wouldn’t have bought it brand new (because I am a tight-wad).

So, that’s just a bit of the haul I ended up bringing home (with serious buyer’s remorse/guilt, seeing as how it was just after Christmas and I probably didn’t need any more stuff…).  I also got skirts and tops and narrowly avoided buying a clock…and a silver reindeer perfume bottle.  I am now in self-imposed op-shop exile…no more shopping for me for a while.  This is what I tell myself, anyway.  You can all be my witnesses 🙂

Vintage Blue

Vintage Blue

Just a quick post – gotta get my head together and think about my New Year’s Resolutions and goals before midnight hits…

One such resolution should focus on spending.  Or, rather, doing less of it.  I am generally pretty careful with my money but I do, like most people, buy things I don’t need.  I hardly ever buy brand new things, so I forgive myself somewhat, but buying is buying and I already have too much stuff so
I should promise to keep my purse shut in the New Year.

That said, I have had a lot of expenditure this week – primarily on my car which needed a major service, lights and brakes fixed, four new tyres and a wheel alignment.  Sigh.  All necessary things but still…the money had to be pried from my fingers like Kim Kardashian hanging on to her false eyelashes and Laboutins.  So I told myself not to spend any more this week if I could help it.  I then cleared out my wardrobe of unwanted items (four bags full – disgusting really) and took them all down to the local op-shop for donation.  Which would have been fine had I not then walked INTO the op-shop, instead of just stopping at the donation bins outside.  Sigh.  I desperately need new shoes (I have weird feet and find it impossible to find shoes to fit me plus I can’t walk in heels.  Or wedge heels.  Or really flat shoes.  And I don’t buy leather.  See? Impossible!) and was looking to see if there were any in the op-shop but no…nothing.  Which led me instead to the clothes racks – four t-shirts, two skirts and a dress later, I wandered over to the china and knick-knack section.  I have been wanting some nice cup and saucer sets so when people come over for tea I can actually serve it nicely instead of plonking a mug down in front of them.  So classy.  Not that there’s anything wrong with mugs – I’m not that elitist – but it is nice to be able to have some elegance in your life from time to time.  Anyway, I found this lovely set and bought a matching pair too.  So pretty.  I think it may be vintage but nothing fancy.  I just liked the colours and design.  It’s cute and my favourite colour, no chips and the glaze is in fairly good nick too.

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Sweet and Petite!

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The set is made in Japan…not sure why it has an English castle scene  on it though…

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Ye Olde Castle on a hilltop…with pretty wildflowers.

Now all I need is someone to come over for tea… 🙂