22
Oct
2013
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Costume Collections, Where to buy vintage 7 Comments

I’ve just come back from a sneak peek viewing of a large collection of costumes and fashion that is being auctioned this Sunday. This is the private collection of one person, that was stashed in an historic home in the country Victoria and it’s quite a find.

Aladdin's Cave flyer

What: Costume and vintage clothing auction
When: Sunday October 27th from 10.30am
Viewing: Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday morning.
Where: 17 Wills Street, Melbourne
More information at the Glenelg Auction Centre site and auction Facebook page.

There is a mixture of film and theatre costumes, fancy dress costumes (especially lots of childrenswear) and authentic vintage.

Most of the vintage is from the ’60s to the ’80s with a smattering of early to mid 1990s with some great prints and bright colours. Quite a few military uniforms of different types and eras and leather jackets, skirts and coats. There are a small number of ’50s dresses that have been adapted into costumes and some modern reproductions in the ’50s style.

Lots of menswear, some of it quite old and a couple of ’20s wool swimsuits. Hats, shoes, bags and belts. A fine collection of wedding dresses from the late ’70s and ’80s. Ballroom dancing gowns. Some of the costumes are vintage that have been adapted – eg, a ’50s velvet coat that has had ruffles added to make it into a costume piece. Academic gowns and capes, including a couple of cute ’60s styles.

The best bit is that it’s all in good and clean condition: the collector looked after it and so there probably isn’t much work to be done on the pieces.

There are about a thousand lots to be auctioned in one day – which means it will move quickly. Everything must sell so there are sure to be bargains, including a large number of mannequins and a couple of display cases. Some items are being sold separately and some in lots but there are treasures to be found, especially in the lots.

If you’re interested in the more retro end of vintage, or older menswear or can’t resist a sparkly costume for your or your family, I recommend it. Allow plenty of time at the viewing because you’ll need to go through the lots thoroughly as they’ve very mixed – take your tape measure with you too and as always: check for condition.

There is food and drink available at the venue too, which is a nice bonus. Here are some pics of what you’ll see – if you go, I hope you have a good day and pick up some lovely pieces!

Aladdin's Cave 5

Aladdin's Cave 6

Aladdin's Cave 1

Aladdin's Cave 2

Aladdin's Cave 3

Aladdin's Cave 4


28
Jun
2013
Posted by Nicole in Shop talk, Where to buy vintage

This week I’ve been shooting some pics for the webshop with St Clare, chanteuse with Mikelangelo.

Here are some pics – you’ll be seeing a lot more of her in the webshop. Hope you like! She brings the clothes to life. Thank you, St Clare!



18
Jun
2013
Posted by Nicole in Sewing, Where to buy vintage

On the weekend we went to an auction in Woodend that had several lots of vintage and antique clothing. As you know, auctions are my idea of fun, so even though I hardly need more stock at the moment, Tim and I drove up for a day in a cold shed packed with lots of other people with their best poker face on, and put up our hands repeatedly hoping to buy old wares.


Wedding gown with Edwardian beaded stole and ’20s parasol in the background.

You don’t have to have much money to enjoy an auction: you can put early bids on items and when you’re outbid, you still get the thrill of imagining what it would be like to take a certain item home.

This is what I did on a long Edwardian oak shop counter: I hardly need one, and would have trouble fitting it into my little salon, plus I’d have to find a new home for my beloved ’50s cake counter but it was nice to dream and I was secretly pleased not to win it (even though it sold for a very reasonable price). There were also a few really nice small antique sewing cabinets for threads and the like: not for me that day, but I’ll be keeping my eye out for cheaper versions at flea markets.

Of course, any bid carries a risk that you will win it, so you need to be careful if you’re not serious. Auctions run on trust that you will honour your word.

When I had spent my small budget I settled up, and loaded the van with the booty – including a hall runner for our home, a handbag display/room divider for the shop and several vintage petticoats and a fabulous rose print ’50s dress that I wish was my size. I thought there was another lot, a box of sewing items but it wasn’t on the invoice so we headed home – later there was a phone call as the box had been found and the auctioneer kindly brought it to the shop this morning.

