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Book Week – Love it or Loathe it?

Book Week is upon us again, three weeks away on the 24th of August is our parade.  The pressure is on to come up with something unique, something we haven’t already done, year after year till Primary School ends.

Last year I was about to give birth (overdue in fact) and I ordered an outfit for my boy two days prior to the parade, and my daughter used a costume she already had.


I HATE spending money on things like this, I need it for regular clothes! So this year we are trying our best to not buy costumes but to find things cheaply.

So today I went scouring op shops to see what I could find.

The boy has decided he wants to be Wally from Where’s Wally.  You would think it would be easy to find a red and white striped top but not so easy, not even to find new ones.  My daughter wants to be Pippi Longstocking….shouldn’t be too hard, some long stockings, baggy patched clothing.

I couldn’t find a red and white striped top that was the right size stripes or size top for my little man so I bought a red top ($3) which we will paint stripes on, oh and some clothes for me 😉

Ebay has Wally hats for $1, and the same for glasses.

I bought two tops (ladies sizes) which I can layer for my daughter as a dress and the boots all for under $10

I looked on ebay and found some cute striped knee high socks for $4.50

The kids are excited about it and so am I, it will be fun to see how they turn out.  What are your plans for book week this year? Do you love or hate it?

Can you tell me how to get…

Yesterday I looked through my son’s drawers and realised most of his jumpers are size 5 and he is now 8 (no wonder they were looking a bit small)  so I thought I might go look at a couple of op-shops.

I have a bit of a love, hate relationship with op shops.  My mum used to go op shopping quite often, and I hated going.  As soon as we pulled up near one I would inwardly groan.  I hated the smell, you know that smell of a thousand different bodies all in one room, although it wasn’t people but their clothes.

I do remember one instance of looking in an op shop and picking out a totally awesome tye died t-shirt, cos It was the 90’s ok!

Even not that long back maybe 7 years or so, I thought I would give the op-shop another chance and off I went, just for a look, and then a little old lady farted in the aisle. I was disgusted and left.

Turns out I think I was just looking in the wrong op-shops.  I find the Salvos ones are the best, they must have a few rules that the others don’t, they actually seem to have good stuff in them and where as some of the others I think the people that work there must just take all the good stuff.

So anyway over the past few years when I have had a need of dress up costumes, or footy socks, I have gone to the nearest op shop and actually found some decent things.

Yesterday I visited two, at the first I found a whole pile of clothes that my kids could use, little boy was going from 00 to 0 so I searched for some, and found a few, my daughter didn’t really need anything but I couldn’t help myself buying a cute jumper and dress for her, they were in excellent condition, and my big boy I found a couple of jumpers and shirts, all good brands, so I was impressed.  My op-shop experience was a sucesss!

Anyways, I set off to another just to fill in a bit more time, I wasn’t ready to go home yet.

As always this op-shop has a great big book section, which I love to trawl through.

This time I found:

3 Sesame Street books (actually there were more but I couldn’t carry them all so I picked these ones) all in excellent condition.


I like to see who they belonged to, find out their history and was very suprised to find this name inside…


You see I went to school with a girl called Briony Hutton and I wouldn’t be suprised if this was the same girl, after all Launceston is not a very big place.  I will have to find out!

This is one of our book shelves.  Someone gave me that cute little chair, and it fits just perfectly in this spot next to the shelf for a bit of reading.


Look at that lovely sun.


This shelf mostly has kids books on it, some of them were mine, and are falling apart a bit, but they have such history, and some of the illustrations in those older Fairytale/Bedtime Story books are just beautiful.

So do you op-shop?  Love them or hate them? Any great finds? I’d love to know 🙂