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Not Just Another Fly on the Wall…

There is a wide variety of retro wall collectables, and some of them are just adorable!  I have purchased a few over the years and I am still on the lookout for more unique ones, but who isn’t?

Retro black deer head with gold trims
This a very stylish piece and is still able to be infused within modern decor too.

Cameo Relief Wall plate
This is a stylish piece and looks stunning on my wall, with its contrasting pink to the red! I also love the textured feel of the dusty pink velveteen.

Retro flying swallows
You can find numerous replicas of these made today! They made a big comeback about 5 years ago, and were able to be found in so many homewares shops.

3D deer plate
This was purchased at a great price but I have seen it being sold at ridiculously high prices. So do shop around.

I just adore the 3d effect on the deer, squirrel, bird and trees. You can find a variety of designs in the 3D plates. So try find tone that relates to your theme or likes. There popularity was mainly in the 1970s.

 

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Cameo Wall hanging
This is onlya small wall hanging compared to my other cameo wall hanging butI still really like the detail on it.  Cameo is a method of carving an object on an gem. Not sure of the history of either of my cameo wall arts, but I am still researching into it. So look out for it in my future blogs and the history of cameo brooches.  

Retro flying elephant wall hanging
This is so cute! But I have seen that this actually comes in a three piece set, but unfortunately I have only one. Never mind I think it is quite unique.

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These are wall hangings I am on the lookout for. I am hunting around for a great price on them! I really enjoy the hunt…

This is a Lefton Wall Lady. She is very lovely and an extremely hard to piece to find! To date, I have not seen this one but I am on the lookout. George Zoltan Lefton made china and porcelain creations from 1940 through to the 1990s.  But this a typical 1950s piece. You will know it is a real Lefton creation if it is stamped on it. But in later pieces, Lefton used stickers as his identifying marks. These may have deteriorated over time so may be less noticeable.   

This is a Lefton ballerina set. I have seen this one twice and unfortunately did not get the opportunity to purchase them. I also did not realise the rarity of the items! However, I won’t lose the chance the third time…. hopefully third time lucky! I love this set and it is typical of Lefton’s 1950s work, such as the mermaid wall ceramics.


I also love these fish wall hangings. There are a lot of varieties of the fish, be they Norton, Bradley, Lefton, Norcrest or Holt Howard!


I am also on the lookout for a Norcrest Mermaid Set. I found a great pair of mermaids online that I am bidding on, and hope to purchase! Fingers crossed.

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You also have your vintage mirrors, which can be a feature item on any wall! There are some stunning vintage mirrors available, where the intricate craftsmanship is still so evident. I especially love the ones with etched pictures and beveled edges.

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The above photo show a creative way to incorporate vintage mirrors into your modern decor. These vintage hand mirrors were used as photo frames.

My personal collection of vintage mirrors
If you’d like to learn more about my collection of vintage mirrors, check out my earlier blog post here!

Retro wooden fork and spoon sets are another alternative to wall collectables that can be funky accessories for your kitchen! I remember my grandmother’s pair from when I was young. I love these ones. img_5910-e1505310092834.jpg These are huge and a feature on my kitchen walls[/caption]

My fork and spoon set
They are a huge, measuring up to 1 metre long

You can also get vintage wall vases! There is a wide variety and styles available. You can put plants or flowers in them, or keep them empty.


Pink Wall Vase Set
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Vase Wall Hanging
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Of course,  another great alternative is vintage artwork. My favourite artists include Roy Lichtenstein, Margaret Keane, Andy Warhol and JH Lynch. Look out for my future blogs on these retro artists!

What vintage wall collectables are you collecting? Send me photos, I am excited to see them!

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Ridiculously Retro   Xx

Great Places to Shop for Retro

I have undertaken some research and found the below 100 suggestions for places to shop for vintage items!

Image of vintage shopping

 
Below are some of my suggestions and in brackets I have added what type of items that they sell.  

