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May 10, 2008



Oh how fabulous! What a box of loveliness! I'd love to know what else you unearth as you delve deeper! HOpe you got your hands on those books too :)


I think that linens being called Manchester is something to do with Manchester being a large producer of cotton fabrics in the past, probably early settlers from the UK brought the term with them. I think Australia uses the term too.


what a treasure box!


I love the Sallie Army and am lucky enough to have one three stores down from my work. I can't resist and end up going in every day. I've never come across anything as fantastic as this though!


What a fabulous box of treasures! I love finding old bits of history like that.


You lucky lady, there at the right time, how lovely!


What a lovely find. Dad said "Amazing"


What a treasure of FUN!

French Knots

What a find! I love to think of someone in years to come unearthing a box of my 'treasures' and getting a surge of excitment at the contents.

Daisy Steiner

I can never walk past a charity shop, my body won't let me.
You sure got some lovely treasure there. Great find.


Fabulous finds! I love looking in the charity shops too..we have quite a few in my town! ;-)


How absolutely delicious but I can't think of anyone more deserved of these gorgeous bits than you. Are you going to keep them as they are or make them into something fabulous?


OMG JEALOUS!! What a great find! $2.50, I cant believe it! Good score.



Sweet Mary

I find it diffucult to walk past op shops also and you do have one or two good ones in Carterton. I am always looking for a quilt to rescue and have found three in the last year. Thanks for posting the Tiffin Recipe - have made twice now and neither lot has been sent off to the kids yet!
Regrds - Keriann

Poppy Black

You are so right about boxes and tins! What an amazing find! You will have to treat us to some more secrets from the box as you discover them XXX


Wow, that is a real treasure :o) I love going to flea markets and shops with old things. My best finds were an old kodak brownie camera for 20 kronor and a set of Thyra Ferre Bjorn books for 30 $ usd. It's a great feeling, when you're like - ah, it was meant to be!! Enjoy :o)


Wonderful find! Do you think you'll finish the embroidery pieces?


I'm so happy to have found you,my family and I were in New Zealand for several weeks last year and we agreed it is one of the loveliest places on earth. I also love second-hand stores, or thrift shops. My family doesn't though(the male side anyway!) So on our trip traveling all over the North Island, I had my eyes open for any little shops whenever we came to town. Maybe I wasnt looking in the right places but i couldent find any, until, one day we were driving along a country road near Miranda and I saw the word Antiques! Here it was, it the middle of nowhere,just beautiful rolling green hills and trees. A very old wooden white house with the words The Country Store painted on the side. Treasures were spilling out over the yard. My daughter and I watched it pass as we zoomed by in our big campervan. We looked at each other and both yelled STOP! at the same time my husband was slowing down and making a u-turn(he knew we would HAVE to stop here), while my sons were groaning. The Country Store was like walking into a box or tin, it was bursting with treasures! My daughter,Hannah and I poked around for so long my husband came looking for us twice "just to make sure we were ok". Be sure to go here if you are ever in the area. It is the old postoffice for the Coromandel. It was wonderful! and we did find our own treasures...

That last comment is such a lovely one. I think it is so funny how one person's treasure is another person's trash. On the subject of old books and uses google Julie Arkell. I am going on a couple of her courses this year. It looks like complete escapism! Thanks for the comments on my blog to - it is nice to know you check in. If you ever need a photo to remind you of home then let me know and I could post it for you!


Oh I can't resist looking in boxes and tins when I'm at car boot sales, they often hold treasures like yours. I love old sewing goodies, I wonder whose they were and they're so nostalgic.


Wow, what a fantastic find. Not only the embroideries themselves, but as you say, the history contained in the box. I never seem to get lucky in the charity shop but your find has inspired me to keep looking. You never know when a little treasure will be waiting.


That was some find! What a treasure and definite cause for delight and elation! You certainly are sharing these images with an appreciative audience. It is finds like this one that make thrifting soooo fun! Enjoy!


ohhh, alison! that is so exciting. i love your descriptions of what you found- and the photos of those rolled-up newspaper bobbins are beautiful!


I know the exact feeling...spying a bargain and another shopper blocking your access....a real sense of panic sets in...but one must remain calm & polite. As I read the charity shop tale and scrolled down I gave out an audible gasp when you opened the box !(quite shocked myself!!) This reaction is making me smile & will give me a giggle all day. Simple pleasues, it's saturday & raining in th UK so what's a girl to do? shops here I come x

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