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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Childhood memories of the op shop variety

I did pop into one garage sale yesterday however nothing particularly grabbed me so rather than miss out on Flea Market Finds this week I decided to show some op shopping finds from approximately 25 years ago.  My Auntie was pregnant with my cousin and she wanted some woollen baby dresses.  Pretty, fancy heirloom type baby dresses mind you.  So mum used to dig through the baby clothes and would find heaps of ugly, scratchy, out-of-shape items (you know the sort, you probably find the same sort of things yourself) but every now and then she'd find a little treasure...

 

And sometimes they would need a little work around the neckline where they had began to fray and mum replaced all the buttons and ribbons.  Stains were soaked away and they were slowly restored to their former splendour.

 

So my Auntie used them for her girls and then they were loving stored away until the next generation.  When I found out that I was having Chloe, these were among some keepsakes that were passed onto me.


The wonderful thing is, I can remember Mum finding these and restoring them, transforming them from items unwanted into treasured heirlooms.  I look forward to a time in the future that I can pass these onto Chloe for her children and tell her the story behind them.

6 comments:

Susan L (lily40au) said...

I was so excited when I saw your post because when my first daughter was born in 1986 I was already a mad keen op shopper and I bought the same dress you posted for my daughter. I will send you the photo because you won't believe it ... in Coburg, Melbourne.

m.e (Cathie) said...

wow, that is a great family treasure to pass on. beautiful childhood memories for you & for your children.

thanks for popping by Carla, as soon as I saw that jug I really HAD to buy it, not only is it nice looking but so sturdy which amazed me and it was in perfect condition.

Little Ted Canvas said...

How lucky you are! I think it takes us until we have children to realise the treasures we are lucky enough to have passed down to us. I hope this sees many generations to come!

sue said...

Such lovely sentiments - so nice that you have these tangible reminders of shared memories with your family

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Wow what gorgeous family treasures, its so lovely to be able to pass things down, I love all the treasures I receive from my mum and grandmother. Thanks so much for playing.
Sophie x

Cherie said...

Beautiful ... the history and the tradition is missing from what babies wear today. Such gorgeous treasures ;)