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Passionate about eco-frugality. I used to party hard, clubbing my way from pay-packet to pay-packet. Never getting ahead, just getting by. Then came our much wanted baby with no savings in the bank - only an old car. Changes were made to our lifestyle and we didn't turn back. In the past 6yrs we purchased a flat, found employment, lived below our means, built an emergency fund, purchased a reliable car and saw the financial benefits of our frugal lifestyle. Our only debt is our mortgage. Our aim is to manage our cash flow wisely, pay off our home quickly and eventually work for pleasure, not necessity. Join us on our journey, share insights, tips and tricks to help us and others to get ahead while having a good time.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

I Spent Big For my Market Stall

I did a last Op-shop hunting for my market stall. I gave myself a budget of $20. But spent a whopping $62.50!!!

However in my finds I picked up, 17 Manga Comic Books for $2 each (they retail at $27 each).
Japanese Manga
And a soft toy for Dolly's little market stall at .50 cents and wrapped around its neck was this gorgeous tiny Wedgewood pendent (worth about $30 if sold on Ebay.) But could also be stashed in my gift box.
Wedgwood Pendent.
And this gorgeous book which was given as a Birthday gift to a lucky recipient in 1937!!! Picked up for $1 it was published in 1934. This edition usually sells for about $25 (maybe more with the dust jacket).
Published in 1934! Finding stuff like this in the tropics is rare indeed!
So I had a lucky day with amazing finds.

My shelf on the 1st photo, has some of my op-shop treasures and other lovely items from past years. A blue Moroccan glass I bought for 99 cents. My lovely white vase that I LOVE so much, purchased for only $2. The Rambling Expats beautiful Gothic Portraiture photography on the walls. My beautiful red vase I received from work colleagues filled with lush green leaves from the working bee at Dolly's preschool and my gardens. A glass coffee jar gifted from a work colleague. I am filling the jar with marbles I also found at the op-shop... when Mr T my neighbour returns them to me. He's having nostalgic moments with them, reminiscing about boyhood.

Found anything great lately on your thrifty secondhand hunts?


  1. No op shops here but I dumper dived some interesting tin boxes

  2. Would love to see pics of your tins Cathy!

  3. We don't have a lot of places for thrifting here but I did buy a great chair at a re-sale shop recently. I've been searching for a "new" reading chair for two years and finally found the perfect one!

  4. There's been a lovely 50's/60's chair sitting in the rain on someones footpath for a couple of weeks. My home is too small and cluttered - but if I had space and talent I would have snapped it up, cleaned it and recovered it.

    Vintage is not sought after too much in my town and this beauty has been ignored for weeks. I don't have a comfy chair for reading in my home - however I like to read in bed.

  5. Excellent op shop haul you have there! I need to stop reading about op shop bounties as I snuck again today for a spell of opping. I have no op willpower.


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