Create your own ANTIQUE TEA TRAY

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Create Your Own Antique Tea Tray with one or two trips to a Thrift Shop, a bit of Imagination and some Spray Painting.

Looking through Pinterest you come across some amazing Home Made Coffee Bars and for some time I had a Mini Coffee Bar with a Pod Machine set up on the the corner of my Kitchen Bench.

It looked really good however it was pointless as we are a family of Tea Drinkers. We never used the Pod Machine  but when it came to Tea, there is always a pot  Brewing in the house. Whether it be your good old English Breakfast, a sweet blend of Lamington, Strawberry & Creams or a calming leaf of chamomile There is always a Teapot full.

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COFFEE BAR  A TEA DRINKER’S TREASURE- There is nothing better for a Tea Drinker than drinking Freshly Brewed Tea from a Delicate China Cup

So I removed the Pod Machine, looked through my hoard of Thrift Shop Purchased fine China. Visited the Thrift Shop to purchase a couple of the 80’s Fashionable Timber Cup Trees and a large serving Tray.

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Garage Sale Purchased Antique China Cups Resting on a Shabby Chic Version of the Popular 1980’s Timber Tree Cup Holder

Using an All purpose Spray Paint which has the Primer included and adheres to any surface. I Firstly Painted The Taller Cup Tree and Timber Tray in white. I the Distressed Both to give them a Shabby Chic Look. I then used Bees Wax to Seal Them.

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Give an old Thrift Store Bought Tray a Spray of Paint add a Doilie and Fine China and your ready to serve HIGH TEA

I was lucky to have found 2 Tree Cup Holders on my Thrift Shop visit. So I then Sprayed the other one a Minty Green colour also distressing for a Shabby Chic Look. On this Holder I placed my Johnson Brothers Coffee Cups from my Dinner set. The colours matched in perfect with my handmade Coffee sign I had previously made from an old frame and my Tin set which I had purchased on sale from a Department Store for $5 a piece.

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An Old wooden Frame- Spray Paint- Sand Paper- Computer-Printer-Paper & 30 minutes of your Time, To make yourself your very own sign

 

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One of the only items I have purchased new, However I did not pay retail a bargain @ $5 each

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With some imagination and a trip to a thrift shop or some garage sales, you can change your Kitchen decor’ in a day for under $30 with High End Products 

The Biscuit Jar was also a Fantastic Thrift Shop Purchase for $5 and the cute little China cups were 50cents each. I have an entire wardrobe full of pre-loved linen and doilies and as Shabby Chic is my number One Decor’ Style I use them all the Time.

I keep all my Tea strainers in a Parfait Ceramic Jar which I paid $1 for. The Tea strainers I purchase from eBay all little cute ones (very cheap) The  Measurement Conversion sign I have had for years and as you can see I used it regularly.

The Antique Cups were a bargain for a $1.50 each from a Garage Sale and the Tea Pot was from the same Garage Sale for $4.oo.

If you enjoy creating new out of old such as I do and would like to share your projects I have a Pinterest Board that promotes such things. I also have a Pinterest Board for Diy Bloggers. Beginners are welcome to both. You are also able to sell your creations on both.

If you are interested in becoming a collaborated the rules are simple -Follow me on Pinterest and Follow my Blog. Contact me with your Pinterest Details curvyandcontent@gmail.com

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Thank you For Reading Happy DIY

JUDITH SUDULIC

 

 

How to BUY & WEAR THRIFT/OP SHOP FASHION

DESIGNER LABELS WITHOUT THE EXTRAVAGANT PRICE TAGS

DO I OWN TO MANY CLOTHES ?

Yes, compared to most people I probably do. I have no idea how many pairs of shoes I own, I can not identify all my dresses and at times I am known 2 overlook a handbag or 2 that I own.

DO I HAVE ANY STORE OR CREDIT CARD DEBT ?

Absolutely Not, none of my clothes, shoes, handbags or accessories have ever placed me in debt or affected my weekly financial budget what so ever

DO I NEED ALL THOSE CLOTHES & FASHION ITEMS ?

Of cause I don’t need them I could live happily and comfortably on a third of the garments I own, However when I am able to purchase a beautiful well fitting dress that I think looks really good on me for $3 which is less than a cup of coffee I am going to buy it.

