For the Love of VintageLove Lara & Tura xx
Real Op Shopping
Remember the days when the op shops were full of the quirkiest, dirtiest, most amazing little trinkets, clothes, and general refuse? These days the op shops I tend to frequent are the big business variety - equipped with air-conditioning, price tags, and a disappointing range of 'sanitised' clothing and goods. Back in the day op shopping was a fun affair, rifling through racks and testing your senses to see how long you could last in the dank, dark conditions; sweating or freezing depending on the season; then excitedly taking you pickings up to the counter where a delightful old lady would sort through it individually and say "That one will be $2, dear." "This one is lovely isn't it? $3 for this one" and the like. You didn't know the final price but knew whatever it was overall what you got was a bargain. And the more you looked - the more exciting the finds. This is the kind of Op shop that I stumbled across in the Animal Welfare in Cairns, Far North Queensland. Not only is it the old-weatherboard-house-turned-corner-store type of Op shop, it has the delightful older ladies tallying up your goods and all sorts of nooks and cranny's filled with books, games, toothbrushes, shoes, buttons - everything! Enjoy my dear readers - it was a trundle back in time for me!