Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Let's meet some of our TALENTED Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza 'Specialists'....!!

Hello Vintage Friends....!

As promised, I'm back to introduce you to several of our Specialist Vendors participating in the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....While there are 16 of us, some of the team have been so busy working on the Treasures they're bringing to the Extravaganza they were unable to submit their profiles however, I'll include links to their businesses at the end of this post so you can go visit with them before the Show....!!

** NB: All pics belong to the individual Specialist Vendor profiled....! ***

Andrea Frost aka 'The Queen Of Random'
 The Pink Poodle

Hi Everyone....

Having raised two wonderful boys & seeing them through university & out into the world I figure it's my time to shine & pursue my creative interests.  Now my time is my own once again, I spend many hours searching out Treasures for my business, The Vintage Hatbox.

I sell shabby vintage flea market goodies on ebay, with my latest interest involving linen and lace....I love the tactile aspect of vintage textiles & enjoy repurposing my finds & sharing them with my readers on my blog, The Pink Poodle.

I feel privileged to be participating in the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza for the second time & am looking forward to creating a visual feast to entice & delight our visitors.


Callie Whelan - Hunted & Collected 

Callie from Hunted and Collected will be again bringing her eclectic mix of wonderful vintage adornments, which will be uniquely styled with a treasure trove of delightful goodies including vintage mannequins, industrial wood patterns and some lively little air plants - all of which will be available for purchase. Her inspiration for the show will be 'classical opulence' with a shabby twist. From her extensive collection of fabulous vintage jewellery, she will be bringing 1930s celluloid, quirky 1940s figural plastics, 1920s flapper glass beads, as well as her ever popular collection of war era wood and bakelite jewellery, with some lovely sparkly retro delights as well.

For a preview of some of the creme of her vintage jewellery crop, be sure to check out Callie's collection online at www.huntedandcollected.com - particularly if you wish to get a head start on your fellow junkers. If you don't find that special something there, don't despair; she tells me that she has been putting aside a collection of vintage pieces especially for the SVJX. But, if you are hunting something specific and you want her to bring it to the fair, don't be shy about it! Drop her a line or two via her contacts page, as she has over 3000 treasures at last count and she might just have what you are looking for! And she does wholesale too!

Also, best get in early to get your hands on a collection of 1940s figural scatter pins all priced at only $5 ea! They look fabulous on children's coats or create a scenic delight with several on your winter jacket.


Alison Gibbs

Alison Gibbs lives in Mt Martha on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

I will be selling jewellery created from vintage elements - cotton, buttons, beads, laces, ribbons, fabric and jewels.

As a Specialist Vendor at the SVJ-X I am looking forward to introducing my Vintage Line of Jewellery to all lovers of Vintage.

I have a website - www.alisongibbs.com where I sell my Vintage Line of Jewellery along with other jewellery and artistic creations, preloved and vintage treasures.

Come visit my blog - www.alisongibbs.blogspot.com   

Lisa Amirtharajah - Vintage Influence

Vintage Influence is a vintage furniture, homewares and interiors business. I specialise in vintage design or vintage influenced design. With that in mind I create furniture and soft furnishings with a vintage vibe. In addition, I provide a design inspiration service sourcing original vintage items for the home.

My style has been described as ‘Eclectic’, ‘Colourful’, ‘Quirky’ and ‘Fun’, four adjectives that describe me and the philosophy behind Vintage Influence perfectly. I share a passion and love for all things vintage that by their nature have a history and a story and believe in the principals of salvaging, repurposing and up-cycling.
It was this love and passion that inspired me to start my business and I look forward to sharing my eclectic, colourful, quirky and fun vintage finds and creations with others.
Vintage Influence Contact : Lisa Amirtharajah 0400 167 477.

Natalie Olver - The Cupcake Wrapper Co.

My passion for all things junk/vintage/antique related is in my blood  with all members of my family being keen collectors.
I have been able to feed my love of merchandising with vintage props through the business that I am one half of ‘The Cupcake Wrapper Co.’ 

