Hello thrift challenge! What can you get for $5? My daily large latte costs $4. A loaf of sourdough from Zumbo is $7. One scoop of gelato at Bellingen Gelato Rozelle is $4.
A new challenge was born recently on a Family Funday Sunday wander down the road. I decided to forgo my gelato treat in favour of $5 and five minutes at Rozelle Markets.
The Blokefolk challenged me to see what I could track down at our local weekend second hand flea markets. Never one to turn down a challenge, the thrift challenge was on like Donkey Kong!
$5 Thrift Challenge | Rozelle Markets
I considered some vintage buttons for a craft project I’m collecting bits and pieces for. Have you ever bought vintage buttons before? I had absolutely no idea how much buttons cost, let alone how much vintage buttons might cost, which is why I asked the woman selling them for a price.
I’m afraid that I am not crafty enough to know anything about vintage haberdashery items. Unfortunately, the woman selling them thought I was a different kind of crafty. The kind where you play a bargaining game. The only time I’ve ever bartered in my life was by accident when I picked up an item in a vintage shop one day to look at something underneath it, and the shop owner started reducing the price as I stood there, without saying a word.
The Rozelle Markets stallholder wasn’t very happy when I declined to enter into negotiations with her, and yelled after me that I shouldn’t expect a bargain just because it was Sunday afternoon. How embarrassing!
Next up, I looked at a fabulous rack of second hand clothes in exactly my colours and style, but sadly not my size. All marked down to $5 because the stallholder wanted to pack up and head to the pub!
As I was leaving, my eyes were drawn to a souvenir London plate of immense kitschiness for the princely sum of $4.
It’s modern, but has a vintage feel to it and comes complete with a hanging hook. It’s so bad it’s good. It’s currently hanging in my my laundry because everyone needs to feel happy in a laundry, don’t you think?
Do you like to have a rummage around an op shop or a market stall? Ever found any treasure?