I want to show you some wee treasures I found this weekend.
A tiny fawn on a toadstool which is actually a bell.
$4 from Broad Bay China.
Embroidered card table cloth, inherited from Nana.
A little sewing box, also $4 from BBC.
On another inherited (unfinished) embroidery)
It has a beautiful red satin lining.
Some bits of broken jewellery, $2 from BBC (my fave shop).
Crown Lynn Colour Glaze mismatched green trio, about $9 from BBC.
Seersucker tablecloth, inherited.
Wine coloured Meakin duo, $6 from BBC.
Ironically cheaper than Crown Lynn, even though I'm pretty sure that CL copied Meakin.
Embroidered tray cloth, inherited.
Valerie Ringer Monk's new book on Crown Lynn is still not in my hot little hands - because local booksellers didn't get enough copies to fill all their pre-orders.
No wonder shoppers are deserting bookshops in favour of the internets.
Black lace gloves, $4 from BBC.
Sorry about my enormous paws, I really do have body issues with them.
Red, black and pearly necklace, $8 from BBC.
My neck is one part of my 52 year old body I can tolerate.
Crown Lynn Bunny cups and saucer, bought online for $10 each.
That's more than I would have liked to pay.
I justify it by knowing that I am in my second childhood.
Sitting on a cheerful scarf from the Hospice Shop.
Silvery bronze vinyl handbag, $2 from the Presbyterian op shop.
It's just the right size for my wallet and keys, and has a wrist strap.
In the background is some (seventies?) orange black and silver fabric from the Vintage Roundup fair a few weeks ago.
It was right next to my peacock bag!
The PSSA were having a half price sale, so I also got this beautiful fur collar (see below), for $8.
I can't remember where I got the gorgeous purple and pink diagonal check 70s fabric.
It was weird because there were hardly any customers, and still lots of stock left at half price.
I think their original prices were way too high, e.g. $80 for a coat, and that's why their turnover was so low.
I go there every couple of weeks, and you see the same things there all the time.
Part of the joy of op-shopping is when you see new things.
If I wanted to see the same old shite every week I would shop retail.
Last week The Paperbag Princess was having a closing down sale.
I think their retail model was flawed - most of their stock was second-hand high street junk on commission.
The sale was depressing - huge piles of flimsy clothes on the floor, mostly of very poor quality, which people were fossicking through.
I just think it's disrespectful to throw your stock on the floor.
Again, it was originally over-priced, which is why they were over-stocked.
Sorry about another rant, but I feel strongly about this.
What do you think?
A close friend is retiring soon, and I wanted to buy her something special.
I had resigned myself to spending hours in department or design stores looking for something, when I remembered there was a craft market on in Northeast Valley.
It was brilliant, there was so much amazing handmade stuff there.
I eventually decided on this red and bronze brooch :
Speaking of jewellery, here's another recent online purchase:
Not the koala bear, she was gifted by my Aunty Beryl from Australia when I was little.
A pink and gold necklace, brooch and earrings for $26.
The Indian embroidery in the background was also a recent online purchase.
Love them all.
LOVE this photo, she looks like the Queen of Koalas.
Goodbye my friends and thanks for reading.