  1. Addvintage Parramatta (furniture)
  2. Bowerbird Vintage Kogarah Marrickville & Parramatta (homewares and furniture)
  3. Antique General Store North Narrabeen
  4. Antonio Ruggerino Galleria (posters) Bondi
  5. Appostlebird North Manly (assorted collectables)
  6. Bay Street Vintage Paddington (Fashion and homewares)
  7. Bay Vintage Southern Antiques Centre Kogarah (antiques)
  8. Blue Spinach Darlinghurst (fashion)
  9. Blue Works Surry hills (fashion)
  10. Boogie Bop Dames Sydney (hair makeup pinup photos)
  11. Branch 3D Forest Lodge Sydney (ceramics)
  12. Carousel Interviews Meadow Bank (interiors)
  13. Chiltons Cronulla (jewellery)
  14. Collectika Enmore (furniture)
  15. Creative Vintage Centre Alexandra (clothes & furniture)
  16. Cream on King Street Newtown (fashion)
  17. Cream on Crown Street Surry hills (fashion)
  18. Cs Flashback Paddington (fashion)
  19. C’s Flashback Surry hills (Darlinghurst) (fashion)
  20. Deco Diva Potts Point (art deco collectables)
  21. Dolly Up Emporium Surry Hills (clothing)
  22. Dolly Up Redfern (fashion)
  23. Down To Earth Mitchell Road (clothing & collectables
  24. Eclectic Find Narabeen (interiors)
  25. Eleanor Keene Sydney (clothing)
  26. Envision 54 Newtown (furniture)
  27. Eva’s Vintage Annandale (clothing)
  28. Fabrique Vintage Darlinghurst (fashion)
  29. Forever Vintage Five Dock (clothing)
  30. Graham & Graham Designs Redfern (ceramics & homewares)
  31. Grandfathers Axe Alexandra (furniture)
  32. Grandmas Surry Hills (fashion)
  33. Halchemy Design Glebe (antiques)
  34. Harlequin Market Double Bay (jewellery)
  35. Holy Kitsch Sydney (collectables)
  36. Juliets Balcony Dulwich Hill Sydney (furniture)
  37. Leona Edmiston Vintage Boutique Double Bay (fashion)
  38. Lunatiques Vintage Collectables Alexandria (furniture)
  39. Miss Browns Vintage Alexandria (furniture)
  40. Miss Browns Vintage Surry Hills (clothing)
  41. Mitchell Road Antiques Alexandria (antiques)
  42. Montague & Mabel St Peters Furniture
  43. Mulberry Street Vintage Newtown (clothing)
  44. Nikky Bs Milton (fashion & homewares)
  45. Ninas Vintage Closet Newtown (clothing)
  46. Orient House Glebe (antique Chinese furniture)
  47. Porcelain Pinup Parramatta (pinup classes)
  48. Potts Point Vintage (fashion)
  49. Queen Justin Vintage Redfern (fashion)
  50. Recycology Alexandria (clothing)
  51. Red Square Studio Mitchell Road Antiques (furniture)
  52. Reebonz Vintage Sydney (accessories)
  53. Retro a Go Go Sydney (clothing)
  54. Retro Dames Hills District & Sydney Metro (beauty)
  55. Retro on Regent Redfern (ceramics & furniture)
  56. Retrospec’d Clothing
  57. Retro Spectrum Petersham Sydney (clothing & furniture)
  58. Retro Village Rozelle Sydney (clothing & homewares)
  59. Reuze Vintage Paddington
  60. Reverse Garbage Marrickville (furniture & homewares)
  61. Robins Nest Vintage Miranda (furniture & fashion)
  62. Route 66 Darlinghurst (fashion)
  63. Rudi Rocket Redfern (furniture)
  64. Salvation Army Stores many suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  65. Sammy & Sid Manly (fashion)
  66. Scrag’s House of Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  67. Sherbert Birdie Saint Peters (pinup studio)
  68. Stealth Photography Won’t Age & pinup studio Sydney (pinup studio)
  69. Studio M Alexandria (pinup studio)
  70. Sydney Vintage Bike Online Store (bikes)
  71. Sydney Vintage Watches Sydney (watches)
  72. Tangerine & Teal Brookvale (furniture)
  73. The Itchy Kitty Newtown (clothing & homewares)
  74. The Collective Ensemble Newtown (fashion)
  75. The Leopard Lounge Newtown (vintage hairdresser)
  76. The Sleeveless Society Waverley (clothing)
  77. Three 5 Nine King Newtown (fashion)
  78. The Vintage Clothing Shop St James St Arcade Sydney (clothing)
  79. The Vintage Drawer Sydney (clothing)
  80. The Vintage Record Annandale (records)
  81. The Vintage Way Sydney & Central Coast (styling accessories)
  82. Trash and Treasure Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  83. Two Old Souls Manly Vale (furniture)
  84. Urban Rustic Newtown (ceramics & furniture)
  85. Usedabbussed Vintage Designer Department Store Cremmorne (clothing & homewares)
  86. U turn Recycled Fashion Bondi (fashion)
  87. U turn Recycled Fashion Newtown (fashion)
  88. Vampt Vintage Design Brookvale & Surrey Hills (furniture)
  89. Vera Rose Collectables Kogarah (ceramics & furniture)
  90. Vinnies Many Suburbs (fashion & furniture)
  91. Vintage and Antique Fairs at various locations (assorted items)
  92. Vintage Markets at various locations (assorted items)
  93. Vintage 585 Sydney (collectables)
  94. Vintage Allsorts Sydney (styling agent)
  95. Vintage Fashion Emporium Surry Hills (fashion)
  96. Vintage Luggage Company Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  97. Vintage Times Double Bay (accessories & jewellery)
  98. Your one Stop Pinup Shop Campbelltown (fashion)
  99. Waverley Antique Bazaar (Collectables)
  100. Zoo emporium Darlinghurst (fashion)

