This morning, my daughter and I were happy to find a large pack of mega blocks at the op shop. Or rather, I was happy to find the blocks, knowing that she would enjoy building towers with them, while she was tenderly cradling a plastic doll with electric red hair.
At home, giving the sticky blocks a rinse in some warm sudsy water, I couldn’t help but attempt to compile a list of favourite op shop finds in my head. So here are my top five:
Arabia of Finland Fennica side plates. We scored six of these for AUD $3.99. Bargain! I love the mid-century modern style of these plates.
The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith. This endearing book made me get back into reading again after a long break due to baby fog.
Ikea Leka wooden baby gym. This was the first toy to really engage my daughter. We found it for AUD $5 at the Brotherhood of St Laurence while we were decluttering our house in anticipation of her arrival.
Children’s toys. The mega blocks above, animal finger puppets, wooden puzzles, an alligator xylophone – so many toys. Op shops are great for finding quirky toys and letting them go when they’ve been outgrown.
(Nerd alert!) AGPS style manual, fourth edition. I prefer the clarity and simplicity of this one over the 2002 edition. Purchased at Savers for a gold coin.
Do you visit op shops? What have been your best secondhand finds?