Thrift shop haul

I’ve started small on our ‘war on waste’ journey. Carrying a keep cup, using stainless steel refillable coffee pods, refusing plastic and unnecessary packaging, cold wash cycles and making use of the soft plastic recycling. The next thing I want to tackle is clothing.

I am starting with myself and plan to go as long as possible without buying any brand new clothes. If I need something I will head to Vinnies, Goodwill or The Smith Family and buy second hand.

This is today’s Goodwill haul at their end of year sale.

  • Black puffer vest, Witchery
  • White and black stripe turtle neck top, Seed Heritage
  • Black tie top, Witchery
  • Black wool knit sweater, Country Road
  • Black zip up jacket, Witchery

Total = $14.50

About 50% of my wardrobe has been thrifted over the years but this is probably my best haul yet as far as value for money goes.

Where are the best thrift shops in Sydney? I have a few local ones near me but they aren’t the best as far as selection goes. My local Vinnies children’s section is literally a box on the floor 🙄 and this particular Vinnies shop prices damaged second hand clothes almost double the price of similar items brand new at Kmart or Target so I am desperate for some tips!

Liz x


It’s Beginning to Look A Lot like Christmas

Halloween is only just starting to get big here in Australia. Our Oct 31st tradition of closing the blinds and ignoring the one neighborhood kid who watches too much American TV is changing slowly but Christmas is still the focus. I get very excited when the tinsel and plum puddings start appearing mid-October and have started stocking up for the big day.

My favourite shop displays are at David Jones. I found this beautiful massive tree yesterday. This tree was taller than our apartment roof! I should’ve put my sister next to it for scale but trust me it was huge!

I usually host a big family dinner on Christmas Eve and we spend Christmas Day with my husband’s family before dodging wildfires to visit my family in the bush on Boxing Day. Busy enough? This year I want to add something though. I intend to make Lottie an advent calendar with homemade crocheted trinkets and a verse from the Nativity Story in each day’s package. Does anyone else have a home made advent calendar? What do you include? Does it keep the kids engaged all month long? A friend of mine is a Sunday school teacher and she has some interesting ideas about telling toddlers the Christmas story.

I’m super excited and will be posting our advent updates here 🙂

Have a wonderful Saturday!

Liz xx