It's been a while... I haven't been doing much thrift-shopping this year. I sort of got out of the habit over the summer, and also I had a run of bad oppy luck, finding my favourite shops barren and stripped of anything remotely interesting.
But after taking a whole bootload of our family possessions to the Salvo's a couple of weeks ago I started to get the urge to rummage again, and I have since had a few lucky encounters, proving that there is such a thing as 'Op Shop Karma'. Most of the things here were found in four places - my two favourite thrift shops deep in the countryside, the CFA stall at the Clunes Bookfest last week, and a sorry-looking garage sale spotted on holiday in Tasmania that turned up some real treasure. Here's what I found...
A vintage squeaky toy and children's embroidery frame complete with yarns (above).
A pair of vintage Laconia blankets in sage green.
Old china and a Bambi mug.
Two old pictures in shadow frames (it was the frames I wanted but the pictures are growing on me).
Set of old Pyrex ramekin dishes.
A set of Laura Ingalls Wilder books that I used to have as a girl.
T G Green Cornishware dinner plates and a green stripey plate too.
Big box of 1960s/1970s Mills & Boon.
Vintage teaching clock.
Old cream and blue china.
Vintage children's knitting patterns.
Lots and lots and lots of lovely old children's books, which makes me very happy!
Some lovely Figgjo pieces. This was my best find. It was my birthday, and we were driving along the highway through a small country town in Northern Tasmania. I saw an unpromising sign for a garage sale and we debated whether to stop - in the end I'm glad we did as it was a goldmine. The lady in charge runs it every week for the local hospital and she had received some great donations. The Figgjo set includes a teapot, set of eggcups, plate and salt and pepper pots, all in pristine condition. I wasn't aware of these lovely Norwegian designs until a little while ago when I came across some cups at a sale and Pip told me all about them. It was so amazing to find these on my the day that I did, like a special birthday gift from the thrift fairy!
I also found a vintage swap card album.
And lotsa nice linen!
I think I have had my share of good oppy karma for the next little while!