sometimes I buy new stuff (elk sale)

The Elk sale is on. Til Sunday. 296 Plenty Road, Preston (just north of Bell Street on the right hand side heading outbound). How super. I love a bargain.

I went yesterday. I was at Savers at 2pm on Sydney Road, Brunswick waiting to go into the change room when I suddenly remembered it was on. I just put all my stuff straight down and left. I felt like someone in a TV ad.  The girl at the change room door was a little miffed I think.

But I knew it was going to be good (even better than Savers) and I wanted to get there before school pick up.

And it was. I am going back today to buy some Christmas presents. Because with less than an hour to shop yesterday it was (pretty much) all about me!

Rings $2. Brooches $5. Necklaces $15. Shoes from $30. Handbags (you’ll be pleased to know I didn’t buy one – I’ve now got enough bags to sink a ship) and clothes.

Love. Love. Love.

Here’s what I got …

two pairs of shoes, 3 necklackes, a hat and two brooches ...

two pairs of shoes, 3 necklackes, a hat and two brooches … I’d just been thinking I needed a new hat

And out the front another shop, Notebook. All about stationery.  And other bits and bobs that I want to look at better.

I reckon Clive’s mum and four sisters would love some Elk jewellery for Christmas … don’t you?

A nice necklace would be the perfect accompaniment to a home made knitted dish cloth …. Well maybe not …

Maybe I’ll see you there today?

unexpected perks …

You’ve gotta pat yourself on the back when you do a good deed right?  Clive had to go to Cabrini on Wednesday afternoon (not for anything interesting). And I said I’d take him. I am just not into people going off to hospitals by themselves, for any reason.

But I had to hang around for 2-3 hours in Malvern.  Bummer.  I was going to go to the cafeteria and have lunch  – I’d packed some sewing that I could do, and then I thought no, it’ll drive me nuts sitting around for that long.  So I considered going to Malvern Central.  Maybe they’d have a sushi shop for lunch and I could go to Target or DJs.

But then I thought, no I really should go … op shopping.

As I headed back to the car after leaving Clive with a medical type, I googled ‘op shops Malvern’ and at least four came up.  I chose two close to each other.  On Glenferrie Road.

So, hello Malvern Salvos, hello Malvern Vinnies.

In terms of op shop experiences you couldn’t get much different than these two stores.

The Salvos was SOOO organised.  Sizes, colours, beautifully decorated, ace change rooms (I love wooden louvred saloon doors … so … well, Malvern).  Music in the background that I couldn’t help but sing along with, and a gorgeous older volunteer (who was also singing to the tunes and maybe even dancing a bit) and who followed me around discretely tidying up after I’d touched things.  I have this dreadful thing, that is so unintentional, where I find that everything I touch in a shop falls off it’s hanger. It happens everywhere.  And the more I try not to do it the more it happens.  Is it just me?

And …when I was about to drop the 20 items I hauling around over my arm to take to the change rooms she offered me a basket … and … took the clothes I didn’t want to buy and hung them back up after I’d tried them on … ‘It gives me something to do love’.

And … Scarlett (who was having a ‘sick’ day  – she said she had a headache but I suspect she was just needing a day with her mum) was indulged as she loaded the soft toys into a plastic kids shopping trolley (that was for sale) and wheeled it around the shop behind me begging to buy it and everything in it.

Nice.  But sorry Scarlett.  It was just shoes for you.  However I got some great stuff for me!  All, as you can see, in the range of ‘grey’.  My most favourite, that I washed and wore the very next day is the singlety-top dress thing (short at the front, long at the back, looks fab. over a pair of pants) that is the very top picture in this post.  It looks great on.

And then we went to Vinnies.  It was one of those vast, dark warehouse op shops, where nothing is really sorted and where finding something good is super hit and miss.


I am sure I missed lots of stuff, but yep … I had some hits.  Like this little Billabong rashie for Mietta.  How cute.  Perfect for a 2 year old who still needs nappy bathers.

And when the hospital called   – only 2 hours after we left Clive – we weren’t really done … and I still hadn’t actually gotten around to lunch.

primary school fetes really are great

Fete season has arrived in our neck of the woods. Over the next month or two I plan my weekend around a school fete.  The ones at the top of my list (that I never miss) are Westgarth, Spensely Street, North Fitzroy and Clifton Hill.  And I think they happen in that order.

Westgarth was yesterday. I don’t always buy lots at this one, but I know lots of people at the school so it’s a social event.  It’s like a gentle and friendly lead in to ‘fete season’ for me.

This year I didn’t buy any clothes at all. Not to worry, my all time favourite clothes shopping fete is Spensely Street in Clifton Hill, and it’s on next Saturday.

Although … I did buy some jewellery from the clothes stall. $1 a piece.  Pretty good I reckon.  And a nice red Oroton wallet. It’s a bit worn, but that’s OK.  Oroton wallets last for ever.  And I quite like changing my wallet every now and then … and I don’t have a red one.


I also bought a few books at the book stall.  Two cook books for $2 each.  I am keen to get my head around tapas so that I have some trusty options under my belt.  This cookbook has a few recipes I am keen to try out. And I bought the sushi cook book to get some good ideas for fillings.  It also tells you how to roll the cone shaped sushi, tells you the history of sushi options and gives you a recipe to pickle your own vegetables.  Which is just the sort of info that I like.


And I also bought a couple of novels. The Getting Of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson, and The Jane Austen Book Club by Karen Joy Fowler.  You’ve probably read them, but I haven’t.  I am looking forward to them both.

And now I can hardly wait for Spensely Street next weekend. I am not even taking the kids (I hope). Just me and those super second hand stalls.

Fete season … Yay!

One of my favourite times of the year.