Month: November 2015

Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

The Mustard Tree – Lilydale


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I’m an avid hunter of all things secondhand and will travel far and wide to find an interesting place to explore. The Mustard Tree Op-Shop is one of those special treasures that never lets me down. It’s not just a place to buy secondhand goods, it’s a place to see a friendly smile and feel welcomed.

It’s more than just the great selection of items in the store: the volunteers, the layout, the food, the funky upcycling of everyday items, the generosity of the donations that help people within the community. So not only are there great bargains, but I have this whole feel good sensation whenever I’m there. With so many donations coming in, not everything is up to scratch and doesn’t pass the testing and tagging – so what else to do with it?

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

St. Andrews Market


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The St. Andrews market has been around for over 40 years and attracts a diverse range of people to this little corner of the Yarra Valley on Saturday mornings. Known for its earthy atmosphere, Chai Tent, alternative lifestyle visitors, the market is certainly unique and one of a kind with the district with a loyal following from locals as well as may coming from afar.

Like many community markets it’s run by volunteers and is not-for-profit, generously donating money back into the community.

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Living Simply

5 Things You Can Do Right Now To Create A Heavenly Home


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In the words of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz  ‘There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home.’

And indeed that is true. There are some common phrases about home:

  • Home is where the heart is
  • Make yourself at home
  • A home away from home

Everyone wants to have a heavenly home, a refuge. A safe haven. So here are some things you can do right now to make you home your sanctuary. (more…)

Travel Tips & Ideas

Handy dandy travelling containers


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There are an assortment of great little gadgets and toys that you want to take with you when you travel however, if those get damaged, it can be a nightmare.

Here is a simple and easy way I’ve found to transport some of my everyday items when travelling, whether urban or international.

This is a Tupperware oyster case (or packables) designed to hold those little things around the home whether it was food, trinkets, sewing kit and so on. They come in a couple of sizes and this is the smallest one measuring 10cm x 8.5cm x 5cm (3.93″ X 3.3″ X 2.04″).

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