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.