Self confessed thrift shop addict

July 1st, 2006 by Susannah

It’s cloudy and bleak outside, actually it’s so dark I have had to put the light on even though it’s daytime. The leaves have long fallen from the trees and the air smells like open fires (ooo I wish we had one of these!). Rohan has rugged Eloise up and taken her down to the park and I am sitting back all toasty and warm with a coffee, and going through some of my latest treasures. Wow…there are lots…a lot more than I had thought…oh dear…I think I have another problem!

Sunkist Icecream Tin

I have always loved op-shopping but lately my addiction has leapt to new heights as I find myself wandering into my local thrift store with alarming frequency. The sign does say ‘1000’s of new items arriving daily’ and indeed it’s true! It’s like a different shop every day so the temptation is huge! Too rainy to go to the park? Too ‘can’t be bothered’ to sit in a cafe trying to keep Eloise still long enough for me to finish a coffee? Well lets go spend an hour in Savers playing peek-a-boo up and down the aisles and maybe a treasure will jump out at me while we’re at it!

Old TinI can’t walk past a good looking tin if I see one! The colours, the illustration and the size of the old Sunkist Ice Cream tin above make it perfect for display and for storage. Left is another gorgeous tin. Yes it’s battered and weathered, but for me that adds to it’s charm.

Kathy Winkle platesI also found these two small plates (for 99c a piece!). They’re designed by Kathie Winkle for Broadhurst. The top one is from the series called ‘October’ and the bottom one is called ‘Olympus’. I am not sure what I’m going to do with them yet….but there was something about the graphic hand painted looking leafy patterns that I could not resist.

I don’t often find fabric in good usable sizes, but these two pieces below are huge! I have also come across a lot of vintage buttons lately. This is just a random handful. The ice cream tin above is full to the brim of vintage buttons to sort through.

Fabric and buttons

More show and tell to come. The family is home from the park, new ‘pet rock’ and all!

10 Responses to “Self confessed thrift shop addict”

  1. Nichola
    July 1st, 2006 19:54

    drool! those buttons are gorgeous!!!

  2. Janet
    July 2nd, 2006 11:34

    I too find myself visiting Savers fairly frequently, for similar reasons. Unfortunately our local has never produced anything as gorgeous as those buttons! I also have the elephant tim, we call her “Mrs Dancing Effalant”. Once, during one of our clearouts, she was taken to Daylesford market. Luckily no-one else loved her enough to take her home and she now has a permanent spot in ours.

  3. Jackie
    July 3rd, 2006 02:59

    I love those buttons. I’ve had some good finds but seeing some of the thrift finds in what we call Charity Shops is opening my eyes. I am so jealous of those buttons.

  4. Max
    July 5th, 2006 06:05

    What great finds! All of them! I am always on the look out for buttons but never find any boo hoo!

  5. Clair
    July 5th, 2006 17:23

    So this is what you’ve been up to. 🙂
    Drooling over that fabric, especally the green one. And the tins. Lovely Lovely.

  6. sabinebrandt
    July 6th, 2006 01:21

    great finds … love the small plates!

  7. bugheart
    July 6th, 2006 10:00

    oh i share
    your thrift
    i go once a week
    to the place
    down the street.
    like clockwork.
    oh there
    is nothing
    that makes
    one’s day
    like a good find.
    i’ll talk about it
    for weeks!
    i love all
    your treasures!
    the tin and
    the buttons!!!

  8. thebutterflycollector
    July 11th, 2006 17:14

    HI, I just stumbled across your blog! I’ts fantastic.Love all your great finds and in my old local Savers too! I grew up in Greensborough and now live in Geelong! There’s always a great find in that store! I love it when I get a little alone time on the couch Too, on Saturday mornings when my husband and bub are at swimming lessons I have a tiny bit of me time! Love your book covers and I’ve found another Tori fan too! Will be back to visit again soon!

  9. melissa
    July 20th, 2006 10:00

    Oh, I am so jealous!! Everything looks wonderful… especially the tin full of buttons- wow!!! I haven’t had much luck finding anything when op-shopping lately. maybe there are too many people like us in my town?!

  10. SixBalloons
    January 20th, 2011 18:37

    Great finds and i love the kathie winkle plates! I just found a few of my own in Corinth and Viscount patterns… Got some photos here http://sixballoons.blogspot.com/2011/01/kathie-winkle-teacup-saucers-and-dinner.html

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