It was a lucky dip: I bid because I couldn’t resist the camellia print tin but had no idea what else was in the mystery box. It was fun to unpack. If you sew, you can appreciate how random a sewing stash – or part thereof – can be. There were a few auction lots of “box of sewing” and each one was unique – one had lots of buttons, one had buckles and another had zippers. This one was a bit of everything including lots of things you’d normally throw out: old empty packets of things but vintage packaging is still interesting even if it has served its purpose. I’ve sorted them into categories:


Three beaded butterfly appliques, an embroidered pocket piece and large 1930s buckle.


Buttons: assorted materials, some old, some new.


Fabric scraps – like me, this lady kept the bottoms of trousers that had been cut off to shorten, although the single silk sleeve and intact collar was unexpected.


Hand embroidered ribbed tights, a ’50s plastic container full of hair roller clips, a ring sizer and a ’70s Vogue pattern.


Needles and Needle threader.


Ribbons, a large roll of millinery petersham, pair of elastic cuffs and small pearl beads.


Embroidery floss (for the pantyhose?), threads, bobbins, elastic for shirring, bias binding and skirt fasteners. Press studs in two sizes.


Wooden darning mushroom (how did they know I wanted one?), pincushion, crocheted needle book, thimble, corks (what were these used for?), odd little mysterious crochet thing, part of a sewing machine foot and the essential tape measure – I never go anywhere without one of these.

And where is the camellia print tin? Here you go – it’s nice and big, and has a hinged lid. This one originally held Cadbury chocolates – I love a nice flower tin.


6
Jun
2013
Posted by Nicole in Vintage Market, Where to buy vintage 5 Comments

Recently we attended the Take2 Markets “Strictly Vintage” event at the Northcote Town Hall and it was a great day – thought you might like to see some pics.

I’ve seen a lot of vintage events in Melbourne and this one was by far the best: great venue, great location, great sellers with something for everyone – just good quality vintage from 1890-1990 at bargain prices. Only $5 for buyers to get in and $130 for sellers to trade, there’s more cash in your pocket for what’s important – buying fabulous fashions.

The next event is on August 3rd and Rina is still looking for traders – savvy buyers will be queueing at the door to grab some of the best styles they’ll see this year. I’m so pleased to find a great event and Circa will be there too.


4
Jun
2013
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Where to buy vintage

From the in-box: a huge sale, sure to be full of well priced treasures.

I do love it when they say words like “prices from $1″ and “everything must go”. If I were you, I’d go early.

What: Massive costume sale including vintage: see the flyer for details.
When: Saturday June 29th and Sunday 30th 10am to 4pm both days.
Where: 1/177 Beavers Road, Northcote. Opposite CERES, on the other side of Merri Creek.
More information: see the Facebook post.


16
Apr
2013
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Vintage Market, Where to buy vintage 1 Comment

Hi all,

Rina (Take 2 Markets) and I are organising a new vintage market that combines the winning formula of Take 2, but focusing on affordable vintage for fashion lovers.

No frills, just well priced and fabulous fashions!

The first event is planned for next month at the wonderful Northcote Town Hall – here are the details:

What: Strictly Vintage, a new event for the discerning vintage fashion enthusiast
When: Saturday May 25th 10am to 3pm.
Where: Northcote Town Hall, top of Ruckers Hill, High St, Northcote.
Cost: $5

Circa will have a stall of course, and I hope to see a lot of you there.

There are still a few spots for traders – good quality and affordably priced vintage clothing a must (pre 1990 please) – if you’re interested, please email Rina. Traders will be selected for their high quality and value. Stalls are a bargain priced $130 each.


26
Feb
2013
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Haberdashery, Where to buy vintage 1 Comment

From the in-box:

“It’s that time of year again – the Annual Vintage Clothing Sale in the Como Ballroom. Help the National Trust care for its historic costume collection whilst shopping in the elegant surroundings of a 19th century ballroom.

