Op Shop Haul : Aztec Cardigan, Mug, Books and More

Hi-ho! How are you doing? Hopefully you are well and cheery and all other good things. If not, I strongly recommend you watch a kitten/puppy/turtle/monkey/goat video. Apply liberally. Stat! Okay, enough with the medical references now.

I went op shopping today. Yes, on a Sunday! Not a lot of op shops are open on Sundays, the day of rest (or the day of reading and tea-ing as I like to call it), but good old Savers sure is. If you haven’t been to a Savers before, it’s basically an op shop on crack – it’s gigantic and I love taking my time and walking through the many different aisles. I also love sending Laura photos and making her super jelly like the op shop tease I am. Don’t worry pal, when you’re over here I will have a Day of Op Shopping planned and it will be glorious.

Anyhow. Bless Savers for a) being open on a Sunday and b) for having a special student discount! Here’s what I found and fell in love with:

Op shop mug & jarSTRAWBERRY MUG. I did have some reservation about buying this actually, purely because it was part of a set and I didn’t want the set. On top of that, the set was in the “Collectables” section, so I felt uber bad about taking part of it. An internal debate ensued about whether or not I was the kind of person to break up a set. I decided I was. The mug was $3.99 (presumably because it’s “collectable”, though probs not worth much now without the set!). The glass jar was $2.99 and I liked it because the colours have a tutti-fruiti, 80s kinda vibe to them.

Op shop thread and fabricSpeaking of colours, look how bright and happy these embroidery threads are! They came in a bag for $5.99. The fabric was an instant mental purchase. Any ditsy floral pattern melts my heart and for $3.99, I was okay by that. These will all help to make items for my Etsy shop – exciting!

Op shop basketI spied this basket sitting all the way down on the bottom shelf and may have made a small squeaking noise. It was completely involuntary. But I love these types of wire baskets and I’d been looking for one to store my (very small) wool collection so was pretty chuffed to find this one. It cost $4.99.

Op shop booksThere are four or so massive shelves of books at my local Savers and they are my favourite section (as always) to browse. I found these two beauties for $3.99 and $2.99 each. Fun fact: inside the back cover of Noah Barleywater Runs Away was a Christmas card. It was addressed to Caitlin from Nana and Geoff. I’ve found a few interesting things in second-hand books over the years – bookmarks, newspaper clippings, that sort of thing – but never a Christmas card.

Op shop cardiganStrolling through the many clothing aisles, I saw this cardigan out of the corner of my eye – how could I not? The bright aztec pattern was calling out to me. I hesitated, a little unsure if it was a little too “loud” but when I tried it on it made me think about curling up on a couch with a cup of tea and some craft so it wound up in my cart. For $3.99, I feel that’s pretty good.

Another extremely successful op shop adventure. As usual, I really didn’t mean to purchase any of these items but when you see a bargain, you’ve gotta grab it, you know? Plus, I haven’t been op shopping in a while – my last haul was in August! – so I feel I deserved a pat on the back…in the form of more op shopping…

Have you found any goodies in a local op shop lately?

Jacquie

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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.

14 comments

  1. Annette of I Give You The Verbs

    Great haul. I love that you freed the strawberry mug from a life of being just like the others, and that cardigan is the business.
    I think we should have a Savers date, stat!!

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    1. birdandfox

      That’s a wonderful way of looking at it, Annette. You’ve cleared my conscience, thank you. I just had a cup of peppermint tea in it and it made my heart sing, it’s so cute. Glad you like the cardi too! And YES, we should!

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  2. Carolyn

    I’m still a bit swoony over that basket, Jacquie! I haven’t been op shopping as such lately but I did spy some lovely red candlesticks at the antique market the other day which I didn’t buy but may have to go back for (fingers crossed they are still there) and I bought a lovely vintage apple print tea towel from Cat and the Bird on etsy to frame and hang in the kitchen. Your restraint was well rewarded with excellent purchases today!

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    1. birdandfox

      Hehe, it is a very sweet basket. So glad I saw it! Red candlesticks sound intriguing – I hope they’re still there, waiting for you if you go back. Framing a vintage tea towel is a fantastic idea! Now you’ve got me scrolling through Cat and the Bird’s Etsy shop 😛

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      1. Carolyn

        Well, you are the reason I was trawling through her shop again because you mentioned it in one of your posts!

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        1. birdandfox

          It’s a never-ending cycle!

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  3. Janet Camilleri

    I had an Aztec jumper a bit like that in the 80’s! I shared my latest op shop finds on my blog this week too 🙂

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    1. birdandfox

      Hehe it is very 80s, isn’t it, Janet? I do love it though. I’ll have to pop over and check out your post this arvo! Thanks so much for stopping by 😀

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  4. Isabel

    You are the op-shopping queen! All hail! That cardigan is SO nice. And love the basket, and just everything really. I can not WAIT to go op-shopping when I get back. Have been surprised at how much I’ve missed it. Apparently giving away second hand clothes is really a no-no in China, there’s a YMCA op-shop nearby and no one ever goes there…how strange! I have a little Christmas tradition of buying pretty op-shop plates, then baking something, usually biccies, and putting them on the plates and wrapping them up as gifts. Maybe I’ll do that again this year…maybe! x

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    1. birdandfox

      Aw, shucks haha. Why thank you, dear Isabel! I think I would definitely miss op shopping if I went overseas somewhere that it wasn’t that common – or even frowned up, as you say! How strange indeed. I ADORE that idea…may have to steal it for some gifts this year if that’s okay? You can find such beautiful plates in the op shops – I saw so many just yesterday! Wish I’d thought to grab them. Oh well, there will definitely be a next time 🙂 Thanks Isabel! x

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  5. Robyna

    Love it ALL but particularly the basket – just gorgeous!

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    1. birdandfox

      Thanks Robyna! That basket definitely seems to be a winner!

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  6. Clare at CatsEatDogs

    That basket is fabulous, I think the squeak was completely justifiable. What a great shop! We have Goodwill here which sounds like a similar thing. Elizabeth is Missing is a very good book and anything by John Boyne is a winner especially with Oliver Jeffers illustrations. Score!

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    1. birdandfox

      Thanks Clare – I think so too! 😀 Yes, I think Goodwill would be quite similar. They’re such good fun to shop around in, aren’t they? Glad to hear you recommend both books! Thanks for your comment 🙂

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