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One of my favourite places to shop is Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre. It can be found at 17 Bourke Road in Alexandria NSW. Wow 😳 what a fascinating place!!

Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre is a large warehouse full of different stalls of traders, hobbyists, collectors, stylists and dealers. You can spend hours at this warehouse when visiting as there is so much to see.

It is like stepping back in time. You never know what interesting and unique items you will find each time you go to shop. I will share some of my favourite finds throughout my last shopping experience.

I have been many times and I will share with you some of my divine purchases…

Mitchell Road sells everything you want AND more. They stock countless antiques and collectable finds in furniture, lighting, fashion, jewellery, fashion accessories, homewares, art, toys, music, magazines, books and other items.

Whenever you visit Mitchell Road, I guarantee that you cannot leave the warehouse without buying something. There is so much variety and so many wonderful items that you may never get the opportunity to see again. So you better start start saving (LOL).

Below is even more images, to give you an idea of what is available at this fantastic warehouse.

I hope you get to visit Mitchell Road Antique and Design Centre as it is well worth a visit. Maybe you know of another place similar, let us know! We would love to find out. Even if it’s not in NSW, Australia.

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It’s Extraordinaire…..It’s The Sydney Fair!

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to the Sydney Fair. It is Sydney’s largest antique fair. It was full of art deco, vintage and 20th century pieces for sale from over 50 dealers. It was held at Randwick Racecourse in the Kensington Room.

Standing alongside some of the fashion

There were so many amazing items. I was in awe at the rare vintage fashion, unique items and antiques!!

There was furniture, fashion, jewellery, lighting, sculpture, silver, glass, ceramics, books, prints, arts and vintage couture from all eras.

Outside the fair

I took some photos of items at the fair to share with you. Enjoy!

Signs
Jewellery
Fashion
Ornaments
Furniture
More Fashion
More furniture
Decanter
Even More Fashion
Even More Furniture

There were stalls and stalls of incredible items and well worth a look. I have been into vintage for a long time and there was some fashion I had never had the opportunity to see before this fair. There were so many rare decor and furniture items. As well as stunning artwork.

Seven news visits the fair:

https://fb.watch/5SY1L7WvGY/

The Sydney Fair is in other states of Australia. I definitely know that it is held in Melbourne, so check it out if you are in Australia, to see if it is in your state.

The Sydney Fair is the perfect opportunity to view and touch rare pieces that you have only seen in pictures,
talk to experts,
try something vintage on and take photos,
You can also buy something to wear, collect or decorate with….

It is well worth a visit.

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This Blows My Mind ……

https://www.instyle.com/hair/history-hair-dryer?crlt.pid=camp.1cWzgieTX7P2#903006

Hairdryers are important… they play an essential role in a good haircut. A hairdryer takes the moisture out of your hair and creates a natural body and shape to your hairstyle. It is essential to own a good hairdryer in order to create less frizz and a good all-over style. A good hairdryer will dispense heat more evenly and not damage your hair.

https://www.hemswell-antiques.com/antiques/vintage-upcycled-and-repurposed/vintage-bakelite-hairdryer-upcycled-lamp-74450.html

In 1890, the first hairdryer was invented by French stylist Alexander Godefroy. Now, don’t we owe him praise! His invention was very large, where you sat with a bonnet attached to a chimney pipe of a gas stove. Alexander Godefroy invented it for his own hair salon in France. Hence, it was not portable.

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

In the 1920s, hairdryers were on the market in hand-held form. They look quite heavy and only have a small nozzle so they would only dispense air to smaller areas of your hair. This would be handy for styling your hair, but meant drying your hair would take a lot longer.

https://fineartamerica.com/art/photographs/vintage+hair+dryer

In 1936, there was the multi-prong hairdryer. It was a strange looking hairdryer and appears as though aliens are probing information from our brains (LOL). But you have to admit it is rather peculiar looking?!

https://www.biegyanation.com/facts/craziest-old-hair-dryers-photos-in-history-who-invented-hair-dryer-year/

