Sydney Antique Centre...you could spend months exploring! I am most ashamed to admit that this was my first time there. I, who thinks she knows her home city like the back of her hand, only to realise there are some things on the back of her hand she has not noticed before. Dammit.
"Is that the Sydney Antique Centre on the back of my hand up there? Damn.. Didn't notice that before."
My most marvelous friend, Meagan and I were invited to interview* the curators (because indeed this is a museum... there is so much history here, in every single piece) and take photographs** and play!
*for Meagan's radio show
**for the radio show's web site and this blog
WARNING: THIS IS A VERY IMAGE HEAVY POST!
YOU MAY NEED POPCORN...
I suppose you want to know what I'm wearing? This fantastic 70s maxi dress and matching scarf belonged to my mother-in-law. I've inherited a lot of her wonderful clothes.
Alas my mother is tiny so a lot of her dresses sadly wouldn't fit my big toe, but... I do have her [now vintage] sarees! And writing that has made me realise I haven't worn a sari since last November! That's insane! I don't just wear sarees for weddings, I do wear them in winter...I feel very elegant and sensual, wearing a sari...particularly vintage chiffon sarees...plus the layers keep me warm, and I wear long sleeved tops to match
Anyway, I haven't worn this dress for 10 years! As per usual my subconscious dressed me... I didn't plan on wearing a vintage treasure that I have only worn once to a vintage treasure trove!
...amd also wearing vintage boots and a vintage belt and carried a vintage bag.
Sydneysiders and those intending to visit Sydney... you simply must set aside some hours and visit and browse and gawp, gape and sigh...and buy... J There are 2 floors of open 'stores' and a licensed cafe (you will need to fuel up at some stage and the menu is deeelish!) and it's all so easy to navigate and get lost in!
Did I really just write "deelish"?
Anyywayy...this place is a MUST-SEE-dney! It is truly a treasure trove and as I mentioned earlier, a museum of collectibles.
I went a bit crazy in the House of Hats... not buying, just trying... at around AUD150-350, I wasn't in the mood to sell an organ but did someone say photoshoot?
Theres also lots of vintage art and people standing around pretending to be arty...
...and the vintage clothing in The Vintage Clothing Emporium downstairs, were just...TO.DIE.FOR.
Meagan and I had some problems leaving this place...
The clothing is very well priced if a little on the expensive side, if you're used to op-shop and market bargains. However the prices here are considerably less than in other exclusive Sydney vintage clothing shops. You will find rare and one of a kind treasures and it is possible to find some $10 bargains!
Okay, at time of writing it's way after midnight and I'm exhausted! I have to get up at 5:30am for a 7am call... I'm teaching a flamenco class for a segment to be broadcast live on a television breakfast show.
I have so many more images to share with you and so many more of Meagan. I'm going to upload more pics to a facebook album on theSTREETzone (which is the public face of 'theDUSKzone') so if you're not already a liker... please go ahead and like!
AND... thank you very much darling Bloggers for your comments on my previous post. I very much appreciate you sharing your thoughts.... it seems we all ride the same wavelength...