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I’m slowly working towards some simplicity within the home, but hey! It’s a lot of hard work!

I love having a go at growing my own veges and always use herbs fresh from my garden. I try to plant from seed whenever I can and have learnt to save and share my own seed for the following year. I make Award Winning preserves and pickles; and my husband brews Award Winning boutique beers as well. I love to stockpile and try to limit quick trips to the shops. I dabble in bread making and enjoy making my own stocks too.

I enjoy feeding my family good hearty meals, nothing like those tiny restaurant stacks you have to look for on the plate. My husband maintains our vehicles and machinery and we both enjoy fabricating on a small scale mostly relying on metal & timber recyclers for any materials needed.

While I don’t always have time to reply to comments, I love reading them. I hope you enjoy your stay and I hope you learn something new because I love sharing what I learn, and I'm always looking for another new skill myself.


Friday, May 6, 2011

The best antique store ever

Recently Rhonda from Down to Earth wrote about her travels and visiting a huge Antique Store in Berrima; with her sister. They had found a lovely antique store called Peppergreen Antiques.
Upon seeing the lovely photos of the displays...I just had to find more information....
It turns out the store is only 1 hour from where I live....and only 25 minutes from my cousin in Bundanoon...Perfect...I had already made plans to get my Fowlers Bottling outfit back off my cousin Maree...and this was a perfect excuse for me to go get it...I would be able to spend the day with Maree and her family....pick up my bottling outfit, AND visit that Antique Store.

When I walked into the store, it literally took my breath away...you see; I have a passion for all things old....and although I don't have a huge collection, I do have a working collection about my home...some either directly from my Nan or my mother....and some from stores, reminding me of my Nan's things....

I spend a whole lot of time hunting through Op-shops for the things I want, and to see sometimes hundreds of the one item....sure is a moment to take in....and it's like this all throughout the store. I must have been speechless for at least the first room, as I studied each area with a close eye. I didn't want to miss anything.

I couldn't decide which photos to share with you all, so here they are........

Lots of medical related items in this cabinet 
My mother has a baby bottle like these ones on the top shelf....
these ones are half the size though.

Everything was on equally antique displays including this old sulky carriage...


Dining room table items and some cooking utensils

Baking items, I love the range of old bread tins.

Buttons and loose cutlery

Quilts and linen

Hat pins and Chenille bedspreads in the background 

Hand quilted bedspreads

Knitting needles all displayed in vintage steel buckets
and knitting pattern books below them

Tea-cups, jugs, crystal and more

Inside the toy cabinet, a meccano set...
same as the one we had when we were children

More Meccano

Stoneware and Enamel kitchen items
If your ever in the Berrima/Mittagong area, I urge you to go visit this lovely store....I had no idea that it was there, and if Rhonda hadn't written about it, I may never have known...

Most of the prices are far too expensive for my budget, but when you come across something you have been looking for for many years....even on the internet.....
I found a Cheese Trier in amongst the apple corers..and asked the lady if it was in the right spot, if not, where are the collection of them to look through......The staff ladies told me that that is the only one ever to come through the store, and it had been there for a few weeks now......Yes they do lay-buy...I asked specifically for this lay-buy because of the Cheese Trier.
I weighed up the reasons I needed that Cheese Trier and how rare they were, and how far away the store was to make payments......and I decided it would be beneficial to buy it there and then.....
I understand that this is a huge outlay for my budget, but sometimes you just have to think things through and go for it.....
I went for it! I would have kicked myself that night; had I left it behind in the store....and would have to make another trip....

Here is my new Cheese Tryer tool....I wonder what kinds of cheeses were tried, where the cheese was made, and if it was a local cheese maker.

I have to finish this post by telling you how lovely the staff are who work there....I had a lovely chat with them when I asked permission to take photos in and around the store....They appreciated my asking permission.....and I also mentioned Rhonda's visit, which they remembered easily....

What a lovely store, if you live near the area, it's certainly worth the visit, and for the ones who live interstate and overseas, I sure hope you get to visit a similar store somewhere close to where you live.


  1. I would say it is a bit of a distance form me.....
    Thank you for bringing such a lovely store to my eyes. I love it.

  2. Oh I'd LOVE to see that store in person!!!! So fun and so many treasures :)
    Enjoy your cheese trier!

  3. Wow this looks like a fantastic store... Im def going there next time i go up to the southern highlands.

  4. that would be my dream to travel around Australia and stop at the Antique shops along the way.


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