During the 1950s and 1960s, the bonnet dryer was introduced. This was where the hairdryer was in a portable box, with a tube connecting to a bonnet. This bonnet is placed on top of a persons head. This worked by giving an even amount of heat to the whole head at once. This was handy in this era – curlers were often used and once your hair was dried you would style it. Later, it became more portable and could be worn attached to your pants.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1950s there were also hairdryers on stands, which made it easier when styling your hair. This hairdryer allows the flexibility of both your hands to be free for styling while blowing. I love the look of this hairdryer.

https://wanelo.co/p/19462068/vintage-hair-dryer-1950s-chic-hair-dryer-pastel-pink-morris-struhl-inc-vintage-dryer-stand-50s-vintage-beauty-salon-working

In the 1960s and 1970s, there was the home portable salonette hairdryer. This was handy for fast drying and it’s compact size. It allowed you to sit, dry & style your hair like in the salons, but in a compact size for your home.

https://clickamericana.com/topics/beauty-fashion/dry-vintage-home-hair-dryers-1960s-1970s

In the 1960s, there were also home salon stand hairdryers. These were a great way to set your hair with rollers, then style your hair. They were not compact like the above options, but if you had the room in your house these were the more expensive alternative that gave better results.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/373869206542860279/

The 1970s hairdryers are not too different to todays hairdryers, just a bit heavier in comparison. They were basic and just came with a nozzle attachment for styling.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/615786428/1970s-vintage-hair-dryer-blo-styler-by?epik=dj0yJnU9a3Zac2d1aUxldmRta0hDQjZPZEZDaUc1dnBKUHVTeHUmcD0wJm49cHpRSlprX3IwU1o0VXFrN0JuVnlMQSZ0PUFBQUFBR0NIY1ZZ

In the 1980s, hairdryers came with more accessories than just nozzles… the diffuser! Diffusers became a big hit as they helped your hair to look fuller and enhanced your curls. And as we know, the 1980s hairstyles became much bigger than ever before! The motto with hair was “the bigger, the better” (LOL), hence the trend towards diffusers.

https://beautychattette.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/how-to-do-80s-hair-make-up-and-dress-up-for-a-party/5-22/

In the 1990s, the trend in hairdryers was the smaller, the better. As with many other electrical items, trends have gone from big and bulky to small … and now back to bigger!

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g25311921/90s-hair-tools/

Today, most hairdryers are the same. They are lightweight, portable and easily functional. They can come with a few different attachments for styling, as well. Another difference from earlier models being that we have the option of the cool setting. Many hairdressers, and people, prefer using cooler settings to avoid damaging your hair.

https://www.amazon.com/Professional-Negative-Infrared-Diffuser-Concentrator/dp/B07DDDBW3B

Many people like to collect vintage hairdryers as they are quirky and are a good representation of the retro life. I have collected a few hairdryers over the years and I thought I would share them with you:

My GE Salonette Portable Hairdryer
My Bonnet Hairdryer
My 1970s CMB Salon Stand Hairdryer
My 50s-60s Pink Ronson Stand Hair Dryer

What do you think of the varying hairdryers over time? Its interesting that there hasn’t been too much change since the 1970s when compared to earlier models. Do you collect vintage hairdryers? I would love to see your collection.

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So Bright, So Light and You Seal It Tight…….Gayware!

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Gayware advertisements

In the kitchen…

Retro canisters can really brighten up your kitchen! Canisters, such as Gayware, are not sealed tight and so should not be used to keep things fresh over long periods of time. But they are handy for things when clipped closed in their packaging like biscuits, cereals, flour, pasta, lollies, bread, nuts, herbs, etc… The older enamel canisters, such as the ones pictured below with green writing, are heavier and do seal a bit better, though not suction sealed.

There is a wide range of brands and styles to choose in retro canisters. My favourites are Gayware as I love the look of the colour choices and the lettering, as they really pop on my kitchen shelves. What is your favourite?

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Also, without their lids, the larger ones are handy for holding your kitchen utensils if you leave them displayed on your bench. Then this allows for easily accessing your utensils while you cook. I love it as it makes time in the kitchen quick and easy. I am by no means a 1950s housewife! πŸ˜‰

In the bathroom…

Canisters are handy for holding perfumes, moisturisers and other skin care items. Also, they’re great for all your spare or extra items like toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, and so on. Another use is for all your first aid items like bandaids, bandages, antiseptic creams, as they are easy to grab. I have put my canisters on a little book shelf in my bathroom. It keeps everything tidy and handy and looks fantastic in my retro-inspired bathroom. As you can see I love organisation in my life and especially in my bathroom!

