Greetings lovely friends & readers
Longtime readers of my blog will know that I love to frequent thrift stores & Op-shops. I don't always find purchases but it gives me so much pleasure when I do come away with some new-to-me
junk treasures. My many trips down to Mum's this year (6 so far) have seen me stop at lots of Op-shops in my travels & I realised I had not shared my hauls from the last two trips.
Half an hour from Mum's town I pass through the township of Stratford. I really like their Hospice Shop - clean, well laid out, good stock & reasonable prices. These items above were all from there. In case you might think that I buy these items & then don't especially do anything with them, I thought I'd share what I've done with some of the items in the above haul.
The beautiful hard-cover book above was $5 & still like brand new. I bought it for Juno & it made a nice Easter gift along with the Carrot Treat Bag I had made for her.
The Miranda Hart book ($1) is to gift to my friend Gail who absolutely Loves anything Miranda.
I am half way through reading the Sophie Kinsella book ($1) & then I'll pass this on to a friend.
The $1 piece of Linen has been washed, ironed & put away with my offcuts of Linen - I always pick up Linen when I see it at Op-shops as it is so pricey in the Sewing shops.
The small wooden stool above was $8. I painted this over Easter with 2 coats chalk paint in the colour Vintage White.
It made a perfect riser for a small Easter display I had done & will be handy throughout the year for table displays.
These two tall glass candle holders were $2.50 each. Although they don't match I knew I had a boxful of small candles at home that I was sure would fit in them perfectly. They look wonderful tucked into another display on my round table & I will be lighting & enjoying them soon.
This haul above is from the Hospice Shop in Mum's small town - again another very good shop to visit. The needlework framed picture was $5 & this too got painted over Easter as the frame was chipped & tatty.
I used the chalk-paint colour Old Linen which seemed to match the background fabric perfectly. I Love how this turned out. 💗
This heavy crystal vase was $3 & I made a soy candle up into it - these are handy to have on hand for gifts. The fragrance is French Pear & it smells divine. The wee floral jug ($2) will also have a candle made into it once my new order of soy wax arrives.
The round jar (you can only see the Lid of it in my haul photo) was 50c. I needed a good sized jar to keep some vintage buttons in & this was ideal plus I loved the shape of it. Any household items that I purchase are put through my dishwasher as soon as I get them home as I find this brings them up clean & shiny.
The china cups & saucers above were bought from the SPCA shop - they were pricey at $10 a pair but I was sure they matched some china I already had - the jug & bowl above right.
How pretty they look amongst my collection of green china ware. 💚Almost all of the china on this dresser has been thrifted.
Another thing I always pick up is wooden embroidery hoops as these too are expensive in the Sewing Shops. This one above was 50c & it just fit this sweet little stitchery that I had completed while down at Mums. It looked a bit bland so I painted around it with some leftover blue chalk-paint & this seemed to really bring it to life. The pattern is available from Twig & Tale Designs.
We have had beautiful autumn days this past week & I've worked outside pulling one of my raised veggie gardens to bits & giving the soil a good feed before I plant for winter. I harvested many green peppers which I froze & the last of my tomatoes. I also harvested some self-sown pumpkins. While at Mitre 10 buying sheep pellets for my soil I noticed their Bulbs were all half price so I purchased 2 packs of daffy's which are now in the ground.
Since my return home Fat Blackie has taken up residence in the craft cupboard at the end of the hallway. The door doesn't latch properly so he is able to get his paw around & open it. He is currently sleeping on a stack of nicely ironed linen tablecloths that I had just done. Yesterday when I tried to get some fabric out from under him he hissed at me, the little so & so 😒
Thank you so very much for your visits today dear friends
Wishing you a wonderful week ahead - remember to be kind to yourselves & to each other,
With much love & friendship to you All,
Julie & the furry ones x0x0x