Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Op-Shop Adventure Finds

On Tuesday I went on another op-shopping adventure with my dad - this time we went to Noarlunga so I could finally check out the Savers there. I must admit that, whilst I was impressed by the size, I wasn't overly impressed by the stock or the price-tags. I suppose like most op-shopping you have to go constantly to find treasures and it's too far away for me to go very often. As for the pricing, some of it was reasonable, some seemed exorbitant, which happens all too often, now. Despite all of that, I still managed to find a few goodies for myself...


This is the amazing print of a (modern but with a vintage feel) jacket that I was instantly drawn to. I can't wait to wear it!


Vintage Little Golden Books always have the best illustrations - they're great to look at but very inspiring, too. This is a 1980s reissue of a 1950s book and it looks largely untouched.


Look at all these snappy dressers! I love the variety of domestic, farm and wild animals.


Two new LPs for my collection. I adore the covers for both of these - I may have to put the South Pacific one up on my wall!


A deliciously 80s knitting pattern booklet. Mum said the cover is her favourite but...

This two page spread is mine!

Oh, and I forgot to take a photo of a pair of pink high-waisted pants that I found at a little church op-shop for $1! They're from the 80s or 90s but I've been searching for some for ages and these will suffice until I find the perfect 50s (or repro) pair.


These aren't vintage or secondhand but they are two new additions to my classic movie collection: The War of the Worlds 1953 and Kiss of Death 1947. I've been asked a few times in the past where I get all of my old movies from and I suppose I'm lucky that I have access to stores here that have decent, though by no means exhaustible classic sections (which are sadly getting smaller and smaller)...I also acquire a lot of them online when I just can't find them on DVD here (either legally or...otherwise). 

Speaking of movies, I've started up a film blog! I've only got one introduction type post there at the moment but I'm spending the day writing posts for it (and for this blog, too) so if you're keen on knowing more about my taste in cinema then please keep an eye on it. I know I've done movie posts here in the past and I may continue to do them, but I wanted to post a bit more widely than I had been here. 

Andi B. Goode

PS: I keep forgetting to tell you all when I've updated my etsy shop


  1. Oh what I wouldn't give to go thrift shopping with you. I love that you call it 'Op Shopping'. A friend of mine lives in Melbourne and I never cease to smile at it.

  2. That jacket fabric is amazing! What a great find. I had been wondering whether I should bother heading all that way to check out the Savers, but it sounds like I'm better off sticking to my favourite local places. I get overwhelmed in massive op shops anyway... there's just too much stuff to sift through!

  3. I looove that 80s knitting book! What fun designs.

    My main finds in charity shops tend to be books and so forth.

  4. I agree the print on the jacket is amazing!

    I find the same with op shops, sometimes you can have a run of finding things you love and then you hit a dry spell.

    It's the surprise that keeps me shopping though :-)

  5. Great finds! I think I have to agree with your Mom, my favorite is the blue sweater on the cover, too! Both movies look like fun. I'll definitely check out your movie blog...I'm a big film buff, too. I just saw The Wasp Woman a few days was so (inadvertently) funny! Nice 50's clothes & decor, too...I highly recommend it!

  6. I think there must be really dedicated people who have a set routine of visiting op-shops on the best days to find all the treasures. I'm so not motivated enough for that though! I like the thrill of going randomly to hunt for treasures every now and then :)

  7. I know what you mean about op shops being such a mix of bargains, reasonable and a little crazy pricing. I stopped myself from buying a gorgeous purse today because I felt it was too pricey… I am still thinking about it though!

    Love the print on that jacket and the knitting book. 80s knits, while oh so bad, and oh so my favourites! Mostly for wearing in a super daggy way around the house but I love them! :D

    Looking forward to seeing more on your cinema blog!

  8. Cannot wait to see the fan jacket on you and those pink trousers sound brilliant, That blue cardigan in the knitting magazine is fab! Kiss of Death is a great film, wonderful finds! xx

  9. Great finds, that fan printed jacket looks gorgeous!

  10. I absolutely love War of the Worlds - oldy and newer version - the story is just awesome! xxx

  11. Delightful finds! I especially like the darling children's book, Little Golden illustrations really are works of art unto themselves.

    Wishing you nothing but the best with your awesome new movie blog!!!

    ♥ Jessica

  12. Hi, I'm a Savers addict but it's more the thrill of the hunt. Some of the stuff is ridiculously priced (which is why I avoid the 'vintage' racks) but sometimes I score big time. Forgive the plug, check out my blog for my Savers and op shop finds. Don't give up on Savers, sometimes you can find awesome vintage stuff (not too far back though) when they have their big sale days :)

    I have the Animals Orchestra LGB too, I think it's from the early 70s. I have all my LGBs and my husband's mum kept a lot of her books from when she was young (in the 40s and 50s) :)


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