In the Laundry…

Retro canisters can be used for holding your washing detergent and stain remover products. They are a tidier alternative than having ugly and boring washing powder boxes on display in your retro laundry. It keeps everything handy and it’s only a matter of lifting the lid to scoop out the powder, and replace lid. How handy!

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In the bedroom…

Canisters can be used for holding your different jewellery, makeup products, brooches, hair accessories, moisturisers, vitamins, medications, keepsakes, bills, reminders, sewing items or any other small items… All those items growing in your bedside table can be organised in a tidy and fashionable way with retro canisters!

In the garden…

Canisters can be used for pot plants or holding your little gardening tools. I don’t have any in my garden yet but I found these ideas online. It has inspired me with the extra canisters I have to put them to a creative use to make some cute pot plants! I will let you know how I go in a future blog!

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Canisters in the garden

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With all this organising it is just a matter of remembering which colour canister or which letter stores which items. You could even add lettering to  the front to remember what is in the canister or leave it blank. It is up to you! The other thing to remember is if the canister has the original lettering on it. Turn it around! You don’t want a flour canister in your bathroom…  A plain canister is a better alternative.

I hope this blog has given you some inspirational ideas for the different uses of retro canisters other than in the kitchen!

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Earrings as Art

I have a creative and practical way of displaying and storing my earring collection!

I will show you the the steps of how to make this earring holder artwork. It is easy and only takes a couple of hours.

Materials you will need:

  • Picture frame
  • Fabric of your choice
  • Spray paint
  • Chicken wire
  • Small screwdriver
  • Staples
  • Staple gun
  • Hammer
  • Wire cutter
  • Pliers
  • Spray adhesive
  • Pinking shears

 

 

 

Instructions:

1. Discard the glass from your photo frame, and remove the backing board. 

2. Spray the frame in your desired colour. I chose a similar colour to the fabric I am using. Leave to dry.

3. Cut the fabric slightly bigger than the backing board using the pinking shears, which helps stop fraying. Spray the backing board with spray adhesive. Lay the fabric upon the board flat, being careful to press out any bubbles. Leave to dry for a few minutes.

4. Cut the chicken wire with the wire cutters slightly bigger than your frame.

5. Lay the chicken wire over the backing board. Using the pliers, bend the overlaying wire around the backing board pulling firmly so it remains taught. Once that is completed, I went around all the corners and edges with the hammer to flatten them to ensure they are tight. Cut off any excess wire behind the board with the wire cutters.

6. Undo the rope that holds the frame up. Just pull the staples out with your small flat screw driver on one side only. Now you are ready to place the backing board back into frame. It will be a tight fit, so do one side at a time.

7.. Then re-staple your rope for hanging with the staple gun.

8. Cut off any excess fabric or wire. Your earring artwork is ready to hang your earrings on.

I hope this inspires you to make your own earring holder. Send me photos of your finished artwork. I would love to see it!

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Round She Goes Fashion Market

Last weekend I went to my absolute favourite vintage market at Marrickville Town Hall… Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market.

Marrickville Town Hall

It is only $2 for entry and there are 60 women’s vintage fashion stalls to shop in. There are so many really great buys! The market is held in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.

Inside the Sydney Market

I bought so many great buys, and my daughter and friend did too. It is a really great day for vintage shopping.

I purchased a lucite handbag, black go-go boots, retro dress and yellow petticoat

My daughter purchased 3 vintage dresses, 2 pairs of retro pants, 2 funky earrings, and a retro Western shirt

My friend got a jumper, retro bag and top and a crop leopard print jacket.

As you can see, we all did really well with all our purchases and we didn’t have to spend a fortune either! It is really a great market to find some excellent and rare items at excellent prices.

