First of all, let me blow the dust and cobwebs off my keyboard! It's been a while guys! It's great to be back blogging, and if you're reading this, thank you for coming on back to my blog! I might be a bit rusty, but I'm ready to find a bit more balance in life, and hopefully be blogging more often again!
Ok, so let's get to it.
One of the things I get asked about the most, is op shopping (or thrifting for my American/Canadian friends. According to my stats, at least 30% of my audience are from the US or Canada, which is just glorious! Both places hold a very special place in my heart).
People often message me out of absolute frustration, that I seem to be able to find treasures without even looking! And it is true, I have always been so lucky when it comes to op shopping, which got me thinking. Is it really luck? I have never come away fruitless! I am definitely a very optimistic, see the world through rose coloured glasses kinda girl, so is it just that I’m putting out those vibes and the universe is being good to me? I think there’s more to it.
Here’s my theory.
I think that lots of people are missing the treasures. They’re there, but they can’t see them. And it’s easy to do! Most op shops are not very easy on the eye, they’re often a cluttered mess. And don’t even get me started on the smell! The only old/vintage things I happen to like the smell of are books. And it stops there.
So here’s what I think. I think that we as consumers, are so used to seeing products presented to us in such a beautiful way, styled, with pretty people using them. They are put in front of us daily (through social media, tv, etc) and all but tied up with a great big bow on them! So we don’t have to use our imagination. There’s the product we’re being told to like, someone important is using it, it’s a no brainer. The consumer in us
I think that’s the problem when people go op shopping now. They haven’t had to use their imagination, or really delve inside themselves and see what they actually like. My recent revelation has led me to believe, that there are 2 type of shoppers. The consumers, and the dreamers.
The consumers are told what they like.
The dreamers have their own style and imagination.
Now, there’s nothing wrong with being the former. I happen to believer I’m a little bit of the former, and mostly the latter. I LOVE items being presented in a beautiful way. And I’ll often pay more for them, simply because of the way they’re presented! It feels good to see pretty things, I’m sorry (not sorry), it just does!
But in my core, I’m the latter. I’ve especially noticed this when op shopping with friends. They’ll often tease me (in a friendly way) about things I’ve purchased. Then a week later they’ll come over and I will have styled it in my house, and suddenly, they want it! I think it’s all about seeing something’s potential, and knowing what you like. I’m a big lover of gold, brass, wood, vintage servingware, jars, crochet, lace, etc. And these aren’t trends for me, these are items I’ve loved since childhood. So my question to you would be, what do you like? Forget what trends are in at the moment, forget what you’ve seen on instagram. Find out what YOU like. I think that’s a great place to start.
Oh, and just because it’s vintage, doesn’t mean it’s amazing! That’s a common mistake I see some people making. They’re often just buying old junk!
Also, just to finally put to rest a question I get asked DAILY! Where do I op shop? I always respond the same way… If I tell you that, I’d have to kill you ;)
Lol, and don’t get the wrong idea, one op shop isn’t better than the other. I just don’t want to find myself in a tug of war over a crochet throw with you at my local oppy! I’ve learned not to promote the places that I want to keep to myself. Hubby still gets a little cranky that the once quiet beaches we used to frequent, are now packed and we can’t get a carpark after putting them on my blog.
So while I do believe in sharing the love, I do keep a couple of little secrets, and most of you tend to understand and appreciate that!
Anyway, I hope this has helped someone who is frustrated with their op shopping adventures lately! I hope you find some beautiful treasures that speak to your heart next time…
Ps - I thought I'd share these pictures with you all, as they feature my most recent (and fave) op shop finds.
2. Woven tray - this was marked $5, but the lovely lady at the counter said it should be $3! I would've paid 50 times this amount lol!
3. Floral decanter (what dreams are made of) $5
And then we have the pillar candles from eBay, coconut from Woolworths, dried pampas from the side of the road in the countryside, dried palms, flowers and baby pink hibiscus flower from our garden.
So everything you see here for $32! And it's such a great time to be styling if you're working on a budget, as lots of things that are on trend right now are so accessible, and FREE! Find what you can in your own garden, get drying, and have some fun!
Pps - for tips on drying flowers, please see my FAQ's xx