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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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O! How Stylish

Jackie Kennedy Onassis was one of the most stylish ladies and renowned for being at the forefront of fashion. Her style was copied by women around the world and still is today. She has remained an influential figure in the fashion industry. Her famous styles and renowned look is known as the Jackie O look.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacqueline_Kennedy_Onassis

Jackie Lee Bouvier was born on July 28 1929, in New York. Jackie began riding horses at one year old and by eleven, she had won several national championships. While at school, she learnt ballet and French. She continued her studies at college where she studied history, literature, art and French. She completed studies in Paris too.

Jackie started her first job in 1951 as a photographer for a newspaper, where she met John F Kennedy. They married and she became the youngest ever First Lady.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jackie-kennedy-letters-shine-light-her-marriage-mourning-n104191

Jackie was renowned for wearing oversized glasses and these became her signature eye-ware. This famous style of glasses are often coming into fashion over and over again and are still known as Jackie O glasses.

https://www.smartbuyglasses.co.uk/blog/brand-spotlight/thats-so-jackie-o-statement-sunglasses.html

Another statement fashion item of Jackie’s was the pearl necklace.

Pearls were appropriate with any outfit!

According to Jackie

Many images of Jackie show her with either short pearls, or in the late 60s and 70s she would often wear long strands of pearls with mini dresses.

https://www.pearlsonly.com.au/blog/jackie-kennedy-wearing-a-triple-strand-pearl-necklace/

Jackie also popularised the pillbox hat. She usually wore a pillbox hat that matched her dresses and jackets.

https://www.popsugar.com.au/beauty/photo-gallery/46358023/image/46357999/Jackie-Kennedy-Fashion-Show-US-State-Department-1962

In 1964, Jackie purchased six Gucci handbags, known as The Constance. The bags instantly became a hit. These Gucci Bags later became known as the iconic Jackie handbag, as a tribute to Jackie Kennedy. This bag was considered the first boho or bohemian bag.

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/08/28/t-magazine/gucci-jackie-1961-saddlebag.html

There was a new Jackie handbag introduced in 2009. Released by Gucci and created by Frida Giannini. It was again hugely popular.

https://www.icon-icon.com/en/the-jackie-by-gucci/

Jackie was also famous for wearing the Chanel suit. Her pink Chanel suit is her most famous outfit in history and remains her trademark. In the late 1950s and early 1960s the Chanel suit was a strong symbol of the modern woman of high society with political views, sophistication and independence. This is what Jackie represented. The colour pink was also an element of traditional feminist attributes!

Her pink suit was one of John F Kennedy’s favourites. The sad significance of the suit is that she was wearing it at her husband, John F Kennedy’s assassination. She attempted to protect her husband, leaving her suit blood stained. It is stored out of public viewing in the National Archives.

https://www.pinterest.com.au/pin/110338259608536387/

For casual outings, Jackie would often look chic in a shift dress or matching top and skirt or pencil pants.

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/fashion/style/6-new-season-trends-borrow-jackie-kennedy/

https://www.instyle.com/fashion/jackie-kennedy-style-lessons

https://www.dimplesandtangles.com/2014/06/fashion-inspired-by-jacqueline-kennedy.html

https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O was often dressed by designers such as Oleg Cassini, Chanel, Christian Dior and Givenchy.

https://www.usmagazine.com/stylish/news/fashion-designer-hubert-de-givenchy-dead-at-91-details/
https://www.harpersbazaar.com/fashion/trends/g1370/jackie-kennedy-onassis-style-0111/

Jackie O captivated the world with her style, intelligence, beauty and grace. She is someone that I have admired over the years for her style, and in my eyes will always be a fashion icon.

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How we roll….

Bowling has been around throughout history but it seems to have an association with the late 1950s.

This is probably due to its great popularity with teenagers during this era. Bowling is a fun and a simple recreational pastime!

Some people bowl professionally in sporting tournaments. Professional bowling tournaments were quite popular in the late 1970s. An interesting fact that I found was that in the 1970s, some professional bowlers earned twice as much as NRL players! So as much as it is was a fun pastime it was a lucrative sport for some people.

Earlier in the year, my family and I went to bowling for the night and we had loads of fun. We bowled for hours! There was retro music playing and a retro diner to go and eat at. Honestly, I had not bowled in years and I am obsessed with bowling again. I love it and so does my family. It is so much fun. We cannot wait to go back.

