Vintage sale finds

A while ago I went to Melbourne’s Vintage Clearance Centre sale. It was my first time going there and it was awesome! There were so many clothing, shoes and accessories to choose from. All dresses were $15, sequin tops were $20, tops and skirts were $5, boots were $20, and bags were $15. The hall that the sale was held at was huge! I didn’t realise how big the sale was going to be.

I was hesitant at first as there were so many people trying on and looking at all the clothing, so I started to look in a section that seemed more deserted. There were no change rooms at the place so you had to improvise a bit. Many people were just trying on clothing over the clothing they had on, which is what I had to do too.  I wore a thinner type of dress with an A-line style, so I could easily try stuff on. There were no mirrors what so ever, so you can imagine how hard it was to pick a dress, without any way of knowing how it looked on.

Checkered dress

I tried on a lot of dresses, but settled on two. This checkered 70s/80s does 50s style dress, which has pockets, and covered seams. And this semi sheer floral 50s dress. I’m assuming it is a 50s dress as it has a metal zipper on the side, looks hand made and is quite long. It is a bit big, but I love the print. The checkered dress fits quite nice, and I’ve worn it quite a lot, I haven’t worn the floral dress yet.

Sheer 50s dress

Sheer dress belt detail

I took a few photos of some other dresses, that sadly didn’t fit me. I was excited to find so many 50s dresses priced at $15.

I though this 70s/80s dress was designed by Diane Freis, but I looked at the label and it wasn’t. I think her style was quite popular and was copied in her time.

70s blue pattern dress

The rest are all 50s dresses. This aqua number was simple, and I quite like the small waist ruching.

50s aqua dress

I liked the sleeves and diagonal pockets on the 50s blue dress.

50s blue dress

This brown shift dress was particularly lovely, with the floral textured fabric, and the cute pussy bow tie.

50s brown floral dress

This light lavender dress felt soft, I love the neckline, and love the overall dress shape. I love sleeves on dresses!

50s lavender dress

This 50s silver number, I think is particularly special. The material was quite satiny, and had horizontal stripes, and a lovely square neck line with a pretty bow! I do love bows on dresses!

50s silver striped dress

I really wish these dresses were in my size, as I would have bought them all! How could you not with prices like $15! At least I have photos of them to admire.

It was a great day, and I didn’t go too crazy with my purchases. There were many dresses to choose from and can’t wait to go to the next one! Maybe I’ll find some 50s dresses in my size!

The next sale is on the 4th of May, if you live in Melbourne you should go check it out!


Suitcase Rummage sale at Heritage Hill

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I went to a Suitcase Rummage sale on the 3rd of February and then on the 3rd of March, which was held at Heritage Hill. Here are some of the things I found on the first rummage sale.

rummage sale

I found a great crystal glass ring holder,  I’ve been looking for one like this for some time. A pretty rhinestone clip, a pink rhinestone finding, two pretty ball earring findings, a lovely real silver locket (I’ve wanted a silver locket for ages too), a beautiful Invicta watch, sadly it doesn’t work, but I’ll get new batteries for it. I love the metal strap on it! And just because, a pretty crown. Although I’m not sure I’ll wear it out, I just couldn’t leave it behind. It’s too fun and girlie! The total cost for everything was $12.

The second sale was a lot smaller and there weren’t as many stall holders. I managed to buy a wooden small trinket shelf and a brown picture frame, both for $4.

rummage sale

rummage sale

rummage sale

It was a lovely day, but it was even more great as Heritage Hill had their open day. The historic precinct was open to the public with guided tours and music, as they had introduced a new layout to the two older buildings.

I will do a post on the open day in the future, I think I will break it up in parts as I took a lot of photos. I will also include some photos of the Rummage sale too.

And I haven’t been posting lately as I have started uni. So if I don’t post that frequently you know why!

Diy: Ribbon key chain for your vintage suitcases

Diy Ribbon key chain

Here is a diy tutorial I made using ribbon, to make pretty key chains to match my vintage suitcases. You can do the same.


What you need: 

  • Scissors 
  • Clear nail polish
  • Ribbon (you can use any type of ribbon, string or twine)
  • And of course some keys or a key!

I used two types of satin ribbon here, as I have a yellow suitcase and a blue suitcase. Try to find ribbon that matches your vintage suitcases, so you can easily find the keys when needed. It’s a bonus if your ribbon is thrifted too, like mine!

