5 Great Australian Courier Services For Your Online Shipping Needs

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I think we can all agree, online shopping is here, and it’s here to stay. Online retailers are attracting an increasing proportion of the retail market, and the trend is expected to continue. Vintage, be it clothing, homewares or furniture, is also an increasingly popular segment of online retail, especially in Australia. A simple rummage through google trends shows that Australia has the highest volume for the search term ‘vintage furniture’ in the world, and the fourth highest for the search term ‘vintage clothing’!


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Back to online shopping. There’s a lot to be said for it. On the most part, it’s easy, fun and oh-so-convenient. There’s nothing quite like making those important purchase decisions from the comfort of one’s own bed with teacup/ ice cream bowl/wine glass in hand. Perhaps its greatest downfall, aside from the relative ease with which it empties your pockets, is shipping. Getting a purchase from point A to point B. Sounds like a simple task, right? Why, then, are so many online buyers and sellers brought to the verge of tears when dealing with the ugly, confusing and infuriating logistics of shipping?

If you shop online, you won’t be surprised to hear that understanding shipping costs is one of the most crucial factors in driving purchase decisions, so sellers, take note! Getting a handle on shipping and knowing how you can present the simplest and most cost-effective solutions to your buyers could be the difference between a successful online sale and shopping cart abandonment.

Speaking from personal experience; when I started out, I had no idea how shipping worked, what companies to use, and how much to charge buyers. It was almost enough for me to want to throw in the towel and dedicate my life to playing the pan flute (still plan B). Turns out though, with a little know-how, shipping can be quite simple, and strangely satisfying!

Sadly, there’s no go-to, one-size-fits-all courier company for all of your shipping needs. But allow me to share a few pearls of wisdom I’ve learned along the way; here are (in short) 5 great Australian couriers for your online shipping needs.

Australia Post

With more than 4,400 Post Offices, and 15,500 post boxes Australia wide, Australia Post is likely the first service that comes to mind when you think of shipping.
For products that are under 5kg that fit in a small, medium or large satchel, then Australia Post’s national pre-paid or flat rate satchels are a handy way to get an accurate postage price, with options for same day, next day or regular delivery

Australia Post

image source – via Australia Post

Australia Post flat rate satchel pricing. For larger parcels, and that’s with a maximum width of 1.05 metres and maximum weight of 22 kilograms, Australia Post offer a pretty nifty postage calculator  that can be used to estimate the shipping cost of your parcel. You can access the calculator via their website, or embed it into your own! Australia post is the only service that lease out and deliver to PO boxes, allowing you to have a secure, private address for deliveries, and for sellers – a place to consolidate any returns at one point. Australia Post offer a fairly comprehensive online user interface to track deliveries and send free tracking advice to receivers. If you send 250 parcels or more per year, you can apply for a premium account and receive up to 10 per cent off selected domestic and international services.



Sendle is a simple, online courier aggregate that allows you to send parcels door-to-door for low, flat rates Australia wide. Sendle is great for sending anything up to 25kg, 100L and no longer than 1.2m wide. They offer convenient, at-a-glance pricing categories, which means you can remove the grey area and get an upfront, accurate shipping cost!

image via Sendleimage via Sendle

There’s also no waiting in line at the post office or visiting the post box either; simply create a free online account to conveniently book pick-ups from your front door, and track all order details and progress via your online account. Sendle is also Australia’s first carbon neutral courier service. So bonus points for that, too.


Pack & Send

Pack & Send pride themselves on being able to deliver anything, anywhere. And they can, for a price. Pack & Send is a fairly comprehensive, full-service courier that offer a range of options, right from do it yourself right through to packaging your parcel for you. Pack & Send allow you to choose the level of service you want – depending on your needs – using either their Retail Service Centres or their online self-service system.

What makes Pack & Send unique is their full-service approach to shipping. For a completely fuss-free experience, take your unpackaged item into a Pack & Send centre, and they will professionally pack your item for shipment and send your parcel direct from the service centre. Prices for this premium service can be on the expensive side, but they’re worth considering for fragile and expensive items that need that extra attention to detail in the packaging.

The online self-service option, where you manage the process in your own home or office, allows you to keep your costs down. Pack, weigh and measure the parcel yourself, enter the details in their online quoting system then book, pay and print your shipping labels online. You must then be around for the collection of your parcel, or take it to your nearest Pack & Send centre. Pack & Send also offer ecommerce solutions including website integration and a postage calculator.


Transdirect  is a no-fuss courier aggregate that offer a simple online user interface and very competitive shipping rates. Transdirect is great for midsized / awkwardly shaped parcels that don’t quite fit into other couriers’ flatrate categories. The general consensus is that Transdirect is a reliable and efficient service with excellent customer support.



uShip  is a handy online tool for shipping those tricky, larger items that the usual suspects are unable to ship. uShip connects customers with thousands of independent, registered couriers. As a customer, simply sign up and list the details of your shipment including size, origin and destination. Near-by trucks are alerted and bid to win your business! Select the most appealing quote (alongside real customer reviews), and book then-and-there via your uShip account. You can then track and manage your shipment via real time status alerts in your online account area. Having transporters compete for business allows the sender to save up to 80% on standard prices, and uShip also reduces carbon emissions by helping to fill otherwise empty trucks in transit.

