One of my favorite things to do was thrift. My mother and I or my daughters and I would go once a week to all the thrift stores, we call them op shops in Australia. We would pick up all sorts of cool things cheap, my daughter would get clothes for the kids, I would get vintage crockery, sometimes wool, sometimes furniture and always books. We in the past year funds got tight and I found myself on a very strict budget and not able to do anything but pay bills and eat.
Today I decided I was sick of always being an adult and decided to go op shopping and I am glad I did. Have a look at this good haul! I buy second hand fabric so I can use it to make girls dresses for summer. I love making upcycled dresses and mums these days are becoming more sustainable and green conscious, opting to buy clothes that are either pre-loved or made from fabric that is pre-loved. I also LOVE old English china and have quite a collection that has been passed down from my grandmother. I get super excited when I find some in the op shops because what usually happens is the volunteers take all the good stuff before it hits the shelves. Today was an exception and I am really happy with my little, Crown Ducal, Royal Doulton, Lord Nelsons and Staffordshire dishes. My daughter gets some of the nicest clothes for her kids and we always get some great books for the kids. I have gotten some lovely handmade blankets for the kids beds and some good blankets for our dogs as well.
I know I used to be too proud to walk into an op shop in case someone saw me buying second had stuff. How bloody pretentious and stupid was my attitude back then.. Now I could care less who sees me. How many good things in life do we miss out on because of our pride and ego? How many bargains have we missed, how many opportunities have we missed? Well I can tell you I would have missed my little plates had I been too prideful to go into a used shop, and I would have spent triple the amount of money buying then anywhere else. The books and fabric we got would have easily cost 3 – 4 times more in a shop and yet we would have once upon a time been happy to pay that. Money is getting way to hard to come buy and we really need to start looking after what we get and being sensible with our money. Buying second hand doesn’t mean you are some pauper who can’t afford better. Buying second hand means you are an environmentally aware person who believes in sustainable living and less waste in our planet, and that is far more important that buying new, unsustainable products from China!