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Secondhand- how low can you go?

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We have found some totally schwing things around the streets in the last week or so. Stuff we have uncannily been in need of.

I kid you not, the day Tim found this haul below, including massive enamel bowls, we had just bitten the bullet about having to buy a new washing up bowl from Pounduniverse. Then we got three cool looking ones for the price of one! (Which was free.)

It also included a couple of giant heavy based pots (perfect for our old gass cooker) . Someone was just clearing out their house and had stuck it all in the skip.

The morning we found this long runner for our corridor  Tim had just commented to young Ramona “We really need to get a better mat for this entrance.” Then, tada! Outside the estate around the corner. Pristine too. Weird, eh.

(Sorry that I am so Instagram happy, the thing is, without this retro filter these are just crap photos of a rug and a pot. But now, cos of the wonders of Instagram, they look like old crap photos of a rug and a pot.)

But anyway, with this secondhand cookingware, it could have been used for all sorts of business. As sick bowls for the frail and infirm. Chamberpots. Boiling up neighbourhood cats.  Yet now they have pride of place in our kitchen; we use them for our pasta and noodles and potatoes.  It has made me wonder about the oddest second hand thing you have ever bought/found/used?

Personally, second hand saucepans barely scratch the surface.

My worst?


(But hey, I got a GREAT sleep in an airport as a result and what’s a bit of earwax between, um,  strangers? It was posh earwax too, very clean I ‘spect, as I pinched them out of First Class on my way out the plane.)

Tell me. Anyone wearing any charity shop pants?


16 responses »

  1. I am proudly wearing charity shop pants!!!! 80% of my house is from charity shops, garage sales and sometimes roadside finds…. There is no better feeling than walking away from a charity shop with a few dollars less and a pile of treasure 🙂

    • Ah, we must be kindred spirits, our home is the same.
      However, when I said “pants” I meant “knickers”- still true for you? if so I salute you!

      • I see…. The knickers line is one I havnt crossed…. That said, my last bunch of “undies” purchased, were high end brands from an overstock store…so instead of paying AU$25 each I payed $2 each and bought 10 pairs….

  2. I loved your tweet about toothbrushes, that would be a step too far!! I force my poor son to wear secondhand pants (well reusable nappies). Most of our stuff is thrifted, they don’t make things like they used to!! I read your post about the bits you got in France and I’m planning on taking an empty suitcase when I go in September, although I’m sure I’ll never manage to find a good place to get bits! 🙂

    • Forget the suitcase. Take a VAN.

      I actually wrote a buisness proposal after my France trip, a business that involved driving over there, thrifting a van load of stuff and then coming home. Every month or so.

      Let’s just sat the Dragons wouldn’t be down with it.

  3. I bought some second hand pants from The Victoria Park Market in Auckland (back when it was cool and non-touristy) and failed to wash them before wearing…bad idea as I got a bit of a rash! haha – learnt my lesson with the pants.

  4. Went to a three dollar fill a bag sale at the local Sallies store and got me one of those garments that are made of something that doesn’t feel comfortable but flattens out all the ‘mummy flabs’. I’d never wear them w/o my own pants underneath, just thought I’d stick it on here, ’cause that’s the closest I’ve come to second-hand nickers. Bra’s, yeah maybe. Nickers, haven’t been tempted.

  5. Very funny!! You must live in an amazing part of the city, we are in boring suburbia and so no skip scouring on our road!

    Love the smiley face of Ramona, I take it she’s doing OK?

    Hugs San x

  6. Lu – am there with the pans. Found a very nice le creuset frying pan once and couldn’t shift the thought that it may have been used as a murder weapon, every time we had a fry up! x

  7. GOSH you art a thrifty lot aren’t you.

  8. I wouldnt buy second hand knickers but dont mind the odd bra! Some people are uncomfortable with the idea of pre-used bed sheets or plates and mugs, but as long as i wash them i really dont mind!
    Loving your blog and writing style by the way, xx


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