At the SVJ-X I will have many items for sale including some of my own treasures that have been in my home for many years which I now feel the need to move them on so I can introduce some new pieces.
  My home was featured in Home Beautiful last November & some of the pieces photographed will be for sale at the Extravaganza.

I look forward to sharing my pieces with you....Maybe I'll even find a few new things I can’t leave without! I look forward to meeting many fellow lovers of all things Shabby Vintage Junk!
Frankie Wright - Inspired By Vintage

Inspired by Vintage was born out of a love of  the old & timeless pieces from the past....

There is only one criteria that must be met with my items and that is simply that I must love them and wherever possible be able to use them in my day to day life.
Featured at the Vintage Extravaganza will be a selection of bakelite and vintage canisters, homewares & a large selection of vintage children toys including cars, trucks, puzzles and children books.

Irene Bibes - Re-Vintaged
Re-Vintaged was created to give me an excuse to trawl through Op Shops and Second-hand stores &spend inordinate amounts of time online searching for that perfect piece of fabric, lace or linen. My emphasis will always be on Vintage floral fabrics and Hand-embroidered Linens and how I can re-purpose or Re-Vintage them.

I am the perennial bower bird and if I see something, the price is right and I just have to have it , it comes home with me. & I hope others will share this passion of mine at the Shabby Vintage, Junk Extravaganza.

I am presenting a selection of hand-made items including cushions and bunting, to small upholstered items. There will also be an eclectic array of household items, vintage linens and fabrics.

See you there!
Irene Bibes


Morris Brown
 Morris brown is a collaboration between two friends of horticultural persuasion!
Our first store opened four years ago in the main street of Healesville, with a new store opening last July in the leafy green suburb of Heathmont.

Most often described as eclectic, our stores encompass a range of both old and new, all chosen for their particular beauty. We stock jewellery, homewares, clothes, soaps, stationery and anything that takes our fancy, all displayed within a framework of vintage, most for sale (a few that aren’t!) Because of this, our shops are frequently changing and always interesting!

Come and visit us at:
264 Maroondah Highway
Healesville 3777
Ph 59 62 4042

192 Canterbury Rd
Heathmont 3135
Ph 9729 1263

Or www.morrisbrown.com.au http://www.morrisbrown.com.au


Jenny - Vintage Living
One of my high school friends reminded me recently that I’d always loved old things but I first started collecting seriously over thirty years ago when I was inspired by English designer Trisha Guilds gorgeous collection of Carltonware, Clarice Cliff & frosted green Depression glass.
  This ignited in me what has become a lifelong obsession for collecting. Over time I have collected Carltonware, Clarice Cliff, Malingware, Royal Winton all-over floral, Victorian enameled glass, Depression glass in all colours, Victorian chamber jugs, Edwardian oils of roses, barbola mirrors, Murano glass – in particular cornucopias, Staffordshire florals & rosy 50’s china. There are more but too numerous to mention!
This love of the chase led me to opening a stall in an antique market which, in turn led to my opening a shop eight years ago called “Vintage Living” which I closed 4 months ago as I was long overdue for a break. I used to tell customers that I had to start selling to support my habit! Two of the highlights of my shop experience were hiring out items for films & this year many of my pieces will feature in the new Peter Weir film “The Eye of the Storm” featuring Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling & Judy Davis.
 Also, I had the pleasure of a visit from the lovely Taylor Swift who remarked that I had a “very beautiful store” & purchased a dinner setting for twelve & a beautiful set of 1930’s china kitchen cannisters. My biggest problem has been that while I fall in love with new looks, I don’t fall out of love with old ones & hence I have an over-abundance of collectables!
 I have presently been seduced by the more neutral, natural aesthetic but I still look at my old copy of Martha Stewarts “Entertaining” & can’t help but remain in awe of that gorgeous country kitchen – which prompted me to collect baskets all those years ago!
 I am supported in all of my ventures by my husband who spends his weekends cleaning, repairing & painting for me when what he’d rather be doing is sitting watching the footy! At the “Extravaganza” I will be selling small furnishings, prints & paintings, china, lightfittings, Florentine, vintage clothing, jewellery & linen.my stall.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Talk about cutting it fine....hahahahahaha....20 x Early Bird Totes HOT off the press....!

