I just love finding old dresses in second-hand stores and giving them a new lease on life with a little trimming and sewing. Most of my makeovers involve the barest of changes, maybe just a hemline lift or sleeve removal that can be completed in a matter of minutes. But recently I ventured into a more daring attempt with this 1980s spotty number found for $30 at Brisbane’s wonderful Endeavour Foundation thrift shop. Of course, I wanted to share it with you. And now seems like the perfect time as unfortunately I’m still down and out with a severe back injury. So, a brief hiatus from my couch surfing tales to show you one of my favourite upcycling attempts.Read More
Easter is just around the corner, which means lots of bunny awesomeness. Because the Easter bunny is a nice guy, right? Actually, not so much in Australia.Read More
Would you like to take another sneak peek inside our flat to check out some of our favourite thrifted furniture finds? We previously showed you some of our treasures over here but it turns out we’ve got a lot of vintage-y furniture goodness scattered around … so it’s time for part two!Read More
Our little flat is gradually filling up with treasures thrifted from Brisbane and beyond. With each find our place becomes slightly more unique, packed with pieces that mirror our personalities or, through their timeworn frames, hint at the life they once lived. The eclectic and colourful mix inspires our imaginations and sparks our creativity. Many a productive brainstorm has been had here! Though I’ll soon be leaving this space behind as I move to Spain, Alana will remain caretaker or our recycled finds.
So, as the next instalment of my fave vintage things series, allow me to introduce you to some of our most cherished furnishings.Read More
Okay thrifters, I’m going to let you in on a fabulous little (not so well kept) secret. There’s a quick and easy way to find the best op shops in the South Australian capital of Adelaide and all you have to do is jump on a bus and hang on for the ride.
On the last Saturday of every month, Adelaide mums Shelly and Rowena commandeer a yellow council bus, grab a host of keen secondhand shoppers and set out on special tours across different parts of the city. The pair have run their You, Us and a Bus tours for almost five years now and its clear they’ve nutted out Adelaide’s best thrift stores and are only too happy to show newcomers the way.Read More
Op shops are always packed full of skirts and with a little bit of digging – or by heading to an upmarket vintage or antique store where the digging has already been done for you – you can easily stack your wardrobe with one-of-a-kinds.
It’s even better if you have a sewing machine and the basic skills needed to sew a hem as many skirts score a wonderful new lease on life if you scoot the hemline up a little.
So, without further ado, here’s a collection of my most cherished thrifted skirts as the latest in my fave vintage things series.Read More