outlook environment centre

just what every crowded house needs – a mannequin

Remember that film where the guy falls in love with the mannequin and it comes to life.  What was it called?  Oh, that’s right, Mannequin (I just googled it).  Released in 1987.  If you haven’t seen it, it is really good, well not really, just sort of good in a teenagers way … you should get it on video – if you’ve still got a video player (I can’t imagine that it actually ever became a DVD).

Anyway, I always want a mannequin, but whenever you go to op shops and they have them they aren’t for sale.  Op shops usually keep them for displaying stuff in the store.

But on the weekend I called into the tip shop (Outlook Environment Centre at Reservoir tip) and picked up a great black half body female (no head) for the bargain price of $5.


Isn’t she gorgeous …

So today I present my new mannequin, wearing:

This super black and white Country Road shirt I picked up last week at the op shop.  I think I might start my Ebay career with this (I need to talk to my friend Bettina about strategy first though – she’s a GREAT Ebay seller).


And, this lovely red 3/4 length sleeve Gorman jumper which I also purchased last week.  Maybe I should Ebay this as well? Although this clear red is my red.


And this indiany top/dress which I picked up and tried on with my aunty in mind, but then decided to keep for myself (sorry Adele).


And lastly this great wool cardigan that I think was designed specifically to capture the style of my sister Merryn who invariably does her buttons up crooked – sorry Mez, I am thinking of you with love …

Gee, they all look extra good on my new mannequin (and I think actually pulling out the iron and using it may have helped too).

oh tip shop how I love thee

I haven’t been to Darebin tip shop (more correctly known as Outlook Environmental Market at Reservoir tip) for the whole year. Last year when Scarlett was home I went pretty much every week – she played with bikes and stuff, I browsed. Perfect.

I went yesterday again, and was reminded why I used to go so frequently. So many great things …

When I go the first thing I always do is walk down the chair aisle – inspiring for the chair auction at Art4All and feeding my general interest in re-upholstering furniture. And I came across a chair that took me back to my childhood. We had 6 of these chairs around our mission brown laminated oval dining table. So 1970s.


Then there was the Art Deco table with the glass top and 4 chairs for $120 (hello Katrina) and the stripy armchair (hello Lu).

Some hair rollers (how fun), some great pillow cases, a blackboard I meant to buy but forgot about (only $3), some great kids clothes (if I knew anyone needing size 1 stuff) and a cute yellow hand made blanket, and outside some lovely blue tiles (hello Elise for your new house).

And if only I didn’t already have 2 boxes of china under the bed I would have bought the 4 Johnson plates with blue flowers and the 11 geometric English stoneware plates … and the coloured glasses – I arranged these nicely, took a snap, turned my back for 5 minutes and somebody had bought them! Great purchase.


I came home with a very restrained haul of 3 Country Road bowls with a blue trim (to match in with my willow pattern blue collection), a GREAT tablecloth, some fat wool/twine (hello macrame my new/old friend). And a Spanish cookbook. All items $1 each.


Oh, and check out this unfinished project … Way to much work, but good on someone for starting it …


A note to me … I love the tip shop.