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Bodgies and Widgies

I was talking to my Mother and she began to tell me about the Bodgies and Widgies youth culture from the 1950s. My dad was a Bodgie and she was a Widgie. It sounded really interesting so I had to investigate it further.

Bodgies and Widgies were a youth subculture that existed in Australia πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί and New ZealandπŸ‡³πŸ‡Ώ in the 1950s. The culture was similar to the Rocker culture in the UK πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ or the Greaser culture in the USA πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Bodgies and Widgies

The males were known as Bodgies. They grew their hair long and wore satin shirts. Pink was commonly worn by Bodgies, despite still being seen as feminine. Often their attire included very long keychains and later, included moccasins and American drape suits with pegged pants. James Dean was a major style influence who inspired the Bodgie fashion. Typically working class, their interests included alcohol, girls, music and cars.

The females were known as Widgies. They cut their hair short and wore jeans, tight slacks, 3/4 length pants or dresses and bobby socks if they went out, like to a dance.

The confusion was arising between the sexes of the Australian youth. They would regularly frequent Kings Cross and Paddington Milk Bars and were associated with the inner city suburbs. Both my parents grew up in the inner city suburb of Paddington.

Outfits of Bodgies and Widgies

Many in society resisted the Bodgies and Widgies and this created tensions through the generations. The older generations felt the young dressed in strange new clothes and jive-danced to loud music, rejecting the values of their parents generation. This triggered moral panic in Australian society. Police seemed to crackdown on these youths and it sparked numerous exaggerated headlines.

Sydney Newspaper article on Bodgies and Widgies

There were different names for the Aussie Bodgies, some called them Teddy Boys, Rockers, Cafe Racers, Greasers or bikies.

They listened to music like Australian artists Johnny O’ Keefe, Digger Revell, American 50s and jazz music.

Bodgies

Widgies

There was often rivalries between the Bodgies and other subcultures like mods, surfies and skin heads.

Many grew out of it, but some didn’t.

How interesting would it be to step back in time and witness this generation!

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Sydney Rock β€˜n Roll Alternative Market

We had the best day at the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Market held at The Manning Bar in The University of Sydney. I went with my daughter and our friends.

Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll Alternative Market

The University is stunning with the beautiful old buildings and this added to the atmosphere of the event.

There were games on the lawn like checkers, snakes and ladders and bowls to be enjoyed by all generations

There were so many old cars to admire and everyone was getting photos with all their favourites.

The centre of the building had a fantastic feature with vintage suitcases spiraling towards the roof. It looked absolutely fabulous.

There were three levels of market stalls and more outside on the lawn, along with some food stalls and a fantastic DJ playing a great collection of 50s and 60s music.

There were so many great stalls, some that we recognised and some stalls that we remembered for future reference! We bought so many goodies. There were clothes, accessories, bags, shoes, homeware and a massive selection of records for sale. Hundreds and hundreds of records… It was fantastic! We bought so many that we had been searching for.

In the bar there were bands performing and a lot of swing dancing. The atmosphere was fantastic! I am definitely inspired now to take swing lessons so I can join in soon! (But that will be a future blog)

Have you been to the Sydney Rock ‘n’ Roll & Alternative Market? It is well worth it! The whole vibe of the event is excellent. The people were lovely. The music fantastic. The shopping inspirational. I just loved everything about the whole day. I will definitely be at the next one on 25th November 2018. See you 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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Let’s go to The Entrance!

We had a great long weekend at The Entrance. Have you been to The Entrance on NSW Central Coast? It is a glorious place to visit.

The Entrance

We stayed in a lovely cabin situated in a small family-run caravan park. It is only walking distance to both the beach and The Entrance shops.

Blue Bay Caravan Park

The Entrance has some great vintage shops and vintage markets at Toukley. We bought some great items at great prices! Toukley has a great shop called Suicide Glam, where I purchased way too many items.

Suicide Glam Shop in Toukley

There are many fantastic beaches, whale and dolphin watching tours and an old lighthouse that also has a tour to the top of the lighthouse.

The lighthouse

Me at a huge anchor at the lighthouse

So many restaurants to choose from, the marina, and pelican feeding….

My husband with one of the local pelicans

There is a fantastic national park near Budgewoi, called Munmorah State Conservation Area, which is well worth a visit. It has bushwalking, camping, fishing, surfing, picnic areas, swimming and fantastic views! The beaches are pristine, the views are breathtaking and you might be lucky enough to see whales passing by. It is really worth the drive through it!

Munmorah State Conservation Area

The Entrance really is a great place to visit. At the end of October each year they hold a Rockabilly festival over three days, The Chromefest. We will definitely be back to The Entrance for that weekend. Looking forward to it!! Details can be found on…

http://www.chromefest.org/whats-on

Have you been to The Entrance lately? It really is a lovely part of Australia. We had a fantastic weekend away and we will be back there again soon.

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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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Easter Time 🐣

Happy Easter

Easter is a festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, in Christianity. Celebrations in many countries include Church Services, meals with family and friends, Easter Egg decorating, Easter Egg Giving (and eating), Easter Egg Hunt and The Easter Show.

Vintage Easter Greeting

I like to decorate my house in preparation for Easter.

My Easter Wreath on my front door

My Easter Tree

Some of my Easter Decorations: Left- Rabbit Light, Top Right & bottom- Vintage Easter Signs

Every year we love to go to the Easter Show, since the old days at Centennial Park, and this year we will be going again to Homebush, on Saturday.

Vintage photo of Sydney Royal Easter Show

Easter Sunday, after our Easter Egg hunt, and eating a lot of yummy chocolate eggs, we will go to lunch with all the extended family.

Vintage Easter

What do you do over the Easter break, to celebrate Easter? I would love to hear!

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