Brrrr….2 degrees? Really, Mother Nature? Really? Don’t I have enough trouble getting up already? I can’t physically wear any more layers of clothing and I’ve forgotten what it is like to be able to feel my extremities. This is Australia for Goodness’ sake! Sure, it’s Winter, but really!
Got up early on this bright and sunny (but frickin’ freezing!) Sunday morning to go bargain hunting at a huge swap meet in the Northern suburb of Wanneroo. My two friends, FK and MD, asked me if I wanted to go (last night) and I thought about it for two seconds before saying an enthusiastic “Yes please!” We set off early as the real “pro” bargain hunters go at the crack of dawn and we wanted to make sure there were still treasures to be found. We rugged up (I even wore my knitted hat – that only comes out when I am beyond caring about what I look like and aiming for the prevention of frost-bite) and set out into the crowds, ready to snap up some cool stuff (hopefully). We struck gold at the very first stall (always a good sign if you spend straight away) – lots of lovely plants for sale, predominantly succulents. MD and FK LOVE their succulents and so they parted ways with the cash pretty quickly. I too bought a little cactus – an adorable little guy that looked like a bunny. Had to have it. It was only $3.00. Will try not to kill it (yes, I can murder even a cactus with my black thumbs).
Further on, I picked up a lovely white geranium – have wanted one for ages but they are always so expensive. This one was just $4.00 and a good size and in great condition. Gotta find a nice spot for it to go in my garden. MD and FK bought a few more succulents to go in their respective gardens at home. FK also snagged a bright green wheelie bin that she is going to use as a compost bin on her balcony. Those bins are normally around the $20 – $30 mark. She got it for $3.00! Another stall-holder tried to buy it from her for $10.00 so he could sell it for more himself. No chance! Unfortunately, another gentleman thought it was a real bin and threw his half-eaten burger in it. Ew. He removed it again though 🙂
MD herself also found a great bin, suitable for compost. It’s asking price was $14.00 but we haggled the guy down to $9.60. Bargain! Of course they were now lugging around two big bins but it was too far to go back to put them in the car (we’d already done that with the plants). I managed to pick up an awesome spice rack for $9.00 (I should have haggled but I’m not so good at that…still, it was a good price) which I am going to use for my beads. It’s perfect for that and fairly compact in size so will save space and free up some room in my other bead boxes and jars. It was bloody heavy though…wish I’d found it at the end of the day instead of the beginning!
I also picked up these pretty Wood & Sons “Yuan” vintage plates for $3.00 (for the three plates). Such a nice design and I love the blue. I’ve had a look around on the internet for prices for these plates and they’re going for anything from $5 to $40 per plate! Definitely got a bargain here! Doesn’t matter to me really though – I just thought they were pretty! 🙂
FK found a watering can and paid $5.00 for it – it fitted nicely in her wheelie bin so at least she didn’t have to carry it as well. I was happy to grab some paint brushes that were being sold by the bundle – only $3.00 a bunch. The lady at that stall was eyeing off my spice rack – but I wasn’t giving it up!
MD got the biggest item of the day – a six-seat dining setting for $130.00 including delivery! It was a nice set – expandable table with good, solid chairs. We were amazed that the stall-holder would deliver on a Sunday and only charge $20. Crazy! But such a bargain. The seat cushions were a little grubby but will probably come up nice and clean again with a bit of sponging or MD could maybe re-upholster them pretty easily and cheaply.
After three hours we were pretty pooped and ready to go home for a nice hot cup of tea and to look at our purchases. Will definitely go again – maybe take Mum as she needs some new plants that won’t cost the Earth. Love a good bargain hunt and today was no disappointment in that category. The weather actually was pretty nice after the first chilly hour or so – beautiful blue skies and sunshine (although I still had a big jacket, scarf and my hat on!). A nice way to spend a few hours on a Sunday. I came home and made one card (meh…I’m still getting back into the groove with card-making) and a necklace (trying to use up my chunkier beads…).
Hope you have had a good weekend – enjoy your week! 🙂