Sunday, August 22, 2010

Hard Rubbish is the place to be....Kerb shoppin' is the life for me....!

(Poached from Greenacres theme song....!)

Hard Rubbish is the place to be.
Kerb shoppin' is the life for me.
Streets spreadin' out so far & wide.
Keep your antiques, I preFER the junky side.

At home is where I'd rather stay.
I get allergic sittin' in the van all day.
I just adore a DVD or two.
Darling I love you but I have better things to do.

...I'm bored.
...Death stare.
...DON'T care.

I am your wife.
Good bye, peaceful life.
Hard Rubbish we are there....hahahahahaha....!!
When the first street I drove in saw me score this little red tool box....I suspected I was gonna have a GREAT afternoon....!

And I DID....When I pulled up several hours later to take pics 'cause I was losin' the light my van looked like this....** happy happy HAPPY dance **

AWESOME industrial drawer unit....'Little Red'....Two VERY sexy galvanised bins & 1960's toy pram....WOOHOO....!!

The sense of balance has been restored to 'Tamarah world'....hahahahaha....

Two 3 x tiered metal stands, 2 x bird cages, 2 x BRILLIANT wooden ironing boards with green metal legs....'Oh HAPPY day...!!'

Cream metal vegie stand....FUNKY green wooden tool box with drawers....Sweet little blue wooden box....Green Vacola canning thingo....Glass sweets jar, Japan coffee cup & wooden spool....!

Cream persinware scales WITH YUMMY green plate....!

Willow carnations rubbish bin....Milk bottle & assorted vintage jars....Chisel, spatula & scissors....!!

INDEED....I feel like balance HAS been restored....Now I'm READY for another FIVE at 'the pesky day job'....!!

I'm off to find a glass of wine, finish answering some questions & catch up with my blog mates....!!  Wherever you are, I hope you've enjoyed a relaxing TREASURE filled weekend....!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Back to the Market for some R & R....!!

Hello Vintage Friends everywhere....!

I hope this note finds you all enjoying a peaceful Sunday....!!

I went back to the Market this morning for the FIRST time in 3 weeks & let me tell you now....It was so GOOD TO BE BACK....!! I can't believe I've just spent several weeks in 'Junking Siberia'....NO Market....NO HR....NO Op-Shops....Man....I was hangin'....hahahahaha....SERIOUSLY....!

I wanted to get this post in quick smart 'cause I'm heading out to the HR for the WHOLE afternoon....WOOHOO....Who knows....I might post AGAIN tonight....!

These are my Treasures from this morning....!

This trophy is a WHOPPER & towers over the mason jar....!! 

The detail of the mirror is AWESOME & I LOVE the chippy creamy white paint....** sigh **  It's destined to live on the mantle above our bed....!!  The patina of the yard stick is TO DIE FOR & the big floppy flower was a gift from one of my FAVE vendors, Liz 'the button lady'....!

Well I must dash....Happy Junkin'....!

Tamarah :o)

We interrupt our scheduled SVJ-X Wrap Ups to feature my FAVE Vintage Shop Friend....!! #1

Hello Shabby Vintage Junk Friends....!

I hope everyone's having an AWESOME relaxing weekend filled with Treasures.... :o) !!

Because I've been so focused on the SVJ-X for quite some time now, I wanted to stop for a moment to celebrate & share with you my FAVE Vintage Shop Friend, Sue Carrol of Montreux & her new French Treasures....!

I've known Sue for a little over 10 years & in that time I've seen her business flourish....Many people have asked me over the years what it is about Sue's business that sets her apart from other Vintage Homewares Stores in Melbourne & why I think she's been so successful.

My answer quite simply is that Sue has the most amazing 'eye' I have ever encountered in the Vintage World....Add this to the genuine enthusiasm she has for what she does AND the 'warmth' she has for her customers & you have a wicked & WINNING combination....!!

Having travelled to France in April on a buying trip, I'm pleased to say, the container Sue sent back filled with TREASURES arrived in Melbourne recently & was transported to her warehouse at 23 Grattan Street, Prahran.  A special preview was held for her Customers last Thursday 19th August....!

Alas, I was unable to attend due to some work & IT issues however, I made up for it today when Mr SVJ-X took me down for a spot of shopping.... :o) !!

I was drooling the MOMENT I walked....The space itself is SERIOUSLY SENBLOODYSATIONAL....Exposed brickwork, high HIGH ceilings....SEXY natural light....AWESOME beams....The PERFECT setting for the pieces you see below....ENJOY....!!

Now you all know I ADORE these bottles.....!!

** sigh **

Thick, chippy, peely paint & detail TO DIE FOR....

I wanted these SO BAD....

Red metal chippy paint....

Simple stunning PERFECTION....!

My heart HURTS looking at this FABULOUS Armoire....!!