Greetings All....!

Case De SVJ has OFFICIALLY been renamed 'Camp CRAZY House'....There is a WHOLE hellofalot goin' on around here today & I am doin' the Mad Hatter dance BIG TIME....Yes indeed folks I'mlateI'mlateI'mLATE! & I KNOW I should be elsewhere but here I am talkin' to you lot....hahahahahaha....Not for long though....I've just popped in to share a few of our canvas Early Bird totes FINISHED last night....

There are TWENTY in total which are going to the first 20 x Early Birds who booked tickets to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....!!

Hand made by myself & my Mother-In-Law on two NON industrial sewing machines these BEAUTIES will be filled with Treasures generously provided by a number of our Specialist Vendors.....!!
Aren't they YUMMY....!!!!!

OK....Gotta fly....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah :o)

PS:  I WILL be back later to introduce you to a number of our Specialists....!

HEAVENS above....We've got people flyin' in from ALL over the country to attend the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....!

Hi Everyone....!!

I'm running BEHIND this evening & after pulling an all nighter last night, I really need to get into bed....I wanted to share this SWEET pic I received a short time ago though from one of our interstate Early Birds....

The GORGEOUS Michelle is flying over from Western Australia JUST to attend the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....!!!!!

Michelle's so EXCITED to be joing us she's counting down 'sleeps'....

I can't tell ya how much this pic made me SMILE....!!

Tamarah :o)

Saturday, May 28, 2011

One GIANT step for Tamarah....One TINY step for the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....hahahahahaha....

Hello fellow Keepers Of The Past....!!

Things are really hopping here at SVJ Headquarters....Though Mr SVJ & I have gone to separate corners of the house after an 'artistic' disagreement & I'm ENJOYING a few moments of peace & quite....hahahahahaSNORT....!!

Chaos has moved in & STUFF's seemingly STREWN the length & breadth of our castle to the point where I'm surprised I'm actually getting anything done at all....!!

I HAVE managed to finish this GORGEOUS cubby or pigeon hole unit though & I just thought I'd take a moment to show you....I needed a large piece for the Extravaganza to display my smalls & I think this will do perfectly....!!

Twenty boxes will allow me to display a number of TREASURES during the two days of our Show....
Clocks.....Spools....Globes....SWEET vintage toys....Glass jars filled with Vintage Notions.....
A trophy or two....A Kokeshi Doll maybe....hmmmmm....I'm SURE I could play at this all day....!
It's a shame though I have so many....MANY more projects requiring my attention....**sigh**....
Dare I ask...."Are we there YET....?"....hahahahahaha....6 more sleeps to go....And then....
....Our Early Bird visitors will get to enjoy all of the hard work we've gone to to create....
The Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....
And back by popular demand are my BEAUTIFUL Friend Wendy's Terriers Of Mansfield....A recent addition to her hand made range of Vintage Terriers are these English mohair CUTIES....**LOVE**....!!
Well that's enough mucking around....I trust you're all having a BRILLIANT weekend....As promised earlier, I'll be back shortly to introduce you to some of our Specialist Vendors....!!

Yes indeed....One GIANT step for me....One TINY step for the SVJ-X....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah  :o)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

When SPRUIKING & THRIFTING go hand in hand - An Ode to the GORGEOUS Naughty Shorts....!!

*** The Early Bird ticket offer to the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza closes today 5pm EST....If you are considering purchasing a ticket to the early session you will need to contact me at shabbyvintagejunk@hotmail.com before this time to secure your booking....! ***

Hello Vintage Friends near & far....!

As always, I hope this post finds you well & HAPPY....!  I'm running around like a blue arsed fly at the moment....With ONLY 7 x sleeps to go until opening day, I'm in the process of swapping my ORGANISER hat for my SPECIALIST vendor hat & if I thought I was busy before....I am SERIOUSLY under the pump now....!!

