Monday, 25 October 2010

Yass - Second Hand Weekend

Yass recently held their Second Hand Sunday Weekend. So we headed over on the Saturday to see what we could find.

We did not find muh there that interested us, and a number of houses did not have anything outside. We think this is because they were only participating for the Sunday.

I guess the concept of a Second Hand Sunday Weekend can get a little confusing, Sme people will put out their stuff for the whole weekend, others for one day only.

Perhaps having it over one day is a better option.

All I did find was a pair of towing mirrors, which I intend on using with the Mobile Storage bunker (aka Caravan).

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Yass tip shop – Epic fail

We paid a visit to the Yass tip shop. Usually you expect the tip shop in a country town to be a small operation, but make up for their lack of size with a good management policy, and friendly staff. Yass however was an epic fail. The photos below will show what I mean.

That being said, they did have a full on paper, glass, metal recycling facility, that I had a quick look at. And they have a nice stack of computer desks there, either assembled, or still in boxes, for $10 each.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Pambula op-shop celebates 28 years

Back in February when Taph and i had our op-shop trek down the coast we paid a visit to the Pambula op shop. We got there just on opening time, but no-one was around, and with storms pressing we figured that we should set off for home before we got flooded in.
I recently found a story on-line about how the shop has just celebrated 28 years of operations.
With summer coming and people from Canberra heading down the coast for holidays, i think this shop is worth a special visit if you happen to be in the area.

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Green Savvy Sunday

We've been contacted by the crew at the Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston.  OBDM is having it's first 'green' themed day this coming Sunday, 17 October.

I reprint from the press release :
Green Savvy Sunday was developed in response to feedback from market customers and stallholders who wanted to have better access to information and products that helped them develop a more sustainable lifestyle and reduce their impact on the environment.

The themes of recycle, reuse and low use of energy are things we all want to strive for. Green Savvy Sunday stalls will feature green products and displays to inspire and entice, as well as people to answer customers’ questions, and loads of green information.

Green Savvy Sunday will include recycled and UPcycled fashion, food and wine with an organic winery onsite, craft made from recycled materials and skin care products. Experts will also give advice on green products and services, and there’s even a mobile phone drop-off point to safely dispose of unwanted mobiles.

For those keen on learning more, the markets will feature an all day speakers program called Green Savvy Speakers, headlined by famed author and sustainability guru, Jackie French. Her three presentations will teach you how to grow everything (except chocolate), how to take forty years to make your breakfast, and death to the three minute shower. More information available at

For more information visit 

OBDM is keen for bloggers to pop by and review the day - they will link to the best blog posts.  Go to it I-Oppers.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

The Eyes Have It

Sorry about the scary self-portrait, but had to show you these truly divine vintage sunglasses.

Black and white frames with green lenses.  $3 from Vinnies, Gungahlin a few weeks ago.

Favourite find in a very long time.

Friday, 8 October 2010

Yass Salvos and Vinnies

We paid a visit to Yass over the weekend. Taph and I were planning on visiting the Yass Vinnies before going on to the Murrumbateman Moving Feast. However a dead battery at the toilets left us 2 hours behind schedule and with the realisation that the Vinnies had closed 10 minutes before we got there.
Well the country markets were happening at the showground, so we headed that way, but we did not get their either, as when we drove past the Salvos, Taph yelled out, "They're open".
I was able to quickly turn the Sub-Zero around and got a rock star park out front.

The Shop is only open on Thursdays and Fridays from 10am to 12:30pm. For some reason the op-shop gods knew we were coming and had arranged for it to be open on a Saturday.

Inside was a small and tidy shop, with reasonable prices, but due to their floor-space, a fairly limited range.

However it was so good, we didn't bother trying to get to the country markets.

We headed out to the moving feast, and to find out what happened there, you will have to go to my blog.

Something for the Weekend

Saturday 9 October offers two of the less frequent op-shopping experiences

The YMCA Garage Sale starts at 8am in Meuller Street, Yarralumla.  Not the mega sales they used to be, the Y sale is still great value.

From 1-3pm, the Finnish Lutheran Church on the corner of Gould and Watson Streets is having a fete/op-shop.  TOF and I experienced this wee gem back in July and it was great.  If you get there early, you can buy coffee and Pulla (a traditional tea bun) from Noon.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Discount at Vinnies

Vinnies stores are offering a $5 voucher to spend on your next purchase when you spend $20 or more in a single purchase between 1 Oct and 30 Nov 2010.

This appears to be part of Vinnies Spring "Feel Good Shopping" Campaign launched last week.  The ambassador for Vinnies is Miss World Australia ACT, Claudia Vannithone.  Obviously a campaign to attract a new generation of opshoppers.

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

And then the Salvos

got their Spring thing together with Buy Nothing New month.

Register your buy nothing new idea and win a prize.

They're even blogging it!  Do let us know if you enter.

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Yass - Second Hand Weekend

While the date for the next Second Hand Sunday in Canberra has yet to be advertised, the Yass Valley Shire will be having a Second Hand sunday Weekend on Saturday, 23 October and Sunday, 24 October 2010.

For more details keep an eye on the Yass Shire website.

Monday, 4 October 2010

Consignment shops?

Asteria left a comment about where she could sell her second-hand clothes.

Anyone know of consignment shops in the area?

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Crafty Goodness

Salvos at Mitchell has brought out the craft materials that have been absent from its shelves for some time.

Tables of fabric remnats, baskets of yarn, notions, tapestry and cross-stitch kits and sewing and knitting patterns are all there. 

I picked up a couple of vintage Patons patterns for the collection but was very restrained with the other items - there's plenty left. :)