I'm wrapping up on my market haul in this post. It was definitely the best I've been to in quite a while, a carboot market where the sellers are keen to get rid of their stuff at low prices unlike some of the more expensive dealer markets.
I went with my friends M and L, usually I thrift solo, not because I'm an antisocial git but because I'm a horror to shop with and try not to inflict it on others :-) I randomly wander around, spend ages at one stall and seconds at the next, revisit certain stalls over and over, then when I've bought my lot I tend to hover while others pick out their stuff. I'm just as bad in retail stores and supermarkets. My aimless wanderings in Woolworths led my hubbie to very happily agree to me ordering our groceries online permanently to avoid having to ever shop with me again.
It was a lot of fun though and we had a lovely lunch after, can't wait for the next one and I'm looking forward to marketeering with Engracia when her self-inflicted spending hiatus ends soon. There were no catfights as we were all after different stuff, I was hunting for vintage items to use as decor as usual, M was looking at clothes and L was seeking to increase her enviable library of books and also had a car with her which meant I was able to make a couple of purchases I wouldn't have been able to otherwise because of weight (thanks L)!
I left these items with L until I see her next but firstly there was a gorgeous 6 drawer mini-filing cabinet, it will be perfect for storing lego, crayons etc. It cost $10, worth every cent!
Then there was my favourite find of the day (well joint-favourite with the vintage maps)!
I couldn't believe it when I spotted a gorgeous green typewriter and was given a price of $3!!! It's an Olivetti Studio 44, Tennessee Williams' typewriter of choice.
Alan over at Machines of Loving Grace very kindly let me use the above image from his site to illustrate (check out his unbelievable collection). The one I bought is in working condition, complete with case and instruction manual but is not as pristine as the above one, but with a good clean it will be just gorgeous again.
I got something for all the family, for the boys...
A cute little money box (still in its packaging) for H who is starting to learn all about the value of money :-) This cost 20 cents.
A couple of beautifully illustrated children's books. L spotted both of these, I was envious when I saw her holding "Rosie's Walk" but luckily she already had a copy and she very kindly bought the raucous "A Bush Christening" for my boys :-)
Great illustrations, great stories :-)
This playmat is perfect for S and D to play with their little cars and traffic signs...
...and folds neatly into a storage cube - $2.
This letter lego is great for H to make words and sentences - $2.
I love the old weathered wood and numbers.
I'm going to look so much more stylish turning up at BYO restaurants with my wine in this brand new Moet & Chandon cooler bag - 50 cents.
I got this little painting for the frame - $1.
I also picked up 3 Henning Mankell novels for my hubbie, a couple of books for myself, a Spiderman costume for S and a Batman costume for D.
Not a bad day's shopping!