WHY AM I OBSESSED-ADDICTED WITH THRIFT/OP SHOPPING FASHION ?

Growing Up I would always remember that the feeling I got when I was invited to a party. It was not the excitement that my friends were feeling. Nope I would immediately get this dreaded feeling, a knot in my stomach. It was knowing that I had nothing to wear to the party or that I would have to wear the same outfit that I had already worn to Amanda’s and Megan’s Party’s.

I’m not sure what girlfriends are like now days but back when I was growing up 10 year old girls could be very mean and cruel and for sure it would take no time at all for me to be ostracised. The dancing would start  everyone would make a circle and slowly but surely I felt the hips and arms of the girls on either side nudging me until  I was completely squeezed out of the circle. The whispers about my outfit were loud for me to hear in the snickering groups forming with the bullying rising to being intentionally skipped from  taking a piece of shitty newspaper off the big wrapped messed filled with junky little toys in pass the parcel.

People have bad hair days and I had them too but my issue and what put me in a bad mood from the moment I woke up in the morning, frustrating the hell out of me to the point of giving me a head ache and pangs of pain in my stomach that parents did not recognise as important was the fact that I never had a good selection of nice clothes to wear and it literally, even as I entered adulthood would make me cry with sheer frustration. I’VE GOT NOTHING TO WEAR- WHAT AM I GOING TO WEAR TODAY ? I CAN’T GO I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR.

This back then was due to finances I was a tiny framed girl in those days so it was never about finding the correct fit or size

When my parents divorced and I was pregnant with my first child again complaining about having nothing to wear my father told me that he had started shopping at Charity Shops and took me on my first excursion.

At the end of that day I swore to my self that I would never ever feel that knot in my stomach again nor would I ever, ever stress over having nothing to wear again and under no circumstances what so ever no matter how broke I ever became will my children have to experience any of those feelings I had felt growing up and I have stuck to my word and have been happy with my overflowing wardrobes of clothing ever since

WHY AM I SHARING MY STORY WITH YOU ?

I am certain that this morning at least one person woke up with that dreaded knot in their tummy, not because the hair straightener blew up… nope it was because they couldn’t find anything to wear. There will be another lady stressing all week over the wedding she has to attend on the weekend, wondering whether or not she is going to look to good in the outfit she has chosen to wear and another who is going out on Friday night and is sick of dressing in the same outfit in front of the same group of friends but doesn’t believe her budget can afford her to purchase something different.

SO I AM SHARING IN THE HOPE THAT AT LEAST THOSE 3 LADIES WILL BE INSPIRED BY MY POST AND ARE ENCOURAGED BY MY STORY & WITH AN OPEN MIND VISIT A CHARITY/THRIFT/OP SHOP  TO SEE THE ENDLESS FASHION POSSIBILITIES AVAILABLE TO THEM.Photo 22-07-2017, 12 24 28 PM

This Entire Out Fit was purchased from Thrift Shops-TOTAL= $41

  • ELASTIC WAIST (SIZE -16) 3 LAYERS AUSTRALIAN DESIGNER SKIRT- $4.00
  • LAVENDER ROAD (SIZE 20) AUSTRALIAN DESIGN JACKET-$8.00
  • HEINE (SIZE unknown)  STRETCH SINGLET YARN KNIT LOOK TOP- $3.00
  • ACCESSORIES- Scarf -$1 Earrings-$2 Necklace-$2 Bag-$12 Boots-$9

And then there is the Handbag “THE BIG SUPRISE BUY” now I haven’t yet mentioned that there are at times you will come across an item whilst thrifting that originally held a High Priced Retail Ticket.

My Profit Buy pre loved purchase price $12 Once R.R.P over $3000

It wasn’t until I was writing this post and looked up the Design Label of this Handbag that I realised I had hit the jackpot with this purchase

“LOUIS CARDINI LEATHER BAG SHOP IN THE ROCKS – SYDNEY ESTABLISHED HIS BUSINESS IN 1973 AND HAS BEEN DESIGNING AND HAND-CRAFTING QUALITY LUXURY LEATHER GOODS. LOUIS CARDINI’S PRODUCTS ARE THE ONLY GENUINE LEATHER GOODS THAT ARE FULLY LEATHER LINED USING THE FINEST QUALITY AUSTRALIAN LEATHER INCLUDING OSTRICH & CROCODILE. LOUIS CARDINI IS NOW AN INTERNATIONATIONAL RECOGNISED BRAND.”

