More finds from various op shops in Rosebud over the weekend – above, sparrow salt and pepper shakers; below, melamine cups and an original Decor water jug. Hot damn, Rosebud is a treasure trove of great op shops. And the op shops are treasure troves of great stuff. In truth, there is much treasure to be found – but there is no map. I feel I should put in some kind of piratey interjection here, what with all this mention of treasure, but I’m not channelling Captain Jack Sparrow very well this evening.
Brotherhood of St Lawrence
Shop 1a, Rosebud Central
Ph: (03) 5981 1201
Vision Op Shop
2279 Nepean Highway
Phone: (03) 5985-2289
are two of the many.
:: Arwen ::
Inspired as I was by the Art Deco exhibition, I’ve been on the lookout for other examples of Art Deco architecture. Here’s one in downtown Rosebud – the Rosebud Hotel, aka the local, built in 1939–1940. All the blokes in stubbies going into the pub for a midday pot thought I was a little odd taking photos of the outside and glanced at me askance from under their Oakleys. Or perhaps it was just because I was as the only person within a 50-metre radius not wearing shorts and a fluorescent utility shirt.
No trip to Rosebud would be complete without a visit to the op shops. This time I found a couple of Bessemer gems – a mustard-coloured butter keeper and a lemon-yellow milk jug – not to mention a set of four Kondo cups and saucers in pleasing pastel shades. Now all I need is a tea party.
But secretly I lust for things like this Wedgwood pink polka dot cup and saucer set (below left)… it’s £21.28 online, or about AUD46 (and you can get it in Australia at Minimax but get ready to pull out your credit card… it’s around AUD90 in store). What would I do with such an object? Break it, probably.
Or this gorgeous Paragon yellow flower cup and saucer (above right)… on eBay with a starting bid of US$22.99 – the auction ends soon. It’s probably too good to use, but you could spend hours gazing at it in pleasure instead – it may well be better than TV. Now that’s money well spent.
1099 Point Nepean Road
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What better way to celebrate the Queen’s birthday than by doing some serious op-shopping down Rosebud way? Rosebud, for those unfamiliar with this secondhand lovers’ paradise, is sort of like Sunshine-On-Sea and has a ridiculous number of good op-shops. They are always staffed by gregarious grannies and frequented by a huge cross-section of Rosebudians, meaning the turnover is high and there’s always lots of melamine homewares and leather jackets of the sort still favoured by mustachioed men in Egypt. I spotted these very fetching salt and pepper shakers ($4, above) in the Uniting Church Op-Shop and was quite tempted, but then remembered I have a perfectly good set already. (Sure, this has never stopped me with shoes…)
I then spotted this remarkably similar set ($2) in the Southern Peninsula Community Fund op-shop in Rye about two hours later. Given the preponderance of lemon egg-shaped S n’ P shakers on the Mornington Peninsula, I wonder if anyone reading this blog has a set?
Uniting Church Op-Shop
5 Nepean Plaza (off Ninth Avenue)
Tel: (03) 5982 0032
Southern Peninsula Community Fund Op-Shop
2141 Nepean Highway
Tel: (03) 5985 2479
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