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Magical Mermaids

Mermaids are legendary creatures of the sea. The head and upper body are of a female human with the tail of a fish. Mermaid is a compound of old English – merely meaning sea and maid, being a young woman.

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Mermaids are a part of worldwide culture! Sightings of mermaids have been recorded over many centuries. Are they a myth or true?

The first known story was that of goddess Atargatis of Assyria that transferred herself into a mermaid out of shame from accidentally killing her lover.

Above: Artargatis

Mermaids have been popular in both art and literature over many centuries.

Above: Leighton-The Fisherman and the Syren-c. 1856-1858.

The most famous mermaid story that children love is Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It follows the story of mermaid Ariel who falls in love with a Prince and wants to be a human, as to be with her true love.

Above: Ariel, Disney’s Little Mermaid

I have recently purchased vintage wall mermaids! I have wanted to get some for such a long time as I adore them, but I waited to get the perfect set to match my bathroom decor.

Above: My vintage mermaids

Vintage mermaids can range in price from $120 to $350, depending on their makers. There are some really good vintage wall mermaid sets by Lefton, Norcrest, McFarlane, Bradley, Lane & Co, Joty and Holt Howard.

Above: Vintage mermaids sets

Do you love Vintage Wall Mermaids? Let me know! Do you have any vintage wall mermaids? Send me photos, I would love to see them!!

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Bag a Barsony

My latest obsession is with the Barsony Lamp. I love the look of the lady figurine and the shades are gorgeous!

Above: Barsony lamp

Below: a Barsony lamp collection

I’m about to purchase my first Barsony lamp!

Barsony Ceramics was an Australian company in production from the 1950’s to 2005. They boomed in popularity from the 1950s to mid ’70s. The company was founded by couple George and Jean Barsony. George was a sculptor from Hungary who arrived in Australia in 1949. Shortly after his arrival, he met his English wife Jean who had also recently arrived in Australia, and worked in a Sydney pottery. Together they started their company that produced ceramic items including ashtrays, figurines, wall plaques and lamps recognisable by their signature matte black finishes. Barsony Ceramics were best-known and most loved for their black lady lamps. With such increased popularity, Barsony were in production for a period for 24-hours a day. No joke!

Above: Ballerina lady lamp 

Barsony lamps can be found mostly on eBay or Etsy. However you could be lucky enough to stumble upon one at a garage sale, vintage shop or  market! Through my research, I’ve seen they can range in price from $150 to $1200, depending on the rarity. With some shopping around, you can hopefully purchase one at a good price.

An interesting feature of the Barsony lamp is that the shade is made of plastic ribbons. The shades are the first to deteriorate due to their plastic material, so to find one in mint condition is a fantastic find! The shades can be very expensive to purchase and range in price from $50 to $250.

I love the unique look of the Barsony lamp. They are such a stand out piece that can be blended with any decor style!

I have just managed to purchase my first Barsony lamp which I purchased through eBay! I am very excited for it to arrive….

Above: the style of my purchase! 

Do you have a Barsony Lamp that you love? Send me photos, I would love to see them.

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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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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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The Beauty of Vintage Mirrors

Over time I have had the opportunity to purchase a few vintage mirrors. Last weekend I had the pleasure of adding two more mirrors to my collection. At the moment they are my favourites!

These two were a bargain online from a lovely ebayer and I was able to purchase each one at $15. Bargain… I know!! Lucky me! I had been looking to purchase more vintage mirrors for a few years and I had been outbid on quite a few, but I was lucky to have purchased these beauties. The etched one is a huge 72cm and the oval one is 75cm. I was shocked at how big they were and the great condition they were still in so I added them to a feature wall in my lounge room, with my original smaller scalloped edged one.


In my bedroom, I have a black Victorian Style mirror with two matching picture frames.


And a Victorian mirror in a cast iron stand that was my mother-in-laws which she had purchased overseas years ago.


I also have this early 1940s mirror which needs to be refurbished. I am trying to find a genuine mirror repairer to do this.


You can tell if a mirror is a genuine item by its weight, the frame, the double chain on the backboard, the screws and the cast iron clasps to hold the mirror in place. The mirror glass is also a clear indication of its age, it may have oxidation and scratches, which are signs of age. The mirror glass should also have slight waves or bubbles whereas modern reproductions will not.

Vintage mirrors are a great accessory in any room and can be a feature on any wall! Enjoy your vintage mirror shopping. I know I did!! You will be surprised by the variety and options that are available and hopefully you get a great price too.

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