Blue and yellow ribbon

Get you ribbon and cut a piece off. Mine was approximately 20cm long, as I left more length to tie a cute bow on top. Slip your ribbon through the key hole and tie a knot to your desired length. I tried to make it long enough so I could loop the key onto the suitcase handle.

Then tie a proper bow, so two loops and tie a knot. Once you have your bow, cut the bow ends at an angle, or just straight across, whatever style you prefer. I then sealed the ends, so they won’t fray, with the clear nail polish. Use a little so it doesn’t soak the ribbon.

Blue ribbon key chain

And here is the final product. Simple, pretty and practical! I hope you have a go at making a ribbon key chain, and tell me about it!

Key chain in suitcase

Op-Shopping: Beret, a feather and shoulder strap retainers

Op-shop finds

This is what I bought a few weeks ago while I was out op-shopping, at a total of $5.

I bought a velvety beret style hat, a cool feather hat decoration, and some old Birch shoulder strap retainers. These were used to hold your slip or bra straps when wearing a top or dress. They are really common in vintage dresses, but are commonly made of thread. Which makes me think these Birch strap retainers are from the 70s.

shoulder strap retainers  I was researching the feather hat pin but I couldn’t find much about it. It might of been used on a man’s hat. If you know what it was used for I would love to know!

feather pin

feather pin

DIY shorten earrings

diy shorten earrings

These are the earrings I showed you in the last post. And I said I would do a post on how I shortened them. They were a bit to long for my face and I thought they would look perfect if they were shorter.

What you need

What you will need:

  • A pair of earrings
  • Wire cutters
  • E-6000 glue or a strong hold glue for metal

I just have to say I love the E-6000 glue! I tried so hard to find this stuff and when I did you can believe me I grabbed it as quick as I could.

cut the earrings

If you have rhinestone earrings like mine, cut in between the rhinestones where you want to make it shorter. If you have chain earrings you can easily cut the chain loop instead.

earring cutting

I had a rhinestone missing in the main part of the earring (see if you can spot it) so I just took a rectangle from the off cut, and glued it in to the empty space. I also cut off the purple rhinestone and glued it to the main earring part to complete the shortened look. And as always read the instructions on the glue and follow as instructed.

earrings close-up

And here is the final product! I really love them, and they were really easy to do.

If you try to shorten your earrings or any of your accessories, tell me about it, I would love to see the results!

Jewellery finds

New jewellery

Here are some new jewellery pieces that I purchased in January. I love my vintage and second hand accessories, but sometimes I do buy from retail stores, especially if something has a vintage vibe about it.

I bought a cobalt blue bead necklace from Colette, the necklace just called out to me and will make a great statement piece. The sparkly beaded collar and rhinestone earrings were bought from Diva. I needed some bold sparkly earrings for a Christening I was going to, and these were perfect. I did alter the earrings though, I will have a post on that in the future.

The best bit was that I spent under $10 on all three pieces. Which makes me a happy girl!

New jewellery

Colette necklace

Necklace close-up

Collar and earrings

Earrings close-up



Silver plastic $1 jewellery box

Hello. I haven’t been posting as much, as I said I will. I haven’t been in the blogging mood, not that I don’t want to, I’m just soaking up my holidays and enjoying them as long as possible.

I have been sick aswell this past week with Saturday being the worst, I think I might have gotten food poisoning so that left me quite weak. And I’m also battling a cold at the moment too, hopefully it goes away soon!

This isn’t helped by the extreme weather we have been having here in Melbourne, hot days up to 39 degrees, and some cloudy days.

plastic jewellery box

But anyway back to the good stuff. I bought this little beauty a while ago from my local Vinnies. It was only $1 and silver! I love silver jewellery boxes, and especially ones that have an antique look to them.

plastic jewellery box

I thought the box was made of metal but when I picked it up I discovered it was plastic. It also has a bit of the silver paint rubbed off the lid, but other than that it’s a sturdy box, its hinges work, and I can repaint the top with a bit of spray paint.

plastic jewellery box

I have washed it, I took these photos when I got it home, as you can see it needed a good clean. The inner red compartment comes out and is covered in red flocking, which is pretty, but was dirty. When I cleaned it it all came off, which was a bit sad, but the compartment is red anyway so it doesn’t ruin the look of the box.

So for $1 I’m happy with the cute box.

plastic jewellery box

Have you found a nice jewellery box lately?