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Op-shop, garage sale, re-gift etc.


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#1 Le-a

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:23 PM

Another thread reminded me of a major score DH and I had many many years ago, when we had just moved interstate and had very little money and had to kit out our house.

A new friend of DH gave us a big box of old kitchen stuff, saying it was all going to the op shop anyway and we could pick through it and then donate the things we didn't want. Cool. So amongst all the mismatched (though gratefully received) glasses + crockery, there was a jug. But not just any jug. A aqua blue aluminum jug. A FINK jug. Lucky DH knew what it was, I would have chucked it! I looked it up once and it's worth about $200. DH asked his mate if he wanted it and he said no, it didn't match his new kitchen gear!

As an avid op-shopper, I've found a few bargains. A double strand of natural pearls, antique, strung with catgut. A perfect black leather trench coat which I lost at the Bridge Mall Inn, back in the days I lived in Ballarat (damn those pesky goths).

Tell me, what persons junk has turned out to be your treasure?

#2 MoonPie

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:29 PM

Just recently I got 12 brand new Baby BeeHinds for 3 for $2. I felt so guilty I gave the op shop woman $20, then posted them straight away to a friend with a newborn using cloth nappies.

ETA: If the thread that inspired this was the engagement ring one, I think this is in really poor taste!

Edited by Rebothy, 12 December 2012 - 10:32 PM.


#3 MadreLoca

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:30 PM

A leather 2.5 seater sofa, through a local FB garage sale page. They'd had it covered in their garage after deciding they didn't actually like it. I paid $50 for it ddance.gif

#4 Le-a

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:47 PM

QUOTE (Rebothy @ 12/12/2012, 11:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
ETA: If the thread that inspired this was the engagement ring one, I think this is in really poor taste!


Ah No. 'twas inspired by a comment in the "worst gift" thread. Someone got a crappy regifted vase and it turned out to be worth 2000 bucks.

ETA just read the thread you're referring to. Yikes.

Edited by Seeyounexttuesday!, 12 December 2012 - 11:05 PM.


#5 peking homunculus

Posted 12 December 2012 - 10:53 PM

DD bought a pair of Victoria Beckham black jeans at Vinnies for $2.

#6 hell kitty

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

I got a Pucci handbag from an opshop for $2 about 20 yrs ago.

Not sure if it's genuine, but I like it anyway.

#7 Academic

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:06 PM

A beautiful art deco floor lamp with the original scalloped shade in a yellow brocade. Found put out in the alley behind our house ready for council collection. Something was wrong with it electrically; electrician DH replaced one small fitting and it worked perfectly.

I picked up lots of stuff in that alley actually - tables, frames, a big cabinet. We lived in Paddington in Sydney, and it seemed a lot of the wealthy people that lived around us would throw things away if they just got tired of it or if there was something minor wrong. Great for us!

#8 strawberry blondes

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:11 PM

The Op shops around here aren't very good, me and the girls go in at least once a week. The best thing I have bought so far is one of those foam things for your baby to lie on in the bath, it is brand new still in the wrapper for $4. Oh actually, I did get Tanna Ramsey (is that how she spells her name?) cook book brand new for $2.

#9 Winning

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:14 PM

Too many to name. So much so that I am more than happy to donate really good stuff to op-shops as I feel that I am 're-paying' the good op-shop Karma (If there is such a thing!)

#10 Puggle

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:24 PM

A Kenner Tree Tots tree house in the original box with all accessories for $5

Edited by Puggle, 12 December 2012 - 11:24 PM.


#11 kez71

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:48 PM

i found a My Child dress and pants in an op shop for $2.50. I knew it was a sort after outfit and thought I might get $40-$50 if i was lucky on ebay..it sold for over $400!!!!! for a dolls outfit. My Child collectors went nuts for it. crazy people..lol

#12 ~shannon~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:53 PM

Nothing huge, but I've picked up expensive kids' clothes (David Jones stuff and Pumpkin Patch) for a few dollars brand new, with tags still attached.

A complete punch bowl set for $10 - gorgeous retro glass one with the old fashioned cups, ladle and grapes on the side of the bowl. We bring it out for parties and Christmas time.

Vintage books... one in particular I tried to buy online and it was going to cost me over $30. I found it in Vinnies for $1!


#13 Le-a

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:54 PM

QUOTE (kez71 @ 13/12/2012, 12:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i found a My Child dress and pants in an op shop for $2.50. I knew it was a sort after outfit and thought I might get $40-$50 if i was lucky on ebay..it sold for over $400!!!!! for a dolls outfit. My Child collectors went nuts for it. crazy people..lol


True story? That's amazing! Which My Child was it, I had (still have the doll but not the clothes  rolleyes.gif ) the one with a white dress with letters of the alphabet all over it...

