Sunday, June 29, 2008

This is... My Best Op-Shop Find(s)

I love a good op-shop. There's nothing better on a lazy weekend than browsing through a few. My favourite finds back home are some fabulous outfits for retro parties.

Japan doesn't do op-shops the same as they do back home, they only have a few second-hand bookshops, a few for home wares and rarely for clothes. But... they do have second-hand kimono shops, so I bet you can guess where I go!

Here are a couple of my favourite finds

A kimono, of course, this one an uchikake wedding kimono with my favourite motif, the crane. The table was also a great find. It's called a kotatsu. It has two table tops and a heater built underneath. The blanket is sandwiched between the table tops, and then you sit with your legs under the blanket, warmed by the heater. It's absolute heaven in winter. There's where a lot of my crafting, reading and of course eating gets done during the cold months.

It's summer here now though, so the blankets have been put away. Actually, I have to confess, my apartment no longer looks so zen, it's now become more of a kimono warehouse than a living space. Buy hey, what's a girl to do?

Thank you to Lino Forest for this week's This is… theme, hosted by the fabulous Angela.

19 comments:

Nikki said...

OOOH... on a cold winter night in Melbourne, that table looks like the place to be!!!

Leni & Rose said...

Wow, gorgeous kimono! And we're so needing a kotatsu right now, it's windy and cold in Melb at the moment!

AnastasiaC said...

th kimino is stunning and what a neat idea with that table - id love one of those right now...my feet are frozen here in my lonely study!!

emma said...

Wow that kimono is beautiful!

And one of those toasty little tables would be so good right now in the Melbourne winter, I'm so cold!

CurlyPops said...

The kimono is amazing...I wonder if you could send over the blankie with heater for my couch?

Sherrin said...

wow that's gorgeous!!!

Teesa said...

That kimono is beautiful! I've always love the idea of those tables. ^_^

Bird Bath said...

wow, what an interesting table! It would be just perfect for our wintery pea&ham soup supper.
White cranes are very elegant imo, gorgeous kimino.

Kirsty said...

I love the idea of the blanket!

Lark said...

Oh wow, it's great to see something different! Lucky you!

danica said...

This is fabulous and so unique too :)

Hila said...

I love all the red - something about that colour really appeals to me :)

flossy-p said...

SEE, now that's something Australia doesn't have! Make the most of it... lucky you.

mill said...

Wow, second hand kimono shops?!? I would love to browse one of those. And that table/heater/blanket combination - you have no idea how much I would like to have dinner on one of those (it was cold last night!) In fact, it looks more cosy than my bed!

Sasparilla Sue said...

Hmmm makes you wonder who gave away that beautiful kimono. It's, well, stunning is really the best word, beautiful doesn't really cut it.

Danielle said...

A heater and table in one!! That's fantastic for a Melbourne Winter. And the kimono is beautiful. I've never seen one like that before.

BigCat said...

That really is an amazing concept.

I love the kimono too.

one little acorn said...

That's a beautiful kimono. Such a gorgeous colour. Great find!

Juddie said...

I really miss having a kotatsu! Melbourne is pretty gray and chilly at the moment and I would love to snuggle under the heated blankets....

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