Sunday, June 2, 2013

New Thrift Finds and a New Life

This week my Salvo rummage was very cheap because the Manager was away and she tends to overprice items these days , and I was first in the shop
For just under $20 I bought
A new  RM Williams shirt ( RRP $120 )
4 books including a fabulous cookbook from the UK
A brand new oversized clock ( RRP $50)
A vintage milk glass comport
We have bought a mortgage free house in the Adelaide Hills in a tiny town of only 700 people called Gumeracha , one of the earliest in South Australia.
 It is a big change for me as I'm a real townie . The property is on the top of a crest and overlooks AMAZING views, but the inside of the house is going to be a long term project,
and doesn't have the storage for all my treasures .

So I will have lots to show you as we progress...good lord.... the light fittings and the colour of the walls...ARRGGGHHH
The garden is half an acre so we are going to have chooks, and we are going to expand the already espaliered fruit trees and include berries and veg. 
Mr VL is in heaven as he has bought from the owners a ride on John Deere mower for the huge expanse of lawns. He is dying to start landscaping with autumn trees, pink roses and wisteria around the back
deck. He's hoping to make the garden a real showpiece as landscaping is his profession.
The front has the biggest gum tree in the universe with a  bird nesting box, but we can't wait to pull out those scraggy roses along the front verandah
These are a few pics from the previous owners real estate advert.They were taken in summer,so the hills view in our backyard would now be green.

The garden drops down beyond the flagpole, to an orchard and a back gate that meanders to the town oval 
We move on Aug 2 !

Linking up with :

A Treasured Past

Apron Thrift Girl 
The Dedicated House
A Living Space
Knick of Time
French Country Cottage
Ivy and Elephants
Common Ground
The Colorado Lady
Shabby Art Boutique
The Thrifty Groove
Chic on a Shoestring
Old Time Farmhouse
Country Farm Home
My Romantic Home
Sir thrift-a-lot
Rose Vignettes
Rooted in Thyme
My Charmed Home
Blackbird Has Spoken
Elizabeth & Co


  1. The Salvo's manager here in town does the same. I dread going up to the counter to pay if she's at the till.
    The milk glass is very pretty, and a new RM Williams shirt, what a find, they last forever.
    And your new home is stunning.

  2. Congratulations on the purchase of your new home, it's lovely. I'm a country girl so am quite envious of your more rural outlook now. Wishing you all the best with the packing up and move. I'm sure in time you will adapt to a quieter lifestyle and environment, it really is quite peaceful. Looking forward to seeing your updates as you redecorate and make improvements.
    Anne xx

  3. Thank you Anne, I'm going to miss my beautiful home but it will be such a relief to be mortgage free

  4. What great news, can't wait to see more.

  5. Wow - your new place is beautiful already - and sounds like it's going to be even more so with all your ideas! Glad you found somewhere so lovely. It's going to be a great project. x

  6. Holy goodness is this property out of this world! This would be a dream for my family to have this much beautiful land for gardens! Oh my...I can't wait to see more!!!

    1. Thanks Nicole! Hubby wants to make it a showpiece garden in the next 12 months

  7. oh congrats on the new digs!. it looks lovely, cant wait to see what you do with her. ride on mowers are the best!...whats going up the flag pole?...a flag of vintage linens I hope!! xx

  8. I know ....I know.....a flagpole.....what I've always wanted :-)

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    1. Thankyou will be great to be mortgage free

  10. Gorgeous! What a view! And the exterior is so charming. That's the way to go mortgage-free and fix it the way you want it. Congratulations!

  11. What a pretty house, and an absolutely idyllic setting. Congratulations to you!

  12. I really like that clock. What a beautiful view you have! Lucky you! -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

  13. Wonderful finds thrifting with the milk glass a favorite. So enjoyed seeing your beautiful photos of your new home.

    Sue CollectInTexasGal~Today's Post~
    With This Ring

  14. Congratulations on the purchase of your new home! It's beautiful! Can't wait to see the changes you make after you move in!

    Love that vintage milk glass and that clock is amazing!

    1. There sure is going to be plenty of projects to talk about Alison

  15. The new home is lovely outside and the views are gorgeous! It might be a project but just think how wonderful it will be when it's done to your tastes! Love the milk glass compote! Thanks for joining TTF this week.


  16. Congrats on the new home! Love your finds. Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Pop on in and grab a feature button for your blog. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. Oh, Meg....what gorgeous views! So sad to hear that you won't have room for everything. What are you going to do?

    Have a lovely week,


    1. We have a small amount of money left to put in some wardrobes in 2 bedrooms ...but the kitchen well I'm not sure when we can change it. Hopefully we can stretch to built in bookcases in the living room- for my vintage globes and books!

  18. looks very pretty on the outside!

    1. Hopefully one day the inside will too!

  19. Congratulations on the new home Meg. It's always an adventure trying to fit your life into a new abode. Things are never really quite the right size or shape for the furniture you already own. I think the thrift stores here have started getting a bit cheeky with their prices. It is a charity shop after all and not meant to be retail prices. I walk out empty handed more often these days :(
    Thank you for linking up at Shabbilicious Friday.

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