The Handbag imaged below is available made to order from Louis Cardini Shop today. It is a Genuine Ostrich Handmade Leather Bag item Number 0929 FO and is the closest to the bag I have purchased and it retails for $3,150. I PURCHASED MY BAG FOR $12.00 FROM A CHARITY SHOP.  The cheapest Bag from Louis Cardini is about $475.

Made to Order Available in Store @ Louis Cardini The Rocks R.R.P over $3000

Surely My Bag Story is enough enticement for you to at least walk into a 2nd Hand Op Shop/ Charity/ Goodwill and take a Peek-a-Boo at the prices and fashions available that may suit your budget and style. Even if all you do is look through the accessories, handbags, scarves & Fashion Jewellery.

Have I sparked anyone’s interest? Are you a likeminded Op/Thrift-shop-A-Holic with your own Fashion Story? Do you want to know and learn more about wearing and buying thrift/op shop fashion? I would love to hear from you. You can either leave a comment below or email me curvyandcontent@gmail.com

Happy Blogging

Judith

 

 

MONEY TREE BEFORE A CHRISTMAS TREE

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MONEY MONEY MONEY

In 5 1/2 weeks Christmas will be upon us and although it is the festive season, a time of laughter happiness, sharing and giving, for families on low incomes this time of year can be extremely stressful.

Living in the western Suburbs of Sydney and working in the welfare Sector I also know that at Christmas time most families also have a huge electricity bill to pay as well as the dad to day expenses of living.

In this post I am going to share some of my tips on how I make some quick dollars living out here in the west, which can be utilised in other states and areas and then in my next post I will follow up with some thrift Tips on how to purchase great gifts and outfits to get you over the festive season without maxing out your credit card and introduce you to some non government organisations that are there to help families who are in need of a little extra help.

Gumtree is one of the Easiest and Fastest Ways to put pennies in your pocket. There are so many items you can sell on Gumtree so many that  I wouldn’t bother with. However my suggestion is to spend a little time looking around your house at the bigger items you no longer use or want, the fish tank in the garage, the unused wii, pop’s antique buffet that you keep knocking your knee against and that exercise bike that now doubles as a clothes rack.

Tips To Sell: Ensure the item is thoroughly cleaned (soap and water) can make a $30 difference—Take lots of Photo’s—Give honest and accurate details if the item has a chip on the door mention it ( no one likes a bull shitter)—Place your Ad on Gumtree Friday night and be prepared to take phone calls from 7am Saturday morning.—-Make yourself available to be at home the entire weekend until the items have sold—Be prepared to Negotiate and stipulate this in your price, put your price $30 above your wanting price.—Be willing to do an offer deal if they wish to purchase more than one of your Gumtree sales.—Don’t Let the perspective buyer stuff you around, If they ring and say they definitely want to buy it but can’t get there until Blah Blah politely tell them that if they are willing to direct debit the money into your account and provide receipt number the item is theirs. At times people do not show up and you may have turned some other perspective buyer down.

Clean out your closets curvy girls Ebay Shoppers love plus size clothing. Ebay Shoppers love good quality well known trusted brand clothing in ladies gents and children’s clothing. Other items I find that sell well are ladies name brand larger size leather shoes in excellent used condition (EUC). Vintage dresses providing you do not over price them are a great seller. Boys Henley shirts, bulk maternity wear, bulk pumpkin patch, NRL Jerseys, Collectable toys in good condition and much much more.

