Today was almost a bust. I had planned to spend the morning starting a new project while finishing off an existing one, and then trundle off to pick up an eBay purchase at about 4pm, and that way I could pretend that I would miss peak hour on the drive home.
What actually happened was a bit different.
I woke early and managed to squish in some brief checking of emails and browsing of sites before my morning vanished in a phone call. Unfortunately I had not managed to squish in my morning cuppa and breakfast. Heaven knows how coherent I was by the end of the call. I shudder to think what brilliant ideas I came up with that will turn out to be not-so-brilliant after all. I shouldn’t talk shop before brekky. It, like, does things to you, man.
Anyhoo, after that I decided I was too wiped to do any meaningful work and that I was sick of transplanting my clutter. First it was the top spare room, then it was the kitchen bench, and now it is all comfortably residing on my dining table. This was a rather misguided attempt at giving myself a kick up the backside to get it completed, but in reality I just became accustomed to tables having lumpy surfaces. No more, today I packed up a big old garbage bag and trekked the things that weren’t worth Freecycling or eBaying down to the Salvo’s.
And then, of course, I was conveniently at the Salvo’s shop. I love 2nd hand clothes shopping, but 2nd hand “stuff” shopping is soooo much better! Salvo’s shops are just crammed full of stuff! There were very old children’s classic books, a plethora of jigsaw puzzles, enough 80’s dressmaking patterns to keep the Jazzercise ladies happy for decades, and an old galvanised canary cage that took me straight back to being a child and trapping sparrows in my grandmother’s garden.
The thing that really caught my attention was this, a genuine 70’s enamelled fondue pot with polished wood handles, complete with warming stand and matching enamelled tray:
Enamelled Fondue Set – a bargain (for someone else) at $10!
I had to jam my hands into my pockets, I really did. We don’t *need* a fondue set. Actually, it is only the pot, isn’t it? I forgot about forks. It probably had forks. They are strange at that shop, they seem to separate container bottoms from container tops, but I digress… I ended up with 3 bamboo bowls of different shapes and sizes and two ex-Moccona Coffee jars for cleaning up and storing my tea in. They are nice and upright so they’ll take up far less precious real estate in the tea cabinet.
I found myself at the big shopping complex to run a few errands with some time on my hands, and decided that I was going to fix some niggly things around the house with a few small purchases. The dog needed new microwave safe dinner bowls for his mince (located at the Reject Shop for $1.75 each) and I really wanted a chopping board for morning sandwich-making so I wouldn’t end up with odd numbers of dinner plates mid-week (located at Big W for $17 – after much comparison shopping). Missions complete, I then splurged a set of 3 pair of big hoop earrings that I found at a cheapie shop.
On my way back to the car, I thought I’d have one last wander around the Reject Shop. Now while I know that a granny cart isn’t exactly a brilliant fashion statement, I’m forever trying to lug around more shopping and library books than I should and one of these little things would probably go a long way to stopping the creaks and clunks that suddenly appear after a long afternoon shopping. Besides, for an anti-fashion item, they are ridiculously cute:
Not your Grandma’s shopping cart
But again, I sat on my hands, bit my lip, and walked away (but I had a quick test drive of the one on the left and she goes like a dream – though perhaps she’d be less dreamy when crammed full of 15kg of library book).
I scurried home via the sewing shop where I picked up only the items for mending and making some new dog coats, and arrived home in time to realise I was supposed to be about 45 minutes away picking up my eBay bargain! I sat down at the computer only to find I did not have the seller’s address or phone number. There will be no “A+++ GreAt ComMuniCatIon!!” for me. Thankfully the seller was quite understanding. One phoncecall and a lovely nighttime drive later, I’m the proud owner of a brand new outdoor umbrella.
All up, even though it was not the day I was expecting, it was still pretty good :)