Be STILL my palpitating heart....

Loved loved LOVED this piece....!

AWESOME architectural salvage....Mirror & chippy stand....

No words....

Montreux is located at 545 High Street, Prahran & Sue can be contacted on 03 9510 9100. The warehouse is located in Prahran at 23 Grattan Street.

I hope you enjoyed Part 1 of this FABULOUS French feast....!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza on YouTube....!! FINAL segment added....!!

Hello Everyone....!

Well it seems like it's taken a month of Sundays but I've FINALLY managed to upload the video Mr SVJ took at the Extravaganza....I have absolutely NO IDEA though as to HOW to link them to my blog though like I've seen others do so I've just added regular links....  :o) !!

There is a 'Vintage Treasures Part 2' that I'm still having problems uploading....I'll have another go this evening & add it to THIS post when I get it up so they're all in one place....!!

Shelley & Me playin' with our balls

Mr SVJ's BIG fluffy balls

The morning after...Just watin' for the girls....!
Vintage Treasures waiting for our visitors (Part 1)
Vintage Treasures waiting for our visitors (Part 2)

And of course I had to leave you with a pic....This is one of the GORGEOUS Terriers my Friend Wendy made for the show....I'm THRILLED to say these little fellows were a BIG hit with our visitors....!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah  :o)

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza WRAP UP #2

Hello Everyone....!

I'm at the 'pesky day job' at the mo & don't have much time....! I uploaded these pics this morning before I left for work....!

This is Ryn's GORGEOUS booth....Filled with 'Vintage Pretty'....!!

I could have shopped up BIG here but I refrained....  :o)

** Sigh **

Ooh la la....!!

Sweet Andrea's booth from The Pink Poodle blog....!

SO MANY Treasures....

Something for EVERYONE....

Andrea hired a truck to bring everything but didn't need one for the homebound journey....!!

I hope everyone's having a GREAT week....!! Video footage promised for YouTube will HOPEFULLY be uploaded tonight....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza WRAP UP #1

Hello fellow Shabby Vintage Junk enthusiasts.... :o) !!

Well the SVJ-X may have come & gone but the after effects are still being felt quite keenly by 'yours truly' as I am KA-nackered....hahahahahaha....I seriously cannot remember the last time I worked SO hard or had SO much freakin FUN....My face is sore from smiling, my throat's still aching from KACKING like a loon with my fellow Vendors....My mind is OVERFLOWING with ideas for the NEXT SHOW already in the early planning stages....!!

I would like to extend a heartfelt THANKS to the WONDERFUL group of Vendors who participated in the Show without whom it would just not have been possible....You girls ROCK BIG TIME & I appreciate your COURAGE & willingness to try something SO DIFFERENT from anything that's been done before....!!

Just to let my readers know, when I first started organising this show 8 months ago, I extended an invitation to no less than 30 Vendors....These were people I felt would be a PERFECT fit for what it was I was trying to accomplish....I didn't want booths filled with trestle tables with vintage wares laid out unimaginatively.... No....I wanted to see creativity, original ideas....I wanted to bring a new 'look' to the Vintage Scene here in Melbourne, if not Oz & I am OVERWHELMINGLY PROUD of the 9 women who stepped up to the plate to give it a go....!!

To EACH & EVERY one of our wonderful Visitors a BIG THANK YOU for coming out & supporting our Show....I LOVED meeting with you & GABBING about our mutual love of all things vintage & recycling....Man do I have some BIG SURPRISES in store for you all....!!  Speaking of which, if you attended the Show & didn't leave your details in our Visitors Register, please contact me at so I can ENSURE you don't miss out on our 'Invitational'....!!

And a MASSIVE THANK YOU to everyone who visited my blog & left their well wishes for a successful Show....It goes without saying (though I know it's sometimes nice to have it said) that your words helped motivate & push me along when I was starting to feel the stress....!!!!

Now I have HEAPS of pics but would you believe I have been BUSTING MY HUMP over the last couple of days trying to upload the video footage to YouTube with NO SUCCESS....I'm determined to bring this to you because it's LOTS of fun....PLUS I'm dying for you to see Mr SVJ's big fluffy balls....hahahahahaha....!!

If anyone out there has experience with uploading to YouTube & can help out, please let me know....!!

In the mean time, a couple of pics from my stall....!!

You can NEVER have too much chippy red hey Alicia....hahahahahaha....!!

Well I must 'away' to the pesky day job....*** sigh *** !!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza is HERE....!

Hello Shabby Vintage Junkin' Friends....!

It's just on 4.30am here & I am about to head back down to the Ashburton Scout Hall for some last minute 'tweaking' prior to the doors opening at 8am for the inaugural SVJ-Extravaganza....!