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image – empty trucks in transit.

So we’ve only really scraped the surface, but hopefully getting familiar with some of these handy services will put you on right track to becoming a shipping aficionado in no-time! Do you have any other great couriers to recommend? Please share in the comments on our face book post  Great Australian Courier Services For Your Online Shipping Needs

–Samuel is a Melbourne-based interior stylist and the founder and curator of
Kitsch please, Australia’s first dedicated online marketplace for buying and selling vintage homewares and furniture.

To find out more about buying and selling your vintage items visit their website www.kitschplease.com.au/

Thank you Samuel for this invaluable information

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Polka Dot Vintage Market Perth – 14th & 15th August 2016

Polka Dot Vintage Market Perth

Polka Dot Vintage Market

Vintage & Retro Clothing & Accessories

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th August 2016

Claremont Showgrounds

9.30am – 4.30pm

It’s a HUGE 2 day Market for lovers of “ALL THINGS VINTAGE”

The Polka Dot Vintage Market will be happening as part of the  -3 in 1 [email protected] SHOWGROUNDS. Over 300  INDOOR  Market stalls

Browse stall upon stall of Girls & Guys genuine vintage & retro clothing & accessories, mid-century, retro & kitsch collectables, vinyl records, vintage jewellery, vintage inspired and up-cycled wares, retro furniture, preloved designer fashion, handmade wares and gourmet goodies.

Win $2,000 CASH  (Door Prize)

Entry – $7

Trains stop INSIDE Showgrounds

Find us on Facebook     –     Polka Dot Vintage Market Perth

For further information about the Market please contact :

Margaret Dawson – 9457 9315

Polka Dot Vintage Market Perth

Polka Dot Vintage Market Perth

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Ostblock – European Mid Century Collectables




Ostblock European Mid Century Collectables


OSTBLOCK – European Mid Century Collectables

OSTBLOCK is Australia’s only online store specializing in original mid-century and modern day products sourced exclusively from Eastern Europe.
We speak to Ania to find out more about Eastern European Mid Century Collectables.


  • How do you define geographically / culturally the region of “Eastern Europe”?

There are many definitions of Eastern Europe but in the most basic terms, we deal with so called Eastern Block, former Communist nations.
This of course includes the former Soviet Union as well as the currently in vogue East Germany (DDR).


map of Eastern Bloc, former Communist nationssource – The Economist


  • When did your love of “Eastern European” Mid Century Collectables begin?

My first childhood memory was of my living room, furnished and decorated in the latest Mid -Century Eastern European furniture. Canary yellow walls, dusty blue model ‘366’ armchairs and beetroot red sofa designed by Jozef Chierowski.

My father had great taste, my mother was not impressed with the jet black rug BUT I loved it all and the colours have been permanently stamped in my memory.

Years later my work took me back to Europe and I was fortunate to work and live in a number of wonderful European locations. During these exciting years, I have travelled to a handful of Former Eastern European nations including Poland, Slovenia, Czech Republic and Estonia….

Model 366 Red Armchair by Jozef Marian Chierowski, 1965

Model 366 Red Armchair by Jozef Marian Chierowski, 1965 … http://www.pamono.com


I was intrigued by the complex relationship between the traditional folk identities merged with the strict doctrine of the communist era, and then finally the liberation following the collapse of the Soviet Union. I was amazed at how the beauty of Art and Design were able to shine through even at the darkest of times. OSTBLOCK tries to pay homage to those talented artists and designers that were so prolific during such difficult times.

Even the stark simplicity of communist Architecture and interior design when viewed through and unbiased eye, has something unique about it that make it stand apart from the more widely known American and Scandinavian equivalent.

1960’s - 1970’s Facet Cut Crystal Vase

1960’s – 1970’s Facet Cut Crystal Vase – Ostblock



  • What era and products of “Eastern European” Mid Century does OSTBLOCK specialize in?

Typically, OSTBLOCK deals primarily with the 50s, 60s and the 70s. These three decades make up the bulk of the products we offer though there are a handful of products that predate this era, and of course there is our collection of contemporary design as well from the same regions.

Currently we stock a pretty comprehensive range of homewares, particularly in porcelain and ceramics as well as an enviable collection of vintage alarm clocks and wall clocks. We also offer a selection of very rare furniture pieces which are practically non-existent in Australia and in time we plan to expand the range of furniture.


