Opportunity Shopping: Latest Treasures

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Of course, being highly imaginative and now owning a quaint 1930’s cottage, I am thinking all things Australiana and Depression era. So my eyes boggled and my heart started pounding when I stumbled across these two green treasures.


Opportunity Shopping: Latest Finds


$11.00 later…

My awesome friend, Liz, suspects the glass vase has been glass blown by an artist because the lip of the vase is irregular in its finish. Love this piece! And who wouldn’t adore those cds? Love op-shops!

Eye Candy: Glass Plate Decorations

Yesterday one of my lovely friends and Greeves St. Project volunteer, Kathy, told me she is really excited about Glass Plate Flowers and she described the process of glueing Op Shop glass plate finds of various sizes together to create garden ornaments in the shape of flowers. I love cut glass and crystal and I love up-cycling, so it got me curious. I did a Pinterest search and found the following images – because, as usual, I am clearly the last to know about this new craze! I searched “glass” “plate” “garden” “upcycling”.

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Aren’t these just fabulous ideas? Thanks Kathy. X

Opportunity Shopping: Western Suburbs, Melbourne

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Books that became movies – $6-00 for 6 books. I’ve already finished About A Boy by Nick Hornby. The book is a bit different to the movie, which is sad because the movie is one of my favourites.IMG_3601 (2)

This chainmail-styled necklace – $3-00! So cool.IMG_3607

Complete Retro set of anodised aluminium picnic cups – $20-00.

Out and About: Opportunity Shopping in Western Central Victoria


I scoured op-shops and antique emporiums on a road trip over the weekend, which took me as far as the beautiful Grampians. There are many bargains to be had in these parts of country Victoria. Do you like my new comfy chair? What about those fringes?

I was on a particular mission to source retro household items for an extremely exciting secret project – to be revealed very soon. I found just a couple of little things in vintage stores but the store owners are really committed to their collecting and have promised to call just as soon as they have sourced some colourful retro canisters. They were also able to enthusiastically advise me on my secret project. Stay tuned.


This sexy photograph is where I’m up to with my collecting. I stayed at the Halls Gap Eco YHA. It was really well run and had a range of environmentally sustainable features such as passive solar (concrete floors), 35cm thick rammed earth walls, solar hot water, water tanks, recycling stations and even free free-range eggs for guests.


I swear, tourists cannot be disappointed if they visit the Grampians. The wildlife is prolific and unafraid of crazy, trigger happy people. I stalked these two (and many others) with my Iphone.

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Opportunity Shopping

IMG_2319These beautiful pastel, retro egg cups cost $4-00 for the setl. I bought them in a cute shop in Trentham, Victoria then took them to my friends house that night and just had to show her. She took one look and told me they looked like a set of ramekins she owned, by Martin Boyd, a ceramic artist belonging to a very famous Australian artistic family. She brought the ramekins out and we checked the engraved signature under the pieces and, sure enough, my little egg cups are also by Martin Boyd. Wow. What a find. I am a little chuffed.