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.
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.
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.
I took some photos of items at the fair to share with you. Enjoy!
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.
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….
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.
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.
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.
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?!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Jackie also popularised the pillbox hat. She usually wore a pillbox hat that matched her dresses and jackets.
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.
There was a new Jackie handbag introduced in 2009. Released by Gucci and created by Frida Giannini. It was again hugely popular.
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.
For casual outings, Jackie would often look chic in a shift dress or matching top and skirt or pencil pants.
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.
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 line up of artists was incredible and included:
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Sly and the Family Stone
Blood, Sweat and Tears
and so many others
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.
The concert ended with Jimi Hendrix playing the Star-Spangled Banner.
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.
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!
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.
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….