Monday, 10 September 2012

First Spring Fair

With limited funds at my disposal, I've tried to stay way from my beloved markets and vintage fairs, but with my mental health hanging in the balance, I was in dire need of a wee shopping trip. 
This weekend was the 1st Ballarat Spring Antiques & Vintage Fair and with the promise of a gigantic Meccano Titanic replica and a Marilyn Monroe 'inspired' exhibition, I thought I'd go take a look. Being the first ever combined antiques and vintage fair, things were a little quiet but there was a good selection of local and interstate sellers and prices were pretty much at market value. Thankfully, not many things tempted me, although there were some fun things on offer...

The latest in personal protection devices
- a torch with a built in alarm!
A divine Art Deco tea set.
A beautifully kept 1930s Manicure set.
I can't even begin to tell you how much I want this aeroplane.
Burgundy evening dress
- a-la Marilyn in How to Marry a Millionaire.
There was even a large display of vintage sewing machines
by the Sew What Museum. I may just have to pay them a visit.
And by far the weirdest thing I've ever seen...
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 'Tou-Crow'!
It is apparently illegal to taxidermy a Toucan, so some bright spark
has loped the beak off the original bird, and I can only assume the eye area (ick!),
and attached it to a Crow! Problem solved.
As you know, I'm a sucker for sewing notions and of course I managed to find the seemingly lone stall with a small selection of bits and bobs. The prices were insanely good so for my meagre budget of $20 I managed to score some faceted glass buttons of various sizes, a large decorative coat button and an unusual art deco style buckle. All good things for the stash!
And this gorgeous (mystery) fur collar!
When the seller said $10, I just couldn't help myself.
It was a very long day with lots of driving but I'm pretty pleased with my haul,
and my level of restraint.
- Tamara


  1. Oh my, what an awesome array of vintage treasures. I would have gravitated towards those sewing machines, too, they're so lovely and redolent of days gone by.

    ♥ Jessica

  2. Nice finds! I LOVE that tea set. Wow :-)


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