Hello everyone. I’m so glad it is Friday. This week was my first back from holidays and, boy-oh-boy, what a long week it was! Work has been hectic and stress-filled and I don’t feel as though I have even just had a break.
It’s been a while since I did an op-shopping (thrifting) post so I thought I would show you some of the things I have picked up lately. There is a lot more than is featured here but, in the interest of brevity and not wanting to scare myself with how much stuff I bought, I’ll just show a few. A selection of goodies, if you will.
- Canvases – I recently participated in a school fete (had a little stall selling my cards and other wares) and, at the end of the day, the White Elephant stall was selling all its leftovers for $1.00 (fill a bag for one dollar!). I had a quick look around and found some kids’ canvases – two sets of five. The lady at the stall told me they were $3 a set and the price could not be reduced to the $1.00 special. I figured $6.00 for ten canvases was still pretty awesome anyway, so I went to the counter to ask the lady to hold them for me while I went back to get some money. Before I could ask her, she said “That’ll be one dollar love…” I queried whether they should actually be the higher price and she assured me that no, they were reduced. So I happily paid the dollar and went off with my purchases. But it didn’t feel right. So, after feeling guilty for a while, I went back and told the lady I didn’t think the price was correct – that I should have paid more. She assured me it was ok but I felt bad, like I was ripping the fundraising off, so I gave her a few extra dollars anyway. So, I think I paid $4.00 in the end for ten really good little canvases – nice and study, ready to paint over, ready to hang and everything. I’ve already used a couple for paintings.
2. Vintage soup bowl – such a pretty little thing, this bowl. I love the design, and how it is different on each side. I liked the little bee on it 🙂 I saw the bowl outside an antique shop and I just had to have it. It’s not in perfect condition, but for $5.00 I can look past that. I will just use it as a display piece.
3. Pink shoes – Very pink for me…but super comfy and soft. I only wear leather if I can buy it second hand (because I’m a vego). These shoes are tiny too. I am sure my feet are shrinking. These were only a size 5 (36). Plus, they were half price so I only paid $3.00.
4. More canvases (and books) – I keep finding old canvases in op shops and, if they’re cheap enough, I snap them up. Especially if they come in sets. There’s a selection here – different shapes and sizes. I also got a few old children’s books for cutting up. I think this lot cost about $10.00 all up.
5. Floral Jacket – I recently attended a friend’s wedding and I had to buy something appropriate to wear. In my search for a nice jacket, I picked this one up for about $5.00. I didn’t wear it to the wedding though (I borrowed my cousin’s faux leather one for that – it went with the navy blue dress I wore much better) but I will happily wear it to something else. It’s quite fitted and cropped but nicely made and not too heavy. Oh and please excuse the bandaged thumb. My dermatillomania is a bit mental right now so I am picking my fingers to pieces. Not very attractive.
6. Books. Mum and I went to the annual Save the Children Fund Book Sale. We look forward to this every year. It’s the highlight of Spring 🙂 This year they didn’t seem to have as much stock, which was a bit disappointing, but I still managed to pick up quite a few bargains. The books ranged in price from 50c – $4.00 (unless they were antique etc). I bought about 30 books for roughly $60.00. I got lots of animal and bird titles, for cutting up for collage etc. So many lovely birdies! The “British Birds” volume features beautiful vintage images so I will probably not cut that one up – will colour copy instead. So of the pics are worth framing. Books make me happy!
So, that’s just a few of the things I picked up over the course of a few months. I love a bargain, but I am trying to only buy things I know I need or will use. I don’t do the buying frenzies I used to do 🙂 I am trying to not fill my house with more crap, and just because something is cheap, doesn’t mean you necessarily need it. Books are the exception, ha ha. I always need those!
Thanks for stopping by x