Tips to Sell: —Please ensure that all item you are selling are free from smell. I wash all items that I am selling and if they need pressing I will press them.—You can take up to 12 photos for free. Take the 12 photo’s snap from every angle capture every detail.—Complete all sections of the item specifics if you are auctioning a clothing item always include the measurements— If you do not have an Ebay account check out mine or other Power Seller to get ideas of what you would want for your return policy Seller Blurb/Description (JUUDISCIOUS511)—Research Auctions similar to what you are wanting   to sell, you can also do a search on completed items and on specific brands.— Charge the correct postage make sure you are not ripping yourself off—always keep the receipt from the post office this has your tracking numbers on it for your parcels (try and stick to using the one post office)—always provide good feedback (give it and you will receive it )— I always pack my parcels with a thankyou card and in tissue paper (it’s the little things people remember). —If you want at least $10 for the Autograph Top then start the Auction at $9.95 I always place my Auctions on for 10 days.— You have 40 Free Auctions at the start of each month (they do not roll over) most months you are invited to participate in an offer of more. MAKE SURE YOU PRESS THE BUTTON THAT ALLOWS YOUR ITEM TO BE RELISTED 3TIMES IF NOT SOLD

Clean out everything and anything for this sale people. Having a Garage sale doesn’t work for me I don’t live on a street where I get enough exposure so I take my haul off to one huge Garage sale Blacktown Markets. Now there are plenty of these sorts of Markets around Nth Rocks, Rozelle etc. However This is my all time favourite and has been running since I was a little girl

The two ways you can start your casual stallholder adventure are:

Pre-booking (from $50)

  • Book by 10pm the day before to secure your stall
  • You don’t need to join the queue along Cricketers Arms RoadEnter the driveway from Cricketers Arms Road and join the right hand lane

Entry from 05:30am (shoppers enter from 7:00am). Please note: Casual stallholders who queue up on the day enter from 06:30am, pre booked stallholders are not guaranteed a space in the market if they arrive after this time.

Enjoy easy access to your vehicle – it stays with you on your stall site

$50 (no extra fees for insurance) for standard size stalls. You’ll have enough space for a standard car or van (or similar length vehicle) with a 3m x 3m marquee and/or two frontage tables alongside your vehicle – avoid the queues and come straight through!

$65 (no extra fees for insurance) for a large stall. You’ll have enough space for a car and trailer (or similar length vehicle) with two 3m x 3m marquees and/or three frontage tables alongside your vehicle.

  • Queue up on the day (from $50)
  • Arrive on the day to queue for a stall

Join the queue along Cricketers Arms Road.

Entry is from 6:30am (shoppers enter from 07:00am)

Enjoy easy access to your vehicle- it stays with you on your stall site

$50 (no extra fees for insurance) for standard size stalls. You’ll have enough space for a standard car or van (or similar length vehicle) with a 3m x 3m marquee and/or two frontage tables alongside your vehicle.

$65 (no extra fees for insurance) for a large stall. You’ll have enough space for a car and trailer (or similar length vehicle) with two 3m x 3m marquees and/or three frontage tables alongside your vehicle.

Please note: We try our best to accommodate all stall holders. However priority is given to permanent stall holders and casual stall holders that book. To avoid disappointment, we recommend you book or arrive super early    http://www.blacktownmarkets.com/

Tips to Sell: —I always pre book–take a couple of torches as you will be setting up in the dark (it’s a really early start). Take your lunch Brekky and a thermos full of coffee.— Be sure to either take a shade cloth or hire one in advance you will need it.— Set you stall so that the tables are set across the front people tend to look more if they can walk past and browse rather than walk in. —Beware of the 7am stall holders who will come around your stall and annoy you they will haggle you and almost try and push you into giving them your stuff for free, this can also be the same with some shoppers there is a difference between haggle and harass (some tend to harass) be firm and laugh say no way, if you are not convincing they tend to come back.— Don’t be shy to be loud if you have a bargain let people know, in the last hour I stood calling out “ALL CLOTHES $1 AN ITEM” we were rushed off our feet and every garment went.—Be sure to take plenty of plastic bags, make a float up with lots of gold coins and pen and paper to keep a brief tally

It’s by no means a Money Tree and yes by no means as easy as having one but it’s a couple of tips that may help put a few extra pennies in the pocket for Christmas. Get Cracking on that sorting and selling and I will start getting my tips together on other ways to get through Christmas, Inexpensive gifts, Op shop finds, Sourcing Non-Government Organisations for assistance and DIY personal pressies.

Good Luck

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