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These are a few of my fave vintage things // furniture edition

Our little flat is gradually filling up with treasures thrifted from Brisbane and beyond. With each find our place becomes slightly more unique, packed with pieces that mirror our personalities or, through their timeworn frames, hint at the life they once lived. The eclectic and colourful mix inspires our imaginations and sparks our creativity. Many a productive brainstorm has been had here! Though I’ll soon be leaving this space behind as I move to Spain, Alana will remain caretaker or our recycled finds.

So, as the next instalment of my fave vintage things series, allow me to introduce you to some of our most cherished furnishings.

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Touring Adelaide’s thrift shops via bus

Okay thrifters, I’m going to let you in on a fabulous little (not so well kept) secret. There’s a quick and easy way to find the best op shops in the South Australian capital of Adelaide and all you have to do is jump on a bus and hang on for the ride.

On the last Saturday of every month, Adelaide mums Shelly and Rowena commandeer a yellow council bus, grab a host of keen secondhand shoppers and set out on special tours across different parts of the city. The pair have run their You, Us and a Bus tours for almost five years now and its clear they’ve nutted out Adelaide’s best thrift stores and are only too happy to show newcomers the way.

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These are a few of my fave vintage things // skirt edition

Op shops are always packed full of skirts and with a little bit of digging – or by heading to an upmarket vintage or antique store where the digging has already been done for you – you can easily stack your wardrobe with one-of-a-kinds.

It’s even better if you have a sewing machine and the basic skills needed to sew a hem as many skirts score a wonderful new lease on life if you scoot the hemline up a little.

So, without further ado, here’s a collection of my most cherished thrifted skirts as the latest in my fave vintage things series.

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These are a few of my fave handmade things // jewellery and purse edition

I’m kinda tired of mass-produced clothes and accessories. Not only do you end up looking like a clone created by the fashion industry, but often such pieces are made in awful sweat shops by underpaid and overworked staff using materials that are far from sustainably produced.

At the same time, there’s a bunch of incredibly talented and creative artists out there struggling to live off their craft alone. Which seems wrong to me, especially when sites like Etsy and it’s Australian-only counterpart Made It make it so easy to connect with designers and purchase their wares direct.

So, as a slightly different take on my fave vintage things series, here are some of my most treasured handmade finds. Perhaps you might consider supporting a local artist and choosing something handcrafted next time you need to buy a present for a friend or want to spoil yourself.

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