I am always on the lookout for treasures when I am op shopping; buttons and baubles, future embellishment and refashioning projects. Most of the time I am on the lookout for garments I can wear with little or no refashioning, so with a good soak and wash they're ready to go. I already have quite a stash, but have not got around to take any decent photos, so here goes with a few jewelery finds. Red is one of my favourite colours, which I gravitate to when I'm op shopping. Over the next few weeks I will post some of my favourite op shop finds.
I found these pink and purple harakeke (woven flax) earrings with paua, in one of my favourite second hand shops: Savemart. They have the Toi Iho trademark, which authenticates the goods with Creative New Zealand. The photos don't do the earrings justice at all; even the decorative box is beautiful. So for a mere $3.99 I am certain that I got a bargain! The shop assistant said that they had only been put out for display that day, so I was very grateful for being in the right place at the right time.
I have to travel to the nearest city to get my op shopping fix, so I try very hard to look for quality. It can be a challenge at times, especially as I live one and half hours away in a rural area. This is one of the reasons that I make it my business to be focused and determined with my op shopping trips. There are many tips and helpful hints on how to make your op shopping and thrifting trips successful, which a number of bloggers have posted about. I have decided to do a few blogs of my own on what I have found useful over the years.