Very special items available this year include outstanding vintage haberdashery and craft supplies. Featuring lace, wool, embroidery floss, and fabric remnants many dating from 1900 – 1940. Also an amazing cache of shoes – Italian leather!

Master Milliner Paris Kyne will be available to attend to your vintage millinery needs.

See you on the 16th & 17th of March at Como House Cnr Williams Rd & Lechlade Ave South Yarra. 10 am – 4 pm. Half price Sunday afternoon.”

What: National Trust vintage, retro, designer clothing and haberdashery sale
When: Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th March, 10am to 4pm.
Where: The Ballroom at Como House, Lechlade Avenue, South Yarra.
Cost: gold coin entry, and you’re sure to find bargains!

All images provided Courtesy the National Trust.


20
Dec
2012
Posted by Nicole in 1970s, Melbourne, Menswear, Where to buy vintage

Once upon a time, the Melbourne CBD was full of clothing factories – as time went on, they gradually moved to the suburbs and then more recently most closed down as the fashion and textile industry moved manufacturing offshore.

Imagine my surprise to find a relic of the past just around the corner from our city salon! A visit to the Phillips Shirt factory is truly like stepping back in time – the factory occupies the first floor of 274 Lonsdale Street and the warehouse is on the next floor, sharing space with a shop/museum full of vintage shirts and Liberty print cushions and blouses, along with memorabilia of interesting items found tucked away in the building.

The building dates to 1915 and features many original features but the Phillips Shirt factory moved in in 1958 – the offices are wood pannelled with built in cabinets including a bar, in true Don Draper style. Most of the furniture looks to be of the era too, and so are many of the factory machines.

Here’s the front door to the factory and offices –

Brand new and unworn vintage shirts for sale.

A display of collars and cuffs.

These are shirt fronts only, a pity as I’m sure many of us would love original ’60s paisley prints from Liberty of London.

The expansive warehouse – or rather, a small part of it.

There was more vintage fabric than I think I’ve ever seen before, most of it with the original dates.



The gorgeous old fabric cutting machine – you can cut through many, many layers with this useful device.


Shirt patterns, there were hundreds of them.


The secret to a very pointy collar is this amazing vintage machine.


Wonderful fancy ’70s shirts for special occasions.

The shop/museum is open Wednesday to Saturday 10.30am – 3.30pm or by appointment. Tours of the factory are available by arrangement too.

They can custom make shirts or blouses, as well as selling vintage or modern styles. If you’d like to learn more, the website has lots of great history and information as well as many great pics.


4
Dec
2012
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Sale, Where to buy vintage

Big sale with lots of vintage amongst the costumes and other things! Here’s a list:

– Vintage & Retro Clothing
– 1,000s general Costume Hire Garments – all items and types – Wigs, Shoes
– 100s metres Finest Quality English Suiting Fabric at $ never to be repeated. Fabric not generally available this day and age
– General Costume Fabrics greatly reduced prices
– Antique Theatrical Cane Skips Various Sizes
– Various Theatrical Set Pieces
– Antique Shop Fittings
– Industrial Dryers & Industrial Overlocker

What: Costume Factory sale
When: Sat 8th Dec (10am to 4pm) then Mon 10th – Wed 12th Dec 9.30am-5pm (Sale must finish 5pm Wed 12th Dec)
Where: 290 Macaulay Rd Kensington 3031
More information at the website.

Avert your eyes from the wire coat hangers please.


7
Nov
2012
Posted by Nicole in Calendar, Where to buy vintage 1 Comment

Another from the in-box –

What: End of Year button sale
When: 29th November to 1st December: see flyer below for opening hours
Where: Buttonmania, Nicholas Building cnr Swanston St and Flinders Lane, Melbourne
More information: call 9650 3627

Buttonmania have an incredible range of vintage and new buttons and this year they’re also hosting a Workshop for the duration of the sale. The cost is $20 per hour, and this will enable you the opportunity to make some presents with a recycle touch.

Buttonmania’s website.


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