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It’s the little things… March 4, 2011

Posted by Sarah in Auckland, beautiful, blue, dining in, holiday, New Zealand, Op Shopping, recycle, reuse, Second Hand, Store, thrifty, vintage.
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Like a tiny coffee in a tiny vintage cup.

I picked up two of these pretty blue tea cups on my recent trip to NZ from a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it church op-shop.  I’ve seen this style of tea cup around in plenty of op-shops, but never in this lovely colour.  They have an imprint on the base of the cup that says Made in New Zealand.  I paid the princely sum of 20c for both!

Listen to this beautiful song today and think about all the little things.  You’ll be better for it I think.

Frocktober (day 25) October 25, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, flowers, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, newtown, Op Shopping, Second Hand, vintage, vintage fabric.
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I have a confession to make.  I am the owner of not one, but three Muumuu’s.

Today’s frock is the first Muumuu that I ever owned.  I bought it for a hawaiian themed party we threw many moons ago.  It was so perfect!

Dress:  Vintage polyester Muumuu, picked up from a vintage store in Newtown many years ago.  The print is of palm trees, rocky islands, and tiny windsurfers.  Hawaii is written on the sails of the boats.  Yes folks, that’s how cool this is.  I have no intention of ever parting ways with it.



If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge please head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999.

Frocktober (day 5) October 5, 2010

Posted by Sarah in clothes, dress, fabric, frock, Frocktober, Fundraising, green, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage, vintage fabric.

I’m a little late posting today.  I spent the morning in my exercise gear as it’s the only way I can guarantee I wont chicken out of my boxing class.  I had a great class, got home, showered and ate, then headed out to take today’s Frock shot.

Today’s Frocktober challenge is an old favourite of mine.  It has no zippers to struggle with – it just pops on right over my head.  I love it.  It’s so very easy to wear.

It’s a really unusual shade of hospital green.  It makes me feel a bit like I’m wearing a nurses outfit.  Or a girl guides uniform.  Or a weird combination of both.

Dress:  Op-shopped cotton 80’s find – $7
Brooch – miniature knitted brooch – Kitty Came Home

If you’d like to sponsor me for my Frocktober challenge you can head here to donate.  My registration number is 664999

And, just so you know that I’m not alone in this challenge – here’s a link to some other ladies Frocking up for the month:






Op shop goodness July 16, 2010

Posted by Sarah in Cutlery, fabric, flowers, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Shop, Surry Hills, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage.
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Some sweet new additions to the household, courtesy of two local op shops yesterday.

Two sets of tongs, three beautiful knives, and one stunning vintage bed sheet.  Total damage = $5.  Happy times!

Op shop finds June 15, 2010

Posted by Sarah in baking, cake, fabric, food, Gempo Fine China Japan, Op Shopping, recycle, Second Hand, Tasmania, tea towel, Thrifting, thrifty, vintage.
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Today, sweaty and exhausted after another tough boxing session at the gym, I headed to the nearby Op Shop to do a little spotting of pretty things.

I came away $6.50 poorer.  But, look what that investment gave me:

5 cake tins, of varying sizes and weights.  I’ve been in need of a Bundt tin for some time, so I was delighted when i found this one for just $1!

This very old cake tin is really quite beautiful.  It’s old enough that it was made in Australia, as was it’s neighbour.  A rare thing now I guess – tins made here.  I think it will make a fine fruit cake tin at Christmas time this year.

I’ve been a fan of thick tourist linen tea towels for some time.  I’ve never been to Tasmania, but this tea towel is quite lovely I think.

While I was scouring the shelves I came across this little coffee cup.  Isn’t it a beauty?  I do not know if it is very old, or very new.  I didn’t find many references to the writing on the bottom of the cup when I did a Google search.  The text says “Gempo Fine China, Japan”.  I don’t mind either way, I think it’s quite lovely.  Definitely my star find of the day!