20 June 2016

My Name is Linda and I like Stuff

I HAVE FINALLY added a directory (which is actually still in draft form but it's a start!!) on a page, as you'll see on the tabs above this. If anyone wants to know where the oppies are at in Hamilton New Zealand, click on it!! Contact me if you need a tour!

You might think I op shop all day long, every day. Dreams are free!!

But on that topic, my dream job would ACTUALLY be to go to op shops and Garage Sales and hunt for stuff to meet my clients' needs  - a bit like a personal op shopper! Or buying/ sourcing props for a particular film or TV thing or magazine..   anyone out there want to employ me?!!! 

I am digressing! I have spent about a week trying to get this post together. That's how life is! I think today might actually be the day I manage to hit the publish button on this! Yay me!

These are some recent acquisitions, in no order at all. Randomly and chaotically, a bit like my life right now!
I hope y'all in blogland are in a good and healthy space. 


Off the 20c shelf at Vinnies in Frankton. Hairline crack in the inside - but perfect for holding tooth brushes or something.

Crown Lynn bowl for Stan (very old)
Love the old candle boxes!
among other things..

Squeakers. Somebody obviously must have dropped these all to the Sallies in a bunch as that's how I found them.

 Fabric finds from the last wee while. I am gearing up - slowly - for a sewing attack.

 I am sentimentally drawn to these type of coathangers. Strange but true.

A bit of an internal squeal when I happened upon this at my local and favourite oppy. $2.50. It's large. After we renovate I will work out where it goes!!

 For those that don't know I love Sindy Dolls from the 1970s/ early 80s, just like the ones I had. I collect them whenever I chance upon them,I also love fruit and vege salt and pepper shakers.

Linen. Because...

 .. you can never have too much. cough, cough. 

Phone book cover, done in my favourite NanaTechnology style. Exquisite 1950s wallpaper on the inside. Yes, we still have a phone book in Hamilton!

6 soft brushed flannelette hotty covers, exquisitely made - 20c each. Perfect! I bought the HWBs brand new!! Lol

New* dresses for me.

$3 total.

I don't pay much for op shop stuff. I generally only get clothes if there is a half price sale or something.. and I just can't adjust to the prices on some things these days. So these things would all have been $2 or less. Most would be much less. I wouldn't pay more than 20c for a sewing pattern, for example. Or $1 for a teatowel.. 

There is a new op shop in Frankton, in the main drag. These were from there. The woman lets you pay what you think it's worth. She is into bartering. PLus she sews and adjusts things as you shop. Very cool.

She still has her 50c tag on - but I'm fairly certain she's worth a lot more.. from what I can work out, she is one of the earliest Sindy Dolls.. before real eyelashes. Made in Britain. ANyone know anything about that? Iris is defo NOT playing with this one!

Prisk St oppy. Pyrex tea set. Yes, $3. I bought it for a friend.

Happy Days!

4 March 2016

Happy Place

Going to the Op Shops and Garage Sales are most definitely my favourite form of recreation!

These are some finds from the last few weeks. (Despite what it might look like I actually DON'T spend all my time at op shops!! I will pop into one on my way elsewhere usually. Occasionally I will go on a spree/op shop crawl, if I have a. the time, b. some spare cash and c. my kids can cope!! 
As for garage sales, I generally only go to the bigger fundraising ones at churches or schools... I like to go most weekends, if I can! 

Apols to my instagram friends who have seen some of these photos already.. (I am finding instagram quite a useful/fun sharing space these days!) linda_opshop is me! 

Various cute and a bit kitsch things. And two very huge and very useful 70s trays.
My kids LOVE these spoons. I've had to limit it to only buying ones with 'dangly bits' plus any that feature trains or the royal family. 

I always buy old Fisher and Price toys when I see them.

We have SO MANY books in our house. Almost every single one has been thrifted. You can find some absolute gold.

I had to buy this record for the cover. It's going on the wall in someone's room.

