second hand city

carpet tiles can be fun

We recently upgraded our outdoor room from a ‘garage’ to a ‘studio’ – you know, added some glass doors, rebuilt the walls, added insulation, built a new roof and …. put down new flooring.

With an old concrete slab that wasn’t exactly water tight it took a while to decide what to do.  I didn’t want to spend too much, or put down anything too permanent.  And then, I came across McMats on Ebay and all my problems were solved.

I headed out to Bayswater North (not far from my childhood stomping ground) to check out the great and random range of used carpet tiles in this warehouse.  Luckily they were happy for me to spend some time laying out the carpet tiles so that I could work out the combination I liked.  I tried to choose all the bright and patterned tiles from the 3rd grade pile (only $1 each), although I did splash out on some 1st grade tiles that were more expensive.  I think I ended up spending about $70 on my 3×6 metre space, and I had quite a few spares left over.

I am very happy with my new little studio and I love the carpet tiles.  If in the future I acquire either a holiday house or a warehouse apartment McMats will be one of my first ports of call!

country road cushions

Cushions are a fun thing to look out for when out second hand shopping.  Recently I have found some very lovely Country Road cushions.  My first purchase was a cream cable knit woollen cushion – a style I have been admiring for a while in home magazines (being a dabbler in knitting myself I have vaguely considered hand knitting a cushion … ).  This cushion didn’t have an insert, and was quite bally (as wool sometimes gets) when I found it and it was very cheap (only a couple of dollars).  I washed it and gave it a once over with a fuzz remover and put in a feather insert.  It looked great.

Then, about a month later, on the way home from my daughters gymnastics one Saturday afternoon, I spotted a garage sale and stopped.  I picked up the linen Country Road cushion with the blue stripe.  I was very excited as I really love it as well!

And the lady running the garage sale told me she was an interior decorator and had the olive and cream striped linen cushion custom made.   I couldn’t resist this either at $5 including the feather insert.

So now I have a great new (to me) collection of cushions!

the best cheese board ever!

And I don’t even own it!  Just up the road from where I live (walking distance in fact) is  a vintage importing business that I came across via Ebay.  It is called Fossil Vintage  and it is truly vintage heaven.

This warehouse is full of multiples of fabulous things.  It is open to the public, but frequented by restaurants and cafes and businesses that need bulk quantities of quirky things.

For example, these big wooden french cheese or bread boards are imported regularly (the next lot due early May 2014).  They come in a rectangular or round shape in various sizes and quality, for the fixed price of $80 at the shop.

My sister bought one to give to her sister-in-law for her birthday.  When she brought it home she washed it thoroughly (just doing this made a HUGE difference), gave it a light sand and a wax, and it came up beautifully.

I want one too!  Maybe she’ll buy me one for my birthday?