Other bits and pieces

I have also come across some lovely items. I once asked my mother if I could have the salad servers she never used and she declined my request, then duly broke one server and felt bad, so passed the single one on to me. This week I found its matching pair for $1. The chance of that seems quite unlikely to me.

I love frosted glass, and there high on a shelf were a set of 6 bowls all of a different colour. They remind me of my mum and dad’s 1950’s wedding where all the bridesmaids wore different pastel shades.

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Carlton ware salad servers.

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Too much of everything, but how can I resist…
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Delicious green vase. Will probably end up storing more pencils.
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I have a soft spot for the honesty of wood in its natural form.
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A bag of upholstery linen.
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The retro sheets found last week.

Feast or famine…

Last week there was no end to the amount of sheets sitting on shelves at op shops. Including beautiful cotton retro sheets too. And every time I went back,  there were more sheets!  I just couldn’t believe it… an overflow began on my lounge floor. A couple of sheets I washed and put into my ‘favourites’ stack. Only pure cotton ones make the cut, and if one sheet is added, then another has to be pulled out because I don’t want a huge collection. Decisions, decisions.

So here are my weeks finds.

 

And this week so far, a famine has started. Not one retro sheet has been seen at any op shop. Maybe my Friday jaunt tomorrow will bring fresh finds!

Getting lighter

The days are becoming longer  – the daylight that is. I can again photograph items late afternoon. And there are little jonquil flowers popping up. Spring is around the corner. My favourite find this week is this Pyrex dish. I have never seen this beautiful blue / green before. I always wonder why something that steals my heart and I know that I will own for a long time, hasn’t been snapped up by anyone else in the op shop before me. I found some staples with excellent packaging for my cool orange stapler and lots of fabric, including some nylon curtains. And the tea cosy is divine. What a week!

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Snow tiddlepom!

Oh, there’s nothing like a snow day! A day where I don’t have to go to work but get paid, and I can revel in the unexpectedness of it all. And on a Friday is even better, a long weekend! Such was yesterday. I even got time to bake and find this fish slice in the foreground of the photo and the Hostess orange lidded container.

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Early this morning with snow just fallen.
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Tala measuring cup made of tin.

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A whole box of Crown Lynn Carousel pattern

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Divine pure cotton sheet!

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Roll on summer!

These patio pads were $1 each. The design is so strong – and I really like pattern with thick black lines.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thrift finds

Off to a township nearby for lunch today with the poorly ones and I found a tangerine coloured Pyrex dish. This is my favourite colour by far. I also found this pink floral shower curtain – brand new cheerfulness.

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Such good design!
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The shape of this basket is what attracted me to it – and I love the texture.

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Aged wooden pegs – straight out of my childhood before spring clip ones were invented. 
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A birch large platter for $2. Bargain!
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In the 1970’s I was roped in to going to a number of Tupperware parties. These pastel numbers were very popular after the bright orange era.

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This is a quilt that is ripped but has detailed embroidery. 
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And this is the back – a large piece of pure cotton fabric that I think I will use for sandwich wraps. It has been Napisaned and is now flapping on the washing line. 

 

 

And finally a whole lot of retro linens. Some are sheets, one an apron and most are pillowcases.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The lure of op shopping

I have had the time to op shop over the past few days. Today was one of those heart skipping moments when I found a piece of Swedish ovenware – mid century modern sweetness. This era is my favourite – I guess because that was the biggest influence when growing up in the 1960’s.

 

I found these linens.

 

 

I was given this book for my birthday. Each page is a,’Oh, I remember that’ experience. Lately when I haven’t been able to sleep I have tried to recall a memory that is new. Try as I might I just can’t do it – but the desired effect of boring myself to sleep certainly works. I think that’s why I love op shops so much – old memories are brought back.

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This cat is made of plaster I think- so sleek and curvaceous.

The lure of op shopping continues.

Back!

As Dorothy said, ‘There’s no place like home.’ Holidays are wonderful – a time for lots of talk,  more exercise and new sights. I was in Wellington and of course had to visit a few op shops.  I don’t know if I just hit bad days but I found nothing except a book and a lovely paua shell. What struck me is how poor the linens are. Just newish cotton mix sheets without the retro appeal. None of the op shop goodness that my city offers. And grot sheets were $6!

So yesterday I returned home and had time to go to my two favourite op shops. And there were some lovely sheets.

 

 

The last photo is a tin tray.

Below is my cupboard with my favourite pure cotton sheets. I found some delightful washi tape that is fabric and looks like a vintage sheet pattern  – so I put it top and bottom of the shelf.  There is no more room now for sheets – I will have to start getting rid of some if another favourite is found. The other  photos are pillowcases. Such an easy way to change the look of a bed.

How lucky!

I popped into the Hospice Op shop at lunchtime and just put out were some retro sheets. What perfect timing! I like the orange ones best – pure cotton wonderfulness. They are unlike any pattern I have seen before.

I also happened upon a stack of pillowcases yesterday from the Salvation Army store. 50 cents a piece.

Bright colours always attract me, as do retro patterns. Argh… Pyrex, enamel ware and other linens. What a week it has been! There’s no more op shopping for a while… A holiday awaits.