These aren’t my op shop purchases. I have a little Op Shop Ninja. It seems the thrifting gene has passed to my 2 year old. This is a good thing. I think!?
On a nice wintery Wednesday a couple weeks back, my little girl and I were out for a bike ride (she’s on the back of my retro cruiser) & had 20 minutes to kill before picking up our weekly veggie order. We popped into the Boys & Girls Club Op Shop on Stoubridge St in Christchurch.
As op shops go, this is one of the few I would consider bringing my child to.
Its small, pretty quiet, there isn’t a whole lot of breakable stuff, and because its close to the West Spreydon School, it seems to get a bunch of childrens books, like the Little Golden Books she loves.
I was quite surprised what caught her eye, as I was sure she would head for the stuffed toys. I’ve noticed she’s a keen observer, and it appeared that she was actually thinking about what she wanted rather than doing a mad grab for anything and everything.
Growing up, I had hand-me downs, home made clothes and 2nd hand toys mixed in with new stuff, and it didnt’ kill me. By bringing these op shopped goods into our house I am hoping to teach our little girl to be a conscious consumer. To look for quality and durability over new and shiny and disposable.
Best part: She’s inherited our warped sense of humour. Our little girl made a point of getting the kitty puzzle for Daddy…. Dad just LOVES cats (not!)
Have your kids/grandkids picked up anything interesting at the Thrift shops? Come home with some thing crazy?
I’d love you to share your thrifting strategy or your own op shopping experiences in the comments below. I’m all about sharing the knowledge, but if you’re one of those Op Shopping Ninjas who thrives on a stealth mission, I get and respect that too!
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