Century ‘Titano’ Fat Lava Vase by Augusto Giulianelli - Ostblock - european mid century

Mid Century ‘Titano’ Fat Lava Vase by Augusto Giulianelli – ostblock

Mid Century ‘Vine’ Fat Lava Vase with a Handle

Mid Century ‘Vine’ Fat Lava Vase with a Handle – Ostblock


From our contemporary range, we have carefully selected a handful of unique designers and manufacturers that would be impossible to find in Australia. These products have been selected not only for good design, but because they come from a good place and have interesting stories to go with them.

One such story is of 26 year old Magda Godowa who comes from the rural town of Janowice Wielkie in Poland. She is responsible for a range of gorgeous handwoven baskets made from recycled newspapers. She conducts workshops and recruits people from disadvantaged backgrounds to help her fulfil the orders.


Paper crochet by MAGDA GODAWA, Poland

Paper crochet by MAGDA GODAWA, Poland – Ostblock


Newspaper Xmas decorations by Magda Godowa, Poland

MAGDA GODAWA, Poland – Ostblock


  • Does the design influence, differ very much from the Danish & Scandinavian style?  And if so how?

In many cases not upon first impression. However it would be wrong to bundle all of the Eastern Block Design into one basket. For example GDR/ DDR (East German) Design has been described somewhere between Bauhaus tradition and Scandinavian Design but perhaps slightly influenced by the Eastern European tastes and style.  Today DDR Design is reaching iconic status with many collectors and enthusiasts and it even has its own name, OSTALGIA.

Some of the defining features that can be found with Eastern European furniture for example, were the preference for light coloured woods, as opposed to the Scandinavian preference for darker shades. Owing to the financial struggles of Communist area, the furniture designers had to offer less expensive production options, such as using plastic handles and drawer carcases for their cabinetry.

One might argue that the Eastern Europeans showed preference for brighter colours, often described by the West as garish whereas Scandinavian designers favoured elegantly understated tone on tone shades.

Then, there is always the “Sputnik effect”. The small spherical satellite with trailing thin antennae had a tremendous impact on furniture and product design. The “Atomic” euphoria overspilling into Textiles and Graphic Design with the satellite motive repeated in interior, fashion, glass and porcelain design.

But at the end of the day, one might ask whether Eastern European design actually had its own aesthetic or whether it mainly borrowed ideas from the West. Quite often, it exudes a personal charm, variation, and quirkiness that make it well worth preserving, exhibiting, and discussing.


1950’s ‘Sputnik’ Music Box - ostblock - mid century

1950’s ‘Sputnik’ Music Box – Ostblock

1950’s ‘Sputnik’ Music Box - ostblock - mid century

1950’s ‘Sputnik’ Music Box – Ostblock


  • Who are some of the more well-known Eastern European Mid Century designers?

Perhaps this question showcases the biggest difference between East and West. While the Western world enjoyed creative freedom and recognition, the Eastern Block credited design to the state rather than the individual. Few bright stars managed to shine through but most designed for companies and workers union cooperatives such as VEB in East Germany. VEB “Volkseigener Betrieb” meaning, state owned peoples enterprise.

Some bright lights and my personal favourites are as follows:

Roman Modzelewski, – His 1958 RM58 armchair is an icon of Polish design and a classic of Cold War-era modernism.

Józef Chierowski – His 1962 armchair Type 366 is an icon of PRL (Polish People’s Republic).

Dr. Yuri Soloviev – One of Russia’s leading figures in design, Dr. Soloviev worked in many design disciplines, among them furniture, interior, industrial, and transport design. He occupied positions at several state-funded organisations, including the Architecture and Art Bureau, the Ministry of Transport Industry, the Central Design Bureau in the Ministry of Shipbuilding and the State Commission for Science and Technology.


 1958 Armchair RM58 by Roman Modzelewski, Poland

1958 Armchair RM58 by Roman Modzelewski, Poland – source – Ostblock


Peter Ghyczy – His 1968 iconic DDR Gardens Egg Chairs were launched in POP colours. “Guten Rutsch!” an optimist introduction into the 70’s.
Ernst Moeckl – Famous for his 1968 colourful and stackable Kangaroo Chris.

Jindrich Halabala – One of the most prominent Czech furniture designers best known for the H269 and the H275 Armchairs.

1968 Garden Egg Chairs by Peter Ghyczy, East Germany

1968 Garden Egg Chairs by Peter Ghyczy, East Germany – source – Ostblock


1958 Seated Girl by H. Jędrasiak for ZPS Chodzież Porcelain Factory, Poland

1958 Seated Girl by H. Jędrasiak for ZPS Chodzież Porcelain Factory, Poland – Ostblock


  • Why would purchasing an Eastern European Mid Century piece be a good Investment, and what advice could you give?

