Toowoomba Swap Meet 2016 Finds and Fun…..

Two weekends ago we were out and about on our first big weekend road trip of the year to one of Queensland’s biggest annual swap meets. Because it’s been quite some time since I’ve shared a round up of vintage finds, I thought I would share some unearthed treasures that made there way back here, after getting many people checking in with me social media asking how the Toowoomba Swap Meet was. I’m always excited to head out Toowoomba each year for the annual swap meet which is one of the biggest held in Queensland taking up the entire expanse,…

It’s Love, It’s Vintage Bobble Head Love…..

I come by some beautiful and amazing things in my travels. Not all things make it home with me and not all are for our or my personal use or collections when they do make it home. It would probably surprise many how little I keep for personal enjoyment, preferring to hold out for pieces that really move me. Sometimes I come by treasures and purchase them with the full intention that they are to be My Vintage Childhood stock, but then I find myself slowly falling in love with pieces and then deciding they need to stay a little…

Wide Eye Vintage Pretties…

This beauty is a new addition and keeper for my office walls.  I had thought I would sell her but when Sarah saw her recently and gushed so sweetly over her, she asked: Is that me mummy? Obviously those few words sealed the deal, because why not, it could be her, couldn’t it? Blond hair, blue eyes and a little treasure hunting soul and sweet vintage lover at heart. So she’s a keeper (the print and Sarah if I had you confused there)! Although I initially had thoughts that I would sell the print, it’s now not happening and I’ve…

Making the Most of a Quick Op Shop Visit…..

I don’t know about you but the quick op shops visits when you’ve only got a spare 10 minutes before an appointment or leaving to go elsewhere can be surprisingly successful. I love nothing more than a long leisurely gawk through an op shop and checking out every nook and cranny. But sometimes all we have time for is a quick visit on the way to doing something else. Having thrifted and op shopped since childhood I find it easy to make the most of a quick visit. First thing I do is grab a basket and the proceed to…

A Haul of Childlike Finds…..

Recently I received one of the most beautiful compliments about my stall and what I do when were trading at the Everything Deco to Retro Fair. I was told that I had something going on with what I do that was different to anyone else there and that I had lovely hand picked items that gave them warm feelings and memories about their childhood. They joked that they felt like they just wanted to stay and relax in my stall all day long. I was extremely humbled by these comments whilst at the same time I felt assured that how…

The Extraordinary People You Meet at Garage Sales……

I have meet some incredible people over the years through my thrifty adventures and I’ve heard even more incredible stories from how collections were accumulated and how far they traveled. It’s somewhat of a beautiful privilege to be passed on such trinkets of information, wisdom and knowledge. A few weekends ago now we had a long weekend here, on the Saturday and Sunday, I had seen a particular sign for a garage sale but the way the weekend was travelling I was left no time both days to drop by. But given it was a long weekend when I traveled…

The Early Bird Catches the Worm and More in Winter….

Seasoned treasure hunters know that more often than not the early bird catches the worm. Meaning that early morning starts, particularly on the weekends are part of the hunt. Some may groan and moan at the fact, but it’s just how it is if you want to bet others to it. I for one don’t mind the early morning starts when the rest of the world is sleeping and I’m bagging treasures. In winter you can be lucky and bag a few extra and unexpected treasures, when those sitting on the fence about an early morning treasure hunt are turned…

Hello Sailor: Collectible Norah Wellings Sailor Dolls

There is always interest in my stock at vintage fairs from doll and teddy bear collectors, if it’s not interest in the dolls and teddy bears I have at the time, many collectors buy my vintage children’s clothing for dolls in their collections. I wanted to share these collectible Norah Wellings sailor dolls, I picked up recently which will be coming to our next fair in July. If you’re unfamiliar with Norah Wellings as a doll maker, she was once one of the main designers at the famous Chad Valley Dolls from 1919 to 1926. Once she left Chad Valley…

Random Finds from Random Fun Adventures with the Kids…..

There have been many random adventures lately whether it be a quick drop in to an op shop, a market day or some early morning starts and hitting some garage sales. At any time regardless of the adventure I nearly always have at least one if not all the kids with me. I don’t mind having them on most treasure hunting adventures, as I see how much they are learning about various things along the way. Like the social interactions, money management negotiating, inspecting items, using their imaginations and more. I certainly think the kids are learning valuable lessons along…

Straight from Sunday Morning Pickings…..

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted some fresh finds straight off the back of the morning of the day I’m posting. So I thought I’d share this mornings picks. Bright and early we headed off for some early picking. As you probably know I’m no stranger to early starts but I could have done with a lie in this morning after attending a Rocky Horror Picture Show Singalong event for charity last night (more about that during the week). But everyone was chomping at the bit to get out of the house this morning. It’s a good thing…