I've stumbled across a group called Flea Market Finds where bloggers share what they have found in op shops and second hand stores etc etc. Someone else's junk is always someone else's treasure. During my lunchhour I have an op shop and a second hand store I visit regularly. On the odd weekend I visit Petone where there are several op shops within a short walking distance. What do I look for - cotton shirts to make quilts, doillies, carlton ware, buttons - I love old buttons, etc etc etc.
Here's the site if you want to have a look -http://herlibraryadventures.blogspot.com/search/label/Flea%20Market%20Finds
My friend Myra saw this beautiful Jones sewing machine on Trade Me last weekend and bought it for me. She already has a Jones one and I've always said it should be mine. Myra is terminally ill with cancer now and I don't want her Jones Sewing machine, I'd rather have my friend. So she bought one for me, very reasonable price. It works, has all the original tools and instruction book too.
And of course I love the crocheted sugar bowl cover with beads on. This was my Aunty Shirley's too, my grandmother also used them.
I love my treasure.