#14 ~shannon~

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:55 PM

QUOTE (kez71 @ 12/12/2012, 11:48 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
i found a My Child dress and pants in an op shop for $2.50. I knew it was a sort after outfit and thought I might get $40-$50 if i was lucky on ebay..it sold for over $400!!!!! for a dolls outfit. My Child collectors went nuts for it. crazy people..lol

Wow! Never heard of My Child before... but I'll be keeping a look out now!


#15 Feral Nicety

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:56 PM

2 kookaburra plates for $2.  Worth about $300.

An antique Agee fly catcher for $4 recently which is worth about $150.

#16 Feral Nicety

Posted 12 December 2012 - 11:58 PM

Oh and I bought two Ruth Arthur books for about $1 each.  Had a clear out and the very next week a friend was crowing she had found one of them for $50 as they are really sought after.

Yeah.  I just hope someone bought them and loved them.  I am now a damn sight more careful with old kids books.

#17 Feralishous

Posted 13 December 2012 - 12:07 AM

we scored a second hand microwave from council clean up, 12 years ago, and it just died due to a power surge (it still goes but the fan runs continuously)

#18 livvie7586

Posted 13 December 2012 - 06:52 AM

my 'big' one for this year is a bloom fresco high chair.  i knew it was a schmancy high chair when in the shop, paid $20 for it, and googled it when i got home.  to buy one new i'd be paying $599  ohmy.gif  gorgeous high chair, too

http://www.myfirstroom.com.au/Furniture/Highchairs/1881/



#19 froggy1

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:13 AM

Heaps and heaps of brand new kids clothes. Some fantastic books. But my favourite was a lettuce spinner for $4. Ours had died a few months beforehand and I was cursing the fact I couldn't find a really good lettuce spinner (not those ones with the pull string that snaps quickly anyway). Anyhow, my patience paid off, there was the spinner I wanted. Hurrah!

#20 Fire_fly

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:27 AM

I found a valco glider chair for $10 it had a tiny tear on the arm but otherwise in perfect condition.
http://www.babykingdom.com.au/Valco+Sevill..._1311_sec6.html

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#21 Chelara

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:28 AM

I found a mint condition made in France full metal moulinex legumes food mill complete with blades. Love it! My DS was 4 months at the time but we are doing BLW so I have to use it for other things. It was $2. I also found a Sydney Olympic Games Wedgwood plate signed by Wedgewood for 50c that I plan to sell on eBay at some stage.

#22 FiveAus

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:33 AM

My daughter and I were looking in op shops for tins to sell on eBay. She was about 8 at the time and had fun finding stuff for me. She spied one under a set of shelves and got down on her tummy to get it out for me, it was an old Arnotts biscuit tin with a photo of flowers.......daffodils, I think......on the lid.

No price on it so the shop lady offered it to us for 10c, we took it home and I listed it on eBay and it sold for over $200.

#23 CountryFeral

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:34 AM

The very first auction DP and I ever attended we were looking for a table to put our monitor (for the tv) and the hard drive that runs it on.

Got exactly what we were looking for (awesome little Deco table made from a lovely timber, on wheels even - we move the 'tv' around from summer to winter) for $35!

Then as we were there we bid on a few other things - got a blackwood standard lamp for $10 and the BEST bargain of all a box of biscuit barrels!

The reason I wanted to bid on it was there was one of those ace plastic 50's multi stacker ones in there with a 'cake' and a 'biscuit' level - pink and black!
It was hidden in there with about 6 of the most hideous biscuit barrels you have ever seen!

No one counter bid on our opening one of $5 and when I got the box home there were also a fab set of salt shakers from the 40's PLUS a highly sought after danish designer's ceramic lidded sugar/sauce bowl from the 1960s!

(you might be getting a sense from this post that my kitchen is not like one of those catalogue kitchens!)

#24 Funky Cold Ribena

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:35 AM

A Donna Karan coat for £10 in a little op shop on the England/ Wales border about 8 years ago.

My cousin knew of an op shop in London that used to specialize in second hand designer dresses. She picked up a once worn Prada dress for next to nothing for a wedding. The alterations she had done to it to fit her cost more than the dress.

#25 PigNewton

Posted 13 December 2012 - 07:35 AM

DH scores some great stuff off his company noticeboard....people put things up for really low prices and it gets snapped up in about 5 minutes usually. We got a 6 seater dining suite in perfect condition for $80, a lounge suite with sofa bed for $150, an as new tricycle for $5. The best buy was probably a 2mtr by 1.2mtr bookcase, nice wood, really well made, for $40 along with a handmade wine rack/corner bar for $25. In the case of the last two things, the guy selling them had a complete house full of stuff to get rid of (deceased estate)




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