op shops

tea for five

My most recent favourite Gumtree purchase is …


A lovely large Samantha Robinson teapot that was living just a hop, skip and a jump away in Thornbury.  Purchased for the bargain price of $10.

We tested it at breakfast on Sunday … and there was enough tea for all of us.  Yay!

in the hood


A few months ago I got a little postcard in my letterbox announcing that a new op shop was opening in the old factory area just to our north.  But only on Saturdays and Sundays.

How exciting.  I have been meaning to pop in ever since.  THIS weekend I finally went there.

And this …


How speccy.  I would consider buying a new house just to properly accommodate this super groovy dining suite.

Rellik is a nice big factory space full of all sorts on interesting things.


Need a new couch?  This could be amazing reupholstered.  Or even just how it is, with some fun cushions.


Looking for something for your collection … What about some Johnsonware?


Or Corningware?


Brown glazed pottery?


Some canisters?


Or maybe some records? (Can you tell I did a bit of rearranging … I picked out some classic albums for them to display front and centre … Remember Charlene’s ‘I’ve Never Been To Me’ ….)


But perhaps you are looking for something more practical.  What about a fun lamp?


Or a stove for your caravan?


A nice picnic tea set?


Or a laminate kitchen table and zebra chairs?

Need to fill up your chambers?  What about a wall of English law reports?


And look, they even sell some ‘new old’ stuff, like these fun light cords and the associated cage lights and interesting bulbs.


So many things.  So many good things.  So excited this is within walking distance to my house!

And … with Fossil Vintage a hop, skip and a jump from Rellik, I am hoping that all my dreams come true and that this is the start of a second hand revolution, where my closest light industrial area transforms into a haven, or THE destination for second hand shopping … in the second hand city!  Imagine how ace that would be …

camping in september

Last year was okay.  We went to Maryborough and the days were clear and crisp.  Not a lot to do in Maryborough … but the weather was fine.

This year however it has been the soggiest greyest and MOST AWFUL time to camp in Daylesford EVER (maybe … although it’s not snowing, and actually the last 12 hours have been okay … but there’s a huge storm on the way right?).

On the upside

  • The kids have still had loads of fun with their cousins – freezing cold tents, endless rain, mud and all
  • We had a great dinner at the Old Hepburn Hotel (parma night – my choice introduced me to be the joys of a schnitzel topped with fried onion, bacon, BBQ sauce and cheese!)
  • I didn’t have to cajole too much to get the kids to The Mill Market (some room to move around inside – and out of the elements – was appreciated for once).

Here are a few things I admired there …

1. $20 for this crocheted blanket.  I like the apple green and pink combo.  If only I knew someone with a new baby.


2.  Little blue drawers.  I love this colour (I think you know that).  And the drawers themselves might actually be useful.  Should I buy them?


3.  Either of these globes.  My grandpa had one when I was little and I loved looking at it.  These 2 are extra lovely.


4.  This fabric.  $50 for 2 metres is quite a lot, but it fits right in to my current interest in florals and green/blue.  I won’t buy it, just window shopping on this one.


5.  Old washing baskets.  These ones were v. expensive.  Which reminded me to take better care of the 5 I have at home.  I am prone to leaving them out in the elements by the line or filling them to overflowing with heavy crafty projects.


That’s it.  Actually there were more things that I liked, but my phone battery died (so annoying).

What I bought?  Obsessed with all things weather related I bought a hat.  It’s so soft and I love the big pompom.  It will be perfect for sleeping in in the freezing cold tent!


But today … Today we are going to the spa.  And it won’t matter what the weather is like there!