Today’s Op Shop Finds At Brunswick Savers

carved wooden pig

Today the family had their own stuff to do and I was tasked with going to Savers to start working out Halloween costumes. That was the official excuse but really, I haven’t been op shopping in ages and it’s kiiiiling meeee.

Savers was pretty busy and their Halloween stuff (not secondhand) is everywhere. Lots of people buying up but we’re having none of that this year. This year is all about piecing together costumes from entirely secondhand sources.

I had so much time to kill before Husband picked me up so I took my time looking around the little trinkets. I couldn’t resist that little wooden pig up there!

I had to take photos in a huge rush, they didn’t turn out as well as I’d like but I don’t want to miss posting this today!

A recent obsession is vintage Pyrex. We had loads growing up and my aunt was the Pyrex queen. My mum always had the kind of muted autumn colours, never the pink or turquoise that I now see being sold for megabucks on Etsy and eBay. So I was pretty pleased to see this, even though it has a few small chips and baked on stuff. I’ll give it a thorough wash but it will make a great bowl for some fruit. I’m always running out of places to store fruit:

vintage retro turquoise blue Pyrex casserole dish

Then I saw this gorgeous little yellow Pyrex bowl. It’s the perfect size for dips. I don’t have any proper ‘dip’ size bowls. They’re either too small or too big, so this is fab:

vintage retro yellow Pyrex shallow dish

Me and my pineapples. No idea what I’ll do with this dish, but hey, it’s a pineapple. Maybe I could use it to serve… pineapple:

vintage retro German made pineapple fruit serving dish

More yellow! My mum had the bright green Tupperware containers identical to this yellow one below. Savers also had an olive coloured one in good condition but I’m going more for the brighter, cheery colours:

vintage retro yellow Tupperware storage container

I’ve been looking for a bathroom liquid soap dispenser in op shops without much luck. Then I saw this. Sure, it’s for the kitchen and I’m not going to be washing my hands with mustard but hey, it has retro yellow and retro vegan food:

vintage retro Pyrex yellow mustard dispenser

DeeW likes bits and bobs for her sewing kit and I never seem to have a particular colour thread when I need it. Hopefully this solves that problem:

bag of vintage cotton thread

Something for a fancy tea. Now I need to start having fancy tea:

vintage cake dessert tongs server

After being out of op shopping action for what seems like forever, this was a bit of a splurge. I did exercise some discipline though and put a few things back, seeing as I’ve been decluttering lately and don’t want to bring more stuff in to the house. I did find some clothes that can be used for Halloween costumes (and hopefully worn again after that!) but I’ll leave those for a Halloween post. In the meantime, I’m trying to drum up enthusiasm for all things Halloween. I think my costume will be a tired frazzled hag…

Here’s a pic of a building I love on Sydney Road. Who doesn’t love a bit of TARDIS blue!

Sydney Road blue terrace


I am sending this post to Woman In Real Life‘s Vintage Bliss Tuesday. Joann has awesome thrifty finds and it’s always a blast for me seeing people on the other side of the world with the exact same vintage stuff I have!



Vinnies Op Shop, Sunshine

retro apple jug apron

Today’s op shop: Vinnies (St Vincent de Paul) at 56 Station Place, Sunshine

St Vinnies Sunshine

I haven’t been to Vinnies in Sunshine for a long time. I’ve picked up some fab tops and games in the past and was happy to see the place is still large and well spread out. There’s a big selection of games and puzzles for kids but I didn’t get pics. I also resisted the temptation of the wooden pineapple napkin holder for $2 with a “Greetings from Surfers Paradise” sticker (which would have been removed STAT) but I’m regretting not buying it. Because, you know, retro wooden pineapple thing.

I had to do a super quick browse (family were in the car, I’d told them I was just dropping stuff off, but you know how it is with op shops…)

St Vinnies Sunshine

St Vinnies Sunshine

St Vinnies Sunshine

St Vinnies Sunshine

St Vinnies Sunshine

St Vinnies Sunshine

Spot the wooden pineapple napkin holder below:


St Vinnies Sunshine

There are those moments when you know your time is limited so your senses are on super high alert. Which is how I was instantly able to find this jug for $4:

vintage apple jug

I found this apron in my sister’s team colours. She was the lucky recipient of that jug too:

retro style apron

I only got one thing for myself (I KNOW, right?). Actually I got two things: this apron and an unused looking retro dishcloth for 50c. I love this apron. I’d call it my Carol Brady apron… except she never wore one:

retro apron

retro apron


Okay, off to focus on my training for the upcoming National Op Shop Week.


Vintage Finds at Dorothy Impey Op Shop, Coburg North

vintage doll ladle pot holder

Today’s op shop is the Dorothy Impey, or Dot’s Op Shop located at 238 Sussex Street in Coburg North:

Dorothy Impey Op Shop

What’s better than going to an op shop? Going to an op shop and seeing HALF PRICE SALE SIGNS ON THE WINDOW. And how can one resist a shop named Dot’s?

