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New blog

Welcome to the new blog! Plus 20% off the webshop.

We’ve updated the blog with a new design and after some teething problems (resulting in multiple newsletters being sent out to subscribers among other things) I think we’re there now – if you are reading this on email, I invite you to click here to see what it looks like.   The background is a…

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Taking Stock – with thanks to Pip

It’s exciting times at Circa – on Tuesday I closed my retail shop. Lots of lovely people came in that day to wish me luck on the next stage of the journey but to be honest, I’m a little scared.   I’m focusing on the positives: now I can create a vintage fashion webshop without…

News

Hi all, There are some exciting things happening in Circaland and I thought you might like to know about them too! Firstly, I’ll be introducing a page to the webshop about the wonderful people who bring Circa’s vintage fashion to life – it makes such a difference to see fashion modelled by real people, and the people who help me have fascinating creative lives outside of me dressing them up. Meet George, who is our first ever male model! You’ll be seeing George in the menswear department, which will now be expanding with suits, jackets, trousers, accessories, all kinds of…

Half price sale at Circa

Hi all, We’re bulging at the seams at Circa, so we’re going to have a little half price sale in the shop so you can pick up a bargain. Here are the details: What: Half price sale. All ladieswear will be 50% off. When: Thursdays and Fridays (10am-5.30pm) and Saturdays (11am to 3pm) March 26th to April 24th 2015 Where: Circa Vintage, First Floor, 358 Lonsdale St Melbourne New stock will be put out each day, so pop back again. Does not include menswear, jewellery, books or webshop. No laybys or returns on sale stock and no appointments available during…

Do you buy from the public?

I’m in the fortunate position in that I’m offered a lot of stock – at least once a day, someone will ask me if I “buy from the public” – yes I do! Buying vintage is the best part of what I do and I love it! For most of the last thirty years I’ve spent the bulk of my disposable income buying vintage fashion – originally it was just my wardrobe and then I’d find nice things that weren’t my size but perhaps I knew someone who might like them? Wherever I went, I would find and buy nice…

Happy New Year from Circa

It’s been quite a year here at Circa – the highlight was my second book “Style is Eternal”, which was released to a great response – it was simply wonderful on Christmas morning to think that many people would be unwrapping a copy of my book and enjoying it! Here’s a quote from a reader: “The book is beautifully illustrated with gorgeous colour images…it will guide you…it will inspire you! So if you love fashion, or just want to whip your wardrobe into shape, I can highly recommend this book…it will become your fashion bible!” Thank you Sarah from Zinc…

Vintage in film and TV – and a contest

Over the last ten years, there’s a long list of film, theatre and TV productions that have utilised costumes and props from Circa. It’s one of the aspects of my work that pleases me the most – contributing in a small way to creative projects. Since moving to the city in 2012 and focusing more on the webshop, this part of my business has increased a lot and I like to think that I’m making it easier for costumers around the country to find what they’re looking for. Here are a couple of recent works. Anna in “A Place to…

April update

You may have noticed that the blog has been a bit quieter this year – now that I’m through most of the recovery, I’ll confess that I had an accident with my bike and a car in January and the worst part was breaking my arm. My dominant arm, which has made all manner of tasks tricky, not least of all typing. Now that I’m back to speed (almost), I’m way behind with my writing – the book (code named Stella) is still on schedule but it’s meant a lot of juggling and cancellations and no additions to the dance…

Circa celebrates ten years – with an online sale!

Thank you to everyone who came and visited Circa this week: not surprisingly, it’s been the busiest week we’ve had since moving from Fitzroy, and I’ve loved meeting you all, greeting old friends and sending out so many vintage pieces to happy new homes. As a result, I’d like to continue the in-salon sale for another week of half price bargains. New stock is getting added every day. Come see us Tuesday to Friday, 12noon to 6pm or Saturday 11am to 3pm. There will be final markdowns on the last day – Saturday – with tops and skirts from $10…

Next week’s sale – sneak peek

Hi all, I have some lovely pieces in next week’s half price sale – so here are some sneak peeks. 1940s dancing dress size 8, on sale for $95 1930s blue linen dress size 10, on sale for $72 Early 1960s evening dress with matching jacket size 16, on sale for $92 1930s floral silk georgette tea dress with collar and bow, size 10 on sale for $97 1950s silk taffeta party dress size 6, on sale for $92 1970s nightgown or petticoat, new old stock size 14, on sale for $32 1920s silk lace and satin wedding gown size…