Sunday, 29 January 2012

Sew and Sew

Mix tip shop bargain, with Tupperware obsession and sewing notions and you get a very happy op shopper.

This large sized, two tiered Tupperware craft organiser is about the size of a large slice container. We picked it up at Tiny's Green Shed on Sunday for about $1.50. I say about because we had 3 things in the bundle for $3. I've never seen one like it before. I several of the small kind, but this one is a really good size.

It's already full of mending notions. Every op shopper needs a decent hand mending kit at the very least.

Thursday, 26 January 2012


Op Shopping opportunities on a public holiday are limited, but we managed to get to both the Canberra tip shops today.

Bargains at both, some for us, some for gifts*.

Best buys of the day that we are keeping was a current (6 months to run) Entertainment Book with only the restaurant card and 3 of the vouchers missing.

and my longed for jam kettle.


It's aluminium so I can't use it for anything but jam. Condiments containing vinegar will pit the aluminum, so no chutneys or sauces, but it will do until we can afford a copper preserving pan. When that happens, I can die a happy and fulfilled preserver (shut up - you have a holy grail, too!).

These two items, as well as a few items chucked in (Tupperware wine goblet for our ever-expanding set, china noodle bowl for winter soups and stews at work and a souvenir placemat as a joke gift for a colleague) came to $10.

Speaking of tip shop finds, did you see what Misfits Vintage found at her tip shop recently? Pigeon pair to this find at Tiny's at Mugga Mugga a few years back.

*gifts of op-shopped items go to the cogniscenti only.

Wednesday, 25 January 2012

Temporary closure of Vinnies at Phillip

The Vinnies shop in Phillip will be closed on Saturday 4 February.

It will reopen on Monday 6 February.

Thursday, 19 January 2012

This is not charity

Just stumbled across this new website, documenting the illegal dumping problem around Canberra's charity bins...

(Image shamelessy lifted from the site)

Sunday, 8 January 2012

St Vinnies on a Sunday

I always forget that St Vinnies at Tuggeranong is open on a Sunday, there was obviously a lot of 'book shelves' being cleaned out over Christmas as the shop had a lot of newer paperback books.

My finds included:

vintage plastic belt buckle
a BNWT Barbie t-shirt - a slightly risque looking Barbie, I am not convinced that is Ken with her...

Saturday, 7 January 2012

A bit further away ... in Bowral

I know Bowral does not technically fit within the ACT & surrounds area, but I thought I would share my find from the Salvo's shop.

My new addition to my sewing machines is a very ornate vintage Victor De Luxe. Made in Japan this machine is in great condition. For $10 it was a purchased on a whim, it would either work (which it does) or make a very nice decoration.

It was 50% off manchester, so this souvenier tea-toel from Land of Legend on the Gold Coast was purchased for 25 cents.