Making the Most of a Quick Op Shop Visit.....

I don't know about you but the quick op shops visits when you've only got a spare 10 minutes before an appointment or leaving to go elsewhere can be surprisingly successful. I love nothing more than a long leisurely gawk through an op shop and checking out every nook and cranny. But sometimes all we have time for is a quick visit on the way to doing something else.

Having thrifted and op shopped since childhood I find it easy to make the most of a quick visit. First thing I do is grab a basket and the proceed to scan shelves systematically and quickly. Anything that takes me eye goes straight into the basket, but doesn't necessarily mean it will make the cut and will be purchased. But if it's in the basket I don't have to worry about someone else nabbing something I'm considering whilst I waste time debating with myself over it.

These are a bunch of recent finds which have all been nabbed on op shop visit that last 10 mintues or less.  


This vintage bamboo tiki style pitcher and cups set with tray, has never been used and was nabbed on a quick visit on a half price day and the store was very busy, I couldn't believe my luck, but sometimes it pays to be on a mission and focused to have a quick look around.


Even on a quick visit I can scan the kids section and bric-a-brac section pretty quickly and have a few other sweeties jump out at me. Like this 1960's Christmas Dimple Ware Lamb. This one may be a keeper for Christmas decorating here at home, purely because when we host Christmas dinner I do roast lamb so it could be a fun way to quirk up Christmas.


A sweet vintage tile and cast iron trivet. With the words: Happiness...is thinking of someone you are for.

Old wooden personalised name puzzle, great for play or unique bedroom name plaque with a few adjustments

I've also managed to pick up a whole bunch of little sweeties and miniatures lately all perfect for little girls or big girls shadow boxes, which I'm sure you can imagine. Sarah has been busy eyeing off the new pretties for her shadow box, which is forever changing with treasure hunting habits.

Are you a master of the quick op shop visit? What has been your greatest find in the shortest amount of time?

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My Vintage Childhood: Making the Most of a Quick Op Shop Visit.....

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Making the Most of a Quick Op Shop Visit.....

I don't know about you but the quick op shops visits when you've only got a spare 10 minutes before an appointment or leaving to go elsewhere can be surprisingly successful. I love nothing more than a long leisurely gawk through an op shop and checking out every nook and cranny. But sometimes all we have time for is a quick visit on the way to doing something else.

Having thrifted and op shopped since childhood I find it easy to make the most of a quick visit. First thing I do is grab a basket and the proceed to scan shelves systematically and quickly. Anything that takes me eye goes straight into the basket, but doesn't necessarily mean it will make the cut and will be purchased. But if it's in the basket I don't have to worry about someone else nabbing something I'm considering whilst I waste time debating with myself over it.

These are a bunch of recent finds which have all been nabbed on op shop visit that last 10 mintues or less.  


This vintage bamboo tiki style pitcher and cups set with tray, has never been used and was nabbed on a quick visit on a half price day and the store was very busy, I couldn't believe my luck, but sometimes it pays to be on a mission and focused to have a quick look around.


Even on a quick visit I can scan the kids section and bric-a-brac section pretty quickly and have a few other sweeties jump out at me. Like this 1960's Christmas Dimple Ware Lamb. This one may be a keeper for Christmas decorating here at home, purely because when we host Christmas dinner I do roast lamb so it could be a fun way to quirk up Christmas.


A sweet vintage tile and cast iron trivet. With the words: Happiness...is thinking of someone you are for.

Old wooden personalised name puzzle, great for play or unique bedroom name plaque with a few adjustments

I've also managed to pick up a whole bunch of little sweeties and miniatures lately all perfect for little girls or big girls shadow boxes, which I'm sure you can imagine. Sarah has been busy eyeing off the new pretties for her shadow box, which is forever changing with treasure hunting habits.

Are you a master of the quick op shop visit? What has been your greatest find in the shortest amount of time?

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5 Comments:

At August 9, 2015 at 5:52 PM , Blogger Anne M said...

I'm always reluctant to view your op shop find posts Trudie because I suffer greatly from op shop envy. You always find the best things. I must admit I find the best stuff when I'm not looking. I go into the store to find something in particular and walk out with something that I didn't expect to find but was totally on my wish list. Often the quick visits are best.

Anne xx

 
At August 9, 2015 at 9:09 PM , Blogger Trudie said...

Oh Anne you make me laugh.....op shop envy could nearly be the name of another blog don't you think lol? I think I just have a trained eagle eye, ready to zone in on the gems. You've done very well thrifting for the wedding, and my bet is many of those finds will be staying long after the wedding.....am I right?

 
At August 10, 2015 at 2:57 PM , Blogger Helen Edwards said...

oh gorgeous finds!! I love the pitcher!!! x

 
At August 11, 2015 at 1:07 AM , Blogger Van said...

I especially adore that amazing tiki style set, I'd probably keep that one for entertaining :) I love a quick stop, my post today is mostly quick stops. You never know what you'll find, so if you have the time, it's worth it to peek at yard sales or thrift shops.

 
At August 12, 2015 at 2:09 AM , Blogger Vix said...

That Tiki set is fab, I know a few rockabilly types who'd kill for that. The lamb is demented, in a good way! x

 

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