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The next Round She Goes Vintage Fashion Market is on again at Marrickville Town Hall on Saturday 20th October. It is really one of the best vintage fashion markets that we have ever been to. Some really excellent and rare items are waiting to be found and at excellent prices. If you love vintage fashion shopping then you really shouldn’t miss it. I know that I will be there.

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How to Create a Retro Bedroom

Bedroom decor has changed over the decades. I love the look of mixing retro items with some modern day necessities, while keeping the retro feel to my decor.

Below are some examples of bedrooms through the decades to use as an influence.

1950s style bedroom

1960s style bedroom

1970s Style lBedroom

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For my room I have decorated it in a vintage inspired retro style.

JH Lynch & Johnny Cash artwork & 50s wall vases & retro ornaments

50s bedroom chair that I covered in retro fabric and left the grey fabric on the skirts, flamingo light & retro style mirror

Some retro ornaments on shelves that we made by cutting into the wall

My moulin rouge style bedroom light on a hat box that I made into a bed side table by adding retro furniture legs, sourpuss tattoo print umbrella, sourpuss pillows & Sailor Jerry tattoo print quilt that I made by sewing the fabric to the centre of a black quilt (and my cat 🐱)

Vintage suitcase set stacked up which is useful for extra storage, vintage hairdryer, vintage sewing mannequin, Jolley Big eye prints, and reproduction circle shelves, retro style matching frames that I placed Marilyn Monroe movie posters in, which I purchased as an old movie poster book from a Salvos store.

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For my daughters room, she wanted it decorated in a retro tiki vibe.

The quilt is a modern tropical theme with flamingos, palm trees and pineapples

I accentuated this peacock chair by painting it white then added flowers to go with the bedroom theme

Pops of colour through the room add the the look. I made an old suitcase into a bedside table by painting it and adding retro wooden table legs

More pops of colour

A round beveled edge vintage mirror, flamingo, tropical print & surfboard, bamboo tree and more colour add to the theme

A Cuban print and Barsony lampshade and to the accessories of the room

And a retro tiki room would not be complete without a kitch hula doll

Coconut containers with flowers attached, that I found in a St Vinnies store are handy containers for hair ties and clips

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There are many options for creating a vintage bedroom. Here are some ideas for that retro feel:

  1. Use vintage lighting
  2. Use vintage textures and patterns
  3. Do a feature wall in retro wallpaper
  4. Get your hands on vintage artwork or prints and place in vintage frames
  5. If you don’t have a vintage style bed then make a statement bed head
  6. Add an ornate vintage mirror
  7. Buy some vintage furniture
  8. Get some vintage ornaments
  9. Get some vintage Manchester or create your own in a vintage style using florals, gingham or retro fabrics

Whatever retro style that you go for in your bedroom, you have endless options in creating it. I hope I have inspired you! Have fun creating!!

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One Persons Trash is another Persons Treasure

In Australia we have a lot of charity organisations. These organisations accept all our unwanted goods that are still in good condition, such as clothes, linen, kitchenware, toys, electrical, home furnishings and decor.

Charity Bins

They are also a great place to shop for rare and sometimes valuable vintage and retro items. The added bonus is the money you spend helps the charity and you are being sustainable. Some examples of charity stores include St Vinnies, Salvation Army, The Smith Family, Red Cross, Lifeline, Anglicare and The Cat Protection Society of NSW.

Charity Shop

You can find your nearest charity shop on this link:

http://opshop.org/list/NSW/

https://salvos.org.au/

https://www.vinnies.org.au/

https://www.redcross.org.au/

Over the years I have found some really great items in charity stores. I love the hunt to find something rare that I love. Here are some examples of my favourite finds.

Clothing – top left: gingham top, right: crimson leather coat, bottom left: vintage faux leopard fur pants, right: denim jacket

Clothing – top left: blue 50s dress, right: vintage Spanish dress, bottom left: pop art sunglasses cardigan, right: gingham dress

Clothing – all images: my collection of vintage coats

Vintage Handbags

Vintage Hairdryers

Canisters: top: ginger bread man, bottom: large cup cake

Kitchen items- left: vintage enamel pots, top right: vintage enamel canisters, bottom right: retro gay ware canisters

Vintage Mirrors

Furniture – top: vintage bedroom stool, bottom: vintage suitcase ( I made this suitcase into a bedside table)

