3 April 2014

Monthly PosT!

Yes it seems I am managing a post a month right now! 
I have technical issues too - my ancient PC is in serious need of being upgraded..
Frustratingly, it takes a long time to do anything on here.. My last post took 3 attempts to put up. While I'm on this topic, I would like to apologise to my blog friends - I can't open quite a few of  your blogs - it goes straight offline when I try - so annoying. Hoping to remedy the situation soon!!

Here are a few finds from the last few weeks..
This was ST Patrick's Day - I found these perfect little old things at Vinnies the week before. Bonza.

Vinnies half price sale - egg cups for the 'pretending kitchen', tea tin, quite a cool kitsch cake tin, (I just hang the lids on the wall, and use the box for storage). Etc.

Brilliant sleeping bag. Doesn't smell at all (Do y'all do the smell test like me?!)

Cute shoes for baby. (50c)

70s invitations.
20c drawstring bags. Great for puzzle pieces, socks, gloves,  etc etc. I love these things. 

Um yeh more baskets/bins. Also great for socks etc!

Great glasses cases for my collection. Vinnies in Frankton has baskets full of glasses cases ALWAYS and glasses behind the counter. They are $1. Little tip for interested locals!

Easter tat.

I've said before how I really don't hunt down clothes for myself at the op shops these days. They are just TOO pricey.
I buy at jumble sales 'fill-a-bag-for-$5' usually instead lol.
But at recent half price sales I found a few nice dresses.. and at half price it's do-able (eg $3, $4) I'll try to model some of these soon-ish!
Great skirt/dress that goes nicely over the bump. And a sheet obvs.

This was a the kind of thing I used to get given for my birthday as a kid. It's 1973 and very cute. Made in Japan.
 25c (half price) 

It's now in my handbag.

So that's about it. I actually have a few posts lined up that I'll attempt to put up..
Hope all you readers are enjoying April so far!
Strange wet stuff fell from the sky today here in Hamilton. Arlo didn't really know what it was.

Happy Days!

16 March 2014

Yip I'm still here!

My blog posts appear to be at a dismal distance from each other!
I used to do blogging in the evenings usually - now, in the evenings, I find myself wilting and usually just go to bed! Lame. 
I am trying to rectify this situation. Thank you, iron supplements. 

Op Shopping is also at an all time lame low!
I even went to the dump to drop some recycling off the other day, and I DIDN'T GO INTO THE OP SHOP there!!! WHAT??!! My husband did not believe me. I hardly believed me!!! 
(To be fair, it was a mosh pit in the car park and I couldn't be bothered hustling)

But I've popped in to the odd shop. 

Genuine 70s tank $1 Vinnies half price sale...

Classic Hornsea

Cute old Crown Lynn..

Dominion Breweries maybe?

Primo curtains that seem to have been made-to-measure for my son' s room = stoked. Half price sale ($2.50)

Homemade top from a little church oppy that is only open 2 days a week

Maybe my favourite recent new acquisition.. also from the little oppy. $3. Fits over a bump. Yayar.

Old dress for Iris.

Togs for post baby.

First bump shot! 5months.

Happy Days!!

LInked up to Thriftasaurus @ Sir Thrift-a-lot

20 February 2014


6th and final edition due in August!

Currently 4 months along.
Might explain my lack of posts lately!!
Just so lacking in energy - but mojo is slowly crawling back, thanks to some mean iron supplements.

Happy Days!

12 February 2014

Slim Pickings

This Op Shopping Mama hasn't been op shopping much!
The times I have, I have been disappointed by the lack of stuff I'm into, 
and how overpriced a lot of it is..

I don't often experience this.
It will be a temporary thing, I know.

Anyway - here are some of my recent finds, like from the last month..

Very South Island-y photo in a frame.

Quite a few new shirts and other clothes actually in half price/end of season sales..
Framed picture book pages. 50c so I had to get them.

Cute quilt.

FAB jacket (vinyl) Very cool. Modelled by one of my boys.

And I hadn't finished sharing my new treasures from the garage sale series (they had at least 4 - I missed the last 1 or 2 when we were away for a few weeks)
Here and here are my previous posts about that lovely sale.

This little old doll has very cute knitted clothes - even undies. Her eyes open when she sits up.
I will give this to Iris in the future.

WE used to call these Swaps when we were kids - I'm sure they had a proper name!
A whole lot of them - SO awesome!!!

Just a selection - there are too many to photograph.

I particularly like the brownie ones. (top right)
I got a HUGE box full of olds mags.. ranging from 60s to the 80s. I am loving reading them. There are all sorts.

When people first got freezers, they also needed a publication to explain how to use one.. it includes what to freeze, how to freeze it, how it is safe, how to thaw etc... Fascinating stuff!

Blank albums. ONE DAY I'll fill all my fabulous blank albums with ACTUAL photos that I will have printed out!!

Fab postcard book from Disneyland. Very 'retro' photos.

Happy Days!

3 February 2014


I'm still alive!!
The kids went back to school today.. so I have some breathing  blogging space.

I love the holidays. A lot. 
But BUSY is what it ends up being, just on account of the numbers! 
Home schoolers: RESPECT!

We made a list of what we wanted to do, and ticked it all off...
For example:



Pick blueberries-

Go to the BMX track-


We feel thoroughly holidayed!

23 December 2013

Have a Good One!

No post for a week...sorry..

Busy, Fun, Crazy times round here.

So this is to wish y'all the best of times this CHristmas, whatever you are getting up to..

And here's my favourite CHristmas Song.. It is quite long but def worth a listen.. This will particularly resonate for antipodeans.. 

I have listened to this so many times, but I STILL get choked up from about 3.45.. 
(word of warning as I don't wish to offend readers with various views/beliefs: this guy is not a christian.)

Happy Days.

18 December 2013

Trees at the Meteor

There's a cool thing happening here in Hamilton.
(the meteor is a theatre)

It's like Wearable Arts, but for trees.
It's like an art exhibition for trees.

Which is why I saved my op shop tags from the year!

I call it

My sister-in-law and I did this one too, just for fun.
Kids all cut jelly shapes out to decorate these jelly 'trees'.. One of the many interactive exhibits. 

Two of my personal favourites..
The one in the background was made of milk bottle tops. 

This was inspired by a christmas living in Mexico City.

Arlo and his hot chocolate 'tache.
Backyard cricket, televised of course. (I watched from the 'cafe')
The general theme of the event.

Those were some snapshots.
If you're in Hamil-vegas - you have to get there..

Happy Days!