Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Tip shop treasures

Towards the end of last year I rediscovered our local tip shop. Ever since our landlords re-vamped our courtyard with a pergola and new plants recently I've been a bit obsessed with garden stuff. So when I spotted this old metal outdoor chair with the original vinyl cushions my heart skipped a beat....and when I asked the tip shop man how much for the chair he said $2. Okay with me! It goes perfectly with my other old metal stuff.


I also scored this huge anodized pot for $2. At one stage I had a lovely green one on the original stand that belonged to my Nana, but for some reason I gave it back to my folks when they moved, and much to my dismay I found out my Dad had chucked it out because it blew over in the wind.
Boo it was such a lovely old pot!


The coloured pot stand is from KMart and the white metal table is from Salvos, along with a $5 herb planter from Bunnings


Another tip shop find was this old concrete planter (above) for $1. I love the art deco styling.
Below is a macrame pot holder that my friend Miss J gave me for Christmas, along with some bunting that was made by Caroline of Sebelle


This bird cage stand was from the tip shop for $2. I know have 3 out there. As well as liking birds I do like old bird cage stands!


Another tip shop bird cage stand with a vintage lantern





Friday, 23 January 2015

Op shopped from my head to my toes

I've had this cotton shift dress in my collection for years now, it's a handmade number in a sturdy cotton fabric. I think this entire outfit is either op shopped or handmade. I found the leather sandals at a Red Cross shop for $10, and I'm wearing my favourite bird stamp pendant that Tam of A Treasured Past made for me with a vintage New Zealand stamp in green! She knows me so well!













Outfit Details....

Handmade 60's shift dress - Op shopped
Stamp necklace - Handmade by Tam of A Treasured Past
Tape measure brooch - Made by me
Vintage AAI charm bracelet - Garage sale
Teal ring - Madame Butterfly's in NZ
Toaster cover bag - Gifted by Miss J & converted to a bag by me
Sandals - Red Cross op shop
Sunglasses - Retail



Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Cotton Cozzie & Other Finds

I saw this cotton swimsuit on a mannequin in a Red Cross op shop. I have a wee vintage swimsuit collection already, & I do wear them to the beach, but I don't have any original 50's cotton togs. I doubt these have ever been worn as they are in perfect condition. The shirring isn't stretched & the cotton is crisp & bright. They fit perfectly too thanks to that shirring & button straps. I don't know how practical cotton togs are to wear, but these were too special to leave behind.






My love of genie bottles started with one that belonged to my Nana.
I found this one for only 50cents



I was drawn to this colourful handmade container thingo. Someone has stored nails & screws in the butter containers & built a box to store them in. I love the old coloured plastic which I think is from the 1960's. I'm surprised it's survived as the plastic is quite delicate.


I had to add this square suitcase to my collection because of that lining




West German brand Emsa salt & pepper shakers


A little Diana Ware tulip vase


A sweet water jug from the 50's or 60's



That's all for now, although I have a backlog of finds to share...in fact most of these are from last year!

Friday, 16 January 2015

In the maze of my imagination

This is one of my favourite cotton frocks, I guess I have many a few favourites. I think it cost me $3, and it belonged to an elderly lady who never got rid of anything. She hoarded a lifetime of clothing. She made this one and it just happens to be a perfect fit on me. Don't you love it when that happens!






Outfit Details......

60's handmade dress - Op shopped
Enamel flower brooch - From my childhood
Tape measure bangles - Mrs Robinsons in NZ
Vintage button ring - Made by me
Crochet bag - Retro Metro
Shoes and sunglasses - Retail


Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Thrifty Kitschy

I have a love of old kitsch stuff. It can come in many shapes & forms, but I guess I'm particularly drawn to deers & birds, with a dash of squirrels & cats or some other cute animal. I don't like to limit myself!
Here are some of my kitschier finds of late, including this amazing cuckoo clock that I found for $5. It's a pretty big one, & although it's missing it's pendulum I still love it. (It's the 6th clock on my wall....I seem to have become a crazy clock woman!)




I couldn't refuse this sweet cat, although it may be missing a lid. I'm using her to store my makeup pencils.


A couple of teeny deer


This brooch was handmade by someone at a market


A little Octoberfest brooch with gorgeous detail for its size


Plastic swanny


And an odd set of faux wood/plastic squirrels?


And finally this kitschy cute wall bird which is hanging in our bedroom


When the kitsch gets a hold of you it's a hard itch to scratch!