Hello my lovelies. I'm finally back from almost 4 weeks across the Ditch in New Zealand. I haven't quite known where to start with blogging. I have so many photos & so many vintage finds to share. The Captain & I had a wonderful time with my parents travelling over the South Island. I ate too much, op shopped too much, & brought home way too much (which required an extra suitcase). We soaked up the views & the countryside, & the highlight was meeting up with some of my dear blogging friends. I managed my health with lots of horizontal time, but made the most of all I could within my energy envelope. Time went too quickly, & I'm already dreaming of when we'll be back. And yes, we do consider moving there as we love it so much.
Anyhoo I thought I'd share with you our first week which was spent in Dunedin. I feel like I leave my heart there everytime. It's such a wonderful wee city with great op shops, vintage shops, cafes & architecture. And lots of cold, grey days which is just how I like it. We visited our favourite cafe Modaks, decorated with all sorts of kitsch delights. The Captain used to work with the owner Scarlett so it's always nice to catchup with her.
I visited all of the op shops in the city centre.
My three favourites would be
Shop on Carroll
The Hospice Shop on Hanover St
and Toffs (with it's famous $2 section)
The ladies at the Op Shop on Carroll were so lovely, & invited me to look through their stock in the back rooms. This op shop is decorated beautifully, just like a vintage store. Their prices can be a little higher but they are more selective about what they sell, which means you don't have to sift through lots of crap to find one nice vintage piece. I bought two frocks here, & can you believe as I was trying on the yellow & brown frock (below), they told me someone else had come into the store for a second time to buy the dress, but they couldn't find it (because it was on display in the window). Anyway that person was the one & only Vanessa of Two Squirrels! Vanessa lives an hour away but we both tried on the exact same frock. Small world hey!
I also bought this simple green crimplene type fabric frock from the op shop on Carroll.
It's actually quite bright.
I bought two vintage swimsuits at the Hospice shop. The navy & light blue ones at the front of the photo. Vintage togs are hard to find here in Queensland. I think it's because we wear out our togs, as opposed to Kiwis who probably don't. I didn't anticipate finding four pairs though!
I also got this vivid green light jacket at the Presbyterian op shop St Andrews Street.
It's a really nice cut & was only $5.
And Toffs came through with a couple of finds.
An orange vintage wool cardigan for $2 & the green Osti dress below
The Osti dress was calling my name....green, stripes and floral in a super light triacetate fabric.
I found this rooster salt & pepper cart from Weir Furnishings on St Andrew Street. It matches a deer one that I bought in NZ last year.
We visited ReStore but came away empty handed. It's a treasure trove of all sorts of things & I'd say it's a good place to visit regularly.
Above is the nic-nac wall at ReStore
We took a drive to Port Chalmers & visited a few vintage shops, including a Box of Birds
This sweet blue Morris Minor was parked outside our place. My parents had a Morris when I was younger & I'd love to own one again.
I was lucky enough to spend a morning with the lovely Penny-Rose. We had brunch at Modaks & exchanged parcels of delight, & went to her favourite haunt Toffs for a spot of op shopping. It's the second time we've met, & the Captain & I had a wonderful time catching up with her again. I honestly can't wait until we can do it again. I'm so grateful for the friendships that have come through blogging. It's been one of the unexpected blessings of blogging, that's for sure.
Penny-Rose spoiled me with some gorgeous NZ vintage gifts...... including this mint green crimplene jacket, a vintage scarf & a double sided apron, a Kiwi kitsch stamp pendant & a handmade (by her!) brooch, all stored in a cotton bag.
My next post will be a run down on our day at St Biddies with the Squirrels, & our continued adventures on the South Island. I've got lots of blog reading to catch up on. Hopefully I'll see you soon!