The living area of Casa De SVJ looks like a bomb went off....I have painting projects, sewing projects, pieces of furniture clamped waiting for glue to dry, pompoms hanging EVERYBLOODYWHERE....Oh & lets not forget the string of Parisienne stained price tickets hanging the ENTIRE length of the room....!

Needless to say....Yesterday I took the opportunity to escape for a few hours into the city to visit with my LOVELY Friend Daniel from the Red Brick Barn for a cuppa & a chat before heading down to Brunswick & Smith Streets to hand out flyers for the Show....THEN....As a reward for all my SPRUIKING efforts....I visited a FEW Op-Shops on my return journey....hahahahahaha....And here are my YUMMY Treasures....!!!

Doesn't this pile just SCREAM HAPPY....
I know my GORGEOUS Friend Bec over at Naughty Shorts! would have LOVED to have been with me when I discovered these DIVINE sheets....! Between the two of us....We have QUITE the collection....!!
I've NEVER seen one of these maths charts....I've seen the spelling chart for sure but NEVER one of these...At $2.00 I'm happy to say SCORE....!!
I have a feeling Bec would make a DIVINE TEA DRESS or two out of these BEAUTIFUL sheets....!!
Oh & these too would make GLORIOUS TEA DRESSES....Aren't they just DELICIOUS....!!
When I picked these green glass cups & saucers up I thought they may have been Pyrex or Fire King....But NO....They're FRENCH....**sigh**....Just need a soak in Napisan & they'll be PERFECT....!
And last but by NO MEANS least is this FABULOUS wallpaper which reminds me of my FAVE designer, Orla Kiely & I can't wait to use it....!

Well Friends I MUST FLY....I'll be back shortly to introduce you to some of our Specialist Vendors....!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah  :o)

PS:  Don't forget....The LUCKY Winner of the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza Giveaway will be drawn on the 5th June....To remain eligible you need to keep your button up until this date....!!!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Early Birds Catch the Worms & Win WONDERFUL PRIZES at the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....!!!!!

Hello Treasure Hunters....!

This year at the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza we are offering Early Bird entry from 12noon - 1pm....Just IMAGINE if you will, shopping for ONE FULL HOUR before all your Vintage Friends enter at 1pm....!!

Not only do our Early Birds gain the benefit of experiencing the Show FIRST, seeing the FABULOUS displays & nabbing those HARD TO FIND Treasures....They have the opportunity to win FABULOUS prizes drawn throughout the hour....Oh YES....There are prizes & LOTS of them....!!!!!

The first 20 x registered & paid up early Birds will receive a FANTASTIC hand made tote made from recycled canvas awning (tough & endurable for vintage shopping....!) filled with Treasures GENEROUSLY donated by a number of our Specialist Vendors

Will you be an Early Bird, shop first & have the opportunity to score YUMMY VINTAGE PRIZES or....Will you be waiting outside WISHING you'd taken advantage of securing an Early Bird Ticket....!

Early Bird tickets are available for purchase for $15.00 & will only be available for a short time longer....To secure your ticket send me an email: shabbyvintagejunk@hotmail.com

Cheers from SVJ Headquarters,
Tamarah  :o)

When - Friday 3rd June & Saturday 4th June 2011

What Time - Friday: 12noon - 1pm (Early Birds ONLY - Bookings Essential)
1pm - 6pm (General entry)
Saturday: 8am - 4pm (General entry)

Where - ASHBURTON SCOUT HALL, 337 High Street, Ashburton (Melways ref# 60 E10)

Parking - Ample FREE parking for our Customers is available adjacent to the Scout Hall. There is also free parking available in the streets surrounding the hall.

Wheelchairs & Prams - The Scout Hall does not currently have ramp access however, the step into the hall is quite low & we will be able to assist anyone in a wheelchair wishing to visit....!!
Mums & Dads with prams are welcome however, due to the amount of people moving about the hall it is preferable (when possible) prams be 'parked' in the foyer while you're shopping.

Amenities - There are no public toilets available on the premises for our Customers.

Entry Fee - $5.00 General Entry (per person), $15.00 Early Bird Entry (per person).

