A Window into Life in the Suburbs

"Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these." Luke 12:27 (NIV)

Monday, May 31, 2010

Just Another Day on Planet Mum: Op Shopping

Op shopping is usually a bit of a hit and miss experience but today there were plenty of hits. Practically speaking I'm probably better off not having the 3 year old with me but she does keep me on my toes and I'm sure I've saved more than a few dollars because I've had to chase her around the shop. Exhausted by my exertions, I'm forced to exit the shop quickly while my gaze lingers longingly on the racks beckoning to be browsed.

After dropping the 9 year old off at school today, we made our way to the local Salvo Store. Like my friend Miss K, I've been doing a bit of op-shop shopping lately and today I came away pretty chuffed because a few of the items were heavily discounted. I bought 3 pairs of jeans for the girls, a pair of tights for the 3 year old, a white top and 3 kiddy jigsaws for $22. I discovered at the checkout that my local Salvo Store is having a half price deal on their blue ticket items and it's $1 for everything with an orange ticket. As you can see here, they're in pretty good nick.

The jigsaws were also a great find -- Dora, Pooh Bear and a generic one with animals riding a roller coaster. The 3 year old, gleeful about the find insisted very loudly that she carry her new puzzles. My mistake was acceding to the request. Because a few minutes later, she had to drop them, didn't she... (twice!) so it was impromptu mother and daughter bonding time trying to put the pieces together.

Whenever we buy clothing with plastic packaging, I often try to remember to keep the packaging for storing toys later. These came in handy today for those jigsaws that I bought at the Salvo Store. Jigsaws don't always come in boxes, so most times I use the large ziplock bags so that the pieces don't go AWOL.

These plastic bags are especially useful because they also have hangers attached to them so if you want to hang them up in the wardrobe when not in use, it's a pretty nifty way to store them.


  1. High five!!! Well done you! I completely get what you are saying about chasing the 3 yr old around the store. I do it every single time and mine always finds something he insists on keeping and will throw a huge wobbly if I don't get it. Lucky for him they are only usually items that cost a couple of dollars. This morning it was a kite.
    Great finds for you today! I went into 2 Salvo's stores this morning. Sooo much fun, but like you, I don't get to browse as long as I would like to.

  2. Great job! I love it when I discover great finds!

  3. How funny. I've been going through my google reader tonight (slight build-up) and yours is the 4th blog about op-shopping! I love the puzzle storage idea, especially hanging them up!

  4. Op shopping is fashionable... whaddaya know!
    Hehehe... In these difficult economic times, we have to do what we have to do to get by.


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