Before we planned our holiday.
We asked everyone what they would like to do.
Zara and Elsa- Op Shops and the movies.
Liddy- bush walks and a cake every day
Tildy- playgrounds and ice cream
A pretty achievable list.
We have done a bush walk.
Today, it was the Twins turn.
I had purchased this book before we left and Zara is adding any new ones we find to it.
We spent the night at Hamilton so that was first on our list.
The Lifeline store, 45 Brown Street, Hamilton.
A tiny little shop with that 'Op Shop' smell.
Pretty standard 'old' stuff, a mix of clothing, books, toys and ornaments.
Hugo picked up some brand new work gear. Two pairs of overalls, work trousers and shorts.
And a new scarf, and a few books. $3o
Jed found a mohair scarf. $2
Tildy bought a china reindeer, for Nan, for 50c
Liddy ferreted out some china treasures, and a painted wooden box, for Nan. $2
And a ceramic turtle 50c
I bought this beautiful jug, for me, $2
Zara bought a dress, $6
Elsa, a sweet little sterling silver pendant, $1.50
Next up, the Salvo's, Gray Street.
This was pretty pricey and not that friendly.
Although Hugo picked up a cashmere scarf for $1.50!
Seriously, real cashmere.
And Liddy found a Emu egg. $2
I just hope it makes it home.
Zara hit the dress rack, $15
and another, $15
And something to pop over her swimmers, $4
Next up, across the road, The Argyle
Not such a good clothes selection, but great books.
Our personal favourite was next, St Vinnies.
Nice and clean and very spacious.
I bought a pretty little sweet bowl. 50c
Hugo found a few more books, I grabbed a classic Kwik Sew pattern. 50c a pop!
I also found a vintage wrap dress pattern, Tildy a wonderful, water filled bouncy ball.
Lidia found an amazing science activity book, brand new!
All 50c each!
And the buy of the trip (so far) Elsa found a beautiful suede and lambskin vintage shearing coat. Leather toggle buttons, suede button holes.
It fit her like it had been made for her. $80
The friendliest Op Shop in Hamilton was the WDHS.
I picked up some sweet little pieces of china. 50c a piece.
The prettiest shade of blue.
And I bought a beanie for the baby, new and hand kitted, pure wool,$2
After Hamilton, we headed for Lorne.
Liddy is seriously getting into this!
I found a brand new hand knitted woollen baby sweater, $2!
And Elsa a new, hand knitted alpaca beanie, $2
Finally, the last shop of the day.
We snuck in with five minutes to spare.
Vintage pattern bundle, $1 for the lot!
Elsa found a little black satin number, but popped it back, at the last minute.
She has good control.
It was getting late by then and the Op Shops at Colac would have been closed.
So we headed for Lorne.
I must mention, Hugo has done all the driving, including hair pin turns, narrow roads, skippy's and drizzle. He is doing an awesome job.
Today, Day 3, we stayed in our gorgeous apartment in Lorne, I slept and slept, Jed and the Littles hit the playgrounds, The Twins hit the boutiques and coffee shops, and Hugo studied (it has to be done).
Tomorrow, Jed and the Fab Five do the Otways experience but I am struggling a little with all the walking so I shall stay home and rest.
(But we have 6 months to do the walking tour)