Sunday, February 28, 2010

Fleamarket finds



A trip to the opshop is high on my list of the ultimate leisure time activity. I always find something, and I look for things that serve a purpose. Such as this canister above that will be filled with thread, or ribbons, or perhaps brooch making bits & my hot glue gun.




A little mouse came home with me too. She will be flying over to Vietnam shortly. More about that later.


I just love finding treasures and discarded beauties, it's one of my favourite things in the world. A great place to find interesting bits & pieces is the 'pet blanket' or 'rag' section at the opshop. This is where I found these lovely old faded linens last week. I think they may find themselves part of my my scrap quilt.



This old fashioned clothes hanger is so sweet too.




One of my best opshop finds would have to be my red Camper shoes. I found these quite a while ago and they are still my favourite shoes. They are a little worn now but when I found them they were in excellent condition, practically brand new, and only $3!! At first I thought one of the buttons was missing until I looked closer and saw that the button is linked to a silver thread & needle. I love them, they are my lucky sewing shoes!

Now I mentioned earlier that Little Mouse is leaving for Vietnam, she will be going along with a whole shipment of goods that are destined for an orphanage. I received an email recently from this lovely blogger who has put out the call for items that could help the children of the orphanage. The background story is very moving, her friend's husband served in Vietnam and is now very ill with cancer. He has a strong connection to this orphanage and is taking a shipping container of goods over when he next visits, with his four children. If you live in Victoria and have any good children's clothes or toys or some money you would like to contribute please email me and we can chat about pick up & bank account details. I can also forward you the photo's and details so you know more. For me I feel it is so important to give to those who need help and I couldn't be happier to be helping these children in a small way. This has given meaning to my opshopping adventures as I have been collecting lots of baby clothes and children's wear lately to add to my big bag bound for Vietnam. Pop over to Sophie's to check out some more Fleamarket finds, I hope you are having a happy Sunday, see you soon! xo



18 comments:

teddybearswednesday said...

As usual such great finds over here Beck! Love the cannister and the mouse is sooo sweet. And those shoes, not only are they red, and soo cute, Campers for 3 bucks is an absolute steal!!xo

Little Ted Canvas said...

Your canister is a great clolour. As for the linen and shoes, nice finds. I think that perhaps those shoes were meant to be yours!

Amanda said...

those shoes are an awesome find and so lucky that they fit!

Rachel said...

Yes I too look in the pet blanket section in op shops: you can find amazing towels, woollen blankets, rugs and all sorts of things for people too!!

Brenda said...

Your canister is lovely, so is all the linen.

crzylady said...

an adorable mousie. The children will love her. And what a wondeful mission you have :)

Jennie said...

I love your canister and the fab linen!

Swirlyarts said...

Oh those shoes are wonderful!

yardage girl said...

Love the shoes! Brilliant find!

sue said...

Super Special Sewing Shoes - and being red they no doubt make you go faster! Lots of nice finds and I think the little mouse will quickly become someones most favourite toy.
What a nice week of thrifting you have had!

marian said...

i love rummaging thru the 'dog blanket' box at the op shops just like you. recently i found a real treasure in it..a vintage chenille bedspread for $1. btw you've got some lovely treasures too!

Jemm said...

I love those shoes! I remember them from another post don't I? Your project for the orphanage sounds wonderful. About a year ago, a local church participated in "Shoes for Haiti" and filled up a container with shoes and clothing items for kids in Haiti. It is a good feeling knowing how needed the items are and that you're helping if only a little. Thank you for your very sweet comment. It brightened my day :)

Floss said...

The first shoes I ever met you wearing, as it were! Still lovely... I found one with a cat on at a braderie, and hoped against hope that they might be like yours, and the other one would have a mouse or something, but in fact they both had cats... I still bought them.

I love that you find good fabrics in the animal bedding section too! Thanks for a great post.

picciolo said...

I can see why those shoes are your favourites, they are wonderful!
: )

trixi said...

Wow I love that kitchen cannister! I have been looking for some for ages and never seem to find one.

Sarah said...

Love the canister and the shoes are fab! Always so many lovely things at yours. x

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Look at all those gorgeous finds, those shoes are just fabulous! Love them to bits! Thanks so much for playing along.
Sophie x

Bird Bath said...

oh my, they would be the greatest little red shoes I have seen! I bet finding them put a spring in your step:)