It’s fair to say that I’m not well versed in the art of op-shopping (all my best vintage pieces are hand-me-downs from my mum), however I think times are a changing. For one, I think I’ve been looking in all the wrong places. This week, I learned that country town thrift stores are where it’s at. A trip earlier on in the week proved to be quite fruitful. Especially since it was a kind of ‘just passing through’, last minute decision to stop in. What first caught my eye was the navy blazer. Finally. It’s taken me long enough to find one. It fits perfectly, is still in great condition and, most importantly, it has nice buttons (there’s nothing worse than a blazer with ugly buttons*). How much? $3. Score! I then eyed the orange button-up skirt. $2. With the burnt orange pieces from Lover’s latest collection in mind, I picked it up. The nice lady behind the counter then informed me that for only $3 I could fill up an entire bag with however many skirts I could fit in. Music to my ears. I had been playing around with the idea of maxi/calf length accordian-pleat skirts for a while now, so when I found this black one I just had to give it a go. The blush coloured skirt was purchased with Spring in mind, and the navy blue one was thrown in for good measure. I also managed to pick up 3 metres or so of blush coloured chiffon for $1.50. I plan on turning this into a flowy maxi skirt (also inspired by the one featured in Lover’s latest collection). Lastly, as I was paying for my haul, I spied a cameo brooch in the cabinet (featured a few posts down). How much, I asked? $5. Done. Definitely the best $12.50 I’ve spent in a long time.
*Yes, I know I could easily replace such things, but nice buttons are relatively expensive to buy too.


  1. STACY August 28, 2010

    $3 for a bag of skirts?!
    where was thisssssssssss :O


  2. oh wow,i want the blue pleated skirts! they look lovely! such great finds…

    ♥ vanilla ice cream ♥ 

  3. Athena. August 28, 2010

    Oh, these are all incredible finds!
    I really do need to make a trip to the local thrift shop, soon..
    Love, Athena xxx

    p.s. I could have sworn I was following you; I thought you had ceased blogging and was so glad to have found you again!

  4. LUU H. August 28, 2010

    only friggin 12.50???? !!!! goooooosh, what a bargain !

  5. Geoff_D August 28, 2010

    The Kumara Burger (across the road) cost more than the haul. It was nommy.

  6. Amanda Fernandez August 28, 2010

    Your blog is amazing, can't stop saying that!

  7. annierama August 28, 2010

    WOw, I want to go shopping there too!
    thanks for your comment!

  8. notjustmedical August 28, 2010

    Oh wow, I'd love to see what you do with that chiffon material, it has such a beautiful colour!! You could take inspiration for Stolen Girlfriend's Club!


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  10. fakeperfectionn August 28, 2010

    Great finds! Love the colors 🙂

  11. Twobreadsplease August 28, 2010

    jealoussss! they are the most perfect selection of skirts! xx

  12. A cup of ribbons August 28, 2010

    like like like!!!
    i just thrifted a red skirt like yours 🙂

  13. ShopGirlXOXO August 28, 2010

    cant wait to see pics of the end product/outfits. 🙂

  14. muchlove August 29, 2010

    wow, great buys! I would love to visit country town opshops for such amazing bargains.

  15. Meggstatus August 29, 2010

    $3 for an entire bag of skirts?? You've got to be kidding me, that is so awesome!!! And not to mention the fact that every single one of these skirts is uh-mazing. Good finds. You better watch out, you're gonna get addicted to op-shopping soon enough.


  16. ponyhunter August 29, 2010

    haha yay, i just got the oyster coloured juliette hogan skirt today, it. is. amazing. it just moves so beautifully. hope you get your hands on one too 🙂

  17. The Backseat Stylers August 29, 2010

    OMG! What amazing finds. $12.50?? Seriously?!

    Would love to see a photo of the cameo brooch…I've been on the lookout for one!

  18. Violetta E. August 29, 2010

    like this pics

  19. Helen August 29, 2010

    ahh what a find! also, i see you're reading the sleeper awakes. i love that book.

  20. Simuša August 29, 2010

    u have beautyful skirts !

    x.o.x.o. Simuša

  21. Chloe, Butterfly Cupcakes August 29, 2010

    Well done! I'd be happy with that blazer too.

  22. The Velvet Bow August 29, 2010

    Country op-shops are definitely the best. They must all do the $3 for a bag thing, because here in WA I have some across that same system too.

    Fantastic finds miss, can't wait to see how you style these up!

  23. i love that blush coloured skirt. you're right, that is perfect for spring! These are all great finds..


  24. Clara August 29, 2010


  25. Miranda August 29, 2010

    thank you! I almost didn't buy because of the price but I'm soooo glad that I did : D
    And wow I love that blazer, great price!

  26. Some Style... August 29, 2010

    so lucky girl…have to go some good thrift hunting myself again…hehe! 😉

  27. Ilse August 29, 2010

    woahh, fantastic! I just wrote something in my last post about a cheap vintage store in a big city, haha. but the low prices are indeed more consistent in the country! lovely buys!

  28. karolinka_997 August 29, 2010

    Woow! 12, 50;o Lovely blog and I follow via google.
    It would make me very happy if you would follow me, too.

  29. Teresa August 29, 2010

    Gosh! It's a bargain and the pieces are so cute!


  30. aubrey August 29, 2010

    what a bargain!
    i envy you hehe 🙂

  31. Jazzabelle August 29, 2010

    oh my, oh my, oh my. i can't believe all of these pieces cost you so little, amazing! the piece of chiffon is such a beautiful shade of pink and i just wish i had a pleated skirt like that! i'm not sure if i have mentioned it before (though i'm sure i have), but i just adore how you display your clothes when you photograph them.

    love, jazzabelle. xx

    oh, and i totally get what you mean about things with ugly buttons, hehe.

  32. Michelle Elaine August 30, 2010

    ive noticed that when i go thrifting with no goals are expectations – thats when i score and find a ton of goodies. if i go expecting to find a specific something i never will and set mysel up for disappointment :/


  33. Bijou's Style August 30, 2010

    wow no way!!! I never have this kind of luck… love it.



  34. Christina August 30, 2010

    it's beginners luck i say!
    no, but you just need patience. all my best finds are from op-shops and knowing that i paid so little makes them a lot more fun to wear!
    i can't wait to see them in outfit posts 🙂

  35. vint junky August 30, 2010

    Total bargains!!

    can't wait to see the longer length skirts styled up…something i keep meaning to do too!


  36. soph (owl vs. dove) August 30, 2010

    @STACY: Esk! A little country town 1hr from Brisbane!

    @Athena: how lucky! thanks for following again!

    @Dad: yes. yes it was.

    @notjustmedical: definitely!

    @Meggstatus: already bitten by the bug!

    @ponyhunter: oh yay!

    @TheVelvetBow: I do hope it's a universal country town thing. I'll have to further test this theory out haha

    @Jazzabelle: thank you!

    @MichelleElaine: that's always the case isn't it?

    @Christina: haha more like "it's finally soph's turn for op-shop bargains" luck. I've been trying and trying and never had much luck until now. Persistence is the key I guess!

  37. Shell September 1, 2010

    Country op-shops are the absolute best! Looks like you managed to score some lovely things 🙂


  38. Charlene September 1, 2010

    Wow Love all of these can't belive they cost so little.

  39. janet September 1, 2010

    awww. that's soo cutee.. love all the skirts! so vintage and cool!


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