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July 17, 2017 / diannegray

Life in threes

When I visit my local op shop I’m always on the lookout for things that come in threes. I wasn’t always this way, but kitschy things from the ‘60s and ‘70s seem to come in sets so I’ve kind of fallen back into the trend.

Here are some of my threesomes (ok – not a great word for this family-style blog, but it’ll do).

Budgies on branchMy latest acquisition – three budgies on a piece of wood

Flying ducksThree  flying ducks on a part of the unfinished kitchen wall. They have fallen off a few times and broken, so I just keep sticking them back together again!

Happy ElephantsThree happy elephants

Salt, pepper and toothpickSalt, pepper and toothpick thingy

Kitten angelsThree kitten angels that came out a bit blurry in this shot.

Three jarsThree jar things and I have no idea what to do with them – other than let them sit on a shelf

Graciela Rodo Boulanger _ Holiday on WheelsGraciela Rodo Boulanger _ Holiday on Wheels
I bought this at the op shop for $10 because I liked the three ladies on pushbikes. But once I got it home and took a good look at it I realised it’s probably worth a whole lot more than I paid for it. It was framed in the 70s and I need to have it appraised to keep my mind at ease that it’s not an original (or I’ll have to add it to my home contents insurance!) 😀

***Have a great week with all good luck coming in threes!***


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  1. Andrea Stephenson / Jul 17 2017 7:04 am

    Things always look better in threes! You have some lovely, quirky threesomes here 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 8:47 am

      Thanks Andrea – I have some very quirky things hanging around the RUC and I just love them 🙂

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  2. Jill Weatherholt / Jul 17 2017 7:17 am

    I immediately thought of the rule of three in writing, Dianne. 🙂 I love the elephants!


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 8:49 am

      Oh yes, Jill! So true. When I was writing this post I looked up the number three and there were pages of facts (too much to add in here). It’s a wonderful number 😉

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  3. EllaDee's / Jul 17 2017 7:48 am

    You op-shop finds are fantastic. It’s a fun hobby. They say that once you have three of something it’s a collection. So you have a collection of collections!
    My recent Tafe assignment required multiple descriptors for sets of three… the thesaurus got a work-out but I managed to avoid three-some -because it was for a theoretical client- although it would’ve got a laugh ☺


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 8:50 am

      A collection of collections – what a great comment. I love it. And I know you love op shops as well – they are our secret treasure trove xxxx

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  4. Fenraven / Jul 17 2017 8:04 am

    Lots of fun, all of your threesomes. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 8:51 am

      Glad you like them, Fen and I hope you’re doing well 😉


  5. gina drellack / Jul 17 2017 8:39 am

    Perhaps a single flower in each of your three vases will be a nice temporary option? 🙂

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  6. Minuscule Moments / Jul 17 2017 8:52 am

    Oh Dianne such fun it is looking through opp shops and vintage shops, my husband knows what I like and will often come back with some little gem for me. I love your collection he brought me home an ornate metal teapot the other day he paid $1 and was very chuffed with his purchase. You can find such treasures among someone else’s trash.


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 2:00 pm

      I love the sound of that teapot, Kath! How lovely that your hubby knows what you like – he’s a treasure! xxx

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  7. Gallivanta / Jul 17 2017 9:51 am

    I love your collections……..and I am forever sad that my mother dispensed with the 3 ducks she had on the dining room wall. Do you have the 3 monkeys? ( or is that one kitsch step too far 😀 )


  8. Gallivanta / Jul 17 2017 9:52 am

    Looks like you have some beautiful display shelves.

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    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 2:03 pm

      The display shelves came from the trophy cabinets that came with the RUC. They were the top part that we removed (because they looked a little silly in a normal ‘house’) and we used them to build shelves below the trophy cabinets – they look fantastic so I’m glad you noticed xxxx

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  9. nrhatch / Jul 17 2017 11:21 am

    Good things come in threes! I got a kick out of the trio of bikes . . . let us know if you “won the lottery” with that acquisition.


