Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Tuesday is Code for Treasure Hunting Day!

We are a one car family by choice, and as the Mr and I work within a 10 minute drive from each other it seems to work quite well. Usually I am dropped at work, but as we have plenty of free car parking used solely by our department, and the Mr can rarely get a park these days after 9:00am without having to cross a busy road (the walk of shame he calls it), I have free access to the car at lunchtimes.

As you know, I work very close to the tip (Resource Management Facility); the surrounding op-shops and DFO (Direct Factory Outlet shopping) are just up the road as well, although I prefer not to drive in Fyshwick as it is mayhem (if you live in Canberra you would know).

So as yesterday was Tuesday (my designated Treasure Hunting day with the stamp of approval from the Mr) I decided to drive the other way and hit the op-shops in Fyshwick. The Salvos is a large store with a Bargain Basement underneath, details below:

Fyshwick Salvos Store
15 Mildura Street FYSHWICK ACT 2609
Ph. (02) 6239 0128
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am to 4.30pm Sat 9am to 2.30pm

My favourite find was sitting on the counter. A vintage boxed train candle holder cake topper. It still had the original candles inside and an extra little cowboy on his horse. Its hard to see but each cage holds a different circus animal; the one above is a lion.

It doesn't look it from the picture, but it is a large oval mirror, very heavy with original chain. Can't have too many mirrors, although I don't like to look in them. $15

This cup on first glance looks like nothing special, until you give it a good look. I quizzed the Mr on the way home, I asked him to tell me what he saw. He said the following;
"Hmm....Bone china...made in Germany...early 1900's possibly earlier... souvenir piece."
He is learning after all.

The mug is inscribed Andinkenan Karlsbad and was $10.

Also finding their way home a silver napkin ring engraved 'Best Wishes', a teeny egg cup 'AIB' and the biscuit barrel, although missing its lid. Priced at $6, $1, $20 respectively.

Enjoy your week, and don't forget to enter my giveaway! Closes 28th February at 11:59 PM Australia EST.


simmone said...

Tam you realise you are just going to extend your house so you can keep buying lovely treasures!

polkadotpeticoat said...

I love it all the circus and the mirror and the lovely cup and biscuit jar.....lovely items Momma!

Barn House Antiques said...

Oh I love the train!

Vintage Sweetheart said...

I love the little train! Canberra oppies seem a little more expensive then ours. Not to rub it in or anything he he. xx

Kylie said...

I love that choo-choo train candle holder Tam. It's gorgeous. I just love little bits like that, I think it's a really special find x

Deborah said...

Wow Tam you are such a great bargin hunter :) wonderful buys sweetie, hope your week is going well.

Bee happy x

Have a delicious day!

Miss Simmonds Says said...

I love all of your haul! Fantastic finds! I have a biscuit barrel very similar to yours, also missing it's lid!

Riitta Sinikka said...

Hi! You have nice things here! Now I am following your blog.

Shabby Vintage Junk said...

Oh Tamarah what an AWESOME bunch of finds....My FAVE being the little cake topper....!!!!!

Hope you're all having a FABULOUS week....!!

Cheers,Tamarah :o)

Hello Vintage said...

Dang, missed your giveaway! I love the candle holder, it's amazing that they are so untouched. The German cup is really pretty, I would probably overlook it with my untrained eye. Looks like the Mr is catching on. You should have tips on your blog!