In my last post I mentioned a gorgeous vintage tin and wooden boat that I found at the swap meet for Mister E. I had to post a photo to show you, it’s just too lovely. I also found this little collection of wooden beads painted red and blue. I am going to make Mister E some natural wooden beads from mini eco’s tutorial. So far I have got Hubby to chop down a nice big branch off our Almond tree out the back. I will endeavour to make a set of wooden beads when the weather is a little more forgiving!
Archive for January, 2011
I love garage sales, op-shopping, collectors fairs, swap meets, ebay and gumtree. I am constantly trawling through these places searching for pre-loved treasures. Which means over the years I have amassed a significant collection of treasures/junk (depending on if you ask me or my Hubby).
I never look for anything in particular, I always end up with amazing things I never knew I wanted. LIke last week I found a beautiful vintage blue leather briefcase (with original keys) full of kitchy plastic picnincware, for five dollars! Today I found a gorgeous old wooden and tin toy boat for Mister E’s room at the bargain price of three dollars. I shouldn’t have been looking today as I was at the swap meet selling.
We went through all the boxes of stuff we had packed away in our shed at home and realised we had enough for a garage sale. So yesterday we loaded up the front yard with all our stuff and put up a sign and welcomed random punters into the gates to rummage around. We had a few people arrive at 7.30am before we’d even started to put stuff out. Dealers came in their vans hunting retro games, records and collectables, but left dissaopinted. We had a couple of people pull up, take one look at our stuff and get right back in their cars! I felt slightly hurt that they didn’t stay and look. I had to be the hottest day for months, 41 degrees! So it was a slow trade, but we purged a few boxes of cothes, knick-knacks, homewares and other random goodies (mostly things I have bought at other garage sales!) We made a few hundred dollars by lunchtime and called it a day. This morning we were at the swap meet and all that we had left from the garage sale we sold for a dollar each. Serious bargains to be had at our stall. I have to say, swap meet customers are a stingy bunch. We had a girl ask about a handmade glass bowl, and she turned me down when I asked for a dollar. Seriously. Everything we didn’t sell today got shipped of to Good Sammys, about five boxes, they were very pleased!
Was it worth it? Well it was a novelty the first time, but I won’t be in a hurry to do another one. Not in the peak of Summer anyway. On a nice Spring day it would have been much more pleasurable. One thing I learnt is how to be a ruthless bargainer next time I’m at someone elses garage sale!
I’m six months into my pregnancy now and in a serious nesting phase. I have a huge list of things I want to get done before the baby comes. I want to have the kids bedroom just right, repainted with a chalkboard wall. I want to get some sewing done (new cushion covers). That’s just the start of my litte list, I have a much longer list for Hubby. For Christmas he managed to score a whole set of tools to do wordwork and I have many projects! One of the major things I wanted done at home was to swap bedrooms. Originally we had the master bedroom and Mister E was in the little room. Now that we have another one on the way I thought it woud make more sense if the boys had more space. So we swapped the rooms over the Christmas break, and I love it! My new bedroom is small and cosy and Mister E has heaps more room to play in his room. The baby’s room was painted a fluro lime green colour (it’s how it was when we moved in!) I repainted the room last weekend with some beauitiful natural limestone paint by bauwerk.
To decorate our window I made a pretty paper chain from an old book I had. I punched out lots of cirlces and sewed them all toegther in a long chain. Easy as that!
I read somewhere that around 18 months a child will learn 50 new words a day. That sounds hard to believe, and I would be sceptical if I wasn’t living with a 19 month old. Mister E is talking constantly and all day when he hears a new word he likes the sound of he repeats it over and over. I wish I had the capacity to retain that much new information! We were in the vegie garden the other day picking tomatoes (new word for Mister E – mahtoes). I had so many of these tasty little red gems I didn’t know what to do with them. Then I thought, i’ll just boil them up and make some yummy passata to keep in the freezer for when I need a quick and easy pasta sauce. So that’s what we did!