Retro Vases and bottom right are 50s wall vases

Items- Top: Ponds retro soap ads, bottom left: flying wall ducks, right: chef chalk board

Items- top left: clock, right: jukebox, bottom left: bedroom doll, right: hula dollΒ 

Bathroom- top left: water urn bath, right: brush and mirror set, bottom left: 50s wall soap holder, right: fish light

Ornaments- top left: pink ceramics, right: black cat set, bottom left: retro ashtrays

Wall ornaments – top: wall mermaids, bottom left: cast iron anchor, right: Β flying elephant

Christmas Vintage Blow Mould

Idylle Jolylle, big eye artwork from the 70s

Do you love to hunt for vintage items? Have you been to a charity store? What have you found in your favourite charity store? I would love to see, send me photos.

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Blow Up Your Life

For so long now I have been trying to get my hands on a 1960s inflatable terrarium footstool…. Finally I did, at the bargain price of $60 on Facebook! So many that I have seen on the internet go for around the price $250, so finding this one at a fantastic price and in such great condition, I jumped at the chance.

My new 60s Inflatable Terrarium Footstool

The vintage inflatable footstool dates from the 1960s and has unique, clear plastic sides to reveal fake grass, flowers and leaves. It has a vinyl top and wooden and metal legs. The blow up nozzle at the bottom keeps it inflated. I think it is a stand out piece! Unfortunately though, there doesn’t appear to be any opening to change or add to the flowers.

In the late 1960s there was an increasing trend with inflatable furniture. In 1968, designer Quasar Khanh created the first piece of inflatable furniture with an inflatable chair, which was a huge trend. The inflatable seats were on trend again in the late 1990s!

Quasar Khanh Inflatable Chair

Model on Quasar Khanh’s Chair

The inflatable furniture trend continued in the 1970s with even more choices.

More choices for inflatable furniture

The TV show Happy Days even had an episode where Marion changed all her furniture to inflatable furniture as it was the latest trend. However she soon put all her old furniture back as it was too hard to live with.

Happy Days TV Show

What do you think about inflatable furniture? Would it work in your house? Let me know your thoughts, I would love to hear. I love the retro look of the inflatable furniture but I think people are too rough in my household to use inflatable chairs. I am sure that they would always be deflated….

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DIY into Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman is the most famous heroine of all time. Wonder Woman was known as Diana Prince and was created in 1941 and published on DC comics. She has super human strength and speed, also a bullet proof bracelet and a golden lasso of truth. She would spin to change her image to Wonder Woman. Her mission was to promote peace.

Early Image of Wonder Woman

Lynda Carter played Diana Prince, in the Wonder Woman series from November 1975 to September 1979. This TV version is what most people recognise as Wonder Woman. Lynda Carter’s performance portrayed the characters goodness.

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Over the years, the franchise of Wonder Woman was portrayed in comics, tv series and movies. There are dolls of Wonder Woman, as well as clothing.

My Wonder Woman Doll

I brought some jeans and a denim jacket and wanted to change them so I brought some Wonder Woman fabric from spotlight.

Denim jacket, jeans and Wonder Woman fabric

Wonder Woman fabric from Spotlight

Steps:

  1. Firstly I turned the jeans into capris to get the rockabilly look
  2. Then I cut out and pinned the fabric onto the jacket and hemmed the edges of the fabric. I chose to put a panel on the back of the jacket and 2 smaller ones on the top panels on the front of the jacket

3. Sew the material onto the jacket. Sew it slowly to make sure it is perfect.

4. Next pin the fabric onto the jeans. I did 2 panels to cover the back 2 pockets and 2 panels to cover the front 2 pockets, hemming the fabric under as I pinned it.

5. Slowly sew the panels onto the jeans

6. With the excess material I also made a 50s skirt, I will have a future blog showing step by step how to make a 50s skirt.

7. There was still excess material so I made a head band. I will also do a future blog showing step by step on how to make a headband.

Finished products

Top: Front and back of denim jacket

Middle: Front and back of jeans

Bottom: 50s skirt and headband

Have you ever revamped an outfit. I would love to see it! Send me photos of your revamped outfit.

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