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 2:05 pm

      I’ll certainly let you know. Nancy because I’ve always been excited about people finding ‘treasures’ in places they least expect 😀


  10. Sheila Morris / Jul 17 2017 12:49 pm

    Ok, first of all, I don’t know what an op shop even is, so I am assuming it’s like an antique mall over across on the other side of the planet?
    And I just love the salt and pepper thingie!!
    Pretty would love to have that threesome…
    Have a great week, Dianne.


    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 2:10 pm

      Haaaa – you’re right about the op shop. I should have explained – it’s a place where people take their old stuff and when you buy it the money is given to a charity. It’s short for Opportunity Shop (I think) e.g. St Vincent De Paul or Salvation Army 😉 The salt and pepper thingy is one of my favourites as well xxx

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  11. JackieP / Jul 17 2017 12:49 pm

    I always try to do things in three or five. A quirk of mine. 😉 Plus it’s much more eye pleasing. I love the picture of the three ladies. 🙂

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    • diannegray / Jul 17 2017 2:11 pm

      I love that picture as well, Jackie – there’s so much movement and fun in it! xxx


  12. Carrie Rubin / Jul 17 2017 6:11 pm

    I have a set of 4 ceramic birds that sit high on a shelf in my kitchen, but every time I shut the cupboard below them too hard, the blue bird falls and another piece chips off him. So I fear soon I’ll have a set of three instead of four! 😄


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2017 7:40 am

      Mine have broken so many times that hubby keeps telling me to chuck them away but I just keep super-glueing them back together again 😀 At one stage a bird flew in the house and knocked them off the wall – ironic! 😉

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  13. Sharon Bonin-Pratt / Jul 17 2017 6:28 pm

    There’s something very appealing about things in threes. Two can be boring, but three is perfect. The Boulanger print is wonderful. If you have an original lithograph, it is certainly worth more than $10. It looks like the color may have faded so if you have it re-framed, you could consider protective glass to protect what’s left.


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2017 7:43 am

      It actually looks much lighter in the photo (I’m not a good photographer) 😀 I’ve been thinking of having it re-framed because each lithograph has a number on it that I can’t find because it’s behind the frame. I’m so glad you like it – and you’re right about the number three, it is very appealing xxxx


  14. roughwighting / Jul 17 2017 8:57 pm

    I’m guessing that there’s a mystical quality to the ‘threesome’ you have going on there. It’s a natural inclination, so it must come from a universal place. And yes, three feels and looks…comfortable. I love these objects you’ve shown us here. And that last piece of art – oh la la – I think it’s worth something, even if not in $$$ , in the expressions of the women and the aura of friendship/togetherness it evokes.


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2017 7:45 am

      Hubby was really surprised when I bought that picture because it’s nothing like the things I usually buy – but hey, I’m not one to stay the same over time 😉 I also have three children so even their photos on the wall makes things balanced 🙂


  15. anotherday2paradise / Jul 17 2017 11:27 pm

    Love all your threesomes, but especially the ‘Holiday On Wheels’. What a fun painting it is! Do let us know if does turn out to be an original. That would be really excellent value for $10. 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2017 7:47 am

      I’m so glad you like the threesomes, Sylvia. There is something kind of special and magical about that number. If the painting is worth anything, you’ll be the first to know 🙂

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  16. Janna G. Noelle / Jul 18 2017 1:49 am

    Those budgies look so life-like! That’s a great threesome.


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2017 7:48 am

      I’ve taken a very close look at the budgies and they really are so life like – it must have taken someone a long time and a really good eye to make them. I’m so glad you noticed, Janna! 🙂


  17. Jacqui Murray / Jul 18 2017 2:47 am

    I posted about the ‘three-click rule’ on my other blog, that people won’t go beyond three clicks when pursuing something online. In researching that rule, I found out that sets of three are what lots (and lots) of people like. So, you’re on to something!


