Second Hand Shopping

Earlier this week Andy and I had to go out of town for the day.  On our way back, we had some time, so we decided to visit some of the second hand shops we usually zoom by without stopping (getting Andy to stop when we are on our way somewhere is a mission!).

Unfortunately, it was Tuesday and a lot of the second hand and antique shops are closed on Tuesdays – who knew. I particularly wanted to visit Turakina Antiques, but Tuesday is the only day of the week that it’s not open.

We are table hunting. Given that we have very limited room in our house, we have decided that it’s time to downsize our table. Sad face!

It seats six without the extension and up to 12 with it.  The last time we had a dinner party for 12 people was about three years ago.  We just don’t think we need it anymore.

So, downsizing means that we get more space and, as long as the new table is extendable, we can still have large groups of people for dinner.

I’d love to find a table like this one from Sarah’s House 4 but it must be extendable.


I posted last week in my Renovation Inspiration post about how I would love to create a space like this breakfast nook in my home.


This nook uses a square table and, given the limited space, we are much more inclined to purchasing a square table than a round one.

Anyway, I digress from my actual mission of this post which was to tell you about what I found in our secondhand shopping expedition.

After a few failed attempts, we found ourselves at Curio’s on Oxford in Levin (sorry no link as they don’t have a website).

This is a cute little shop – they don’t have a whole lot of furniture but what they did have was crockery. Lots and lots of it!

The lovely lady was ever so helpful and chatty.  It’s always nice to meet someone like that.  She even recommended another store which, unfortunately was closed. We will definitely need to visit another day.

Now, if you’ve been following along, you’ll notice I’ve been on a bit of a blue kick lately.  

Blue curtains in my master bedroom, blue in my bathroom and blue tassels to name but a few.

So, I decided that I needed some blue dishes to go along with my blue theme.

I’ve already got some blue pieces in my kitchen.

I bought this jug a while ago – I used to have it in my spare room and filled it with water when guests came to stay.  As I no longer have a spare room, it has a new life holding my wooden spoons.

This salt caddy was my Mum’s.  

Isn't it cute?

It has found a proud home in my kitchen and is used every day.  

By the way, at Curio’s on Oxford, I found one exactly the same, although in slightly better condition –maybe it hadn’t had quite such a hard life as mine.

So, of course, when I saw they had some blue and white things, I just had to add them to my small but growing collection.

Want to see what I bought?


Here goes:

These gorgeous plates – unfortunately there were only three but I wondered about hanging them on a wall somewhere – I don’t have much wall space in my house but I’m looking to find some for these. What a bargain at just $5.00 each!

I also bought this lovely sugar canister – whether that’s what it actually is, I don’t know, but that’s what it’s going tobe used for in my house.

Don’t you just love it?

I also really loved this saucer which is exactly the same colour as our Resene Meditation Blue which we have used in several places in our house (more info to follow).

Unfortunately, the saucer didn’t have the matching cup and I just didn’t know what I would do with one lone saucer, so I decided to leave it for someone else to love.

So even though the table shopping was a bit of a bust, I did pick up a couple of pieces that I love.

Stay tuned to see what I do with them, and the kitchen reveal is coming soon. Ceiling painting is in progress!

If you love these pieces or have visited Curio's on Oxford yourself, I'd love you to leave a comment below, and pin my pictures so others can share in the joy of them too.

Have a great day!


October 3, 2020