Sydney’s Best Opshop for Sewing and Craft supplies and a chance to give

I am going to share something amazing with you today, and then I am going ask for your help in return.  If you live in Sydney you will benefit the most, so please stick with me.

A highland man in traditional dress (feathered headress,  and ocre face paint with nose piercing, decorated with ore feathers, woven arm bands decorated with fresh plants,  an amazing neck peice from which is suspended a length of fur.

A highland man in traditional dress and face paint with nose piercing

What am I on about?

Well I am not known for my athleticism, but my church group is doing a Walk for Water for a remote village in the highlands of Papua New Guinea.

Gumine District is in the Simbu Province of PNG .  Gumine is a two flight from Port Moresby, and another 6 hour drive on largely dirt roads.  Our church runs a tiny health clinic there staffed by two female nurses who meet the medical needs of 14,000 locals, there simply is no development, or infrastructure in this, one of the most remote communities in the world.

The Bolkoma Clinic in Gumine (a tiny one room building) - the site of one of the water tanks.

The Bolkoma Clinic in Gumine – the site of one of the water tanks.

There is a local stream, used for washing, bathing, as a toilet etc.  It is a half a day trek to get to a clean water source.  There is no water source for the medical clinic.

A large crowd of Papua New Guineans wait patiently to see Doctors.

A big day at the clinic! The locals spread the word that doctors were coming to visit the clinic – hundreds of people turned up, walking for hours to get there.

So the funds will be used to provide a rainwater collection system and tanks, one for the clinic, and one for the church building – which will be shared, and benefit, the entire village.  The goal is $10,000 – most of which is for the cost of transporting the materials to Gumine.  If we go over that goal, the excess will be spent to support schools in PNG.

What you get: Information

I have to confess. I didn’t want to share this with the sewing community. I wanted to keep this amazing Social Enterprise to myself so I can have my pick of the amazing vintage fabric that this place is donated.

Yeah, that’s called greed isn’t it.  Not good.

Achieve is the the charity you should put in your will, to send your sewing stash to, just in case you have more fabric/patterns/wool  than you can use in one lifetime!


112 Bowden Street

Meadowbank  NSW  2114


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Wednesday 9-2

Friday 9-2

First Sunday of every month 9-2

How can you thank me?

This is such a worthy cause, one which I am proud to support.  Your contribution would be gratefully received.  It’s easy to donate and is Tax Deductible in Australia.

Isaiah 58:10
and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

Gumine Highlands, just green mountains stretching out for miles.

Gumine Highlands – note the complete lack of development.

Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

Sydney’s Best Opshop

Those of you in the know will not be surprised to hear this.  I declare Sydney’s Best Op Shop to be the wonderful Salvos at Tempe / St Peters – AKA Tempe Tip!

And those of you who might be visiting Sydney will be thrilled to learn this place is a short car ride from the Airport! And it’s just near Ikea – if that takes your fancy after your flight too!

This store never fails to disappoint in coming up with the goods – and I usually find myself gasping from how good it is at least a few times!

I fount this gorgeous “Vintage Glamourpuss” handbag. In my early days of attending the Fifites Fair, I remember seeing the maker of this great range of bags selling her wares, however they were always well out of my price range so I am just so pleased to have finally nabbed one and for just $8 – yay!

One went on Ebay recently – you might find one there

Looking for wool for winter sewing? I picked up this lovely double Faced black and grey wool it is a beautiful quality – 3 meters were $15 – there was a few on the rack – one was labelled Smouha fabrics – an exclusive fabric importer in Sydney – now defunct.

I always check out the furniture, though I am banned from bringing another stick of furniture into the house, and the lighting section.  The fifties kitchen set was about $600, the the antique chair was a steal I thought at under $200.

And remember my tip for great op shop karma – always take something to keep the awesomeness coming!



7 Bellevue Street