Sunday, 30 November 2014

Heathmont Op Shops

Now that I've collected pretty much every knitting pattern I'll ever need, it seems I've turned my attentions to sewing patterns instead.  At least, that's what I had in mind as I headed down to the Heathmont Op Shops yesterday.  Heathmont boasts two lovely op shops: the Heathmont Inter Church Help op shop and the Villa Maria op shop, both of which are packed full of treasures.

This is what I brought home with me yesterday, for the grand total of $11.

Two patterns and the cookery book came from HICH and the remaining two patterns, sewing book and checked fabric came from Villa Maria.

I realised this morning that the McCalls and Butterick patterns are almost the same, but at fifty cents each, I think I can afford to make a mistake like that.  The illustrations on the Style pattern are gorgeous, and the envious look on the girl in the middle amuses me: she's staring at the skirt being worn by the girl on the right as though she wished the illustrator had drawn it on her instead.

Or perhaps I'm reading too much into it.

The Australian Women's Weekly Cookery in Colour was my favourite purchase of the day.  It dates from 1960 and is packed full of extra recipes cut out of magazines (or hand-written), which you can see in the photo above.  The lady at the counter told me it had come from her friend, who had cleaned out her house in preparation for a move.  It is certainly going to a good home with me!

I you are all still op shopping when you can and coming across treasures, too.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

If I could only visit one brand of op shops it would be the Sacred Heart shops, these are not your average op shops and often the clothes are quite expensive, but  you meet such lovely friendly people working behind the counters. on Wednesday I visited the one in Inkerman street East St Kilda and met a wonderful "lady in a hat". she was so nice and friendly and we had a nice chat. I also regularly visit the Elsterwick and South Melbourne shops and always manage to find a treasure or two.
Is anyone else still op shopping?

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday Surprise at Vinnies

Well, what do you know: the Vinnies at Ringwood is now open on Sundays!  We discovered this fact by pure chance when we popped into the bike shop next door to buy a tyre pump.  Once that transaction was complete, our next task was clearly to head into Vinnies and see what was on offer.

Which would be this:

A Sawa 2000 cookie press!  Only the standard model, alas, but it actually seems to be more rare than the deluxe model, if my internet searches are anything to go by.

Everything is still inside, possibly unused.  My nan had one of these (although I'm pretty sure hers was plastic) but I don't remember her ever using it.  I'm planning to use mine, though!  After all, the instruction and recipe book was included in the box.

UPDATE: It turns out my nan's is actually just like this and I was confusing it with something plastic that my mum had.  My nan's was a deluxe one and she used it a lot.  My memory must be having an off day...

I absolutely love finding gems like this.  I hope you're all having just as much fun with your op shopping, too!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Salvos Stores comes to Myer

I'm a bit late posting this. Hurry in, there's still time!

Salvos Stores comes to Myer at Eastland for National Op-Shop Week

This year National Op-Shop Week will be taking part between Sunday 24th August and Sunday 31st August 2014. For the first time, Salvos Stores have teamed up with Myer in Eastland Shopping Centre to provide a pop-up shop in-store for the week commencing Monday 25th August. Salvos Stores will bring some amazing pre-loved treasures, in the form of women’s clothing and accessories to Myer.

“Customers have the opportunity to create a unique outfit by combining the old with the new at the Salvos Stores pop-up at Myer Eastland,” said Salvos Stores Chief Executive Officer Allen Dewhirst. “The Salvos Stores pop-up shop at Myer Eastland means customers can shop for their new season look and complement it with a pre-loved item, helping out charity along the way,” said Mr Dewhirst.

In March 2014, Myer teamed up with Salvos Stores to launch the Myer and Salvos Stores Fashion Rescue program, which rewards those who donate their pre-loved clothing at Salvos Stores with a $10 Myer voucher per donation. The program supports the recycling of clothing in the Australian community, whilst also contributing to the valuable community work of the Salvation Army.

“Myer has assisted Salvos Stores divert approximately 93,000 items away from landfill in the past 6 months alone through the Fashion Rescue program. We are excited to continue our support for clothing recycling through working with Salvos Stores to establish a pop-up shop at Myer Eastland for National Op-Shop Week 2014,” said Myer Executive General Manager Store Operations Tony Sutton.

The Salvos Stores pop-up shop at Myer Eastland will be running for a week commencing Monday 25th August.

bag a bargain!

Lame title - sorry! I bought this sweet bag on the weekend. The Skipping Girl bag was $5 at Sacred Heart Mission in Bentleigh. Roll on Spring!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Op Shopping in Tecoma

As we were driving through Tecoma last weekend, I saw that sign I rarely ever see on a Sunday: Op Shop Open.  Obviously, I wasn't going to pass up an opportunity for unexpected op shopping, so we turned off and headed into the PWP Op Shop in Tecoma, where I unearthed and claimed the following treasures.

Knitting pattern books, of course.  There wasn't much old stuff, but I managed to pick up some classic looking eighties books.

Some splendid sewing books.  The Stretch Fabrics book claims it contains patterns, which equates to patterns drawn on a grid and a folded-up square of grid paper at the end of the book.  So that should be interesting.  The Supercrafts book contains some excellent sock patterns and they are the main reason I bought it.

And then I found one of the best things I've ever discovered in an op shop...

A hem marker, possibly from the seventies, going by the illustration.  It's made in West Germany, so that helps with narrowing down the date.  It's never been used, though - everything is still packed into the box in the inner cardboard frame.  I had no idea how it was actually meant to work until I found the little bottle of powdered chalk.

It's still full!

I'll be testing this out as soon as humanly possible, because it's just brilliant, so do check out my blog (link below) if you'd like to see how that goes.  It turns out I currently have a skirt I'm about to hem, so it's rather timely.

If you ever happen to be in Tecoma, I definitely recommend dropping into the PWP Op Shop.

P.S.  If you'd like to learn more about my knitting and sewing adventures, please have a look at my new blog,

Friday, 1 August 2014

Storehouse Op Shops

The Little Op shop with big ideas - not all op shops are run by large charities.

Has anyone checked out the Storehouse op shops?