The things you find in op shops.


Things I like –

This face.

This face and that jacket.

Those eyes, that can’t decide what colour they want to be so they’re everything at once.

This headband (on both me and Devin).

These glasses.

Time on the lawn.

This watch.

This book because…

… it looks like this inside. Also because it cost less than $1.

Being able to live in a house that has a backyard like this.

This flower.

Being alone together at playgrounds.

$0.50 op shop pillowcase. (I’m, perhaps over-confidently, hoping to make it a t-shirt.)

$2.50 H&M baby girl top, also from op shop. (Noteworthy because there are no H&M stores in Australia.) (Shush, I might have a baby girl one day.)

$2.50 op shop Pyrex bowl. I also saw an incredible vintage vanity (with mirror intact) for $40, and a vintage sideboard/display cabinet for $20. If I had a trailer and a spare $60 on me at the time… *sigh*

This picture. Taz is almost 16 years old and she’s really showing it. We don’t have a whole lot of time left with her…

Clouds that look like this.

And this.

Awesome x cheap =

There are five op shops in this city (that I’m aware of, but I’m pretty sure that’s it). Four of them are practically next door to each other, the other one is slightly further away. I go every couple of weeks or so. Sometimes I’m looking for specific things, sometimes I want to scour every shelf and rack for anything.

My thrift stores (or op shops) very rarely have anything that is appealing to me, even when I squint my eyes and tilt my head. I found a small hand-knitted dog once, for 50 cents – that’s become one of my favourites in Devin’s little collection of stuffed toys. I bought a book that was fairly recently published (Starter For Ten) for 50 cents, too – it would’ve cost at least $20 in a book store. (It was ok, but not worth the shelf space for me – it ended up back in the donation pile a year later.) Years ago I found a totally ‘me’ skirt with the tags still on – originally $70, I bought it for $7. I also hit a bit of a bonus earlier this year with a bunch of mismatched floral plates for 20 cents each.
But let me say again, I go somewhat regularly, and those are my best finds over several years.

Today, though, I found this –

That’s some kind of crazy, wooden, revolving multiplication table, the likes of which I had never seen before!

My first thought when I glanced at it was that it was something to do with Bingo or Keno or what-have-you. Then I ran my hand over it and realised what it actually was. Then, incredibly, I almost didn’t pick it up. I thought, ‘oh, it’s times tables’, and moved my gaze on to the next item on the shelf. Then I thought, ‘Hang on – it’s times tables. That’s way better than a poster on the back of the toilet door!’
Jene and I are both words-y people, we’re not great with maths, so really – any help we can get, right?
It didn’t have a price sticker on it, but this was at Vinnies – it wasn’t like it was going to pulverise my wallet. When the lady was looking at it and considering how much to charge, I almost said, “Five dollars?” I would’ve paid more than that, but shh.
Before I could say anything, she declared the total for my purchases to be three dollars. Three. That was including a silly McDonald’s toy that Devin wouldn’t part with (that seems to happen a lot at Vinnies), and this book from 1964 –

I actually feel a little bit guilty, it was that unbelievably cheap. Gosh.

And speaking of thrifting –

Our across-the-road neighbours left this out for collection during the kerbside clean up, so I collected it. It needs a good sanding and better paint job, and it’s obviously missing some (structurally unimportant) parts, but otherwise it’s in good condition – Devin’s been using it to sit at the table on the deck and draw.

AND, at Target last week I was searching for a blouse to wear to my friend’s hens night – I found two tops for $35 each, deliberated for a few minutes before deciding on one, and at the register? It came up as $7.88. There was no obvious sale on, especially not for that much of a discount.
Now if only this good streak could extend itself to those two big optometrist bills…