People often comment on how frequently I go op shopping, how many nice things I always find, have asked me to look for certain things they’re after, and even asked me to take them along on op shopping outings. It seems to be a special talent I have. Which I’m okay with because it’s heaps of fun and also very easy.
I do seem to have extraordinary luck in finding cool things in op shops and I often share some of these bargains on Instagram. The other day though, after a particularly successful trip, I thought I might start to post little op shop hauls to show you everything I find. Here we go!
This cute little house…thing. I’m not entirely sure what its intended purpose is but I plan on using it for sugar or salt. There’s no brand stamp on the bottom but there was a little tag from a previous sale attempt that says “Little house. Looks like Clarice Cliff (without the price tag!) $19” I’m not sure if it’s a collectable – I’m going to assume not because it’s not marked as being any particular brand. I paid $8.50 for it.
Another kitchen canister, a bit bigger this time though (and therefore probably better suited to tea bags). I thought this one was also really sweet and had nice pastel colours. I paid $4.00.
Yet ANOTHER kitchen related item. This cutie is handmade by Australian clay workers in Yarra Glen and was $4.25. I’m not entirely sure what I’ll use this one for as the holes rule out tea and salt. Perhaps sugar?
Probably one of my all-time favourite op shop purchases is this Mozi mug. Look at the giraffe! And it’s got a zebra on the inside too! $2.25, if you don’t mind.
How sweet is this cake stand? It seemed to be brand new too, in its box, and was only $5.25. I can’t wait to find
an appropriate any occasion to whip this baby out.
I spotted this little tin bucket and thought it would look pretty darn cute with a cactus in it. I grabbed it for $3.50. I didn’t have a particular cactus in mind but I think this guy looks pretty happy there!
And finally, books. Books, books, glorious books. It’s the one section of any op shop I always make a beeline for. This time round, I grabbed:
- “Finding Mr Darcy: Jane Austen’s guide to dating for the modern girl” by Amanda Hooton because Mr Darcy and lol. No matter that I’m in a committed relationship, I need this book in my life. $3.40.
- “Picnic At Hanging Rock” by Joan Lindsay. A creepy (I think?) classic that I’m yet to read. $2.20.
- “The Getting of Wisdom” by Henry Handel Richardson because that sounds pretty good. $2.20.
- Oxford German dictionary because despite the fact that I learnt German from Prep to Year 9, I can only remember how to say “I am a horse.” That’s not entirely true, I can remember a little more than that, but it’s fairly woeful. I’m hoping this will be the kick up the bum to finally download the Duolingo app. $2.40.
Yes please to all of these things. Do you enjoy a good op shop every now and then? What’s the best thing you’ve found?