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Why I love vintage

I have been an op shopper for as long as I can remember. My friend Stacey and I would scour the op shops in Launceston for polyester striped shirts, grandpa pants and crazy jackets. I am proud to say that I still wear some of the things I thrifted while I was a teenager.


MC Escher coat bought years and years ago at a Launceston op shop.


Maroon wooly from a hundred years ago (it’s the perfect cropped length), red and black wool pencil skirt from the Red Cross op shop on Brunswick Street.

While I find most of my pretties in vintage shops not op shops these day, I don’t mind. I still love the thrill of the chase, not knowing what I will find (and if it will be in my size and if I can afford it). I also like not being dressed the same as anyone else!


Asian Princess dress bought years and years ago at a Launceston op shop.

I like knowing that the clothes I love have been loved before, and that no factory (recently) spewed out noxious gases to make the vast majority of the things I wear.


Washed vintage scarves, all in a row.

I love my vintage dress collection, I now have over 40. I’m not sure whether to be proud or ashamed at this! I have a couple of early gems from the 40s and 50s, but the majority are gorgeous numbers from the 60s through to the 80s. I love them for their awesome bright prints and easy to wash and wear fabrics!


This 1970s number was bought at Clara Fox, found unworn, still with the tag on!

So my friends, go forth and hunt down some pre-loved bargains! The planet will thank you!

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Op Shop Saturday

Last Saturday saw my darling sister and I head out to the the ‘burbs for spot of op shopping.

I chose not to purchase this record, but maybe I should have?

We started in Nar Nar Goon, where I found these teaspoons and a pair of yellow eggs cups.

CWA and Girl Guide spoons. $1 each.

The kookaburra carving was a gift from a favourite Girl Guide, the patterned egg cups are replica Titanic crockery, and my new yellow beauties. $2 for the pair.

Next was Pakenham, where I indulged my penchant for manchester, and cheese and broccoli pies (not pictured).  We stood out to the lovely ladies working at the local Salvos.  They said they could tell we were from ‘the city’, and said that we looked very ‘chic’.  But she pronounced it ‘chick’.  Cute.

Crochet lap blanket to join my growing collection. $7.

I love tablecloths.  This Queensland one joins my favourite Papua New Guinea and Tasmania tablecloths.  $2.

Finally, I found crockery!  Johnson of Australia is always a favourite, and the kitschy royal treasures were a real find.

17 pieces (missing a side plate) for only $5!

Commemorative mugs, $3 each.  The cute jug was 50 cents.  It’s now holding my new spoons.

This has whet my appetite for some more op shopping.  While I love my inner city vintage haunts, the prices in the ‘burbs are where it’s at.  Worth braving the Monash for at least …

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