Generally speaking, anything produced in the three Golden Decades (50s, 60s, 70s) are a good investment, but the one that has stood out in particular is Hellerau Furniture. It wasn´t that long ago that the East German produced vitrines, sideboards and bedroom furniture were considered the poor man´s substitute for the more highly regarded  Scandinavian equivalent.  Now, the pieces are quite sought after as is reflected by the rapidly rising prices. Upholstered sofas and arm chairs are becoming increasingly difficult to find and as are, the exquisite Polish porcelain from this era.

Hellerau Sideboard - 1960's East Germany

Hellerau Sideboard – 1960’s East Germany – Pinterest


  • If you could own any iconic piece of EE MC what would that be?

Coming from the Automotive Design background, I cannot help but to wish for a Trabant. This iconic East German car looks smells and sounds amazing. It’s made from a type of fibreglass and it runs on two stroke fuel. Whilst living in Postman, I had managed to track one down, which has been owned by the original family and it was in PERFECT condition. They had purchased the car in the 70’s and had to wait 12 years for it, such was the demand. They ended up waiting 2 extra years because they had ordered it in green, the most popular colour at that time. They have promised to let me know when they decide to sell it. Despite many dinner invitations, coffees and cakes, I am still waiting.

DDR Icon Blue Trabant

 DDR Icon Green Trabant

Trabant. Iconic East German car – source – Ostblock


  • How often do you travel to Eastern Europe and do you have a favourite destination and why?

We have been living in Europe until recently, so we could visit these locations fairly regularly. Now that we are based back in Australia, we would be happy if we could do this twice a year now.  Warsaw and Lodz in Poland are the places we keep going back to, as they have so many facets. Each time we go there, we discover a new talent to include in our contemporary range. Then of course there is Berlin, arguably the most exciting and vibrant city In Europe, and one in which you can lose yourself with the old and the new. A visit to the DDR museum in the Mitte is a must for any fans of things Mid-Century Ostalgia.


Map by http://www.iheartberlin.de/


  • If we wanted to learn more about Eastern European Mid Century, which books or websites would you could recommend?

The Calvert Journal – is a London based guide to the contemporary culture of the new East: The post-Soviet world, the Balkans and the former Socialist States of the Central and Eastern







· Window-Shopping through the Iron Curtain by David Hlynsky

·  DDR Design Books by Günter Höhne

·Casa Mare by Frank Gaudlitz – A glimpse into Eastern European Faces and Interiors.

· Abandoned East German Architecture by Hassan J. Richter

· DDR Limited by Skjerven Group GmbH  – The special life and style at Strausberger
Platz in East Berlin.

· Berlin Wonderland: Wild Years Revisited, 1990-1996  Shortly after the Wall came down, subcultures boomed in Berlin’s Mitte district.




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Top Ten Picks Art Deco

Top  Ten Vintage


Lets go shopping …

This weeks TOP TEN  picks, some of our favorite Art Deco pieces

Find all of these stores listed in our Australian Vintage Directory ..

#SHOP VINTAGE – Use our drop down menu to shop by category type.

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1940s Maison Jansen style French Bar cart or trolley - online antiques


Goldscheider Egyptian Dancer or Aida Model by Josef Lorenzl Austria - DECO DIVA

  • Goldscheider Egyptian Dancer or Aida Model by Josef Lorenzl Austria
    SHOP:  Deco Diva


An Australian Art Deco Occasional Table - Polish


Quayle - Antiques To Retro

  •  Framed Pen & Ink Caricature signed Jack Quayle, 1922.
    Quayle was a cartoonist & illustrator  from the  1920’s  – 1970s
    SHOP:  Antiques To Retro


Pair of French original leather armchairs - ART DECO



BOURIN Great Art Deco poster from 1936 - Studio M



Museum Quality Art Deco Clock By J De Roncourt France 1930 - Deco Diva



La Paresse reprint 1925 - Art Deco Poster SHOP Vintage Venus



art deco lady lamp - Antiques To Retro



Art Deco Beaded Purse - Deco Darling Jewellery


*All of these ART DECO items are currently available in store at the time of publishing this post.

For details about an individual item, please contact the store directly via the link provided.

Be sure to check our TOP TEN  Vintage weekly. If you would like to see our top ten picks first, subscribe to our newsletter . . . first in first serve !!

Happy Shopping x

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Top Ten Picks: Vintage Lighting

Top 10 Vintage

Lets go shopping …

This weeks TOP TEN  picks, some of our favourite vintage hanging lights !!

SHOP VINTAGE – Find all of these stores listed in our Australian Vintage Directory .. Category Lighting


Dansk Vintage

  • Classic ph3 pendant designed by Poul Henningsen – SHOP @ Dansk Vintage


Naval diving lights


Vest Lighting Pendant Lamp - Vampt Vintage



Nova Pendant




These great lights were originally in the warf at Newcastle.

