Antiques Warehouse Trip & Haul

There’s almost nothing I love more than shopping secondhand. Except maybe salted caramel ice cream (pretty sure my wedding cake is going to be a salted caramel ice cream cake). And cacti (…can the cake be SHAPED like a cactus??). Nevertheless, secondhand shopping is definitely up there in my top three. I recently went to my local antiques warehouse and spied many a lovely thing (I even nabbed some things to take home with me! Is anyone surprised?). Take a look.

Waverley Antique Bazaar 11

Antique shops are such fantastic places for finding all kinds of wondrous things. They even had the kitchen sink! But I didn’t need one of those. I did, however, need some other things, which I am happy to report I succeeded in finding!

Vintage & Retro Pillow Cases
I’ve been looking for (and largely failing to find) vintage/retro pillow cases so you can imagine my delight when I stumbled upon some truly gorgeous, good quality ones. Though they were a little costly (ranging from $3-$6 each), I snapped those babies up! I have big plans for them for my revamped Etsy shop (I’m working on it, I promise) and am super excited to see how they turn out.

Vintage & Retro Fabric
I glanced this raggedy pile of random bits and pieces out of the corner of my eye and lucky I did! There are some great pieces in here, all different kinds of patterns and sizes, and the whole bunch cost me $12.

Vintage/Retro Tea Canister
This one’s my favourite find. It’s quite possibly the CUTEST tea storage/holder/canister thing I ever did see. It has the word for tea printed in different languages all around the sides. I paid $8 for it.

Do you enjoy antiques shopping? It’s not just for grandmothers, you know! I highly recommend it. You can find some amazing things and even scrounge the odd bargain here and there (though it generally is a bit pricier than op shopping). If you’re in the Melbourne area, be sure to check out Waverley Antique Bazaar. It’s like a glorious antique bargain-filled, trip down memory lane maze! Laura from The Lovely Jumble recently wrote about how nice it is to wander around op shops and antique shops and the like, listening to the radio playing in the background. I couldn’t agree more! This antique warehouse had good old Gold 104.3 playing and provided many a lovely tune to hum along to whilst browsing.

If you have gone antique shopping, or second-hand shopping in general, what’s been your favourite find?


UPDATE: I went back and bought those two black cat statues because I could not stop thinking about them and now they are mine πŸ˜€

Jacquie is a 20-something maker and writer from Melbourne. She enjoys eating virtually anything that is labelled salted caramel and, contrary to popular belief, has forgotten how to ride a bike. She feels ambivalent about writing in the third person but thought it might be fun. It was.


  1. Carolyn

    Love this post – the words and pics. How gorgeous is that stool? We have an Antique Market at our local shops. I don’t go in there very often because they burn incense and it makes me feel a bit queasy and heady. I have, on occasion, ventured in and picked up some nice coloured glassware. I also keep my eye out for West German pottery. Maybe I should get a nose peg and have another peek!


    1. birdandfox

      I know, right? I wanted the stool so badly! Maybe next time if it’s still there… πŸ˜‰

      Ohh no, I hate it when a shop goes a little too heavy on the incense. Antique goodies may make it worth it though…I say grab the nose peg!

      Thanks so much, Carolyn – I’m glad you enjoyed it πŸ˜€ Thanks for stopping by!


  2. Isabel

    So glad you went back for the two cats! They’re straight our of Lady and the Tramp. I think you definitely need to have a salted caramel icecream wedding cake shaped like a cactus. Most of my clothes come from op-shops, have had some ace finds in my time, I particularly love the Red Cross shops for awesome clothes. Once, my housemates and I found a pair of amazing velvet armchairs at the Salvos store in Abbotsford, mustard-coloured, they looked so good in our Collingwood loungeroom, next to the wood heater. Can’t wait to check out that Waverley antique market when I get home! x


    1. birdandfox

      Me too! I’m so glad they were still there, two weeks later. They’re sitting high up on a shelf at the moment (haven’t figured out exactly where to put them just yet) and make me smile whenever I glance up at them.

      I just adore op shopping so very much. Laura and I were talking about it the other day and it’s seriously so much fun! I do love a good Red Cross. I find Salvos are always good for some kind of bargain, be it clothing, mugs, books, whatever. Those velvet armchairs sound amazing. Do you have a photo?? Sounds weird but I’d love to see them haha.

      Yay! Glad I can help add another thing to your list of What To Do When Back In Melbourne. Thanks for your comment, Isabel πŸ˜€

      P.S. So glad you second my wedding cake idea. What more could one want?


      1. Isabel

        I don’t have a photo here in China but maybe somwhere…will send one if I can find it!


        1. birdandfox

          Yes, please do! πŸ˜€ (No worries, of course, if you can’t. I can picture them in my mind but just wanted to see them in all their mustard-coloured, velvet glory)


  3. Laura

    Ah! This. You know how much I love this so I won’t blab on. You did good! Those pillowcases, mind you. Why don’t they make pillowcases like that anymore? The pattern on that blue one is marvelous. I also like that you took a photo of the kitchen sink. Op shops do have everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink! That’s why you should shop there. And sorry, I’m using op shop as a bit of capture-all here which isn’t accurate. Sorry about that. Also, you’re blog looks fancy as! xx


    1. birdandfox

      Why, thank you, fellow op shopping extraordinaire! I know, right? That blue one is my personal favourite too. Keep an eye out for something crafty coming with that one that you might be able to get your hands on πŸ˜‰ Haha yeah, I saw the sink, kept going, then paused, went back and took a quick photo. I just found it too amusing to not do it. That’s alright! I didn’t know what to call it either, really. I guess it’s all secondhand shopping, isn’t it? And thank you! I’m very happy with it πŸ˜€ x


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