These are some pictures from my recent trip to Sydney. I’ve been playing with the manual settings on my camera. It takes a lot of trial and error to get a good shot. I find the best pics are the ones I just take at the drop of a hat, in the moment and not too thought through. Enjoy.
It’s hard when you go to work before shops open and leave when they are closed. It’s hard to find the time to go and hunt down that bargain! I first found out about Stuff and Co when I was on the Sorrel Antique Centre website. As soon as I saw the burb about it, I knew it was going to become a favourite shop!
As it turns out I have driven past hundreds of times and not even noticed it! No doubt my mind was thinking about what to teach in Math tomorrow or what I was going to have for dinner… Last weekend I finally had the chance to head to New Town and unleash the wallet on Stuff and Co. But alas, it was closed :( Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm. All I could do was press my face to the window and squint my hardest to see every little trinket and vintage delight in sight! I even got the long lens on my camera to zoom into the back room. This may or may not have looked a little suspect!
Everyday last week I tried and epically failed to leave work at 3.30 so I could make it to the shop before close. MEH! It wasn’t until Saturday when I was blissfully unaware that we were driving along New Town Road and my lover pointed to a mannequin on the footpath outside a shop! OH MY GOD TURN AROUND were my exact words.
My stalking was over. I left the store with an industrial Elcon fan circa 1950’s.
I have just returned home from the Sorell market, car full and wallet pretty empty… I really shouldn’t even drive by such things because as soon as I get a whiff of a bargain, I’m there! I picked up Mum and Grandma and scored a park right out the front. That was pretty lucky because we had to make two trips to the car with all our treasures in the end…
So I suppose I will describe my purchases (in detail) for you so you can catch a glimpse of my excitement. Firstly, I spotted some Lego so I immediately thought of my lover and wandered over. It was pretty expensive but I did manage two awesome silver Lego magnets for the fridge which he seems happy with. Not far from the Lego lady I spied a pretty collection of bottles (one thing I always keep a look out for). Then I spotted a gorgeous little ‘Touching of Heart Warmer' blue bottle for $2. It still had the cork in it too! In the back room of the hall my heart leaped with excitement! I spotted a General Electric Company desk fan for $10! The blue base is just so pretty. It has two settings and works a treat.
Then we ventured out into the sunny isles of dirt where the smell of bogan and old tins and musty furniture filled the air. The smell of bogan to me is that dagwood dog and hot chips with tomato sauce smell. Whenever I smell it, it takes me back to the Hobart Show and memories of my time in bogan land. Sometimes, (just sometimes) I crave one of those dirty things! It bugs me though, when you eat the top half and then you run out of sauce. You have to eat the rest of it without that tomatoie (is that how you spell it?) goodness. Sorry I got slightly sidetracked there for a moment.
Outside Mum spotted a hobby horse named ‘Tinkle Bar’. He was just crying out for an owner! For $10 I wasn’t leaving him there with his wonky wheels and real horse hair mane barely in tact. You can tell he has had a loving owner at some point many years ago. Then it was a picture of Shakespeares’ mother’s garden for $5 and a crystal vase for $15.
We couldn’t visit Sorell without a stop at (one of) my favourite antique stores…
There are 16 antique dealers in the one building. UH-OH! The first time I went there with Grandma, we were in the shop for almost two hours fossicking! I bought a Japanese trinket box for my lover last year to use as cufflink storage. There are so many things to look at, something for every taste (not every budget though)! “You need deep pockets to spend in here” one customer said to me as I was inspecting an antique camera I dreamed of owning. A cute little white kitten sitting among flowers was the only purchase we made. And Mum even got 10% off :)
Off to do some planning for school tomorrow now. Will upload photos in the next few hours…