cheap thrills

ordinary tales of op shopping, garage sales, swap meets and trawling council verge collections, things that keep me sane, make me happy and fill the house with endless amounts of crap.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

boot sale booty

I went to a car boot sale on Sunday and topped up my supply of pouffes. We have three cluttering up the floor already but i just couldn't go past this orange vinyl one for three dollars. And cushions for two dollars each....why not.

And no trip to a boot sale is complete unless i come home with yet another suitcase. These are just some of my collection and even Mr M remarked uncharacteristically when i got in "oh... another suitcase". Time to stop ...must...resist.

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

scurtains for me

I'm always collecting bits and pieces of interesting fabric from second hand shops but up until this year it's all been stuffed in an old chest feeding the silverfish. Now, in my new organised life (both girls at school), it's neatly stacked in this new, handy shelf - until i'm looking for something, then it ends up all over the floor.

Here are some of my favourite skirts all made from curtains. Looks like i'm at a knee-length A-line time of life.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

art shmart

I used to love buying pictures from oppies and garage sales - until we ran out of wall space. These days half of them have been retired and Mr M even suggested we get rid of some (i was scandalised.) But here's a small selection of the stuff we do have on the walls. The bottom picture has the added thrill of being 3D.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

nuts and bones

I realise this celebration of tack isn't to everyone's taste (though i can't understand why) but these confections of shell and nut really make me happy.
Obviously the skulls aren't op shop finds but i love 'em so they're free thrills. The top picture is a turtle skull that Mr M found on a beach and the bottom ones are quokka skulls i collected on Rottnest Island. Not sure if it's legal to smuggle quokka skulls off the island so please don't tell anyone. I can't resist a good bone and my collection of jawbones including teeth really cheers up the garden.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

loose stools

Here are a couple of stools that i picked up at St Vinnies for three bucks each.