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.

Friday, June 30, 2006


Vintage kitchen canisters have become quite pricey these days if you find them in so called 'retro' stores or collectibles shops but for me they lose all their allure if i have to pay real prices for them. The joy i get from something seems to be inversely proportional to the amount i spent on it so our fridge which cost $1300 doesn't thrill me at all (well a little bit because we got a $500 discount heh heh) but these canisters, which were a couple of bucks or passed on by friends, i lurve.

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

bag lady

On my latest oppie outing i found this cute bag for a dollar and the one below it for 50 cents. I mean how could i pass them up. At least if i'm ever made homeless i'll have plenty of stylish old lady bags to cart my stuff around in.

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

my motto

I found these salt and pepper shakers at a swap meet a few years ago for a dollar and as i'm a lover of kitsch and a total hispanophile who doesn't like to spend much i couldn't believe my luck.

And even though i don't use a lot of salt and pepper, when i look around we seem to have our fair share of shakers. This gorgeous helix pair were handed on by a friend who was getting rid of stuff his ex had given him and happily for us she was a great trawler of ebay for vintage bakelite.

These yellow woven ones were an op shop find and the 60s pair in front were given to us by Mr M's mum when she cleared a load of junk out for a white elephant stall. Never be too proud to take people's junk, you could wind up with treasures - that's what i always say.