Thursday, 31 March 2011

Opportunities this Weekend

If you like fetes - this is the weekend for you.


Kaleen Primary Twilight Fete
Ashburton Cct, Kaleen


YMCA Garage Sale,
Meuller Street, Yarralumla
8am - noon

Farrar Primary Garage Sale
Lambrigg St, Farrar

Coffee Op Shop
Christ Church, Beetaloo St, Hawker

St Monica's Schoole Fete
Moynihan St, Evatt

Torrens Primary Fete,
Beasley Street, Torrens


Hawker Primary School Fete
Erldunda St, Hawker

Saturday, 26 March 2011


We couldn't get to the Charny Carnie today, but some of our purchases were apposite. Fortunately the only mullet we spotted was $6 a kilo at Fyshwick markets. ;)

Crocs, Vinnies Monster Sale, $3 and Bogan Pride DVD, Vinnies Dickson, $4.

On a classier note, we picked up this Wedgewood coffee pot in the Pennine design for friends who have collected this pattern for more than 40 years. It was $2 at Salvos Fyshwick Bargain Basement.

Weekend of secondhand bargains

St Vincent de Paul's at Mitchell - a shopping frenzy!

After spending $150 to get my sewing machine fixed, I was reluctant to head out to Mitchell, where I knew I'd spend more cash as the Lifeline Bookfair and St Vinnie's monster sale are on this weekend. I went, I saw, I spent. $33.50 to be exact. And what did I get for my $33.50? I picked up some work clothes ($2 a piece) and a bizarre little skirt/tutu, which I'm not entirely sure if it will stay in it's current form.Yes, my cat has to be where ever I am...

I also got eight CD's, some which are replacements from share house, lending and relationship break up losses, as well as Haruki Murakami's Norwegian Wood, a book I've wanted to read for a long time. I think it has just been made into a movie in Japan.

I restrained myself at the book fair. As an elderly ladies voice came over the PA system at EPIC saying, "You can never have too many books..." I thought to myself, I beg to differ!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Opportunities this weekend

It's another big weekend for bargain shoppers -

Friday 25th
Vinnies Warehouse Sale
10 Buckland St, Mitchell

Lifeline Bookfair

Budawang Pavilion
EPIC, Flemington Road, Mitchell

Saturday 26th
Vinnies Warehouse Sale
10 Buckland St, Mitchell

Lifeline Bookfair
Budawang Pavilion
EPIC, Flemington Road, Mitchell

26th, 3pm-7pm Aranda Primary School Twilight Fete,

26th, 12 noon-5pm, Harvest Festival, Environment Centre , Acton

26th, 10am-2pm, Brindabella Gardens Fete, 38 Theodore Street, Curtin

26th, 10am-2pm O'Connor Co-Op School Fete, O'Connor

26th, morning I think, Uniting Church Jumble Sale, Crawford Street, Queanbeyan

 Narrabundah Community Festival
Narrabundah Shops
Iluka Street, Narrabundah
Sunday 27th
Vinnies Warehouse Sale
10 Buckland St, Mitchell

Lifeline Bookfair

Budawang Pavilion
EPIC, Flemington Road, Mitchell

Second Hand Shop in Yass

Thanks to the other Jo who replied to the question about Yass, and to TOF who asked around at work.

We have two options.  One is the site of an old garage which is still going (thanks Jo) and the other is, according to a colleague of TOF's, it is known as Ross's Relics (that is what everybody in the town knows it as, the business name may be something else).

It is located just before the Courthouse on the main street Yass.

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Monday, 21 March 2011

Tapping the Hive Mind

Jo asked a question in the comments.  I'm not sure of the answer so thought I'd opening it up to the readership.

I have been wanting to ask someone for ages - and you might be just the lady - do you know if the large secondhand shop in Yass is still open, the one on the main street?

Anyone? Anyone?

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Canberra Harvest Festival

The Third Canberra Harvest Festival is taking place Saturday 26th March, 2010 at the Environment Center car park.

