Thursday 17 January 2008

A Thrifting Opportunity

Yesterday Mum and I braved the heat to do a good deed and take a whole pile of 'crap' cleaned out of Babe's grandparents house to the Hospice Op Shop, 'Op' is what we call 'Thrift' shops here, 'Op' being for 'Opportunity' if you hadn't already guessed! I like to use the term, 'Thrift' it makes me feel virtuous, like I might be saving money . . .

As you might imagine I don't need a lot of encouragement to get within sniffing distance of a good 'thrifting' 'opportunity'!!!

It was good, I am getting picky, could it be something to do with the overwhelming amount of 'treasures' pouring out of every nook and cranny in our house?

This little selection here are keepers, two cherubs for my collection and a fabulous red Burslem transfer ware plate. Actually we don't really use the term 'transfer ware' here either, we call anything remotely like that 'willow pattern'.

I do love Carlotta Edwards prints, this one, the pomander and wash basin and jug are already listed on Trade Me. Trade Me is New Zealand's very successful version of EBay.

Today I had to go and pick up something (remote controlled speedboat) for Babes in a part of Auckland that just so happens to have four 'thrift' shops. I got this gorgeous hand stitched dressing table set, a little pram for my baby ornament collection and another pomander.

I have to dash, I am off to the supermarket to buy CHAMPAGNE because my MUM HAS GOT A JOB!!!!!!

I am so proud of you Mum xo


Alison Gibbs said...

Well what wonderful thrifting opportunities came your way!
Lots and lots of lovelies.
Way to go Liz. Congratulations. I guess she'll do a post and tell us all about it.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Congrats to your Mom and her new job! I love the great finds you got at the Op shops!!
p.s. thanks for participating in my name the mosaic pig giveaway!

Lori said...

congrats to your mum!!!

and what wonderful thrifting finds:) i just LOVE the ballerina print and red plate, yummy!!!

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...



bluemuf said...

Great finds Rachael. Congratulate your mom on her new job.

Hugs Karen

12 Days of Christmas Swap said...

You didn't tell me that you had been thrifting again today!!!
Too much excitment, and yes I will do a post tomorrow to tell The World -yeeeeeeeeeeeh!!

Sugar Bear said...

Ooo - some great stuff! Congratulations Mum!

Aimz said...

Congrats to your mum! And you found some lovely items :-) I'm still on the lookout for that glass bathroom container/jar with a lid...

Our Home Schooler and Jen said...

theres an award for you over at my blog :)


Felicia said...

Congrats to your mom :)

Unknown said...

Oh Racheal! You always find such gorgeous things! I love the basin and jug!! Eveyrthing is so pretty!

Congratulations to your sweet mom too! That is great!

Thank you so much for the award! I will put it up on my blog :)

Love ya lots,

Anonymous said...

Hi Racahel, fabulous thrifting, yes that word does sound better! Lovely things, you lucky girl :) Thanks for sharing the link to the NZ Trademe. Congratulations to your Mum, so happy for her :) Jenn and Jacqui said...

That is a lovely print, with all the twirling ballerinas. good finds!

Cape Cod Washashore said...

Congratulations to your Mum!!!

What lovely treasures! I'm really loving your red transferware plate! =)

Wolfe's den said...

Such wonderful treasures you have found thrifting!! That is one of my favorite past times!!

Anonymous said...

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Ruth Welter said...

Great finds Rachael...what pretty displays you have made with them.

Linda said...

Great treasures from the OP shops. I especially like the plate, I have a few pieces of red transfer ware and love it.
Enjoy your celebration and congratulations to your Mom. Linda

Britt- Sparkled Vintage Charm said...

great finds!!! Lucky you!!! congrats to your Mum!
xo Britt

Just Between Us Girls said...

Rachael....I just left you a conversation at Etsy...the shipping is 8.00 but read the Etsy conversation first and respond. Thanks for you comment in my blog. I love those love letters. Great about your mom's new job. WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

Hi! I just LOVE your ballet prints...and I checked out "Trade Me"! We had no idea there was another kind of "ebay!"

What would shipping be to Pennsylvania, USA?



Anonymous said...

Wonderful things!!!! I am in love with the pitcher and bowl you found!

(I am adding your blog to my blogroll right now! Sorry I hadnt' done it sooner!)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Hi Rachael! What wonderful finds! Hmmm, wonder if I could swipe your cherubs? You KNOW I LOVE them!!

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