Second hand shop finds #2

Recent finds, again from the St Vincent de Paul Society in Islington. They are literally around the corner from my work so I drop in at least once a week during my lunch break to see what’s new.

  • A lovely tablecloth with lace trim. I think it’s hand made and it’s really simple and beautiful.
  • A great JacquiE top for work. This is the second similar top I’ve found in recent weeks. I love getting quality work wear for a fraction of the price!

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In second hand heaven news, Raid My Wardrobe is on this coming weekend! Can’t wait!!


Second hand shop finds #1

Despite the title, this is in no way shape or form my first foray into second hand shopping. More like my 300th.

But this is the first post of my finds in what I hope will be a series. Since reading Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline, I’ve been working hard to only buy second hand, exceptional quality, or absolutely necessary.

So today’s finds, from the St Vincent de Paul Society in Islington!

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That cute little apron was only $4!!! It’s so damn adorable I couldn’t leave it there.

The patterns were all uncut, modern, larger size designs, 50cents each:

  • Simplicity 5403 costume poodle skirts
  • Simplicity K2497 Cynthia Rowley dresses
  • Vogue V1041 Anne Klein suit jacket and pants
  • McCall’s 4296 evening elegance tops and skirts

The red book is Sew Easy, Sewing of Knits and Fabrics by Phyllis Cooper. It’s kind of like a text book, with plenty of notes pages that are covered in a neat scribble from a very thorough student. I really love that personal touch! And it was only $2.

And finally, I also picked up Prey by Michael Crichton for $2 as well. It will be the first of his books that I read.

So $10 total! Not bad for a 15 minute fresh air break from work.

Vintage “so ugly it’s cute”

Today was a fun day. I went to the local “Wallsend Winter Carnivale”, a long running street fair through the main thorough-fair of the next suburb over. I have been going for years, but this year I was in the parade as a NSW State Emergency Service volunteer…yay! This is me with my Mum:

Following the marching and the handing out of pamphlets and the smiling at excited kiddies, I stomped up and down the street in my big boots and did some serious shopping.And that’s when I found this:

For $3 I just couldn’t leave it there, though I certainly had mixed feelings about it. I absolutely hate orangey, 70s, wallpaperish, upholsteryish, florals. Yuck! I have always, always avoided such colours and designs. But this little piece was so clearly vintage (though I’m not certain from what era), and so “sewing history”, that I had to have it. It is now growing on me so I am wondering how I can work with it to make it my very own. I’d like to keep in fairly original so I am thinking I will just give it a good clean and make a little insert/divider for it. I don’t have a sewing box because no matter how cute the ones in store are I just can’t bring myself to pay $50 for essentially the same thing as this, made from less quality materials.

So welcome to my sewing world, little “so ugly it’s cute” box 🙂


PS: Anyone who can give me an idea of whether this is 60s, 70s or 80s, or even a possible manufacturer, will receive much love 😀

A case of the wants…its always the wants…

I just love The Haby Goddess. Not only am I taking online lessons through Sew School  but I also wish I had a load of money to spend in the Store. Just check this wonderful stuff out!

The seam allowance guide. It magnetises to your scissors so that you can introduce a seam allowance as you cut your patterns out, rather than tracing one out beforehand. This is the product I want most since I bought Mundial scissors the other day. Hurry up pay day! 😛

This Turn-it-all will save me frustration trying to use chopsticks to turn little straps.

Poke-A-Dots look like a great alternative to thimbles, which I have never used because they are plain uncomfortable.

And this Ultimate Embroidery Kit looks great. I have never embroidered and really want to learn how. Spotlight was devoid of any ‘starter kits’ that weren’t actually expensive basic kits for kids, so when I found this I was very excited.

Since I am well stocked on the necessary stuff at the moment, this lot is going to have to wait a little while 😦 At lease I have plenty to keep me amused in the meantime including this:

Australia Post sent me a Mother’s Day catalogue, and this was only $25! The cheapest online source for this book was at least $37 so I have been putting it off for ages. Very excited to take a look tonight, I’ll post a review soon 🙂