Thursday, February 23, 2012

Vintage bargains

The Schoolboy and I called into our local op shop yesterday on the pretext of donating some stuff.

It didn't take much coaxing on his part to have me having a 'bit of a look' to kill the time before kinder pick-up.  I'm so glad I did, and that they weren't open the day before when I first tried to drop off my boxes.  A collection of vintage patterns had just been donated, and they were still trying to work out whether to charge 10c or 20c each for them (?!?).  I ended up with a selection of kids patterns for my loose change (the lady insisted on giving back the gold coins I tried to give her).  I love them as much for the illustrations as for the patterns they contain:

The Style pattern dates from 1972, and I can remember wearing similar as a girl.  One of the Vogue patterns is dated 1953, meaning that my mum could well have worn similar dresses made by my grandmother.  Whilst the illustrations look quaint (and I can see myself framing them), I can see a lot of similarities between the style of some of these patterns and little girl patterns that are still available.  I guess time will tell if I dare use them!

I'm off to gloat over here and here.  If you're in the area and want to see what's left I got the patterns from the Childrens' Protection Society op shop in Rosanna, and when I left there were still a number of kids patterns as well as some ladies ones of same vintage (plus newer patterns as well).


  1. what a sweet...get to it then!!!

  2. There is nothing like finding vintage patterns in the op shop isnt there? I like the Vogue pattern very much.

  3. I'm like you - I simply love the vintage illustrations, let alone the patterns! What a great find. xx


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