Tuesday, September 9, 2008

The fear of new items.

Today I had to buy new coat-hangers, and some more racks to hang my clothes on.
I hate days where I have to buy new things. I get this sick feeling in my stomach just knowing that I could buy about 10 dresses for this price.
I don't buy anything new except obviously groceries and underwear.
Its why I still don't have a chopping board, because I refuse to pay $10 for a piece of plastic, and won't buy a second hand one because god knows what salmonella lies hidden in it's cracks. I do realise my priorities are wrong, but every time I pick one up, I um and arr about it for so long and end up putting it back because I can make do with cutting things on a plate.
Sigh.
So today, after way too long of putting it off, I headed to Greensborough plaza. A place where I stand out like a set of badly blended clip in hair extensions, as I mingle amongst the supre/surf/target people.
I really don't like shopping centres.
Anyway, I pushed forward, went to Kmart and got a couple of new clothing racks, as My walk-in-wardrobe is so packed that I can't even find clothes in it, and my 70's rack is falling over it's too heavy, and I have a massive bag of 'to hang up when I get space' that is continually growing. So I Had to do it. Ughh.
$56 later I had two racks under my arm and some more coat hangers.
Because that sick feeling of buying something new was creeping up, I made my way to Savers to try and even out my guilt by buying myself well deserved presents haha.
This is what I bought.


LOVE this dress. I want to frame it. Definitely one of my summer regulars. Hippie Trish is coming


Boho skirt. Sportsgirl is choccas with these at the moment. Get on it.


Very cliche 1970's Marcia Brady mini dress. There are a couple of small moth holes that I can easily darn shut, but my question to you is, does it mean there are still moths in it? and if so how do I get rid of them without having to use those smelly mothballs? Dry clean?


And last was this top. I picked it up and put it back too many times, and for $2.99 I said stuff it and got it. Its a weird foreign style top, but I rather liked it and think I can do something with it. It has a few stains but some good sard scrubbing I'm fairly sure i can get rid of them. Yep.

And thats all :)
Time to set up my racks Yay.

9 comments:

kazza said...

Ah, so that is how you do it more hangers and more racks not rocket science really. I love the blue long dress with the motif. What is it made of?Washing and hanging out in the sun is the best germ killer of all but with the amount of stuff you have moth balls in little plastic hangers would be good, You can refil the little plastic thingeys with moth balls bought in a pkt from the $2.00 shop. For you chopping board dilemma don't worry I renently bought a huge one from the Salvos for $8.00 yes it is big and covers the width of the kitchen bench. Just wash it then clean with lemon juice or cleaning vinegar and wipe off. Then with some olive or castor oil wipe over the board. Hope this helps as yes I agree no plastic chopping boards new or secondhand.

trishhunterfinds said...

Haha yes, its just in the list of things I put off because I resent spending. Oh welllll.
Argh yess that dress is my favorite!
Its actually a lovely purple but my photo's don't really reflect it very well. I just went and tried to figure out it's fabric, but the tags been cut off. It is a weird fabric.. it has the look and feel of a velvety felt (hard to explain) but it has the weight and the inside texture of a cotton. very strange.
I'm really cautious to try the mothball thing... as I would die if they stunk out all of my clothes as the smell can't be removed.
I think I'll do what you said and wash and hit it with some sun and then hope for the best!
I'm nervous about washing wool incase it stretches out of shape, any tips there?
Ooh your chopping board sounds dreamy! That's the kind of one I'm after, something where you don't just chop an onion and its full.
Thanks for your tips!!

:)

kazza said...

Purple how regal it is my favourite color. I love it in all sorts of deep shades not much into the mauve, blue rinse set thing. Yes, I sensed your worry with the moth balls and now thatI know you are looking to sell them eventually i understand why you wouldn't use them. However i did read that if you use them the best way to get rid of the smell is again hang out in the sun. I will show you my chopping board on my blog for you to have a look see. I am rapt with it sorry if you get a bit envious but hey I am envious of some of your finds but happy for you to. I was wool all the time so here goes. Any thing very special is dipped in water temp as per the label and good qual wool wash with a little bit of water soluable eucalyptus for good luck. I squish it around a bit and then take it out with a gentle squeeze. Then I wrap in an old towel and stand on the towel for some more good luck. Then i hang out flat ofr over the clothes horse - never on the line outside. For any woollens that i consider a bit more up to it i have a front loader fabulous as it is gentler than an agitator top loader. I just put the item on the wool wash cycle add wool wash and bob's your uncle. Again never hang out on the clothes line. Some very rare times I bring a coat home from the op shop and it is not dirty as I smell it. In this case i put it on a hanger and put it out to hang on the line on a windy sunny day. Freshens these items up well. You could wheel your racks out in the sun on the weekend and give your collection a good dose of fresh air. What do you think of this?