Bowling is easy to learn it is just bowling the ball down a lane towards ten pins positioned as a triangle. The object of the game is to knock all ten pins down in the first roll (known as a strike) or in the second strike (known as a spare) or as many pins as possible. The more pins that you knock down, earliest, the more points earned. You only get two balls each round. There are ten rounds per game 

 

When you are next able to, and thinking of something different to do, give bowling a go…….I am sure that you will fall in love with bowling, just like my family and I did.

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Woodstock 1969

Three days of Peace and Music

An advertisement for Woodstock 1969
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On the 50th anniversary of Woodstock it seemed only fitting to write about it… I have been watching so many documentaries and interviews recently of stories from people that attended!

Woodstock was held at a dairy farm in the town of Bethel, New York and ran from 15th August to 18th August 1969. It was organised by four men all in their 20s. The idea behind the event was to make enough money to build a recording studio near the arty New York town of Woodstock, and it is now known as the most famous and most talked about concert throughout history.

Michael Lang, one of the guys who organised Woodstock
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There were over 500,000 people who attended the three day concert. The tickets were originally sold for $18 in advance and $24 at the gate, but the fence was so flimsy it was knocked down and hundreds of thousands more people attended for free. They ran out of food on the Friday night and resorted to concession workers from Food for Love. The army had to air lift in the supplies and the performers. One thing we can learn from this event and the hippy generation is that with 500,000 concert goers there was no violence that occurred – just peace ✌️

The audience at Woodstock
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The line up of artists was incredible and included:

  • Jimi Hendrix
  • The Who
  • Janis Joplin
  • Grateful Dead
  • Joe Cocker
  • Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
  • Joan Baez
  • Santana
  • Richie Havens
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Sly and the Family Stone
  • Jefferson Airplane
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears
  • and so many others
Janis Joplin at Woodstock
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The Who at Woodstock
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Wow… how impressive!!

There was a lot of nudity, music, love making, drugs, yoga in the fields, fun and games, dancing, and a whole lot more love making and drugs. In interviews they described themselves as “spawning in the water like fish”, swimming and bathing in the same water. There were other stories of babies being born in the fields but no evidence is available.

Audience at Woodstock
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The concert ended with Jimi Hendrix playing the Star-Spangled Banner.

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock
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It would have been a life changing experience to have attended Woodstock. This 3-day festival has changed the world, becoming a cultural touchstone and paving the way for rock festivals and outdoor concerts we attend today.

Purple Haze

I went to visit the historical town of Camden on the weekend. Camden is 65 kilometres south west of Sydney. The land originally belonged to the Gandangara Indigenous people.

Camden NSW

Explorers first visited the area in 1795 and named it Cowpastures, after a herd of cattle that had earlier disappeared were discovered there. In February 1805 Governor King took over 5000 acres and named his property Camden Park.

As Macarthur’s wool industry thrived, local citizens began pushing for the establishment of a town.

Camden has many old homes and buildings to admire. There are actually three heritage listings in Camden: Camden Post Office, Macquarie Grove and Nant Gwylan and garden.

Camden Post Office

If you visit Camden you need to see:

  • Macarthur Park
  • Camden Museum
  • Onslow Oval
  • Belgenny Reserve
  • Rotary Cowpasture Reserve
  • Kings Bush Reserve.

Check out https://www.camden.nsw.gov.au/whats-on/visit-camden/explore for all the places to visit.

On the weekend there was the lighting of the town Christmas Tree and The Jacaranda Fair.

The streets were closed off and there were market and food stalls along the main street. There were also performances, rides and games for the kids, as well as a car show on the Sunday.

Camden has some great antique shops and a Lifeline Shop well worth checking out. I have to say, this Lifeline shop is one of my favourites and you can always find so many rare vintage and retro items at fantastic prices. I’ve been four times and I have always found some great rare finds!

Here are some of my purchases that I made.

I even found a Brownie Downing plate so I had to purchase it.

Part of the festival was to celebrate the stunning purple haze in Camden… the beautiful Jacaranda Trees that are along the streets.

A Jacaranda is a flowering plant native to Mexico, South America, Central America, Cuba, Jamaica, Hispaniola and Bahamas. In Australia they are in full bloom in mid November. They have a stunning purple bloom.

Camden’s Jacaranda Tree

Camden is full of Jacaranda Trees! One story credits the town’s purple haze of trees to the Matron of Camden Hospital, who in the 1950s to ’60s would send each newborn home with a Jacaranda seedling. Isn’t that a wonderful historical story. I just love it!

Jacaranda trees are one of my favourites trees. I just love their bright purple colouring.

Have you ever visited Camden? Let me know what you thought of it. I would love to hear! I just love it! If you haven’t visited Camden then I would recommend that you do as it is a quiet vintage country town, not too far from Sydney.

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