My miniature purchases on my trip can be grouped into the following themes:
1. Kiwi-style vintageIncluding a lovely simple 1940s-style chest of drawers and hand-embroidered cushions (from a pop-up stall at the delegates-only night), another afghan (from Jackie Smith's stall: I figure you can never have enough miniature afghans...), 3D-printed tramping boots from a seller who was sharing a table with John Duff, and whose name I have forgotten). Plus a pair of binoculars in a case, and a spare blanket and set of paper dolls from a couple of the cheapo boxes that I love rummaging in...
2. A Bach by the seaThese items were mostly cheapo-box finds. I thought the paua pieces would make great kitchen splashbacks, and the beads came from a good-sized pack that I got for $1 (because we always need more beads, right?)
The picture on the bottom row is of a well-known mural in Wellington's Marion Street, fairly close to where I used to live.
And how could I resist the afghan from Kim's Minis (see above about afghans)? Black. Daisies. Just beautiful.
3. Food glorious food
And such good prices (even without factoring the exchange rate).
4. Weird and wonderfulBecause everyone needs a one-twelfth scale bookpress,
and magpies, right?
5. Cheap and cheerful
A range of furniture and pieces picked up from various de-stashes and cheapo bins. Total cost for everything pictured: $26.
I was excited to find some bargains here, too. The Easy Cutter has been on my list for a while, so I was happy to spot a second hand one with a spare blade for $20. The 12-volt transformer was $5 (Can you believe I didn't have one already?)
The only problem was that, after I bought them, I remembered I was overseas and needed to fit within the weight limits for my flights home!
The lights were $4 or $5 each, and the tweezers a couple of dollars each (I keep losing mine, so I figured I should buy a stash to keep in various places...)
7. A very small dollshouse
From Jewel Lewis's stall. I love her work.
8. Not really miniatures
Because I'm always on the lookout for things I can use in scenes: even if they're supposed to be cards, magnets or bookmarks in real life...