  •  These great lights were originally  in the wharf at Newcastle
    @ Montague & Mabel


vintage pendant light designed by architect frits schlegel model - dansk

  • Vintage pendant light designed by architect Frits Schlegel @Dansk Vintage



Vampt Vintage 3-drop Pendant Lamp Blue-glass multi-shade pendant with a teak boomerang mounting Denmark




Glass and Metal Pendant Lamp by Svend Aage Holm Sørensen


All of the vintage lights are currently available in store when this post was published.

For details about an individual item, please contact the store directly  via the links provided.

Be sure to check our TOP TEN  Vintage weekly  and subscribe to our newsletter

Happy Shopping x

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Littlest Vintage – Shopping for vintage in Adelaide

Littlest Vintage


Littlest Vintage – Shopping for vintage in Adelaide

I first spoke to this dynamic trio when they opened their store  in 2011. Four years later i talk to Lauren about Littlest Vintage and how their business has grown and evolved and what changes she has seen in the industry.

You can read our original interview from 2011; find the ink at the bottom of the page.

  • What has been the biggest change to your store since then?

Lauren: It’s hard to say what the biggest change has been. Our business is continually evolving and expanding. We now do lots of custom pieces (made from vintage materials) and event styling. Our side project ‘that dapper market’ has also grown immensely.

Our business has gone from soley a retail venture, into a multi-faceted one. This means we’re now looking to move ‘littlest’ into a large warehouse venue — somewhere we can have a shop, workshop and studio all in the one space.

Littlest Vintage


  • Have your roles changed within the business?

We’ve gone from a trio to a duo since one of our founder’s, Mecia, now works as a social worker. Matt and I  don’t really have set roles. We both work on pretty much all facets of littlest together.

  • In the last few years, what area of vintage do you think has become more popular & why?

There has definitely been a shift from retro to rustic. But lots of styles seem to go in waves/cycles.


Littlest Vintage


Littlest Vintage


  • What types of vintage wares can we find in your store?

Vintage and rustic furniture and collectables, locally-made giftware and accessories and a bit of vintage clothing sourced abroad.

  • Is there a particular area (such as industrial or mid-century) of vintage wares that you specialise in particularly?

We love depression-era pieces,  character pieces (that show signs of their previous lives) and Matt loves vintage taxidermy so you’re always likely to find an old soul (or five) in the store.

Littlest Vintage


  • You have the most beautifully styled vintage photography; do you use a professional stylist?

Why thank you! We don’t use a stylist. I pretty much operate on what Matt likes to call a crazy ‘anti-gravity’ approach in which furniture/items are held in place for a display through willpower and perhaps a few colourful words. Oh and I do like to wedge our shop dog, Johnny into a pic wherever possible.


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Littlest Vintage

Littlest Vintage

  • Any hints or tips on how on styling you can share?

We like to create large displays that appear to be somewhat of an organised chaos. I like to either create a display using similar types of objects or completely disparate pieces. Eg once we displayed a bunch of vintage mincers filled with succulents and the mincers all ended up selling to people wanting to make mincer planters. My advice would be to play with items and try presenting them in unconventional ways — but you may want to wear a helmet when playing jenga with armchairs.

Littlest Vintage


  • If you knew what you know now, is there anything you would have done differently?

Nah, every hiccup is just an opportunity to learn.

  • What can we expect from littlest vintage in the next 3 years from now?

When we find the perfect new space, littlest will become a heck of a lot larger. In three years from now we hope to be operating as a shop, rental business, workshop and creative-practice studio. Most importantly we see littlest as continuing to share lovely vintage goods with vintage-loving folks.

Littlest Vintage

Littlest Vintage

Littlest Vintage

91 Glen Osmond Road, Eastwood. South Australia

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In Retrospect – opening a vintage business

In Retrospect

In Retrospect
In Retrospect is a new vintage homewares and gift shop in Victoria Park, Perth which opened in July 2014. We talk to Claire, the owner of In Retrospect about opening her business.


Claire, was the opening of In Retrospect a long time in the planning?

Opening the shop was a relatively new idea. Early last year I finished up working at the airport and realised I needed a new career and wanted to be my own boss. Having worked in retail and hospitality for years and knowing that customer service is my forte, I decided to combine my love of shopping and all things vintage and thus ‘In Retrospect’ was born.
With the help of my family and friends I was able to get the shop up and running fairly quickly and I’ve been open for over seven months now. I still love hunting for stock and I’m really enjoying watching the shop evolve so I’m so glad I took the leap and opened the store.

In Retrospect
What made you decide to open a store in the business of vintage, retro & antiques?
Claire: I’ve always had an interest in vintage furnishings.
My parent’s love of antiques meant I grew up surrounded by antique and vintage furniture. And we couldn’t go away on a family holiday without visiting every antique store along the way, so I suspect this is where I developed my interest.
I love the fact that each piece has at some point been a treasured part of someone’s life or an item that has stood the test of time. They’re quirky pieces that you won’t find in everyone’s home.