There will be produce and goods stalls, community information stalls, workshops, and talks on sustainable agriculture and food issues. There will also be a ‘best homegrown vegetable' competition with prizes.

Entry is free and there will be a free raffle with donated prizes. A barbecue fundraiser will be run by the Environment Center and there will be fresh fruit juice and other beverages for sale.

When: March 26, 12noon–5pm
Where: Environment Center car park, corner Lawson Circuit and Lennox Crossing, Acton

Friday, 18 March 2011

Opportunities This Weekend

Saturday 19th March

Salvos Book Extravaganza (books, videos and DVDs on sale)
Salvos Family Store
32 Hoskins Street, Mitchell

Presbyterian Church of St Andrew
1 State Circle, Forrest
(on the corner of State Circle and Canberra Ave)

Sunday 20th March
Clothes Swap
Reloved Creations (pop up)
The Mall, City Walk (between the fountain and Akuna Street)

Monday, 14 March 2011

How to celebrate Canberra Day...

...head interstate to op shop!

Taph and I headed to Goulburn for the first time in far to long to update the
I Op listings.

And just as well we did: there've been some changes since we last visited.

Father Riley's op shop closed down last Thursday. Not that you can tell from the front:

It was only when the front door didn't open and we went round the back that we found some staff and were told they had closed. We also discovered that the Salvos that used to be at the back of the arcade has moved:It's now located at 123 Auburn Street: on the other side of the road, at the other end of town.

Hours are Monday to Friday 9:30am - 5pm, and Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm. At the moment they have a special on summer clothing: Ladies or children's summer clothing is $2 a bag.

Inside is large and airy, with a good craft/ manchester selectionand a number of "rooms" set up with the furniture they had for sale.
What we didn't like was the lighting: with only half the lights on it was difficult to see the details of some of the clothing in the centre of the shop.

And, although there were many interesting things, they were all marked with the dreaded "NFS". The woman behind the counter explained that they kept the items to make interesting displays. I just found it very frustrating that every time I spotted a treasure from across the shop, on closer inspection, it bore the dreaded "For display only" sign.

The prices seemed inconsistent, but on the high side.

And a newcomer to the scene since we last visted: The Purple Patch, run by Anglicare at 232 Auburn Street.
Open Monday - Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm and Saturday 9:30am - 12:30pm, we found this a very inviting shop which sounded good and smelt divine. The wooden floorboards were a lovely touch for a Canberran (as was the beautiful fireplace I spotted behind the large sized clothing rack). And the fact that I managed to grab a bag of three balls of Jo Sharp and Aliseo wool for $5 total and Taph found the cutest black and white spotty sundress for $3 (they have half price on all summer clothing) made us very happy.

Did you head across the border to op shop today?

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Recent Finds

I have not posted here for a while - I really have not had much luck finding anything I want to 'bring home'.

Last weekend at Fash'n'Treasure I picked up this great 1960's dress for $5 - bot sure if I am keen on the high neck - but the fabric is great. I also purchased a Jaeger of London mauve hat. Not that it is something I would normally wear, but my favourite op-shop purchase of all time is an 1960's Jaeger orange wool jacket (picked up circ. 1992 for $5) and I still wear it every winter.

And today, I visited R-Shop in Mitchell (picking up books: vintage Disney, ABBA and Pollyanna), before heading to Salvos in Mitchell where I had found a purchased more books (Judy Bloom)

In the Salvos at Mitchell I had a bit of an op-shop dilemma - finding a fabulous orange glass vase (the sticker reads Radio Brand Hand Crafted Japan); but the price was more 'antique-shop' than 'op-shop'. The vase came home - it was orange, how could it not come home!

I also picked up a old (not-used) Snoopy scrapbook - I am sure it was published before the days scrap-booking became popular. My mum is a collector of all things 'Peanuts', so this will be gifted to her. Oh, it came with a free photo!

