Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Napier Op Shopping

Hello All! Rich and I had a super time in Napier - I can't wait to share my photos with all of you - but there are a LOT of them so I think I will need to wait until the weekend to go through them all and sort them out. I am a little snap happy - but if you follow this blog you will know that already.

I do love op shopping (or thrifting as my American friends would say), but op shopping in Wellington can be hard. Often the store have been well picked over by the time I get to them! So when I travel to the smaller cities I do like to take the chance to do a spot of op shopping.

On this trip I actually didn't come across and epic finds, but that's the nature of op-shopping (or any shopping really).

I did however come across a couple of wee sewing related finds I thought I would share.

Firstly is a vintage pattern - the white and red versions of the dress actually have shorts underneath! I am not sure if I like the idea of this or not - I haven't worn shorts in YEARS. It could work though. Or I could just make the green one - no shorts required.
I also found this fabric which is cotton and just adorable! I got about a metre and a half so that's enough for a short dress I think.
One of the reasons I love it so much is because when Rich and I were in Korea the song "Heart Breaker" by "G-Dragon" was HUGE. It seemed to be in my head ALL the time. Prepare yourself for some K-pop people!


Vix said...

I have a pattern very similar to that! I'm dying to make it but shorts seem a bit too scary for my limited abilities!
Glad you had a good trip and looking forward to the photos, the more the merrier. x

Meghan Edge said...

That fabric is so sweet!!

I know how you feel about stores. Philly stores are always picked over, so I often ask friends to take me out of town or thrift when I'm with my mom.

alicia said...

why is it called op shopping?

can't wait to see the rest of your pictures! :D

cb said...

ha alicia already asked my question. please let us know! i am so curious! i love that pattern, i can't wait for you to show us oh and the other one you made too!

glad you had a great time, can't wait to hear all about it!

Cosmia, Inflammatory Knit said...

"Op shopping", where does that phrase come from? I hope it means "opportunity shopping" :)
Super cute dress pattern, I look forward to seeing the finished product!

Helga said...

I love that pattern!Too sweet!I also don't wear shorts,however!!
I've been gagging to go to Napier for years!Looking forward to your pix! XXX

What Sadie Did said...

Glad you had a great time and i look forward to seeing what you make from that fabric! Do u go to the sewing club that Kath goes too? She loves it!

Good job we didn't meet on Monday as I have been bedridden since! GAY!!!

Sadie x

Trees said...

@ Vix - yes pics are on the way - but it is a weekend job sadly as there are SO MANY!

@Meg - It is so annoying! The op shops are really picked over in Wellington central. Kilbirnie is usally good (suburb of Wellington) but I can only make it there on Saturdays.

@Alicia, CB & Cosmia - In NZ we don't have thrift shops - our second had shops are called "Opportunity Shops". So we don't go thrifting but we do go op shopping^^

@Helga - I think you would LOVE Napier! You and G should take a break from Quaky town and go for a visit:)

@Sadie - I haven't gone to Kath's sewing club yet but planning on going next week as they have a coffee meet up. Sorry to hear you are so sick - so many nasty bugs going around. Yuck!

Stacey said...

I love the heart breaker fabric! So cute. Until recently I hadn't worn shorts in a long time either, but I've grown to love them again. I always have trouble making them myself though. Inevitably I sew the crotch together wrong, and have to unpick & do it again.

Anonymous said...

Words cannot express how much I miss Op Shopping in Wellington. From the legendary Wellington tip shop, through to Petone and Lower Hutt. Napier hasn't got a hope in comparing itself to these beauties!

Anonymous said...

Gah! I've tried commenting three times now, hopefully they didn't all magically work... I was just popping in to say how much I miss op shopping in Wellington. There is nowhere in NZ like the Wellington tip shop, or the Petone st. Vincent's. Le sigh. Napier hasn't a hope of comparing!