Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Op Shop (Toddler) Challenge



Inspired by the thrifting and upcycling genius of many a crafty blogger, the toddling one and I ventured into one of the local op shops to have a little archeological dig around. I learnt three things:

1. The child has a thing for shoes. Not just sparkly ones but also footwear bearing evidence of impressive previous-owner bunion activity.

2. It is inadvisable to attempt to try stuff on – even over jeans – while accompanied by a kid whose main directive is to ‘wun fast’.

3. A cobbled sprint after a fast wunning child, with a skirt around ones knees, bearing a resemblance to an Oompa Loompa (because the jeans under the skirt thing doesn’t work for people who measure five foot, one and a half inches) may result in an old lady tut or two.

But here’s my haul. $14 worth of an absolutely made-for-me jacket, a mustardy coloured skirt which will be losing its lacy trimmings and two bags with potential, (but possibly destined for the dress up box). Am officially addicted. Am also blaming Katiecrackernuts who is hosting an Op Shop Challenge and is encouraging addiction with daily TIPS.

16 comments:

elly bee said...

now you have to tell me what an op shop is about. it is not second hand is it? is there a Dutch equivalent of this? It seems something I would love as well...
eb

Anonymous said...

Yummy skirt - that girl of yours needs a speedometer!

One Flew Over said...

That skirt is fantastic and worth the cobblestone sprint!

Nikki said...

Gosh - we're exactly the same height...and both suffer from op-shopping-with-child issues. Spooky.

CurlyPops said...

Ooooh skirt envy over here! I often see mummies wunning fast at the oppy after their kiddies (I chuckle - sorry)!

Gina said...

Lovely work. I never try stuff on at the oppies these days because a 2yo and a baby kind of hinder the whole process. But since joining Wardrobe Refashion I'm getting much more adept at just grabbing stuff I like, to either refashion or use as a source of material. It's fun!

katiecrackernuts said...

That skirt is fantastic and I am sure you'll find another use for the lace - I think the shoe queen would probably like it.
I love how you've photographed them too. I tried photographing things on my washing line once, but wasn't happy. In my head it was a perfect idea, but I didn't execute it well. Yours - perfect.

Sandra @ Pepperberry and Co. said...

Oh, wow! You scored really well :-) And, of course, made me laugh. out loud. Sigh. Now stop blogging and get back to work!!

BUMBLE BEANS said...

at least you can still get your child to a thrift store!

"Mom! another antique store? can I stay home?"

Well, maybe they have some more of those old lone ranger books you like?

yeah but you take to long!

sigh.
your right. ;-)

Laura said...

Oh wow!!! Love that skirt!! I want that skirt. ;)

Madeline said...

I gather op shops are what we would call thrift stores. And, in that case they are insanely addictive. The more often you go the more fabulous things you find, so by all means become hooked!
Your finds look stunning. Love the fabrics.

itsystitch said...

Love the mustard skirt! I don't know why I must torment myself by bringing the little people thrifting with me, but at least I'm not alone in my suffering! :)

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

Op shops make my son-in-law wun fast too , only he usually leaves the sparkly shoes behind , so he's left to admire something else . But the rest of us cannot pass one by . Elly Bee , you'll find a kringloopwinkel in most towns ....not as good but still worth a look . But the Australian ones do sound amazing !

Sandrine said...

Well, I might make you feel tall today...you are an inch something taller than me;)The skirt could fit me then.....:)no you are safe I am too far away!;)Great story!

Linda said...

op shopping is just the best fun so glad you are addicted too

Kaylovesvintage said...

the skirt is a dream....