The Treasures of Garfield

Time is speeding up, isn’t it?  Everyone else got the memo but mine must have gone straight to spam because I was completely unprepared for the last fortnight to disappear without notice.  What even happened?  What did I do?  All I can really remember is the last weekend because on Saturday, my band finally held the dinner dance for which we’ve spent half a year rehearsing and on Sunday, the Chef and I went on a little adventure for the first time in ages.

Our destination: Garfield, which is somewhat of an improvement on its original name of Cannibal Creek.  Even though I would happily head to a small town in the country for no reason whatsoever, this time I had a purpose and it came in the form of the Garfield Heritage Winterfest Antiques Market.  Oh, and an op shop in town that was opening on the Sunday, too.

Did I find a treasure or two?  Of course I did!  The market was a little smaller than I was anticipating but I still managed to point out some very old packets of darts to the Chef and score myself a fold-out sewing basket.  My best find was this:

Garfield 04

I hadn’t even heard of Enid Gilchrist until the last month or so but ever since I started learning about her, I’ve wanted to get my hands on some of her books.  They’ll cost you around ten or twelve dollars on eBay or Etsy, so I was rather excited when the lady running the stall told me all the ‘magazines’ were one dollar each.  Unfortunately, all of the others were for children’s clothes, which seem to constitute around ninety-five percent of Enid’s publications, so I only ended up with this one but I was rather happy with it nonetheless.

My favourite part of that cover is the creepy-looking boy in the background. I can just imagine one of the girls whispering through her smile: “Margaret, can’t you tell your brother to get off the fence and stop looking at us?  I swear I can feel his eyes through the back of my head.”  The poor kid probably got roped in because someone finally noticed the book was meant to be for boys as well and he just happened to be nearby.

Our next stop was the op shop in town and I’m tempted to say it was even better than the market.  It was packed full of people, to the delight of the ladies running the place.  Country op shops are always my favourite and not just because they tend to sell lemons at the counter.  This is what I took home with me:

The black and white Simplicity pencil skirt is probably one of the oldest patterns I've found so far.
Every home needs a copy of the Australian Women's Weekly Original Cookbook. The 'GULF' cook book is a fantastic compilation of recipes by local ladies and includes a recipe for a snack known only as 'munchies'.
Just what every brother and sister want: matching jumpers with horses' heads on them. I have a feeling this book might show up on a Take Me Back Tuesday eventually.

We also found a book entitled Cooking with Eggs for my sister-in-law, who is currently in the process of accumulating every cookbook ever.  Oh, and we picked up a couple of lemons for good measure.

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alecia 10th August 2015 - 9:56 pm

You picked up a couple of gems! I really want to get my hands on one of the enid gilchrist books!

Katie Writes Stuff 10th August 2015 - 10:17 pm

It was a rather successful adventure, all told. I was so excited to find an Enid Gilchrist book at such a bargain price! Good things might come to those who wait, but they certainly come to those who hunt for them in unexpected places. Good luck with your own hunt – hopefully you’ll find something soon.

Trey 11th August 2015 - 1:03 am

Yes, please do some more from the book in the last picture. I was eerily drawn to its cover for some reason… Maybe it’s because they look like a pair of really, really awful superheroes.

Susie: “Tommy! The bomb is about to go off! How long have we got?”
Tommy: *clomp* *clomp* *clomp*

Katie Writes Stuff 11th August 2015 - 8:13 am

Haha! The whole book is like that – just packed full of dynamic duos in hand-knitted jumpers.

Linda of Nice dress! Thanks, I made it!! 13th August 2015 - 6:56 am

Very cool! Again you are lucky!

Katie Writes Stuff 13th August 2015 - 12:32 pm

Indeed I am – and I’m very grateful for it. 🙂


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