John was an angel and offered to drop me and Trish off at the train station where we were all meeting. But first: more coffee. We talked about how we hardly ever, almost never, in fact, find actual vintage dresses in op shops but were looking forward to looking all the same. Trish looked super cute in a vintage red stripe dress. We were now ready for the day ahead. At the station we met with absolute darling Cecylia, and then there were too many hellos to familiar faces and introductions to new friends to keep up with the photo taking. The first op shop was surprisingly good. Filled with lots of Olde Thingse that were interesting. Lots of good-looking books. I was strong in that I know my shoulders aren't and I didn't want to be lugging heavy books around all day. Leeyong found a great bowl. And I liked this big boat on top of the stacks of books. Beneath this was the dress rack, and Leeyong and I went and had a quick browse. I wasn't really looking, knowing that there wasn't going to be anything for me there... ... and within two seconds my hand felt good quality material, that kind of had a vibe... I'd found an early 1960's dress. In perfect condition. In my size and to my taste. For $14. Don't thumbs look weird in photos on their own like that? Having just broken the nail down way too low doesn't help. Anyway. More on this great dress soon..! The next op shop looked pretty good too. I was quite sure I'd used up all my luck (and all my carrying room in my handbag) so was quite happy to do some casual browsing and chat with my fellow shoppers. I thought this looked pretty nice. And nearly bought these egg cups, but decided not to after all. I like my eggs poached! There was a lot of furniture, some of it very interesting. But it was time to cross the road under the grey, stormy sky for op shop number three. Chapel Street is busy on a Saturday. And the third op shop had a sense of humour – but there were far uglier things, of course! We all thought this really wasn't the worst at all. The fish were friendly. And then the final stop, op shop number four. I was feeling ready for bed again at this point but did try to take a quick picture of myself. Hello. I did much better with a photo of Trish and Erica. Cintia found an amazing pink blanket and a huge map. Vicki was not sure of this kids' jumper but we all thought it was a winner. Time for lunch. We went to Tyranny of Distance, a colourful place just off Chapel Street, and were treated to round after round of yummy food. The fruit drink was absolutely delicious, too, the kind of thing I always think I'll make in summer but hardly ever get around to doing, with real fruits and fresh mint swimming in bright pink. We all had to take photos, obviously. Ceclyia and Berlin (from Nuffnang) are too cute! We were all pretty ready for lunch. Op shopping is thirsty work. Note that the serious faces are from some pretty intense instagramming. Here is a list of all of those there, as I didn't manage to photo everyone: Sharon, Mary, Zoe, Kate, Maria, and Valissa, also from Nuffnang. A great group. So many cameras, so much photo taking. Trish found this cool set of cards. And we all enjoyed the haloumi. Then Trish and I had to dash off to the city for our afternoon event, but that's for another post! I have so much to share with you. Happy Saturday and Happy Easter – I hope you are enjoying the long weekend!
Saturday, 30 March 2013
an op shop crawl, a great group of ladies and I find something special
Last Saturday (I can't believe it was a week ago!) I hoisted my sick self upright, tipped a double espresso down my throat and headed off for a day I had been looking forward to for ages and absolutely was not going to miss: the Nuffnang Op Shop Crawl. Organised by Erica, it was a morning of op shop (Australian for charity shop) visiting with fellow Melbourne bloggers with a liking for beautiful things from the past, and I knew it would be a good day.