What’s the strangest and most apparently useless thing you’ve ever bought at an op shop.. or any shop? I’m willing to bet it’s not a sporran, although that would be my entry if there were ever a competition for ‘bizarre objects purchased at op shops’ (which I’m going to go out on a limb and say would be a more interesting competition than, say, the World Cup…)
I got this about two years ago, although I didn’t have a purpose for it in mind at the time. But the thing is, you never know when you will need a sporran. And how often have you seen them at op shops? Never, right? It was a bit pricey (like about $20) but as my sister was with me she offered to get it for me as a birthday present. Two birds killed with one stone – she didn’t have to agonise over my birthday present and I didn’t have to agonise about forking out $20 for an item for which I had no immediate use. Isn’t it great when synchronicity actually works (or more to the point, when sisters happen to be shopping with you and you can convince them you love something so much that they should get it for you)? I only got it back from my sister recently as I’d lent it to her for her to photograph with the creatures that she makes out of used socks (yes, thrifty creativity runs in my family), so I’d actually sort of forgotten about it. (I know, I know, how could I forget that I own a SPORRAN?)
Anyway after this two-year break my brain finally hit on what I wanted to do with it. Originally I’d planned to make earrings out of it but having dark hair anyway they wouldn’t have really stood out as it was the tasselly bits that I was planning on using, not the main patchy bit with white hair. Plus they’re a little bit heavy to use as earrings. So instead I took the tassels off (using pliers and being careful not to catch tetanus as they were attached with rusty metal rings) and dug out some leather thonging that I bought about 15 years ago when it was cool to wear pendants on leather thonging (ie the 90s). A few knots later, I had a brand new necklace that (like most of my stuff) people will either love or run shrieking from making the “vax for life and death” sign*.
I probably wouldn’t wear it with this top (which was $1 from previously mentioned Wantirna Trash and Treasure and part of the outfit that had my friends concerned for my sartorial state recently) but lots of my other tops are dark and the tassels wouldn’t have shown up in photos. And then you wouldn’t have been able to see them. Aren’t I lovely to you?
*the vax sign is used to ward off girl/boy germs… something akin to ‘cooties’ in US-speak I think.
Cool necklace! It looks antique and expensive, I think. Like something from ancient Turkey…And now, something completely different, I've given you an award, read more here: http://ancien-nouveau.blogspot.com/2010/07/beautiful-blogger-award.html
I love the necklace – really unique. And gorgeous photos! I would go out on a limb with you and say your competition idea is about a million times more interesting than the world cup. I bought a really old mini-iron from a second hand shop – you had to heat up an iron(?) insert to put inside the main part then you could do your ironing, which must have taken forever.
It would be wonderful to hold a "bizzare items bought at opshops competition" though I don't think I have anything all that bizzare….
Fourth daughter, Just wanted to stop by and say Hi . I can't answer your comments on my blog because you haven't allowed that…. so over I come and you have re-fashioned a sporran !!!! what kind of wonderful crazy is this ? So nice to meet you .
Grr and its me and I signed in with the wrong stupid account- sorry…
Love the furry necklace! I have a fur headband, but the possibility of a fur necklace hadn't occurred to me until I saw yours. It reminds me of Luxirare's fox tail charms because they have cones at the top too.
Yep definitely more interesting than the world cup. Two questions, what is a sporran made from and what are your plans for the white hair part? I can see its conversation starting potential!
My sister asked me that same question, namely what am I going to do with the white bit… I don't know, it's in a drawer at the moment, like so many of my projects… it has a pocket on the back (so now you know where Scottish men really keep all their, um, hidden bits…)…Not sure what hair it is made from but I'm guessing it's horse hair, at least for the tassels. The white bit, I really couldn't say and it probably doesn't bear thinking about!
very interesting and oriental: 0, incredible feeling, so I'm on!Adam,http://fashionispartofme.blogspot.com
That is very cool.Eat, Sleep, Denim <3www.eatsleepdenim.com
Thank you everyone… something strange has happened with the comments for this post, two have disappeared even though I did not delete them!! Also the order of the comments has changed.. it must be the McMagic at work!?Also: please note, I'm anti-fur, so although maybe vintage fur is OK, I'd never advocate buying real NEW fur accessories, although I won't throw paint over you or anything if you wear them.
I can still see my comment here, hm… this is so so strange! Anyway, here it is again, in case it's still gone on your side of the world…:"Cool necklace! It looks antique and expensive, I think. Like something from ancient Turkey…And now, something completely different, I've given you an award, read more here: http://ancien-nouveau.blogspot.com/2010/07/beautiful-blogger-award.html"
hi there, amelia from i op therefore i am. i'm really enjoying your blog and sense of homour. thank you for your comments too – would you like to join i op therefore i am? and you wrote something about a new uniting care in dandenong – any more details?
I'd love to write for I op therefore I am! Just let me know what I have to do. The new Uniting Care is in the same block as Vinnies, just down from the Salvos on the Princes Highway (or is it Lonsdale St at that point?) but I have not bought anything from there yet, all a bit too new for my tastes.
hahahahahahahahaha!!!! You are wonderful!A sporran?? Would you believe I own a sporran too? Only because I was married to a Scot a long time ago. Also, I cannot say sporran without saying it like "spawwwrrun".Brilliant what you did! And you can tie this around your forehead too!
you killed an antique sporran that was only half dead… 😦