As soon as I walked in, I had a feeling I’d find something good.  Problem was I didn’t have much time to look around so I skipped over the clothes (don’t need any more of those!) and got the camera out to take some quick snaps:

Dorothy Impey Op Shop

I did a really quick browse through the dresses (ha, SEE? “Last thing I need…” but I still look anyway. And would have bought something):

Dorothy Impey Op Shop

The book section is quite a decent size. I saw a copy of the Sharp Carousel Microwave Cookbook which is what most people seemed to have when microwaves were all the rage.  Aaaand most people, like my family, probably never actually made anything successfully following those hideous recipes:

Dorothy Impey Op Shop

Dorothy Impey Op Shop

Dot’s Op Shop even has its own bunting decorating the shelves. Eeeeeeee!

Dorothy Impey Op Shop

Fortunately for my storage space, there was nothing for me in these sections (though I did linger over those two old glasses with the yellow bands that you see. 25 cents each):

Dorothy Impey Op Shop

Okay, so this is what I bought for the grand sum of one dollar. This old doll with an amazing hairdo was at the bottom of an assorted toys and dolls basket.  A pity she doesn’t come with a wiggle dress:

vintage doll

vintage doll

This cross stitch thingy for all the cross stitch I do.  Can you guess how much cross stitch I do by my reference to this as a ‘thingy’? Yeah, ZERO. But I figure it will come in handy one day.  Like when Costco opened here and a tv news reporter was interviewing some shopper about all these doormats he’d bought. And this shopper says “I don’t really need them but at that price I couldn’t resist, THEY’LL COME IN HANDY ONE DAY”.  I also found this half size ladle.  Perfect size for pancake batter, I get sick of using my bigass size ladle and trying to get the amount of batter the same:

vintage ladel aida cloth

My favourite find of the trip: this vintage patchworky pot holder slash pot rest! Love love love it:

vintage pot holder rest

I’m a bit late posting this because the half price sale was for all of July. The lemons were 10 cents each and I felt scummy taking more. I’m loving that doll though and thinking of naming her Donna Draper  😉


Sunshine Hospital Community Op Shop, St. Albans

Sunshine Hospital Op Shop

Today’s Op Shop: Sunshine Hospital Community Op Shop, located near the main (non-Emergency) entrance of Sunshine Hospital, 176 Furlong Road in St. Albans

DeeW had a checkup at Sunshine Hospital recently, which of course meant visiting the Sunshine Hospital Op Shop (aka Sunshine Hospital Community Shop).  I like how the ‘OP SHOP’ sign with the arrow is written in that hospital lettering. Unfortunately it wasn’t for sale, gahhh. Clothing racks are located under cover outside the op shop entrance, as well as a table of toys. There are more clothes inside. There’s a large display area of glassware, ceramics, shoes, VCR tapes and general home decoratey things:

Sunshine Hospital Op Shop

For children there are mostly clothes, soft toys and a few games and puzzles:

Sunshine Hospital Op Shop

Book area and changing room:

Sunshine Hospital Op Shop

I only spotted a couple of vintage (1970s) dresses not in my size and admitted defeat overall. DeeW however scored big with her $5 budget and bought a few soft toys, like Donkey from Shrek for 50 cents and a battery operated puppy that I secretly hope doesn’t work.

The Sunshine Hospital Op Shop isn’t a large op shop. There were no prices, you just ask the volunteers how much something costs and they’ll give you a price. Because it’s near the hospital entrance there are no parking options (I think the parking outside is more for quick drop offs and pickups and where taxis wait). However if you’re visiting the hospital, the op shop is certainly worth a browse every time as stock changes. Don’t let the small size put you off! I’d go back again if I was in the area– that’s the magic about op shopping!  There might be nothing today but probably something great next time. Maybe that sign…



Goss ‘n Shop Op Shop, Sunshine

Today’s op shop: The Goss ‘n Shop Op Shop at Holy Apostles Anglican Church, 100 Anderson Road in Sunshine

Goss 'n Shop Op Shop Sunshine

The Goss ‘n Shop is one of my favourite op shops.  Truthfully, I haven’t found much stuff there for me personally, but it’s such a nice bright little shop with lovely people working there who are always up for a chat. Prices are reasonable and they sometimes have specials on certain categories of items:

Goss 'n Shop Op Shop Sunshine

Last year, I picked up a nice 1970s secretary dress or two from the rack on the right:

Goss 'n Shop Op Shop Sunshine

The toys area is mostly made up of soft toys, though there are a few games and other toddler toys:

Goss 'n Shop Op Shop Sunshine

The first thing I noticed when I walked in was this gorgeous flash of orange. A second later I had to contain myself.   S C O N E   H O L D E R ! ! !

vintage scone holder

From now on I just KNOW that scones will not taste good unless they are served in my new-old scone holder.  My mum was thrilled when she saw it too, she was “oh my goodness, I have not seen one of these in years and years”.  Thanks Mum but it’s MINE.  Even though you offered to wash and iron it.

How about you?  Ever found a scone holder?