Every now and then it’s nice to leave the city for a day. Especially when it involves a road trip through the beautiful, hilly countryside of Western Australia and your destination is the Avon Valley’s annual Vintage Festival.
I’m a country girl at heart and spent my first 18 years “down south” but I’d never been to Northam and its surrounds and today was the perfect opportunity to see another little bit of our state.
Historical displays, antique appraisals, old school poker games, vintage bicycles – the festival had a lot to offer. But my main focus of the day was vintage jewellery and homemade wares, and I was in luck. The Northam Recreation Centre was packed to the brim with old suitcases, furniture, fabulous fashion and jewellery, kitsch, bric a brac and ceramics galore. As I’m STILL on a diet I didn’t want to buy any clothes, but the range of vintage and retro inspired pieces was fantastic.
I picked up the most adorable antique inspired teacup ring, rocking horse necklace and shield earrings from local creative’s Scatter Me Buttons. The sisters specialise in steam punk, lolita and retro inspired jewellery and the prices were so low I could have bought out their entire stall! Check them out.
Punk pin-up label Sourpuss had a little something for everyone with retro dresses, accessories and makeup. Much to E’s dismay I purchased more hair bows- this time a delicate four pack of hair pins in pink and red.
I also found a fabulous pair of vintage white sunglasses, one pint milk bottles (including traces of milk) that we’ll be converting into vases and a selection of vintage inspired pin-up girl postcards. Score!
The Avon Valley Vintage Festival is an annual occurrence so if you’re willing to travel (it’s worth it I promise), you should definitely go next year!
Are you a vintage fan?