    Standing outside Nikki B’s at Milton

Now I haven’t managed to go to all the above shops, but I have been to a few of them and they are great retro shopping! I hope this list helps you to make some choices about the places that you might like to shop. 

Lady enjoying the choices at Vintage Shopping

 
I love the many choices and variety of rare items that you can find in these shops and I am always curious about the history of the item and try to research information on the items. 

What are your favourite retro or vintage shops? Let me know your favourites, can’t wait to hear about them!

Images: Women’s World

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Ridiculously Retro  xx


How To Display Your Vintage Collectables 

If you purchase a retro display cabinet, it becomes a great way to display all your vintage collectables!

My retro cabinet

This retro cabinet is in my lounge room and is getting fuller by the day! It features all my retro collectables and my crystal collection on the bottom shelf.

Lefton Miss Cutie pie salt shaker (picture taken from seller)

Lefton Bluebird creamer milk jug

Vintage lady head vase

Vintage Celluloid Kewpie Doll

Pin Up Salt and Pepper Shakers

Retro glass bowls and ash trays

Retro ceramic cats

Holt Howard Salty & Peppy shakers


I picked this great cabinet up for $1 on eBay. It was an amazing buy and the most amazing lady was selling it. She was so excited to see my rockabilly look. The cabinet was her mums and told me about all the retro items she used to display in it. I expressed my regret that I was only paying $1 but she confirmed that this wasn’t about the money, she just wanted someone to cherish the cabinet as much as her mum did. 

That night, I finished setting up the cabinet and sent her a photo of the finished look. She was overjoyed to see the cabinet being loved as much as her mum had and sent the photo to her brother as well, and they were both in tears. She brought me to tears as well when she told me how happy she was that I purchased it and loved it, just like her mum!

My retro cupboard

$1 brought joy to my life and their lives as well. Learning the history of the cabinet just added to my joy!

How do you display your retro collectables? Send me photos of your cabinet. I would love to see them!

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Ridiculously Retro  xx

Kewpie Dolls

Kewpie Dolls originated in 1912 in Germany. The inventor was Rosie O’Neill, a cartoonist. Her cartoons featured baby cupid characters. The cartoons gained popularity in 1909.

Rosie O’Neill cartoons

First there was paper doll variations of Kewpie  dolls.

Paper Doll Kewpie

In 1912 kewpie dolls were produced in bisque. Then in 1920 they were produced in celluloid.