Our final stop was Salvos in Phillip, my only purchase a Vogue pattern. I am trying to limit pattern purchases to vintage or 'by designer' patterns.

Friday, 11 March 2011

The Charity Shop Challenge

Peas and Needles recently blogged about a challenge for 2011 and I thought I Op members might like to join in.

"The rules:

1. Your outfit must comprise of a key-garment from a charity shop plus any other pieces/accessories etc to make up an 'ensemble'.

2. Annotate your outfit. Include a description of the garments/ where you bought or found each piece/ price of charity find.

3. Upload your image onto your blog (and/ or I Op) by the last Friday of each month.

4. On the last Friday of the month tell everyone about it and tweet with the hashtag

5. Extra credit for those who customise their charity shop find.Why not join in!!!

You can also join the Flickr group here. "

What do you reckon? Should we set up an Aussie team?

Not exactly op shopping but...

Re-Loved Creations is a not for profit, co-operative venture started in 2009 by mother and daughter team Hanny and Lee Dewar.

For YOU ARE HERE, Re-Loved will be taking over ...a vacant shopfront and transforming it into a fashion mecca. The space will be used as a studio throughout the Canberra Festival, where designers will create and sell new garments in a co-operative pop-up shop. Designers participating in the event include; Lisa Barrett, Tamara Russell and Hanny Dewar’s own label, Hanny-d Creations. Under the label Tango & James, Lisa produces accessories, clothing and even furniture updated with her own fabric designs. Tamara Russell is a textile artist who uses recycled materials and free needle machine embroidery to create painterly textile designs.

You too can promote the importance of sustainable fashion by bringing along your unwanted clothing to Re-loved Creations Clothes Swap on Sunday March 20.

When: 6-9pm Friday 18 March, 10am-5pm Saturday 19 March, 10am-1pm Sunday 20 March

Where: The Mall, City Walk (between the fountain and Akuna Street)
completely lifted from Fash 'n' Treasure.

Thursday, 10 March 2011


A very worthwhile initiative.

I'll be sorting out some suitable work wear tonight for this and particularly encourage my ample-sized sisters to do the same.  I wish there was something like this a couple of years back when I got rid of all my suits .

Opportunities this weekend

Saturday 12th March
10am-4pm, Good Old Days themed market,
Gorman House
Ainslie Avenue

Happy Canberra Day to you all. :)

Monday, 7 March 2011

Weekend Roundup

I'm reading great things about Saturday's Fash 'n' Treasure Market.

There are reports and reviews on Rummage (many thanks for nod last week, btw), Misfits Vintage and HerCanberra

Any of our correspondents find just the divine thing they were looking for?

and if you're not busy tomorrow night

for second hand/vintage clothing.

Friday, 4 March 2011

Late breaking weekend opportunities

Saturday 5 March
Isabella Plains Neighbourhood Watch Fair

Isabella Plains Early Childhood School,
cnr Ellerston Ave & Narooma St,
Isabella Plains

They don't have a White Elephant stall listed as an attraction, but it might we worth a look if you're South side.

Sunday 5 March
Hall Markets
10am - 3pm
Hall Showground - Off Victoria Street


Thursday, 3 March 2011

Opportunities this weekend

Wow, it's a bonanza weekend and I've got to work all day Saturday.  Let me know how you go so I can bargain hunt vicariously.

Saturday 5th March
Zonta Pre-loved & Vintage Fashion Sale
10am – 3pm
ACT ATSI Cultural Centre, 245 Lady Denman Drive

Saturday 5th March
Harvest Festival Art and Design Market
12pm - 5pm
Belconnen Arts Centre
112 Emu Bank, Belconnen

Saturday 5th March
Fash 'n' Treasure Market
10 am - 4 pm
Kingston Old Bus Depot Building
Wentworth Avenue, Kingston

Saturday 5th March
Burgmann Anglican School Fair
12pm - 4pm
Cnr Gungahlin Drive & The Valley Avenue