I'm afraid it was all work & NO photos for me yesterday during set up but I hope to be back tonight with a clip for Youtube of the hall & all our Treasures....!

All our Vendors have worked extremely hard & I am PROUD of the standard we've achieved....The Hall looks BRILLIANT....Our visitors are going to be VERY impressed....!!

If you 're in Melbourne we'd LOVE to see you....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah  :o)

Monday, August 9, 2010

4 Days to go to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza: Vendor Profile - The Pink Poodle

WOW....Can you believe there are just 4 x SLEEPS TO GO the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza launches into the Vintagesphere....Well maybe 4 x sleeps for our lovely Customers however, from the emails & phone calls I've received today....It's unlikely our Vendors will enjoy THAT many sleeps....hahahahaha....Yes indeed we're all FLAT OUT LIKE LIZARDS DRINKIN' creating some Vintage Magic & sleep....??  Well lets just say sleeps a luxury we can indulge in after....  :o) !!

Now I know your ITCHING to meet some more of our SVJ Vendors so without further ado, I'd like to introduce you to Andrea from The Pink Poodle....!!

I received an email one evening months ago from the LOVELY Alicia from Time Worn Style with Andrea's details simply advising if I was still looking for Vendors for the SVJ-X, Andrea would be a PERFECT fit....!!

I called Andrea & we arranged to meet & I knew as soon as I opened the door & saw her smiling face we were going to get along like a house on fire....A few minutes into our meeting, I was mentally HUGGING Alicia for sending Andrea my way....!!

Having owned & operated her own Gift & Homewares store for many years, Andrea has an obvious flare for display, enjoying the creative process involved in creating visually interesting & beautiful vignettes....!

With an interest rooted in textiles, Andrea enjoys upcycling laces & trims & LOVES experimenting with dyes....Having visited Andrea's home & seeing her pieces up close, I know her Customers will adore her work....!!

Now I've popped into Andrea's YUMMY blog & NICKED some of my FAVE pics for you to enjoy all of which will be available at the SVJ-X....!

YUMMY vintage suitcases given the 'pastel treatment'....

EXQUISITE dyed doilies, buttons & bits....

Childrens hankies from yesteryear....!

TO DIE FOR decorative white painted frames in all sizes.

I know our Shabby Friend Rachel would LOVE these....  :o) !!

** sigh **

I ADORE this sweet little ladder....!

This pic is SO perfect....LOVE the Crinoline Lady....!

Indded I do....!!!

Love love LOVE this vignette....!!!!

You can NEVER have too many sewing drawers....NEVER E-V-E-R....!!

I hope you enjoyed meeting Andrea & viewing a small sample of her Treasures....I know she's looking forward to meeting all of you....!

I'll be back tomorrow to continue the countdown & introduce you to some more SVJ-X Vendors....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamnarah :o)

Sunday, August 8, 2010

5 Days to go to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza - BusybusybusyBIZZAYYYY....!!

Yayyyyyy Junk Friends EVERYWHERE....!!

I hope you've all had an AWESOME weekend filled with loved ones & TREASURES....!!

NO MARKET again for me today....Alas, I sat in one spot almost the ENTIRE day working on a special surprise for our SVJ-X Customers....Not quite finished but I'm getting there....!

Now I HAD intended on continuing with my Vendor Intros tonight but I've been a bit distracted today....So rather than do a 'shoddy' job, I'll start again tomorrow when my minds a little clearer....!

In the mean time....Until clarity returns, I wanted to share a recent find with you....These 4 x cameras were purchased as a lot & there's a couple of beauties that may be worth a bit which is pretty cool considering my small outlay....!!

Unfortunately, it was overcast here in Melbourne yesterday so please forgive my horrid pics....!

Aren't they HANDSOME....!!  There's a 1950's Voigtlander BESSA I with Case, a Houghton Butcher 10 Ensign Carbine Bellows camera, a Brownie & a Polaroid....!

Well I must away....I'll be back tomorrow....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

Friday, August 6, 2010

6 Days to go to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....!

HOLY CRAP....There's ONLY 6 days to go to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....!!  With ONLY this weekend to finalise preparations I am SERIOUSLY under the pump....!!

I will continue with Vendor Intros this evening but in the mean time, I wanted to show you these GORGEOUS Terriers my BFF Wendy form Bonnie Doon made for the Show....!!

Inspired by my collection of Terriers, Wendy started making these little fellows by hand using vintage elements, blankets, ribbon, buttons you name it....!  Each one takes hours to put together & I just know they're gonna be a BIG HIT with our visitors....!!

This big fellow is my FAVE....!  Very VERY Cath Kidston doncha think....!!

Look at all those little moosh mouths....

Sweet little handstitched noses....!

THANK YOU for sending these up Wendy....I LOVE THEM & so will my Customers I'm sure....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)