Some vintagy finds to share…

Some bargain fabrics…

some once-tangled trims…

a chain printed shirt, destined for downsizing…

a nautically inspired jumper…

a navy horsehair bag…

a dainty 50’s style cropped cobalt cardi…

an Australian Home Journal…

 patternless, unfortunately…

but I take the hint – it is about time I returned to making my own…
Found in:
  • The Country Store, Miranda, Waikato
  • This is not a Love Shop, K Road, Auckland
  • The Paper Bag Princess, K Road, Auckland
  • a shop with no name, Grey Lynn, Auckland
What about you – have you found any vintagy treasures lately?
Are you like me – and just can’t walk past an op-shop without going in?
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11 thoughts on “Some vintagy finds to share…

  1. All great finds! That equestrian print shirt is fabulous! I did a restyle of a vintage shirt just the other day. I was so pleased with myself!
    Your's will be fabulous, I'll bet!
    I love those vintage sewing books. I rescued a simplicity one from the 50's. It has so many good tutorals in it.They seemed to pack so much into such small books back then. Now they're like doorstops!
    Portia
    xxx

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  2. Such wonderful finds! Not that I spend much time looking in thrift shops, but when I do, I hardly ever find things that I would want to take home. Maybe I should stop in more often.

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  3. @ Irene—in my experience thrift stores, like other wild game, require patient and frequent stalking. The good stuff may be far between, and it goes fast, but with regular checking in I can even find treasures at my local thrift, which is the height of lame for the most part.

    Nifty finds—I especially like the trims. And I ADORE the fact that you have a shop called “The Paper Bag Princess”! Fave childrens book ever!

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  4. I love your finds! I'm so jealous, there is so little choice in UK charity shops…and very few bargains. Car boot sales are quite good though – looking forward to them starting again (May time I think)!!

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  5. ~Mary Nanna – I got the fabric and trims from the one in Miranda – turn off to Kaiaua from Miranda and it is just there – a large white wooden building that used to be the local!

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  6. I love an op shop! The clothes are always OOK in the ones I visit but there's always fabric lengths which are the staple of my home made wardrobe lately. And I buy lengths of cotton for toiles. Heaps cheaper than buying off the bolt.
    lore
    x

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  7. Can't wait to see what you do with the shirt, it's such a striking print! Unfortunately I don't think the thrift shops in the UK are that great but eBay can turn up some interesting things sometimes, although it's not always cheap sadly.

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