In Retrospect
Do you specialize or favour a particular era ?
Claire:  I don’t have a favourite era as such.
I do have a lot of early and mid-century china tea sets, trio’s and tea ware but I also have antique chairs from the early 1900’s, coloured glass from the 50’s, earrings from the 80’s, fabrics and wallpaper from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s and a huge range of other items from kitchenware to decor to furniture from each era and from around the world. I just love colourful and funky things.
My mantra is, ‘I won’t stock anything in my store that I wouldn’t love to have in my own home.

In Retrospect
Does your store sell other items beside vintage & retro?
Claire:  We sell up cycled Australian wood pieces such as lamp bases made from Australian farm fence posts, that are hand crafted in Busselton, Western Australia along with trinket boxes and cheese platters.
Terrariums from Little Greenscapes – various sizes, plants and jars are available. ‘Geese up the Wall’ from Zwei and Co, made in Margaret River in a range of funky colours.

In Retrospect
Do you offer any special services in store?
Claire: We make vintage fabric cushion covers and wall art to order, using authentic vintage and retro inspired fabrics from around the World. We also make wall art from authentic vintage Italian wallpaper. I love helping people with design ideas for a room and have helped out with some furniture makeovers.
One of our customers had a beautiful mid-century lamp that had been passed down to him from his grandmother. The lampshade was in need of some TLC so we re-covered it for him in a vibrant red fabric and then made some vintage fabric cushions to match.
The lamp got a new lease on life and his lounge room now has the retro vibe he was looking for.  More recently we’ve started providing a hire service and can provide all the pieces required for a ‘High Tea’.

In Retrospect
With a long career in hospitality & retail, are there things you didn’t expect as an owner of your own store?
Claire: I definitely underestimated the amount of administration work involved in owning my own store. I much prefer to be out hunting for a bargain than stuck behind a desk doing paperwork.
I also didn’t expect the stress of worrying about how to get people through the door. I’m still learning the art of social media marketing and have been actively working on different avenues of improving sales. Through social media I’ve managed to gain interest in the store from interstate and overseas so am very excited to soon be launching an online store.

In Retrospect
What do you think makes your business stand out from others?
Claire:  I am always on the hunt for vintage and retro items and go to great lengths travelling around the metropolitan area and interstate to find unique stand out pieces for the store.
To make it easier for customers to find décor items to fit a particular colour scheme, I’ve colour coded the store and am always happy to make cushions and wall art to order to match any scheme.
And I pride myself on having the only store of its kind in the local area.

In Retrospect
Who or what influences your decorating style?
Claire: Other than my parent’s love of vintage furniture, I can’t really say what influences my decorating style. I just love colourful and quirky items. If I see something I like, I buy it.
I do get inspiration from old movies, home decor magazines and mid-century magazines I’ve bought online or picked up from vintage stores. And Google images are always a good source of inspiration.

In Retrospect

In Retrospect
Can you tell us some of your favourite Australian Vintage Shops ?
Claire: There are so many great vintage stores, but to name a few;
‘Annie’s Vintage Wonderland’ in Guildford, Perth
‘Maine Home Garden Design, Maylands, Perth WA
‘Vintage Emporium’ in Maylands, Perth WA
‘Retro Spectrum’ in Petersham, Sydney NSW
And I haven’t had the chance to visit there yet, but I love the store name ‘Nanna Had That’ in Newcastle.

In Retrospective

What do you think will be popular vintage items in interiors for the new coming season?
Claire: I believe runway fashions are a good indication of what décor colours will be trending in the coming seasons. This runway season there was a definite flash back to the 70’s with shades of orange, deep green, caramels, purples and burgundy and can you believe it, patchwork and paisley look to be making a come back too.
As well as oversized and mismatched bold coloured furniture and lamps.
A quick and easy way to follow trend and update any room with this seasons colours on a budget is with cushions and wall décor. You can check out our range of vintage and retro-inspired fabrics on our Facebook page.

In Retrospect

In Retrospect

239 Albany Highway, Victoria Park. WA

Wednesday – Thursday 9:30am – 5:30pm
Friday 9:30 – 5pm
Saturday 10am – 5pm
Sunday 11am – 3pm


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Pinup Queen and Owner of A Vintage Day Out & Cape of Love

Duchess Di

*image by Red Leopard Photography,


INTERVIEW – Duchess Di

Pinup Queen, and Owner of A Vintage Day Out & Cape of Love.

We speak to Di about her fascinating life, entering her first Pinup competition at the 50 and her two extraordinary businesses in Western Australia.

 How did you discover your love of Pinup ?

Dutchess Di: Listening to Mums Elvis records, admiring her photos from the 40s on, watching my parents jive & then later in my life meeting people who were like minded led to my love of pinup.

When did you enter your first Miss Pinup Australia contest?

Dutchess Di: I entered Miss Pinup Australia in 2013 at the age of 50. More girls were needed to enter for Western Australia to hold a state final, so I did it to help it happen. Best choice & I have loved every moment.


