When people say that they want a simpler life, I think that they often really mean they want a more meaningful one; vintage living wins hands down on that front. A tendency toward sentimental romanticism combined with the curious marmalade of personal memory of a vintage kind, make a great backdrop to living vintagely. This happy blend of goodness : following the seasons, having a go at making your own chutney/preserves/jam/yoghurt/bread...growing stuff (flowers too of course!!) & foraging...walnuts, chestnuts, blackberries, wild mushrooms.. op shopping (thrifting), buying secondhand, going to fairs, galas & charity book sales, making use of Trade me, sharing with your neighbours, making cards & homemade gifts, making do/mending/repurposing/upcycling..caring for & cleaning tools, polishing leather, painting & decoupaging an old suitcase or hatbox/furniture, swimming in rivers, walking in the local park, making use of the library, cultivating good manners, using vintage cotton hankies, treasuring old lace, knitting/crocheting/sewing, collecting manure for the vegetable garden & seeds from the spent produce & on & on it goes, or any combination of the above is what it's all about, however, unlike in the past, there are usually alternatives if things don't work out so well or it just doesn't suit..phew!!
So..when Nanna was a little stumped with this past Christmas gift giving, we devised a wee challenge..THE TREASURE HUNT
$10 was kindly given to each person, including the little boys. The challenge was to find some special treasures for ourselves from op shops, car boot sales or secondhand places.
This is was what we found:
Rob found two old chairs at an op shop for $2 each. A cool wooden easel (the man threatened to take it home & use it for firewood if he didn't buy it!) for $4 & two really good quality shirts for a $1 each all at a local car-boot sale.
lovely wood in the chairs..looks like rewarewa
David found... "The work of "Music in the Tuileries" by Manet as a print:8'x12, Yen!(1988) A book predicting perhaps not the worldwide financial hold of Japan as the author thought, but certainly the state of America's debt during the presidential election of 2004."
Two "Kapai" books for 5+ years old, a yoyo and a skateboard!
Anna found a book "A handful of herbs", a photo frame & an oil burner!
Thanks Nanna!! We had so much fun on the journey, even though it took us a while to get there!