I have a lovely old dress from the 50's i think as it has a metal zip and no overlocking with lots of little darts etc. It was made by Dorothy Gitsham of Melbourne???? I tried to find some reference of her on the web but alas nothing. Any suggestions to find out about this designer? Oh that reminds me why I was blogging you have you read this book? It is titled Alligators, Old Mink and New Money One Woman's Adventures in Vintage Clothing. It would be a perfect read for you considering your interest in vintage clothing. The author was a model who had a vintage clothing shop in NY. Thanks again for your reply this is fun and enlightening. Kaz

kazza said...

Do you know of this web site www.hooticouture.com all about vintage clothing from that book i mentioned in my previous post tonight? I am sure you probably do considering your passion but just incase i just had to tell you before I scoot off to bed.

kazza said...

Another book that you maybe interested in 'It's vintage darling! : How to be a clothes connoisseur published by Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 9780340922767

I am wondering if you have found any treasures today?

I found what i was looking for yesterday. One large tab top curtain that i have cut down the middle to make 2 curtains. I am sewing these this afternoon.

Cheerio Kaz

kazza said...

Another book that you maybe interested in 'It's vintage darling! : How to be a clothes connoisseur published by Hodder and Stoughton ISBN 9780340922767

I am wondering if you have found any treasures today?

I found what i was looking for yesterday. One large tab top curtain that i have cut down the middle to make 2 curtains. I am sewing these this afternoon.

Cheerio Kaz

trishhunterfinds said...

Wow thanks so much for all of your help!
I have done the towel thing on the dress and its hanging over my clothes horse! eee so far so good!

I've never personally been a fan of purple but i'm definately warming to it. I'm a green girl.

Nooo I haven't heard of Dorothy Gitsham by memory, I'll keep my ears open for it though and I'll let you know if I can help you out!
I got a dear 50's (I think) dress the other day too I'll take a photo one day when I put it on as its sleeves are amazing.

On the note of books I've been meaning to invest in some more!!
I've been raiding amazon for some cheep second hand collectors books but postage is a killer so I've been putting it off.
Think i'm going to have to just start a list and head into the city.
I'll be sure to put that on the list it seems great!!
I checked out their site which I had also never heard of and I'm hooked haha. Definately investing.
And yess its vintage darling was a book i bought for a pressent for a friend once and I'm wishing I had one every time I see it at her house.
So that's also on my to buy for myself list haha.

You mentioned about coats from opshops that are musty.. i always febrease everything that I'm frightened to wash, or between drycleans... it works a treat!

Yess I found a few small treasures today. Nothing too exciting! I shall blog later on tonight!

Happy sewinggg!!

kazza said...

Thanks for your reply Trish. We both have been busy beavers washing and sewing. I finished my curtains this afternoon and for $5.00 each window they came up a treat. Unfortunately by the time I had a look at the clock it was closing time for all my local haunts. Boo Hoo no bargains today for me I was almost having withdrawal symptoms being the opshopaddict I am. But happily there is always tomorrow yippie.

Tonight after tea my hubbie sat down to help me get a link to my favourite song on to my Blogg. You will have to check it out and let me know what you think.

I have started reading the alligators, mink book today. It is the type of story i will enjoy and relate to.

Yesterday I bought 8 home decorating mags for $1.00 some British publication that cost an arm and a leg to buy new here. Last night after blogging I sat down and flipped through these. My home is very basic and not flash but I do get lots of ideas on how to present what I have in the best possible way.

My style in decorating is eclectic with pieces from all different decades but some how i think i manage to present a very homely feel to my home that makes people comfortable.

My style in clothing is eclectic too. I love to experiment and layer. I wear heaps of hats because I recently had my hubbie shave my hair off - yes a number 4. It was a bit silly in winter so i had to go op shopping for hats. Not many people wear them so they were all lined up for me to buy and take home. I have x3 Kangol hats which were a good pick up. Do you know this brand?

I am trying as I write to think of what else i need to hunt around for oh that reminds me I bought a huge linoleum print original artwork (I think but will check with my arty daughter) in a really good glass frame for $4.50. It was very art deco/gothic looking commented my hubbie Australian natives in a vase. I love it especially for that price couldn't believe it even if I tire of it the frame will be useful.

Hope the dress comes up a treat after the wash.

Until next post Kaz

Anonymous said...

if you go into any small retailer... even supre? or valley girl?? they give out there hangers usually... i havent bought any for yeaaaarrsss...

supre have the clip ones... good for skirts.. valleygirl or tempt have the wooden ones that are good for coats :)

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