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OTHER times when I op shop, I send a little message out to the op shop Gods and then wait for them to deliver. They usually do, in spades. ...


OTHER times when I op shop, I send a little message out to the op shop Gods and then wait for them to deliver. They usually do, in spades. My last op shop prayer was for a pair of Levis 501s. Within a week I found a pair. They were too big. A week later there was another. Also too big, and the denim too faded. Then BINGO! They fit and were the right colour. My last pair were worn until they’d faded from denim blue to almost white. They were ripped in all the right places – each rip a conversation piece on its own – the hems were frayed and the seat and knees well worn. This pair has a whole lot of livin’ to do.

PS: The belt also came to me on an op shop prayer - a little tough love for the coming season - and the soft, dusty pink fabric has a 1950s feel and will be made into a top.

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  1. I too have discovered the power of the op shop prayer! I wished for an enamel bowl, a woollen jumper (that met strict criteria) and some cool vintage fabric.
    http://missmuggins.blogspot.com/2009/08/quite-possibly-best-day-you-could-have.html

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  2. Just discovered that the link in your side bar goes to Myrtle and Eunice not Miss Muggins.

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  3. Oh the good ol' 501's... reminds me of my uni days.
    They're really hard to find these days!

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  4. is there a special god to pray to to score some vintage maternity wear? whishing praying and begging not getting through! get me in on that connection! xx

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  5. I think that's where I must be going wrong, from now on will be yelling to the op shop gods to please deliver lots of bargainous crap I don't need but have to have. Pref with sparkly bits or fab vintage handbag type numbers.

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  6. You're the op shop queen and I bet you know all the right places.

    I'll have to get you to drag me around one day on and expedition!

    :)

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  7. Haha! I talk to the Op Shop God too. Well, Goddess in my case.

    Yay! To having your prayers answered! x

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  8. Oh I adore your blog, it's so cute x

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  9. Great post, Katie. My husband often laughs at me, and says 'Hope springs eternal', when I announce my latest quest to find something secondhand. Yet I manage to find most of our stuff from two local op shops, and being persistent does pay off.

    But sometimes it does feel like there's some divine intervention at work. Last year, for instance, I was waddling (heavily pregnant) to one of those baby shops, searching for a roll-bar to prevent my son falling out of bed. On the way, I had to walk past an unfamiliar op shop, and just had to take a peak. And the first thing I saw as I walked in the door? Yep, the very roll-bar I was off to buy.

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