Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Matchmates & Other Finds

I spied this bright blue cardigan on a rack at Salvos. Never worn vintage knitwear is something I don't come across here in Brissy. I love the stripe effect & pockets. And I was delighted at paying $6 for it.

A vintage scarf from a church-run op shop. LOVE the colour combo!

Obviously more navy & white beads for 50cents from Vinnies

An unusual bracelet in green & yellow from Salvos for a few bucks

Green bling brooch from the last Aladdins vintage fair for $3

I picked up these odd egg cups from a nursing home op shops for 20cents. I had a feeling they were old but wasn't sure. I saw the same ones for sale at the Aladdins fair for $20 each. They are Noddy & Big Ears collectible cups from the 60/70's.

The first plastic basket I've come across, which made me immediately think of Op Shop Mama who collects these. I think it was 50 cents from Salvos

A sweet crustic Woolworths tin from a garage sale

Friday, 11 April 2014

Your colours are like my dreams

This frock seems to tick all the boxes for me (I'm using that term even though it kinda bugs me!). Vibrant colours, including my favourites orange & green. Cotton. Collar. Pockets. Shift style. It didn't fit for a couple of months due to some extra weight but now it seems okay again...go figure. I bought this one at a clothing sale at the WAC for $8. It's never been worn, & made in France.

Outfit Details....

Vintage dress - WAC
Old tapestry brooch - Op shopped
Green bird brooch - Op shopped in Gore New Zealand
Two green rings - Op shopped
Gold bangle - Auckland Vintage Fair
Beaded bag - Op shopped
Shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

They call me the bag Lady

WARNING: Bag heavy post!

I'd say this post is self explanatory. I love old bags.
I've had this post sitting in drafts for yonks, I'd say some of these go back about 6 months, and I've added a few more to my collection in recent days. So I haven't been on an enormous bag binge, even though this post makes it look that way!

Tooled leather beauty found last week at Salvos

A sweet navy raffia bag from Lifeline

These vintage bags came from my friend Betty during her wardrobe clear out.
She was partial to the colour red.

Sweet little fabric bag. Not sure if it was originally for toiletries?
From ages ago at Aid for the Blind

Beaded camel bag

Green vinyl clutch bag

Brown beaded bag, never used

NSW made Sheldon green vinyl bag, with the lucky cent inside!

Australian made Glomesh bag
Aid for the Blind

Faigen vinyl bag, another one from NSW

Oh dear, when you see all of these photos it really does look like I have a bit of a thing for bags.
I guess my secret's out now!
Do you have a particular weakness for shoes or bags?

Friday, 4 April 2014

Betty Blue

My gorgeous 82 year young friend Betty has just moved into a secure unit in a nursing home as she is deteriorating quite quickly with Alzheimers. Her memory is pretty bad now, but she is still a beautiful, positive & encouraging soul. Her only son has been sorting through her things preparing for the move & asked if I could sort through Betty's clothing. I ended up with a pile of frocks & cardigans, tops & skirts that she had sitting in her wardrobe. Many of her dresses were handmade, with Betty using two simple patterns with various fabric. This dress is one that she had made, & obviously not worn a lot. It had short sleeves which I removed because they were kind of restrictive. Some of my most treasured things have come from Betty (you can read more here), & now I have some dresses to wear in her honour as well. 

Outfit Details.....

Handmade dress - From Betty
Polka-dot belt - From another dress
Blue crystal brooch - One of Betty's
Blue enamel brooch - Etsy
Vintage bag - Endos op shop
Vintage bracelet - Second hand shed
Ring, shoes & sunglasses - Retail

Here's a pic of Betty & I from a few weeks ago. She didn't have all her teeth in that day. Bless!
She's a treasure!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Menagerie of Op Shop Finds

Like some of you out there, for some reason my local op shops are full of "stuff", but the stuff I really like has been few & far between. But in saying that I still seem to have things to show you from the past few months. Actually some of these finds go back to last year so it's about time I posted them!

Before Christmas I found this handmade skirt & jacket suit. The fabric is light-weight & I LOVE the print. 
A bargain at $5 from Salvos

Another Salvos find was this large anodised planter. I have two smaller ones in the same gold-tone, so I was happy to add this one to the collection for $6.

A set of rose enamel rose jewellery from Salvos

Practically new leather & wooden clog sandals by Diana Ferrari
Lifeline $3

Some brand new vintage linen.....a pair of pillowcases as well as a crisp double bed sheet

My first pair of vintage shorts. I haven't worn shorts once in around 4 years. They just feel weird on, & I don't think they compliment my body shape. These are really comfy, but I don't think you'll be seeing me modeling these for you anytime soon. 
Vinnies $3

Have your local op shops had any good treasures lately?