Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Red Cross Op Shop – Croydon


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Red Cross has 30+ Op shops in Victoria alone each with their own way of presenting their wares and layout of the store. The Croydon Red Cross Op Shop is by the far the best one in this busy town that is home to three other Op Shops.

There are many good bargains in this store and if you’re into handbags, I always find some good bargains here.

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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Sacred Heart Mission Op Shop – South Melbourne


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There aren’t many Op Shops that are open seven days a week, let alone do a roaring trade but the Sacred Heart Mission store in Clarendon Street South Melbourne absolutely rocks it! Popular with locals and visitors to the trendy Clarendon Street, the turnover of stock is phenomenal which means a weekly visit will always have surprises.

I remember when this store was a Lamborghini showroom years and years ago which is kinda funny that it now sells secondhand goods. You can see by the large frontage windows and light walls that this was set up to reflect the very best of the floor stock. So even secondhand goods can come off looking great here.


With two large windows there is plenty of room to create a theme that is eye-catching and enticing. Once you walk inside, stock is clearly laid out so you can find what you like. I’m more of a kitchen wares kinda gal but my daughters are more into clothes. At this South Melbourne store, it’s easily accessible with lots of space between racks and spacious changing rooms to try clothes in. Some of stock is put into clever displays and how could you resist not snapping a photo of this 1950’s yellow number (below). (more…)

Books & Resources

Books I read (listened to) in 2015


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I read over 80 books last year so I’ve put a list below of the ones I can remember or my library history tells me. I’ve mostly been a non fiction reader but since using the app Borrow Box and the app Overdrive I’ve expanded my horizons into genres that I wouldn’t normally explore.

Of the 52 books listed here, 20 were fiction (80% covering 3 compilations – Hunger Games series, Divergent Series, Twilight series and Tomorrow When the War Began Series with only the last series being written by a man – John Marsden) 32 were non-fiction.

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Living Simply, Repurpose & Upcycle

Upcycled tea and coffee pots – Part 1


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Oh la la, I had so much fun making these upcycled people over the last few weeks.

Like most projects, its the gathering o materials that takes the longest. Once I’d collected everything I needed, the five stacked people took no more than ten minutes to put together.

How did this all start?

I’d made a teapot tower a few years ago (below) that hands on my front porch and still gets lots of comments from people who visit.

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