Last week I loaded up the car with some random CDs (North Mississippi Allstars, The Band, Omar & The Howlers, Boban I Marko Markovic, The Fiery Furnaces, William Bell, James Brown, Ace 30th birthday celebration, Al Green, The Mannish Boys, and Bettye Lavette) and set off on my big road trip to Canterbury, Operation FOSSIC (Fabulous Opshops and Secondhand Shops Of Canterbury). For those who don't know NZ, Canterbury is the province north of ours (Otago), and has a population about three times ours, so I was hoping there would be three times the number of op shops that we have.
The first stop was Waikouaiti, where I found a couple of vases in The Oddity:
I saw this wall vase the last time I was in Waik a couple of months ago, so I was pleased it was still there.
She was $5, and has a bit of damage to her lapel, but I love her, especially her golden shoe.
She has a certain insouciance.
She looks like she could be from the 1940s.
My first (of many!) deer was $10. How cute is that?
Then it was onward to Palmerston, where I found the first of my Crown Lynn scores.
The green and yellow Sorrento mug in the middle was $1 from the grimiest shop I have ever been into, Trash Converters.
I've photographed it with my orange Sorrento mugs and white plate.
The next stop was Oamaru. I'll leave you with a wee taste of its architecture.
The Foundation of the Blind.
The Catholic church.
I wonder what a holy shop sells? Holiness?