Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Second Hand Rose

There is something incredibly thrilling and addictive about finding treasure in second hand of my very favourite past times is hitting the opportunity shops (or op shops as they are affectionately known)...I think overseas you guys call them thrift stores.  I am forever chasing a bargain, and feel like I have won the lottery when I bring home someone else's discarded treasure.
 I may have mentioned a favourite shop of mine here in Melbourne called 'Harem' Well, imagine my delight when our local op shop had a shop-load of their clothing at ridiculous prices! I was like a kid in a candy matter that some things were very small, and would not even go close to fitting me, I still had to have them. Gotta think outside the box sometimes - if it's something you love, it can always be used for lots of other things, like displaying on mannequins, or the fabric could be used for sewing projects - much cheaper than going to a fabric store.
I am so glad I brought these lovelies home...
 Another score this week were these lovely cloches - they are so pretty for displaying different things under...check out my baby shoes - awwwww. And of course the lovely nest my beautiful friend Jo made for me last year.
 I procrastinated over buying this latest edition of Flea Market Style - worth a fortune here in Australia...but I'm so glad I succumbed. Look how beautiful these pages are...then I came across this gorgeous plate, cup and saucer in the op says blah blah, Queen Mother on it, so it was a bit dearer than I would normally spend, but I couldn't resist, especially with Mother's Day just around the corner - I'm picturing a romantic afternoon tea inspired by this photo....
And isn't synchronisity a funny thing? Just look at the collections - remember I recently purchased a piano accordian? Then on the next page, I loved the idea of these stacked velvet boxes, and lo and behold, I found one for $1 on a dusty shelf, yep, you guessed it, in an op shop! Oh Happy Day!
Finally, i just have to share this pic from the magazine also...that turquoise table makes me weak at the I have decided that my very dated kitchen sideboard needs a makeover - I went to the paint shop with magazine in hand, and they have matched this colour for me - you know that I will share photos as soon as this project is completed - stay tuned.

So, the moral of this little story is...surround yourself with things that make you smile. Think outside the box, and finally, you really don't need to spend a fortune to have a beautiful home. Just be creative and look for inspiration all around you.


  1. I'd love to chill out over a cuppa (or maybe a glass of wine) in your garden and kitchen. So many things to make me smile!! Then perhaps we could go Opp Shopping!

  2. Dearest Tina ... LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the serene colors on this post! And they are all so artfully arranged ... Gosh, I could spend forever perusing through thrift stores ... they make me weak in the knees. Those dresses are to die for! (SIGH) I can see why you brought them home. I too love cloches. I have nests, eggs, and other earthly goods under mine. Truly, they make any object a work of art. Every one of these images stimulates the brain into overdrive ... Indeed, we should all live with what we love. Surrounding our own nests with small, inexpensive trinkets of desire make our homes as unique as we are individuals! :)) I love creating small resting places for the eyes to wander, letting one's imagination take flight!

    Your home looks like a very cozy nest ... and much like you ... warm and welcoming!

  3. You found such wonderful treasures out there my friend !! Wow! I really like your taste!! The dresses are awesome , what lovely colours !! and these cloches are a wonderful idea for decoration !!! The velvet boxes are awesome too !! As for the turquoise table is fantastic and you're idea to paint your sideboard is really good !! I can't wait to see it !! Kisses to you my lovely friend ! :o))

  4. Hello Friend! I love all of your magical finds, I love Flea Market Style, i LOVE the moral of your story:)...and I love you!! Would just adore an afternoon sipping tea among your treasures and amazing energy! xoxo

  5. You have described my favorites in your blog. I love the thrift shops here. My sister and I go often. I love to get clothes, tables, chairs, and nick nacks. I love the dresses; what an absolutely treasure! The cloches are so quaint and do showcase specialties for every season and occasion. And, I think you must have bought the best edition of the magazine. I, too, love to add color, like the tourquois, to pieces here and there. When I turned 40, I painted the whole house, inside and out, in colors that I love! Yes, yes, yes, think outside the box. It is the place to be! Thank you for reminding me of this, today!

  6. what gorgeous finds - i am sooo in love with the wedding look dress - what beautiful colours & the little teacup & saucer (i can never resist a gorgeous teacup) - op shops r such treasures....i have had to stay away from them lately as my doiley collection was getting way out of control!! (i have managed to find some blue doileys which i just love)- that magazine looks gorgeous....& turquoise....ahhh... i am having such a turquoise & vivid blue moment in my house & heart lately (maybe it's the cold winter creeping in - a need to surround ourselves with bright colours) - can't wait to see your updated project. thanks for sharing. xxx

  7. Yay are THE Inspiration Queen...I am so in love with this fab post!! I too love turquoise look forward to your know someone else who has a sideboard..yay..I love them!

    And the Op Shop treasures..oh my..I want to dress up like a Fairy peacock with all those fabulous dresses..just beautiful my friend!! Well thanks for the inspiring magical adventure...everything is beautiful! LIke you! I love cloches too...
    Hugs and sparkles

  8. You did indeed hit the jackpot! These are amazing treasures! Those dresses are lovely - and I just ADORE those glass cases. I really enjoy digging through thrift shops - as they say "one man's junk is another man's treasure." Enjoy! Theresa

  9. I think we can say turquoise is your favourite colour at present T! :)
    And gorgeous it is too. Those dresses are exquisite. I haven't heard of that magazine but the first page you shared is just the type of tea party of love to go to as well. The garlands are fab!
    Share pics when you've painted your furniture
    Love n butterflies Kat x

  10. Dear Tina, it's been a while and I've missed so many of your posts. I can't wait to start catching up on all your adventures. You are so right, thinking outside the box is the way to go and decorate a home, not only cheap but different and non-cookie-cutter, right? Great photos, super ideas and as usual, you've made me smile. Happy Spring lovely lady! XO

  11. Gorgeous! I love your blog, such beauty to behold. The colours of the dresses are amazing. It reminds me of my younger day, carefree summers. x


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