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Saturday, 23 May 2015

Someone's trash is someone else's treasure

Hi everyone!

I couldn't believe it ..... May is about to come to an end and this is my first post of 2015!  I know I have been missing in action and have not been updating my blog.  Well, I'm on long holiday right now.  If you do wonder whether have I been cooking while I'm on holiday, I do. Most of the posting is posted at my sister's blog, My Happy Apron.  Please feel free to hop over there.

Whenever I'm back here in Auckland, there are few places I love to go.  And 2nd hand stores are one of my favourites place to go.

The 2nd stores here are those people donated out their unwanted items stuff like old clothing, bedsheets, books, kitchen & cooking wares, electrical items and etc etc.  And they will sort out these things to sell it out with very affordable and economical price.   The collections will to go the charity needs.

The other day I help out my sister to clear up her unwanted items (loadful of toys, books and clothings) to donate out to this Eastgate 2nd Hand shop.

Rattan basket and wood bowls and trays available here.

Pots & pans 

Every time I come here, I usually will look at this rack whether I can still find more of this rustic type brass fork & spoon.   Other than crazily looking for enamelwares, brass forks & spoons are my kind of thing now!

Am I crazy to buy these brass forks & spoons?  Well anyway, it is just $1 each and I think it is cheap as you won't be able to get this brass type utensils nowadays.   After giving a good scrups, it looks so shiny; its a gem to me now.  

If you're lucky enough, you can get nice looking saucers and plates.


That blue saucer plate cost $2.00 each. It was those Churchill England type of plates.  

Bedsheets, linen, table cloths.........

Women & Men Clothings

Furnitures too ..... and they do delivery with a minimum cost of NZ$25.00 per trip.

My sister couldn't resist these items today. That beautiful bowl only cost $0.70 whereas the plate is just $0.20! 


  1. Mel mel!! Where hv u been? I misssshhhh uuuu... i hv seen your bakes on FB but havent seen any update on ur blog. Thought u hv ditched this and turned to photogrraphy.. great to see u back in action.. elsewhere though.. will support ur sis ;)

    1. Hi Victoria
      Yes, I just upload my food pic to my fb and I let my sister update the recipe to her blog instead. It just sometimes I just doesnt know what to write. But will promise to update it at my soonest when I goes back home.

  2. Hi Mel,
    Nice sharing & update of your status. Yes, I would grab that beautiful bowl & plate too :D
    Enjoy your holiday!

  3. Hi Mel, Welcome back !!! I miss you too :)
    Wow! This 2nd hand store look fantastic. Lots of things to grab especially the kitchenware. Hope i'll be there one day :)

  4. wah, good job, mel! for showing so much restraint from not going wild at the kitchen wares at such bargain prices! hehe! well, you've had a long enough holiday, so come back soon! ^^

    1. Hi Hui
      I still going in and out patroning those beautiful kitchenwares stores.... well only telling myself... Im here to browsing n not buying at all....

  5. I love thrift shopping too! Bought my one and only Chanel outfit from Goodwill many years ago for $35! And lately picked up a pair of DVF leather shoes for $10. Anyways, just wondering if u would like to change "thrash" to "trash".

    1. Hi Chris
      Thank you for pointing my mistake! Guess Im still having a great time holidaying....

  6. great bargain !! can buy more stuffs for your blog photography :D

  7. Hi Mel, Mel,
    How are you? I bet you are having a great and long holiday.
    Oh yes, those brass spoons and forks are really irresistible and you have grab them with a good price.
    Will hop over to your sister's blog later.

  8. Hi Mel, Mel,
    How are you? I bet your are having a wonderful and long holiday.
    That sure is some irresistible brass spoons and fork and you have get them with such good price.
    Will hop over to visit your sisiter's blog later.


  9. Wow Mel! I see a lot of amazing treasure here. This place looks like a paradise for me too :D