Sunday, 29 April 2012

Sweet, sweet vintage!

This has been a great week for me. Thursday my daughter and I headed for her favourite Op shop after kindy, as is our habit. There I found a minty crisp, still in packet, lime green floral sheet set and two gently worn orange floral sheets. Yay! I feel a patchwork sheet quilt coming on! My collection of sheet colours is expanding.
The next stop wasn't far away and there I spotted a lovely sewing basket, with original contents. :D My sewing basket collection is also expanding.

This Saturday my sis and I first stopped in Springfield right in the frosty foothills of Adelaide. The knitting basket below was the prize. It has faux crushed satin side panels. *LOVE* and sweet rose inner.
The pink glasses have frosted swirls and gold stars and rim. atomic 50s style.
A pretty tin bird cutter was found at Cross Rd Collectables. There were a bunch of others that my sister bought too. And while I was there I spotted this cute gingham apron. I thought I'd show a couple I picked up for just .50c, never used!
A couple of pretty milk glass pieces joined my collection as well.

But my most thrilling find was at a most unlikely stop  on the way home. We stopped at a garage sale that was mainly kids stuff and modern junk. I had promised a little something for Pearl so it looked likely for the purpose. Under the front table was a large carton full of kids books. My sis and I started digging through and found some books each. At 3 for $1 I was pretty pleased with a few beaten up oldies. One golden book was coverless but good as a cutter for crafting.

A little girl told us there was another box on the verandah, so I headed over. I spotted what was on top and stepped livelier. Unfortunately my sister also spotted it and just about sprinted there, grabbing the book out from under my hand. (That's not nice, lol) Luckily there were lots more treasures amongst the ordinary kids books (that ordinarily might have been good finds in themselves, but by comparison were riff raff).
Take a look at these sweet, sweet, vintage book prints from the 1930s.
This book is about 12" tall and I saw the pages selling online for $15 each! I agree they would make absolutely awesome nursery prints framed. And how cute is this book about two naughty kittens.

But the most awesome book, was one by Mabel Lucie Atwell, a well known children's illustrator. I couldn't believe the asking price for this book! Take a look here or here! I was flabbergasted! And this from a 1970s cream brick on Railway tce. WooHoo!


  1. Love the aprons and the books are fabulous! Great Finds.

  2. I love old childrens books. Great finds.

  3. Fantastic finds! The kids books are gorgeous.

  4. Those children's books are exactly my kind of thing! I just love those large 12 inch ones, and have a few myself.
    Great job on finding such treasures!!
    Erica :)

  5. Hi there, what great finds!
    Thanks for being a part of Blogtoberfest, hosted by Cathy aka {tinniegirl} last year. Thought you might be interested to know that we're running it again in 2012. You can find all the info at:
    And we're kicking off this Monday! Would love to see you there.
    Kat xxx


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