It's been a while since I posted my market finds so I thought I'd share this morning's treasure:
Linen Trent Resort jacket ($6), the most fabulous vintage first aid cupboard (also $6: can you believe it?!), a selection of DVDs to keep me glued to the sofa and knitting stock for my soon-to-be-launched Etsy shop (between $2 and $4 each), two plastic storage containers for mini supplies ($1 each) and eight brand new sheets of silver 2D scrapbooking alphabet stickers, still with their original $2.95 price stickers attached (50 cents each) Total price: $30. Have you been to Trash and Treasure recently? Care to share?
Another opportunity to pop out to the op-shops at lunchtime with The Shopping Sherpa, this time to Vinnies and Salvos in Phillip.
The Vinnies store has made it a lot easier to look through their fabrics and machester - the 3 metres of red and while polka dot will be great for one of my daughter's textile assignments - at $3 p/m it is a lot better value than calico.
A few more patterns are added to the stash, all with a 1980's theme - a blouse pattern from the Brooke Shields signature pattern collection and a knitting pattern with each of the models standing in front of a 'popstar poster' (Madness anyone?).
Also love our 'The Ugly Dachshund' Little Golden Book.
A school holiday op-shop outing to visit Y's Buys (who must have the best craft set up of any op-shop in Canberra), Salvos and Vinnies in Belconnen, and while we looked around and hunted through racks of clothes and shelves of crockery, we did not seem to find a great deal that screamed 'take me home'.
We did find a few books, knitting needles and sewing patterns to add to current collections, an old version of Sim City that still works on our old PC and Buffy Season 1 on DVD (the universe must have heard me saying I had never seen it).
As the The Shopping Sherpa alluded to in the previous post, I had an inkling that an op-shop run was needed - and it was not going away. It is fun to not only have another 'I Op' colleague to work with and being able to pop out for a quick look around in a lunchtime break. My finds are all from the Salvos at Fyshwick - I don't normally purchase 80s style dresses ($9), it's for my teenage daughter who loves to look like she goes to school with Ferris Bueller and definitely can not remember big shoulders the first time around. Digging through the vintage sewing patterns, I found my 'score' of the day - vintage Disney cloth patches. The stash of patterns, cloth patches and tapestry threads came to a grand total of $4.
One of the (many) fabulous things about where I work is the easy lunchtime access to a selection of op shopping ...err opportunities. This week Teak has been muttering about her growing urge to do an op shop run and last night I had an op shopping dream. So it was clear we needed to head out at lunchtime. We chose the Fyshwick/ Narrabundah option this time. Teak did well at Salvos Fyshwick (and has promised to share her scores here). I bought a wooden puzzle for $1, inspired by Jan Hogan's work Little Red Riding Hood which is part of the excellent 100% Books by Canberra Artists currently showing at The Watson Arts Centre.
I did very well at Vinnies Narrabundah, scoring a number of finds for my stall at next month's Sydney Miniatures Show. The plastic baskets (one large: $2, four small: $1 each) and the black and white boxes ($2.20 for the set) will be used by shoppers to hold their items while they shop the stall. And the wool (250g 8 ply in yellow: $7.50 and three balls of 4 ply: $4 total) will be used to knit my next colour range of miniature pouffes. One and a quarter hours later, and $20.70 poorer, I returned to work a satisfied shopper.
I accepted an invitation to a preview of the Zonta sale which is on tomorrow morning from 9am at the ATSI Culturla Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach.
The preview this evening cost $22 to get in but for that we had champagne, nibbles. I didn't eat any of the food, but it looked lovely - wee sausage rolls, quiches as well as dips and antipasto. The bubbles were entirely acceptable.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Centre was stuffed full of womens clothing and accessories.
Prices ranged from $2 for scarves through to $15 for dresses. More upmarket clothing was as marked, but very reasonable.
Everything is arranged well, and clearly signposted. The larger-sizes section had a good selection of clothes. I scored a TS 14+ top for $10.
Shoes and handbags are $5 (unless otherwise marked for some of the better shoes). I think I got the buy of the evening. A pair of almost new Rockport loafers for $5 and an Oroton wallet for another $5.
I'm guessing the sombrero is still available, though.
I suggest a round trip around the lake tomorrow - start at the YMCA garage sale at Yarralumla at 8am and race over to Yarrumundi reach for 9am or close to.
The doors of the annual Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast preloved fashion sale will open at 9am Saturday 2 March 2013.
The quality is always high, the prices are set to sell, and you will be delighted with the range of both informal and formal clothes and accessories for all seasons.
The sale will be held at the ATSI cultural centre on 245 Lady Denman Drive, Yarramundi Reach ACT. Doors open at 9am and entry is free. Brewed coffee, fresh cakes and other refreshments will be available all day.
The Zonta Club of Canberra Breakfast undertakes a range of development and welfare projects for women, including:
funding educational scholarships
providing toiletries, sheets, towels, kitchenware and clothing to women's refuges in the region
making protective breast cushions for women who have breast surgery in Canberra or Wagga
assembling thousands of birthing kits for women in countries where birthing facilities are poor