I gave this tin to my sister-in-law who LOVES hydrangeas. I do too. But she does more. Plus I filled it with baking as she is a huge help to me. 

This coaster is bigger than my head. Also going on the wall. (the coaster, not my head lol)

fabric, dresses, 70s glasses.

I absolutely LOVE this fabric, which has been cut into the pieces for a very small dress unfortunately. (adult size small)  But I'll think of something for it!

I've found a few very cool old duvets lately.. 


I don't photograph all the stuff I buy. Like the clothing for the kids, the shoes, etc etc... I usually only show off the interesting stuff.. But this was a pile that demonstrates how cheaply and effectively you CAN clothe all the kids... This was a fill-a-bag-for-$1 jumble sale. Sometimes they are $5 a bag. But still amazing value. That stuff is cool stuff my kids actually like, a lot of it current season fashion. (so it seems!) I even find school uniforms that are in perfect condition. Win.
Just sayin.

Bad hair, don't care. 

And this was yesterday. One shop. Sheets and pillow cases on left, brown dress, blue and white towelling 70s shirt, make up box and kitsch wall thing. Maybe $8 total.

Happy Days!

29 January 2016

Funky Fabric Finds from St Francis

The other day, between swimming lessons with some of my kids, I popped into the PopUp Op Shop at the St Francis Oppy in Hillcrest.. (They have so much stuff they filled a big room next door with their overflow, and made it cheap as chips..) They also have a Garage Sale tomorrow morning Hamilton people. 

I found lots of cute kids' fabric, among other things..

Very old copies of Wiz of Oz and Black Beauty..

Incredibly strange to have  green-faced children on that fabric. Different! Haha.

The 3 kids' prints were 2 flat single sheets and a couple of pillowcases.. so plenty of fabric!

I'm trying to build up my collection of old towels with prints on, so I only end up with cool oldy ones...

Quite a large and VERY COOL curtain..

Few more towels, these ones from my local..

Old Fisher-Price. Goes. Quite annoying actually, but Stan LOVES music.


Very old. Love.

Gratuitous Arlo-on-Beach photo

 Stan..  He's coming along beautifully. Absoutely adorable and SERIOUSLY still the easiest baby EVS!!!

Happy Days!

27 January 2016

Slight Silver Lining

SO working backwards.. I shall now ATTEMPT to show what the op shopperoo scene has presented to me in the last year or so.. 

The Red Cross Op Shop that shut down the other day had a great closing sale, of course. (Slight Silver lining) .. Nothing was over 50c and everything was half price of the reduced price in that final week. 

As well as getting masses of clothing for the entire family (there was quite a lot of very cool stuff...) these are my favourite purchases:

If you didn't already know, I am quite obsessed with Sindy Dolls, but only the sideways looking type from the 1970s, like the one I had. This particular one (which was 30c!) is extra special as she has those moveable joints. The Ballet Dancer one I believe. I REALLY wanted a ballet dancer/gymnast one when I was little!


ANd because Iris was with me and she wanted one too, we also got 2 1976 barbies. I don't think barbies are anywhere near as cool as Sindy Dolls lol.

This tiny little angel was waiting for me up by the counter. I threw her in the pile at the very last minute. Packed away for next December!

LOVE these old kitchen things, despite their dishwasher-unfriendlieness! 50c each.

There were heaps of cool books.. I got some great ones. These are my favs... Great ballet book and a retro desserts book. Drool. The colours!!!

BACK UP THE BUS... what was that price tag?! LOVE it. Can't get more reasonable than that!!

I am ALWAYS hoping to find some original BARBA family books, like the ones we had as kids.. Not usually winning at this, but FINALLY found one! ANd it was 10c. (half price LOL) STOKED.

Favourite shirt for Stan.

When clothes are 50c or less you can indulge.. and Iris did! 

Those shoes I actually bought for MYSELF but I am quite good at sharing!!