Sunday, June 20, 2010

Flea market finds

A few days ago at work we had a number of mini lectures on the 'back'.

I don't always go to them but this subject's of particular interest to me ... of course Mr H's spinal operation. I've also been working hard to improve my back by building up my core with yoga and pilates but it's not enough when the computer chair at home is a life sentence to everybody who sits on it: the seat rocked (and not in a good way!), and there was no lumbar support. In short ... it had to go!

And so soon after I found its replacement for a paltry $15 at Vinnies in Edithvale.

It's in perfect condition ... and so comfortable. And I've given Mr H strict instructions to adjust the chair to his requirements each time he sits on it.

I had a pretty good weekend generally and found my way to four oppies in my local area, sandwiched either side of my lunch with the girls at the Mornington Peninsula and Bayside Stitchers ... the knitting group I joined via Ravelry a couple of months ago.

Vinnies, 254 Nepean Hwy, Edithvale
St Chad's Op Shop, 432 Nepean Hwy, Chelsea
Salvos, 503 Main St, Mordialloc
Lions Opportunity Shop, 497 Main St, Mordialloc

I managed to pick up a few goodies: a few more knitting patterns for the Friday share, needles, a lovely tin and get this ... five more sheets for the sheet swap! I now have at least 24 sheets, of which about half are pairs (that's 18 different patterns in total). I have well and truly exceeded my expectations of finding sheets ... perhaps I'm a sheet magnet the way other oppers attract clothing or crockery or books.

Vinnies in Edithvale is above average as an op shop for my area ... but I love St Chad's in Chelsea the best. It's like an op shop from a decade ago before they became gentrified but it has something going for it over every other shop I've ever been to ... the women who work there. They sing (especially the Italian lady) and she and one of the English women there laugh and play around together ... and they engage the people who go in there. They always make me feel happier for visiting.

I hope you all had a great 'opping' weekend ... and for lots of flea market goodness visit Sophie over at Her Library Adventures.


♥ w o o l f ♥ said...

my god, i wish i could come and visit the oppies, and vinnie's, and what's all..... i can only read about them, and still enjoy! :)

Little Ted Canvas said...

Looks like you've got some ripping op shops out your way, how great is that chair & what timing!

Catherine said...

oh, I have serious sheet envy - I obviously need to work on my "sheet attracting powers"! thanks for the oppie list - I'm sometimes down that way too so will try and drop in and visit the lovely women in Edithvale!

BOB & MABEL said...

You've done very well lately. The chair was a great find.

marian said...

YAY more vintage sheets..i'm in the sheet swap too who knows we might get each others sheets!

Megan said...

well done on finding such a comfty chair, very important to be well supported for the visit to blogosphere

Cherie said...

That was a meant to be trip then finding the chair - well done! You've had a bonanza week and hope it continues for YOU. xo

Kylie said...

Well done with the find on the chair - ours needs replacig too - this one is doing nothing for the back. You have some great opshops areound you - and what a lovely one to go into that makes you feel happy and welcomed by the staff - they are hard to find in this day and age.

Mona Kay at Home said...

Comfy, practical, and recycled...what more could you ask? Great find in that chair!!

moose and bird said...

Sounds like you had a great oppie weekend. I would love to meet the singing ladies too, how funny! Happy Monday. x

Mogs Designs said...

Well done with the chair and your sheet finds.