Saturday, 19 April 2014

Still on the Retro Road Trip of 2014 . . ..

Out in the middle of nowhere, you find gems of stores... Today, travelling from one small country town to another, I stopped at Lockhart, NSW; where I found one Op-Shop (closed), right next door to Ginge & Fluffs Secondhand Shop (open), just a few storefronts away from the local craft shop selling locally made patchwork quilts and jams & pickles. (yummy homemade apple pie for afternoon tea!)

Sorry about the glare on the business card guys, but the Winkle was the focus of my picture!

Ginge & Fluffs can also be found on Facebook - I found my first Winkle there on this Road Trip and followed it up with a couple of other treasures......a piece of YELLOW depression glass; a cake stand that I cannot identify the pattern until I'm home with my books and a small mid-century hanging nic-nac shelf.

I'll certainly be including this shop on my next Southern NSW travels.

Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Retro Girl on Tour

Having a couple of weeks on holiday - what does this Retro Girl do?  First thing to check out in any of the country towns I stop at... the Op Shop.. 
Sadly though, many shops are now weeding out their wares, and trying to display a more boutique approach.   That just won't do...  I love weeding through the piles of miss-matched crockery. 
I do however, try to contribute a little bit to each community I visit.

Today, bliss of bliss - I found a shop dedicated to the love of RETRO !

THE RETRO SHOP in Finley, in Southern New South Wales... heaven on a stick!

Bec, the owner is knowledgeable about her topic and has a wide selection of well displayed items for sale.

It is always lovely to find items priced reasonably and correctly labelled.  Part of my slightly obsessive nature, is that I cannot stand to see items with an incorrect tag.  I feel that if the wrong information is passed on, that could dissuade a future collector.

You can find Bec and her shop on Facebook.  Better still, if you are in the area..... call in and see for yourself!!

On another's my latest purchase :  A beautiful green art-glass vase.  It is hand blown and a tree is formed on either side.   Sweet!   It may not be very old, but something about it called to me from the dark recess of the stallholders stand

Monday, 31 March 2014

A Winkling we will go, a Winkling we will go......

Hi -Ho, the merry-o
A winkling we will go....

I am on the verge of a new obsession....    Kathy Winkle Designs.

Found on Broadhurst Ironstone ware - made in England....
with and without the Kathy Winkle signature...  early to mid '60s.

Still relatively easy to find in and around Op-Shops, but now starting to creep into Antique shops.
I use my crockery daily, so am not adverse to finding the not quite perfect item, or one that's heavily stained.

These are mostly sandwich plates, the two in the middle are a sandwich plate on a salad plate...  Pattern names - running clockwise from bottom left;

Corfu  -  Carnival  -  Renaissance -   Jamboree  -  October -  Zodiac - all framing : Rushtone

These are transfer ware - the black outlines, but hand painted splashes of colour...

I didn't realise I was picking up so many of these... but as you know....

One is a display - Two is a pair- Three is a collection....

If you see these out there on the peninsula - point me in the right direction please....