It’s an Op shop! Such a pleasure it is when it comes to making a bargain in op shops (opportunity shops) in every suburb besides stalls meant for donations to Cancer Council, NSW and other councils.
Oh the feel and smell of books! 3 sold for a dollar. There’s a wide range of books from old cookery guides, housekeeping guides, fictions, novella, how-to books. I was told “Sharing books is Australian mateship tradition”. Every time, the experience is magnetic and provocative. The presence of pale yellow pages, nostalgic of times unpredictable, carrying a scent of a victory note of early times then I’m ready to dig in.
Recently I got
For love alone by Christina Stead
England Calling – William S Plowman (hand-signed 10 yrs ago)
The In-laws – David Rogers (Peter Falk caught my attention)
The Chambers – John Grisham
The street lawyer – John Grisham
The summons – John Grisham
The runaway jury – John Grisham
Alistair Maclean – The Guns of Navarone
Alistair Maclean – Fear is the sky
Alistair Maclean – HMS Ulysses
Kids Cook – Sarah & Zachary Williamson
Modern Mexico & Fresh Italian cookbook for General Mills
Bible comics for kids
Reader’s Digest Book of Facts
Dinner Party Cookbook – Australian Women’s weekly (carries the exact words in pencil “not suitable for transport in a car 1990)
Books for early readers
I never walk past an op shop without peeking. I find hand crafted Chinese tea cups, souvenir stuff, nanny’s crochet models of gloves, caps, warmers and other knick knacks and appear very much inviting to my taste.
Then there’s a big crowd of ladies and elderly men of many ethnicities rummaging through enormous mountain of clothes trying to find the right ones for a smart bargain hence appear muddled all through the day. I find belts and hats pretty much wearable. No wonder the cost depends on the original price. I always find things with pricetags and never let it go when it’s half discounted. And boy, had I missed any; the hunt for vintage collection of belts and collectibles (with date on them) are never ending. The pleasure of eyeing every thing of beauty is matchless. I love the way it’s handed-on.
Have a lovely week !