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By Rosie

NGV – Mid Century Modern, Australian Furniture Design

On 30, May 2014 | No Comments | In CBD, Events | By Rosie


Last night I had the pleasure of previewing the Mid Century Modern Australian Furniture Design exhibition at the NGV, Federation Square.  Curator, Kirsty Grant, was kind enough to take a small group of us on a guided tour of this wonderful exhibition which showcases furniture by Australian designers from the 1940s through to the 1970s.  The collection is emblematic of a post-war Australia where traditional, conservative approaches to furniture design gave way to more innovative, international styles.

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Dames of Distinction

On 17, May 2014 | No Comments | In $$$, 5, CBD, Events, Medium, Retro-fabulous | By Rosie

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Getting Pricey Happy Hunting Mini Retrofabulous NO - PRIVATELY OWNED



Located in iconic Art Deco building, Mitchell House the Dames of Distinction are making a name for themselves as the go to girls for vintage styling. The Dames of Distinction are Margeaux, Jacinta and Hester.  This delightful space houses a beauty parlour where you can be pampered by Margeaux who specialises in vintage hairstyling, hair setting and make-up or have your nails decorated with some of Hester’s beautiful nail art.  If that wasn’t enough, Dames of Distinction stocks a collection of vintage and reproduction lingerie with resident lingerie expert Jacinta on hand to offer advice and fittings by appointment.

I recently had the pleasure of visiting Dames of Distinction and the very lovely Jacinta was kind enough to answer a few questions for the vintage Melbourne readers.

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Greys 303

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Mid-range Good Quality Big No Frills NO - PRIVATELY OWNED



Beyond the Victorian shop front of 303 Clarendon Street is a secondhand wonderland heaving with furniture, homewares, jewellery and artwork.  It’s hard to walk past this store without being lured inside by the the array of secondhand furniture littering the pavement.  The collection here is eclectic, with antiques from the 19th and 20th century rubbing shoulders with retro and modern pieces.

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Community Chest – South Melbourne

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Cheap Hit and Miss Mid-size No Frills YES - NOT FOR PROFIT



I recently had the pleasure of visiting the South Melbourne Community Chest.  This delightful opportunity shop is treasured by locals, not only for the sweet secondhand collection in store but also the great contribution it makes to the community.  The Community Chest is somewhat of an institution in these parts, it’s popularity means that stock is regularly turned over and you will always find something new on display.  All items for sale have been donated the proceeds are used to support local community groups, so you can indulge in a spot of shopping and know that you’re helping the community simultaneously – just excellent!

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Mode 707

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Expensive  Superlative Mid-size



This post has been a long time coming.  I walk past Mode 707 on my lunch break most days and on the few occasions that I had remembered to bring my camera my attempts to review this fabulous vintage store were stymied by their Thursday -Sunday only opening hours.  But finally, last week it all fell into place and let me tell you it was worth the wait!  Inside is a delightful collection of homewares, furniture and electrical goods along with a series of beautiful black and white photographs of Melbourne back in its heyday.

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