Bisque Kewpie Doll

Celluloid Kewpie Doll

 

In 1949 they started to make Kewpie Dolls in Plastic

Plastic Kewpie Dolls

Bisque and celluloid dolls are very expensive to purchase and are in high demand with doll collectors. I am still on the lookout to purchase a vintage bisque one. 

My fascination for Kewpie dolls comes from my childhood. Who can remember going to a fair and your parents purchasing you a kewpie on a cane? Here is one that I purchased at the Easter Show many years ago.

Kewpie doll on cane

Since then I have purchased a few more.

These Three small kewpie dolls are a part of my collection

My largest Kewpie doll is 30cm

 

Kewpie dolls are so cute and are a part of my childhood. Are they a part of your childhood?

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Ridiculously Retro  xx

 

Title image source

Rosie O’Neill cartoons source

Paper doll kewpie source

Bisque kewpie doll source 

Celluloid kewpie doll source

Plastic kewpie doll source

 

Decorating a Vintage Dressing Table

If you can get your hands on old vintage dressing table it is an item you will adore.

This is my vintage dressing table handed down by my mother to me, I had to get one of the mirror panels replaced as it had a chip and they did the bevelled edge to suit  the others.

Vintage Dressing Tables come in a variety of styles.

This image was taken from google images. It features a 1970s style dressing table.

You can find plenty of dressing tables at charity stores and garage sales to suit your decor and your style.

You can also decorate or find a chair to suit your style and the style of your vintage dressing table.

I have painted this chair in a grey and recovered the seat with a Marilyn Monroe fabric from Spotlight


You can find these chairs at charity stores and garage sales! I will do a future blog on how to decorate chairs and lounges soon.

Then you can put add your vintage items to decorate the dressing table to add to your vintage look.

 

This a vintage hair dryer that I found at a garage sale years ago

This is a vintage vanity bag that was purchased from Recycology at the Vintage section of the Sydney Stitches and Craft Show. I filled it with a vintage hand mirror and brush, and some essential hair products to get that retro look

 

There are so many items that you can add to your dressing table. I love the look of the old hair brush sets. Some gems are even hand embroidered. My next items to add to the dressing table are some vintage perfume bottles.

 Enjoy looking for the perfect vintage dressing table, chair and items to decorate the dressing table. Send me photos of your dressing table. Looking forward to seeing them.

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Ridiculously Retro   xx

The Many Uses of Vintage Suitcases

I absolutely adore vintage suitcases – the look of them and the history behind them. I especially love when you find a new suitcase and see the tags and names of the owner inside them, wondering who the bags owners were and which countries they had visited!

There are many ways to use your suitcases in your decor:

1. They are great for creating a succulent garden. Succulents or cacti do not need to be in dirt, so fill it up with rocks or bark instead. You can leave them in pots or plant them directly into the suitcase. This is a really quick and easy project!


2. Vintage hat boxes can be stacked on each other to be a great bedside stand. They also add plenty of storage for books, night creams or pyjamas. You will find them really handy! They are even great for storing all your hats. Place your bedside lamp on top or your alarm. 


3. Vintage suitcases are perfect for extra storage. They look great on top of your wardrobe, like I have shown below. Try to get suitcases in similar shades or styles to add a sense of unity! I store my vintage overcoats in here as they take a lot of room in my wardrobe. 


4. A vintage suitcase can be made into a bedside table. Get your hands on a vintage side table or the legs from one. I love the look of vintage designer Eames table legs. You can purchase the legs in second hand stores or online. Then to make the suitcase sturdy, screw the legs to a piece of wood, cut to the exact size of the suitcase, and screw the suitcase to the wood. Glue some vintage paper to the inside of the suitcase. Leave the lid of the suitcase up and put in your bedside lamp, or any other cute vintage items you would like to display. You could also use it as a side table in your lounge room and keep the lid closed, for extra storage. 

5. Get your hands on a full set of vintage suitcases for a great statement piece in your room. My daughter got me the below full set for Christmas. I absolutely adore them!! Stacked on top of each other, they look fantastic and you will be surprised by the amount of storage that is available! Try to purchase suitcases in their original set collection, but if not, try to collect suitcases in similar style, shape and colour.