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2017 7:49 am

      So good, Jacqui! I remember that post – great minds think alike xxxx


  18. Sheila / Jul 18 2017 3:08 am

    They all have such a whimsical feel to them, especially the ladies on pushbikes. I hope the creatures like them too! 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 18 2017 7:52 am

      Oh yes – the creatures love them, especially the ducks on the wall that were knocked to the ground and smashed by a wayward bird one morning. I spent the day sticking them back together 😀 I’m sure the bird was trying to get them to fly off with it!


  19. Britt Skrabanek / Jul 18 2017 12:38 pm

    You are seriously into threesomes, aren’t you? 😉

    Odd numbers and asymmetry with decor are always better. Pairs and symmetry are just too ordinary. Love the elephant trio—better hide those when I come visit you one day. I might steal them!


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2017 11:09 am

      Haaaa – yes, those elephant are very cute, Britt! I had a big giggle over your comment about being seriously into threesomes 😀


  20. Charissa / Jul 19 2017 12:16 am

    Love that bike pic. I’m a sucker for bike art.


    • diannegray / Jul 19 2017 11:10 am

      It’s just got such a beautiful feel about it – she certainly is a very talented artist 😉

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  21. Kate Johnston / Jul 20 2017 8:51 pm

    I like things in threes, also! I like odd numbers in general. Love your collection–especially those sweet elephants!


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2017 10:27 am

      The elephants certainly are very cute, Kate 🙂


  22. cocoaupnorth / Jul 21 2017 5:17 pm

    Your threesomes are stunning, especially love those cycling ladies.😊


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2017 10:28 am

      Oh I couldn’t resist that picture when I saw it – great minds think alike, Cocoa 🙂


  23. ParentingIsFunny / Jul 23 2017 12:16 pm

    Oooh, fascinating. Keep us posted on what you find out about that painting. Toothpick thing–love your technical word for that. 😉


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2017 10:34 am

      Oh – thank you for dropping by and CONGRATULATIONS again on the arrival of the new little cutie xxxxx

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  24. restlessjo / Jul 23 2017 3:55 pm

    Love the tangled together ladies and the adorable elephants. Happy Sunday, Dianne 🙂 🙂


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2017 10:37 am

      Happy days to you, Jo. I’m so glad you like my ‘threes’ 🙂 🙂 🙂

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  25. the eternal traveller / Jul 23 2017 11:09 pm

    My favourites are the three green jars. I love green as an accent colour.


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2017 10:39 am

      Green isn’t that easy to come by, Carol. I’m still looking for antique jars or plates to match my green kitchen windows. I think we must have similar tastes 😉

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  26. agjorgenson / Jul 24 2017 11:15 am

    I have three daughters, which I think is mighty fine!


    • diannegray / Jul 25 2017 10:40 am

      We’ll done, Allen. I also have three children so everything in this house is balanced 😉

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  27. Luanne / Jul 25 2017 8:58 am

    They do say that everything should be arranged in THREES to decorate well! Lovely little threesomes. But I had NO IDEA that it’s spelled thingy. All this time I thought it was thingie!


  28. Polysyllabic Profundities / Jul 30 2017 11:23 pm

    I love the ladies on the bicycles. What a great find!


  29. beeblu / Aug 19 2017 2:37 pm

    Those flying ducks, the height of 70s kitsch. I love them!


  30. prior.. / Nov 2 2017 6:59 pm

    Hi – the three ladies on pushbikes does look like an original – I know you are busy – but when you get a chance – let us know if you had it appraised yet….
    also – it is a fun action piece with friendship – so nice.

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  31. Smitha V / Nov 7 2020 7:50 pm

    That’s quite a collection of threes🙂. There’s something about threes. Its like a perfect number to decorate. Lovely painting and vases.


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