was spent visiting as many of the 857 op-shops in Victoria, Australia as I could. I made it to 850 and will make it back to the other 7 next year, by which time I’m sure more will have opened and some will have closed. It was quite a trip, covering 30,195 kilometres via 71 outings and 441 towns, staying in various motels, making wonderful new friends, spending $4680 on 1426 items at such a variety of charity stores. In all, I found 245 blankets this year, bringing my collection up to 360.
Continuing at a slower pace with 2 amazing trips to beautiful Tasmania, I made it to 90 op-shops there - 6 more to go to, maybe I'll
get back one day. Much time was spent sorting the collection, choosing which to keep, sew, sell, gift, donate (the incredible homeless support group all 300Blankets). And I did make it to the last 7 op-shops in Victoria that I missed last year, very satisfying.
After 10+ years of collecting vintage Australian blankets the time has come! The beautiful National Wool Museum in Geelong, Victoria has purchased most of the collection and I'm so delighted and honoured that this is where these pieces of history will now reside. The collection will be part of a 'Necessity' exhibition in July, maybe I'll see you there. It's the end of an era for me, this project has been a massive part of my life and I've absolutely loved it. Thank you from the bottom of my heart to the very many lovely people that have been along for the ride, the new friendships, the support and all the love, it wouldn't have been the same without you. Till the next project ... byeeee! Ramona xx
Well there will be no op-shopping with Covid-19 and my heart goes out to those many support services that rely on the funds generated by thousands of op-shops and their tireless volunteers around the country. Stay safe everyone, look after each other don't touch your face!
The guest bedroom has been refurbished to a kind of 1950s blanket merchandising showroom with some wonderful original Laconia signage, framed blanket advertisements from various woollen mills between 1945 to 1969. The room is super cosy and definitely a soft place to land. It used to be affectionately called 'Little Room' but of course is now 'Blanket Room’.
was fun upcycling and sewing whole blankets into sets of lap blankets & cushions, I’m getting stricter with the blankets I let myself keep and the collection is now down to about 150, spread over military, chequered, pastels and striped blankets. I still absolutely adore old Australian blankets and sharing the love with other blankety minded people out there, of which, wonderfully, there are many. The friendships I've made through this project have been so surprising, heartfelt and enriching, I've been very lucky.
Finally made it to the ACT. A bit of a 3 day whirlwind but got to 31 out of the 32 op-shops I could find out about. Picked up 6 blankets and a few other treasures, caught up with some long lost friends and discovered a bit more of kooky Canberra. The blanket collection has creeped up to over 200 again so 2019 will involve some culling and maybe some additions to www.etsy.com/au/shop/BlanketFever.