6. Another option is to screw the suitcases to a wall to make shelves. I found this by searching online on Pinterest and thought it was a great idea! This is a creative and unique way to show off both your vintage suitcase collection and vintage artefacts you display on top. I have not tried out this DIY project, but I found a handy step-by-step intractable on how to complete this. Check it out here.

 

7.Vintage suitcases are also excellent to use for the original intention – luggage bags when going on vacation. Vintage suitcases are always large and spacious for your items and made with quality so are always hard-wearing and durable. Their durability will make them last forever! The vintage authenticity will add a retro look to your own outfit and will look totally unique and different! 

8. Other ideas are to screw in small legs and add a cushion and decorate for a cute dog or cat bed. The lid of the suitcase can be used to store your pet’s toys! You can open a larger suitcase and add in some shelves buy cutting wood to size and screwing them in place to make shelves. A great idea for stacking books or CDs. My final idea is to  put legs on the bottom of the suitcase, remove the top, add foam filling and cover it with material, for a funky footstool.

 

Enjoy looking for the perfect vintage suitcases to suit your personality and finding many more creative uses for them. Let me know if you have any other ideas!

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Ridiculously Retro xx

Shelf source: https://au.pinterest.com/pin/384143043203995885/
Foot stool source: http://redesignreport.com/upcycle-this-18-ways-to-reuse-vintage-suitcases/upcycled-vintage-suitcase-ottoman/
Dog bed source: http://www.bhg.com/decorating/do-it-yourself/

 

 

 

How to Achieve a Retro Kitchen

There are many ways to achieve a retro style kitchen. I am going to give you some ideas on how to achieve your own retro kitchen.

  1. Combining both authentic vintage and modern retro style items


Above you can see I have grouped together vintage tins, a lollie machine & mincer, with retro look items such as the milkshake maker & icecream holders.

Below are authentic vintage milkshake cups and a 1950’s cat ornament, mixed with a collection of new retro items. I also made the gingham curtains to add to the retro look.


2. Vintage Canisters 

You can purchase vintage canisters to add to the retro feel of your kitchen! I have collected the GayWare canister set as I love the colour range and mid-century lettering. They are such a statement piece. You can purchase them piece by piece or as a set. I personally found it less expensive to buy them all seperately.


1950s GayWare canisters. The larger ones are for flour, sugar, rice, tea and coffee. The smaller ones are for spices: cinnamon, allspice, ginger, chives and nutmeg.

There is a variety of brands that you can purchase including Gayware, Nally ware, Bakelite, Villa ware, Pyrex, Willow, Nylex, aluminium or enamel. They come in a variety of colours in styles.  I have also purchased 1920 – 1930s enamel canisters.

 

Enamel Canisters

 Adding to this collection, I have also purchased matching saucepans & treats canisters!


The saucepans and pots are on a vintage pot stand.

 

3. Vintage Kitchen Items

Vintage milk canister and vintage scales

Assorted vintage items around the kitchen adds to the retro feel in the kitchen.


Vintage fruit bowl and matching magazine stand can be used for recipe book holders. 

4. Do it Yourself projects

You can create retro pictures to add in your kitchen! I have two stain glass panels from an old door framed in my kitchen. I glued panels in to white picture frames. I’ve also purchased a retro-look image from Spotlight  and have framed it in a gold vintage frame. I backed the image with a gingham material  background. You could use a picture from a magazine, for another cheap alternative!

Stain glass panel

 

Also, as mentioned above, I made gingham curtains to add to the retro look of my kitchen. Making curtains is an easy and fun project, that can allow you to be creative in your home. I will post a step by step guide on how to create customisable curtains for your own home in the future.

You can find vintage kitchen items online, second hand shops, garage sales or markets. I have purchased most of mine through online stores, eBay, Gumtree, second hand stores, garage sales and trash and treasure markets. Go for bright colours and add some modern items with a retro feel. Modern retro items can be found in and kitchen stores.

Enjoy the shopping and decorating for your retro kitchen!!

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Ridiculously Retro  xx