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This weekend has been brilliant on the flea market shopping side ... by noon on Saturday I'd managed to visit three garage sales, and around half a dozen op shops ... all well away from my usual haunts.
If you think it was tiring ... you're absolutely right. If you think it was fun ... you are definitely on the right tack.
Did I get some good things .... I'm not so sure although I'm really happy with the size of my knitting pattern stash now. Plenty of goodies to share on Friday, and a special crochet treat for Lara when I see her on Thursday.
And I now have two second hand sheets I'm setting aside to back quilts ... I picked up the green and white stripe yesterday for $2.
Here's the thing though ... I've trawled through op shops since the 1980s and I'm getting more and more disappointed with what I find ... and especially the prices.
Vinnies and the Salvos are no longer op shops ... when I go in there they look like some upmarket boutique and they seem to have been well picked over by the vintage stores or whoever before the donations make it to the stores.
The independents and the Lions op shops seem to be among the last of the shops (that I come across anyway) that resemble the op shops of 30 years ago ... and even then the prices sometimes make me gulp; yesterday I saw a plain water jug I wanted but the price was $10. I could buy it new for that!
What is your experience with stores? Do you have any favourite stores (eg Lions ... no addresses necessary) and what are the prices like in your area? And what sort of things are you looking for and finding ... maybe I'm just looking for the wrong things in the wrong stores?