Today I feature stunning Cover Girl Helga Von Trollop!
But first the road trip continues.
Today I made the mistake of counting the number of second-hand purchases I made on my roadie and it was a sobering tally.
Do you think I need therapy?
Anyway, I found myself in Temuka,
bypassing my father's favourite shop The Bagpipe Centre for now,
and trying to ignore the home of Temuka Pottery,
and the fact that my mother's pedigree corgi was called Wicken of Temuka,
I found myself in Paws and Claws Op Shop.
For such a tiny town, the shop was buzzing.
A t-shirt with space invaders in the shape of NZ! $2.
For my non-NZ readers, Temuka is about half-way up the east coast of the Mainland.
Rock'n'roll Rarotonga t-shirt, $2.
I'm probably the only person in NZ who hasn't been to Rarotonga, in the Cook Islands.
Brown & orange tablecloth, $4.
Gingham, flowers and spots, what more could you want?
I'm going to try some tablecloth couture.
By this time it was the extremely late hour of 4 p.m. and all other op shops in Temuka were closed (don't get me started) so you'll have to wait for the return trip to see what I got then.
I headed for Christchurch and booked into my cabin, which was fortuitously upgraded to an enormous and luxurious 3-room motel.
The next day I was nonchalantly having coffee chez Helga, who (need I say) has a designer abode.
How fabulous is a woman who invites a complete stranger to spend a day rifling though op shops with her?
At our first opshop, a staff member let us go in the staff entrance because she looked so stunning.
We had lunch at this restaurant, which had interesting food, but was somewhat marred by its "hipster" background music.
Looking flabulous in my '40s cotton French market print dress.
Ahoy there, do I spot the paparazzi from Avenues magazine?
I had an amazing day, trying not to shriek at Helga's witticisms.
Those of you who follow her blog will not be surprised to learn she is clever and hilarious in real life too.
Thank you Helga from the bottom of my southern heart.
I only bought two things that day, a cute vintage apron for $2.50
And a handmade jacket for $3.50.
I've been experimenting with selfies lately.
Trying not to show my face too much because I want to be an opshopping ninja.
A few days later, I took these photos of art and sculpture around Christchurch.
And on Sunday night I went to see Calexico, who were brilliant.