Dutchess Di - diane with miss pixie wa final 2014

Diane with miss pixie WA final 2014

Dutchess Di

*image – by Vintage Glamour Photography



How much preparation is involved?

Dutchess Di: Preparation starts from just before the entry photos are entered.In all about 6 months of sourcing true vintage clothing, music, learning  1950s hairstyles & make up. Then also getting the routines down pat for stage.

What do you love most about competing?

Dutchess Di: To me I never felt like I was competing, it was more about enjoying my passion with people from all walks of life from Australia wide & encouraging each other to be the best we can be no matter what our circumstances are. It was lovely to receive a sparkly tiara & sashes though.

Dutchess Di


Who/what inspires you most?

Dutchess Di: My inspiration is my mum. I’m so thankful for her love, calmness & guidance. Though she passed at 49 I was so lucky to have her around until my early adult life. It makes me thankful for life everyday.


You own two businesses. When & how did Cape of Love, your vintage hire company evolve?

Dutchess Di: Cape Of Love came about because of my vintage love. So I thought why not not share my treasures on a persons most important day, their wedding day. I love hiring the pieces I have as they all have a story to tell & then they get to have another story. I name my pieces after my aunts, nanas & friends.

Cape of Love



cape of love

*image Ange Wall Photography


What services does Cape of Love offer?

Dutchess Di: Cape Of Love offers vintage hire for weddings, events and motherly love by me.

You’ve recently started A Vintage day Out Shopping & Sightseeing Tours, how did this idea come about?

Dutchess Di: What better way to show tourists & locals the backyard I call Margaret River on my tours A Vintage Day Out. Being a local of over 20 years I love showing them the back roads, those quirky little shops, old halls, boutique wineries that little farm or just dropping into a hidden brewery they don’t know about. Iv’e always enjoyed when friends came to stay & showed them around so I thought I could do this for a living & get to enjoy my paradise every day whilst touring.

A Vintage Day Out

What can we expect when booking a tour?

Dutchess Di: You’ll be greeted with a smile, meet the locals, try our local gourmet foods in our picnic hampers & savour a glass of wine in our stunning landscapes.


A Vintage Day Out


A Vintage Day Out

*image Felicity Ford Photography


Can you tell us one of your favourite destinations and how can we book?

Dutchess Di: My favourite place is Witchcliffe.  I love the old buildings & it’s village feel. Like stepping back in time. You can book a tour at [email protected] or check us on face book A Vintage Day Out.

A Vintage Day Out

*image Felicity Ford Photography

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Tangerine and Teal – Australian and New Zealand Mid Century Specialists


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Tangerine and Teal

Australian and New Zealand Mid Century Specialists

Tangerine & Teal is the creation of sisters Vanessa and Sacha, who we were born, and grew up, in NZ in the 70’s. Sacha now lives in Sydney and Vanessa in Auckland. Both share a passion for mid-century modern, retro and vintage furniture, so together they formed Tangerine & Teal.

We talk to Sacha in Sydney about their business that was formed in 2013.

Tangerine and Teal

What era of mid century furniture do you specialize in?

Sasha: We specialize in furniture from the 50’s through to early 70’s, the style known as mid century modern. Most of our pieces are Australian or NZ made, although we also sell some Danish and English pieces we have sourced locally.

Can you tell us some distinguishing features of Australian Mid Century furniture that differ from European Mid century pieces?

Sasha: Some of our Australian and New Zealand designers were postwar European migrants who brought with them the European design style but used new materials, local woods such as Tasmanian blackwood, mahogany, kauri and new materials such as plywood and foam. Douglas Snelling’s chairs used the same synthetic webbing that had been used to make parachutes. Danish designers were a big influence as were the Americans  Charles and Ray Eames and George Nelson.


Tangerine and Teal


What makers of Australian Mid Century will we find in your Sydney & NZ stores?

Sasha: Australian makers include Grant Featherston, Douglas Snelling, Fred Lowen, TH Brown, and Danish Deluxe. Chiswell, Berryman and our most popular maker Parker.

NZ designers include Don furniture, Backhouse, Jon Jansen, Otto Larsen and Danske Mobler. Some Australian designs were also made under licence in NZ, such as Fler and Parker.

Tangerine and Teal

If we’re just starting collecting and want to buy an investment piece, what advice could you give?

Sasha: Firstly it has to be a piece that you love the look of, do lots of research on the Internet to check the price and confirm maker. As an investment a piece in mint original condition is worth more than a refurbished piece.

Can you tell us some of the lesser-known Australian MC Designers that would make great future investments?

Sasha: It is still possible to get some great inexpensive well-made Australian pieces by Fler furniture (designed by Fred Lowen) Douglas Snelling and Danish deluxe. Harder to find but also great is Hayson Furniture desks and bedsides.

