$45? AND THE REST!!!!!! Lucky you,Finy! I hope that you still have this treasure and that you often take it from your shelf and enjoy it! Personally,I am always enjoying all of MY old books as for me,this is the whole point of having them!!
I have been VERY for in this regard.A friend of mine used to comment that I could put my hand in a bucket of s**t and bring out a Gold Watch! Not quite, but nearly! I once bought an old dirty par of opal earrings for $35 and took them straight to a jeweller to have them valued,as I knew they were rather special under the grime.I was given a written valuation for $3,600.00!!!! I am a serious collector of old children's books,and like Finy,have been extremely fortunate with more of these treasures than I can count! Often a couple or few dollars spent becomes an item worth well into the hundreds of dollars.The internet has actually been a super 'op shop' for me on many occasions! I must have a small angel sitting on my shoulder when I go to op shops here in Townsville,as there are so few of them now compared to when I first migrated here from Melbourne. Oh! I did manage to get a rare double sided Chinese Suzhou Embroidery from an Antique shop here for $25,only to find it is a very rare example and worth several hundred dollars!! I had only seen these in books previously,and was so amazed to find one here,and so cheap too!!
Yes,I am very lucky with this sort of buying!
Never go to garage sales of swap meets, but have had some wonderful finds at op shops over the years. My favourite shirt in the world I got at op shop about 3 years ago and it's still going strong. Always get compliments when I wear it and cost me $3.
In both an op shop and garage sale, I found, at separate times, the same glass butterfly jewellery holder thing. I painted the first one for a friend who likes butterflies, then kept the second one for myself! The first time at an op shop it cost $10, the garage sale one was half that price.
when my husband got his commission with the Royal Navy he had to go to Greenwich Naval College for training. This was pretty posh and he was expected to dress for dinner every night. We were pretty hard up at the time, interest rates were at 15%, we had just had our second child and a toddler of 3 and I wasn't working. His promotion actually meant that he took a payout ! He went to Greenwich with 1 suit, 1 Blazer and a briefcase. I took myself off to the op shop and it was like a gift from heaven ... One Yves St Laurent men's jacket, perfect fit and only £5. He wore it for years and got many compliments. Unfortunately he left it hanging on the back of a bar stool in a naval shore establishment and it was stolen ... But that was my one true bargain find and couldn't have come at a better time.
Yes I do - found a beautiful little Japanese netsuke in an op shop a few years ago which I loved for the cuteness of it. Whilst at an antique fair I had it valued an was astonished to find it was valued at $500 it was solid ivory and the real thing! Only cost me $1.50.
Sorry should have added that I have a great op shop near where I live at Kenmore which has some fabulous bargains in designer name clothing which I have sourced several times. I have to say though the netsuke was the biggest bargain ever.
Hi Rice - was over at the Kenmore op shop yesterday and picked up a pair of glass dragonflies which are really beautiful. They are very heavy glass and balance on their wings on my glass art deco dressing table - small one about 6" the large one about 10" long. Unbelievable bargain for $7 the pair. I have recently re-vamped by bedroom art deco style and they fit in perfectly with the decor and look absolutely gorgeous.