This week it’s about all things Vintage. Once upon a time we talked about antiques, about things being old fashioned or retro. Shabby Chic is out and Vintage is in. Here’s a week in the life of TIFFIN’s Vintage Brisbane.
Today we visit some of my latest Op Shop purchases.
It’s been a while since I’ve done an Op Shop round up. That’s partly because I’ve been very busy in my fake 9 – 5 life but it’s also because it’s getting harder to source those Op Shop bargains. I also need to be just a little more selective these days as my collecting has well and truly filled the cupboards…
First up is this yellow plastic biscuit barrel. Regular readers may recall that late last year I stumbled upon a pink version of the same barrel, in an op shop in Murwillumbah. A former colleague read that post and tucked it away in her memory. When she sawa yellow barrel in her travels, she knew she had to buy it. I’m not sure what to do with it though I’m thinking cotton balls in the upstairs bathroom. And so, my first op shop bargain is a true bargain indeed as it was a gift. Thanks Justine!
This coffee jar and cup were meant for each other. With their olive green palette and late 60’s styling, they are a match made in heaven. I picked up the small glass jar in Tanunda. It’s Pyrex and made in Australia in 1968. I can’t imagine too much of it being manufactured here these days. The jar is from the Store ‘n’ See range and has an amazing locking mechanism based on three small oval bubbles blown into the rim. The glass itself is incredibly thin, like a laboratory beaker. The whole cannister looks as good as the day it was made but if I want to keep it that way, I can’t just have it knocking around. So, I’ve put some of my favourite coffee in it and tucked it up in the same cupboard as its companion cup. Short and stout, this simple cream cup circled with a band of green was made in New Zealand. I suspect it’s Crown Lynn but I’m not going to trawl through 12 765 photos on ebay to confirm my suspicions. I really enjoy having a smaller coffee cup and the ritual of endless refills from it on Saturday mornings. $1 and 20c respectively. The embroidered tray cloth is from a second hand shop I visit every time I go to the Barossa. Quite unusual with the geometric pattern. 50c
A quick tour of the relatively small selection of books in Vinnies Coorparoo turned up this one. ‘The Big Oyster – New York in the World. A Molluscular History’ by Mark Kurlansky. It tells the story of Manhattan, its rise to fame as an oyster centre and the slow decline after centuries of pollution. Filled with maps, photos, stories and even a few recipes, though I’m not a fan of oysters I think this is sure to be an interesting read. Onto the pile it goes. $2
This enamel mug has no practical use. A cheap Chinese knock off, badly chipped and rusted inside and out, it nonetheless has a rustic charm. Originally printed with a logo and slogan, the only part I can make out is part of the word ‘Tasmania’. Bought from a Charity shop at Kenilworth in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, it’s a food stylist’s dream. 50c
Quite an eclectic collection. None of it really vintage though definitely retro and all of it re-used and saved from landfill.
This post is linked with some likeminded thrifting and op shop friends including Blackbird Has Spoken (NZ), Sir Thrift A Lot (Toronto), The Thrify Groove (Michigan), The Brambleberry Cottage (North Carolina), Remnant (Portland).