Tangerine and Teal Fred Lowen arm chairs

Tangerine and Teal Fred Lowen arm chairs


Tangerine and Teal

If you could own any iconic piece of MC furniture, what would that be?

Sasha: I am coveting an Australian Grant Featherston designed scape armchair; I have a set of his scape dining chairs in my 50’s beach house and would love the armchair to go in my collection.

Vanessa is coveting a NZ made Otto Larsen sideboard in mahogany, which are very rare.

Any hints or tips to be aware of when buying MC furniture?

Sasha: Research prices, Google similar pieces and see what they are selling for, ask if there is a makers sticker or stamp, enquire as to if there has been any restorations done and the condition of the piece.  If buying online ask for lots of pictures, inspect if possible.

Tangerine & Teal

Tangerine and Teal

If we wanted to learn more about MC furniture, which books or websites would you could recommend?

Sasha: I’m a huge fan of Instagram and Pinterest so many fabulous traders to follow and learn from.

Reference books I can recommend

Mid-Century Modern – Australian Furniture Design

Fred Lowen : Dunera Boy, Furniture designer, artist

Modern: Jeremy Hansen (NZ homes from 1938-1977)


Beside furniture, what other Mid Century collectables can we find in your stores?

Sasha: We sell some mid century ceramics, new lampshades made with vintage fabric and an assortment of new cushions to compliment our furniture pieces.

Tangerine & Teal

Do you offer any other services, or workshops?

Sasha: We run a monthly lampshade-making workshop in collaboration with Bay Vintage Fabrics. We also offer a restoration service for your pieces that may need some love.

Tangerine and Teal lampshade workshops

Tangerine and Teal lampshade classes

Where can we find you?

Sasha: We are predominantly an online business so you can see our photos of pieces on our website, facebook page or Instagram

I open the Sydney warehouse/workshop for viewings on Wednesday and Saturday 11-2pm or by appointment.

NZ is online and by appointment only

Tangerine and Teal





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Evaelena – Online Vintage Shop

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Etsy & Ebay Store – Evaelena

I talk to Eva about her ever growing collection of vintage decor, original art, vintage fashion, accessories and antiques sourced from around the world. An Australian shopping destination to find unique and interesting items, open since 2010 …. Evaelena

Eva, please tell us about when, and how, your interest in vintage began?

Eva: I am a visual artist and I have always collected vintage homewares and clothes since I was a teenager. I was doing an art project on souvenirs and then I started making jewellery out of souvenir spoons and this was my first foray into selling online – then I cast my eye around the ever increasing collection of stuff in my home and started to sell it.

Is there a particular area that interests you most?

Eva: I am always drawn to the quirky, the well made and the historically interesting. I  love old frames and pictures- prints and paintings and sculpture as well as vintage fashion.







Are you a passionate collector, and if so, what do you collect?

Eva: I am passionate about vintage and antique in general because for me they are conduits to another time and culture, that I believe we can continue to learn from.  I have lots of 19th century blue china, way too many world globes, silver painted glass cordial sets and an ever increasing number of white urn vases from the 1960s (I think they are breeding) plus small metal figurines from cars and machines and picture frames- oh and too many vintage chemistry lab pieces- which makes my children’s friends think I run a meth lab.



*image Evaelena


You source products from overseas; where are some of the most interesting places you’ve travelled to, and why?

Eva: I love travelling – the best place I have been to was Antarctica- the incredible landscape – the wildlife and the adventures that come with getting up close to the wildlife – having penguins go to sleep on your foot is memorable.

Large rusty objects in an abandoned whaling station still haunt me – how can I get them home?

Cuba was a highlight because every street is a vintage vignette, Morocco for its colourful and rich markets, Tibet for its spectacular scenery and gentle people, and everything about Japan and Japanese culture.


Evaelena - Berlin

*image Evaelena – Market in Berlin



*image Evalena Copenhagen


Evaelena -shanghai Markets

*image Evaelena – Market in Shanghai


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*image Evaelena – Market in Nice


 What’s your most beloved treasure to date?  Where did you find it?

Eva: That’s hard – but I am very fond of a small hand carved rustic wooden frame with a painting on wood of a saint or angel- looks medieval and I found it in a market in a medieval village in the middle of Romania about 15 years ago.

You have two online stores; does each of these stores represent different types of products?

Eva: If there is anything different – etsy is for smaller things that can be shipped overseas. But there is a lot of overlap of things on both sites.






Would you ever consider your own online store?

Eva: I actually did open an Online store and got no sales nor the time to market it – I will persevere.

Evaelena logoBlog: http://evaelena-etsy.blogspot.com.au/

Etsy : www.etsy.com/shop/evaelena

Ebay:  http://stores.ebay.com.au/Evaelena-Vintage/Collectables

Face book: https://www.facebook.com/evaelena.vintage/timeline

Evaelena - Havana market

*image Evaelena – Market in Havana

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