new to me lately

Aah, op-shopping. It’s such a random treasure hunt. (Or junk, depending on your perspective.)

You might go to the mall with a shopping list and come home with the stuff on your list…but if you go to the op-shop with a list it is a rare treat to find the things on your list…

Then there are the weird and surprising things you find. Imagine the shopping list for my following finds: floral sneakers, a print from 1887, a vintage pig softie and an old linen Union Jack. That would be an eclectic list, indeed.

I’m trying hard, these days, after last year’s epic declutter and in line with my environmental principles, to only buy things which are useful or that we actually need…but old magpie habits die hard. I can argue that we ‘need’ art (union jack, print) to make our house attractive and that I ‘need’ shoes…but there is no justification for buying the pig, except I was taken by her vintagey charm, especially her little trotters (!) and green and white dress.

Art print by a New Zealand artist – she painted it in 1887 – I think it looks quite contemporary:


Floral sneakers. These look like they had never been worn!

Vintage linen Union Jack – I love the way the light shows the seams:

Inexcusable vintage pig softie:

Testament to how ‘good’ I am being, is that even though I love jewellery and art featuring peas in a pod (I know – weird – I guess it’s a gardener’s thing) I left these twee little peas in a pod salt and pepper shakers behind. It was not easy – I honestly stood there for a good five minutes, mentally wrestling with myself – but then I could hear Fraser’s sigh (he hates useless tchotchkes) and I imagined dusting them for the next few years before eventually tiring of them and returning them to the op-shop and I decided to skip that step and just leave them there and take a photo instead:

Some people are out there developing bio-fuels and negotiating peace treaties, whereas I spend my mental energy arguing with myself in op-shops.


7 thoughts on “new to me lately

  1. well done not getting them- i bought the same peas at an op shop in upper hutt. they are now in my give away pile because the holes in them are too big and salt pours out to fast


  2. There’s no way I could have walked past that knitted piggy either. Your post inspired me to do a similar show and tell of recent oppie finds. I think you’ll like the knitted donkey!


  3. Oh nice scores! I love the red bag, too. Hey, did you know that I used to be in a poetry group (and very briefly lived with) your sister, Therese in the late 90s early, 00s? Our group was called Poetry For Real. New Zealand is so wonderfully small, huh?


  4. Yes, it is a crazily small world. I just found out that you and Therese knew each other when she came to stay with us last weekend. I gave her your book to read and she loved it too!


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