Thrift Shopping – St Mary’s, Ontario

What a pleasant surprise to happen upon some great thrift shopping in the little town of St. Mary’s, Ontario. Pass It On, 31 Water Street, is a thrift shop run by Carey Pope. Her flair for the unexpected is evident by the merchandise, her branding, signage and unique displays. Awesome windows and tastefully hand-lettered signage.She could teach […]

Thrift Shopping – Brisbane

I found a cool recycling place in Brisbane, Australia called Reverse Garbage. What a great name for a thrift shop. But this thrift shop is more like “Salvation Army meets Habitat for Humanity ReStores”. They encourage you to buy by the bag and weight. A friend told me that her architectural firm has bins for Reverse […]

Thrift Shopping – Melbourne, Australia

I love to treasure hunt at thrift shops. In Australia they are called ‘op shops’, as in ‘opportunity’.  And that perfectly describes it, an opportunity to discover. I made my way by train down to Chapel Street precinct. This is where I was told that I would find second hand shops. The absolutely most fun one […]

Thrift Shopping – Paint by Number

Paint by number art has been around since the 1920’s but the was all the rage as a hobby in the 1950-60s. Talk about colouring inside the lines! And of course the instructions never encouraged you to ever sign your painting. So these paintings remain anonymous. In 1953 alone the paint-by-number craze reached $80 million in sales. I […]