One of the things I love to do is to meander through op shops. I say meander because, as you know if you have tried to browse with children, there’s no meandering allowed. I have three favourite shops nearby that I visit regularly. Sometimes I take the kids, give them a few dollars and let them pick toys. Elly has brought home spectacular finds, including a number of things with functioning batteries that I’d thought would have worn out by now. Fireman Sam book with siren button - I am looking at you.
But nothing beats a slow meander round the shop, poking into all the treasures. If you’re like me and love to re-use and re-purpose things there is always something sweet to find. On rare occasions I buy clothes that fit me. On others I buy dresses and skirts and amend them. Or I pick up really large men’s shirts, pillow slips and pretty table cloths because I want to make something from the fabric. Sometimes I even do! Martha von Trapp sports a sweet little yellow dress at the moment that I made her from a pillow slip. On some rare days, serendipity is on your side and you find a stash of goodies. Today was one of those days.
Let's start with the first two things for me: some lovely handbags. I don't buy leather much, but second hand is less problematic for we veggie types. It's had a fair amount of use, and the cow is well past its use-by date. How pretty are these colours! About $2 each.
The obligatory pillow case so I can sew something with this purple birdy fabric... I haven't yet thought of what.
No little cat, they are not real birds. Please do not kill.
Great $5 find - a single doona cover with colourful alphabet animals. This is for a large single by the looks of it, and has the same pattern on the back. As there's only one side seam I can split it open and use the whole width. I'm planning one big floor rug for the kids, and there will be heaps of material left for other things as yet unthought of.
See the cute animals?
This is a neat little case, perhaps originally for a camera? I'm going to turn this into something fun for Martha. It's nice and solid and all the zips work well, which is important for kiddie bags or they get rather frustrated opening and shutting them. Car garage? Doll house with dressing room? Doctor's kit?
Lots of space inside!
But without a doubt this last one is my absolute favourite. I've been keeping my eye out for old board games. I was thinking it would be fun to customise a Monopoly board, with local places and activities the kids know. Instead I found something - if you'll pardon the expression - genuinely retro.
I haven't counted to verify the 56 claim, but it is packed with different activities. There are pieces missing of course, but disks and dice are easy to replace. We've been having half an hour quiet game time with Elly every night after Martha goes to bed. This will be fun to explore. Check out these boards:
I adore the design of the set. The colours and graphics are lovely. Here are some close ups:
And the truly best bit?