Payment Options - This will vary from Vendor to Vendor so to be on the safe side, make sure you bring plenty of cash. There are ATM's just down from the Scout Hall in High Street & Safeway is 300m up the road for EFT withdrawals.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

OK....Let's ReCYCLE & break this BABY down....!

Okeydokey....Now that entries for the Shabby Vintage Junk Giveaway Extravaganza Giveaway have closed, I thought I'd take a break from promoting the Show & share a project with you....I know I'm ALWAYS showing you pics of my finds but RARELY ever do you get to see what I do with them....!

Now this is a sweet little gentleman's wardrobe from the early to mid 1940's....It's a GREAT piece, in WONDERFUL nic & could most certainly be ReUSED for the purpose with which it was originally intended however, I have other plans for it....!

Working with a TIGHT budget & KEEN to promote the 4 x R's....ReUSE....RePURPOSE....ReIMAGINE & ReCYCLE I tend to make do instead of making a trip to the hardware store....At the moment, I have several SVJ-X projects on hold because I need 'parts' so I'm gonna 'canabalise' this piece & ReCYCLE the pieces....!

This is a simple project requiring a few hand tools....My gloves, hammer & 'persuader' (tire iron) were sourced from the Hard Rubbish....The pliers were an unavoidable purchase as I haven't as yet found any on the side of the road....!
Now I'm pretty much a crash & bash kinda girl when I get going but this job requires a gentle approach....The ply needs to be lifted carefully to ensure it doesn't tear....
All of the nails need to be removed for safety as well as the fact some of the pieces may require machining at a later date....Mr SVJ gets VERY annoyed if I leave nails for him to saw through....hahahahaha....!
Contrary to popular belief....The 'persauder' can be used for gentle manipulation....hahahahaha....
At this stage it's pretty much a carcass....The top, back & most of the front pieces of ply & the door have been removed along with the shelves....
If you've ever trodden on a nail &/OR had a bloody tetanus shot....You don't want to leave any of these little buggers sticking out....
A quick whack with my trusty hammer & a potential trip to the emergency ward is avoided....!!
Nearly done....Just the sides & the frame to break down & I can put everything away....!
Larger nails need to be carefully hammered back through so as not to split the wood....
So close....Just need to pry the sides from the base & remove the last piece of ply from the inside....!
Yayyyyyy....Do you see what I see....?  THREE long narrow blackboards in waiting on the left....Hardwood pieces to be used in a HEAP of repair projects & sheets of ply to be used as backings on a number of projects....!!!!!
And this was all I was left with....And if I HAD a wood fire....I'd utilise this TOO as kindling....!

Well I hope you've enjoyed having a look at what I get up to when I'm not promoting the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....With any luck....I'll come back & show you how I turn the tall narrow pieces into blackboards....!!

Cheers from SVJ-X Heaadquarters,
Tamarah :o)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

14 HOURS & Counting....Absolute LAST CHANCE to WIN The Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza GIVEAWAY....!!!!!

Morning Keepers Of The Past....!

There's LESS than 14 hours now to get your entry in for one of the most AWESOME giveaways going on in blogland at the moment....!

Valued at $260.00 the prize is DEFINITELY worth vying for....And all you need to do is grab a button....You don't have to follow my blog....You don't need to bend over backwards, do a number of different things to enter....NO....All you need to do is grab a button, keep it in place until the 5th June to help SPREAD the word about the Shabby Vintage Junk Extravaganza....It REALLY doesn't get much easier than that....!!!!!

If you blog about the Extravaganza you get an additional 3 entries but you don't even have to do that....Just grab a button....Too easy....!

Before I go I would like to say a big THANK YOU to Beth Cregan at Write Away With Me who has posted an interview with me on her blog....!  In the interview we discuss my recent transition from the corporate work place to the junk world & my dreams for the future....And thanks to Beth's WONDERFUL editing....There's hardly a !!!!! in sight....hahahahahaha....  :o) !!!!!

 SO TRUE....!!!

Cheers for now,
Tamarah  :o)