New Zealand is a wonderful place to live but inevitably there are going to be things that I miss about England and one of them is the good ol' car boot sale. I was often one of the first to show up at 6.30 on a Saturday and Sunday morning. I'd spend my pennies on other peoples rubbish that would turn out to be some of my greatest treasures. Once the purse was bare, I'd toddle off home to turf Mr Tread Softly out of bed and cook up a breakfast. Car boot sales don't really happen here so seeing that I've now been a NZ resident for 9 months I thought that it was high time that I checked out the garage sales that my friends have been raving about. The first one I attended was last Friday at 5.30pm. Now that's a decent time for a sale to start in my book. I came away with two wooden stools for, wait for it...$2!! That's NZ$'s which is about 75p!!
We cut them down, sanded and painted them and now have two perfect bedside tables for the spare bedroom.
On the way home I picked up a local paper and scanned the garage sale section for the following morning. We circled two that started at 8am and made sure that we were there on the dot. I'd been thinking about finding some vintage fabric and how great that would be. As we arrived, would you believe that there in the middle of the table was a huge mound of 60's and 70's retro fabric. We're not just talking about offcuts here, we're talking metres and metres of unused scrummy fabrics. I offered the lady a price for the lot and she accepted. It's been stored for a few years so I'm now working my way through washing and pressing it ready to go on Trade Me (the NZ equivalent of eBay) and I'll be selling at bargain prices!
Do you remember the thermals I brought at the used clothing sale a few posts ago? They were hardly worn and made out of beautiful merino wool. Anyway, I wasn't too keen on the blandness of the colour so decided to spend Sunday afternoon standing over simmering pots of dye.
I'm thrilled with the results. Shame that they're going to worn under other clothing really.
Things are going to be a little busier than usual over the next month so I can't promise that they'll be many posts. The Girl Friday group have decided to have a handmades stall at the Winter Solstice Fair on 8th July so I'll be busy at the sewing machine trying to fill a table full of Agnes Coy goodies. I've also got to try and get some auctions up on Trade me as well as working on opening a Etsy shop and a small website AND getting some samples together to approach gorgeous stores nationwide. Phew, I'm worn out already! So take care til next time guys. Friends and family in the UK, we think of you every single day...