Archive for the ‘Kustom Kulture Art and Collectables’ Category

The Thrashlab is an awesome group from the states who make beautiful short films. They cover a range of really diverse topics so there’s pretty much bound to be something interesting for everyone. And often it’s the most out there topics that can be the most intriguing ones – from urban beekeeping in LA, to food trucks, sneaker collectors, graffiti artists, and the international beard championships – it’s pretty diverse.

We’ve selected a small handful of videos which I reckon will appeal most to kustom kulture fanatics, but be sure to check out more of their vids on youtube.

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You can usually get a feel for an antique store the moment you walk in. If you’re met with the musty smell of old books, they’re playing classical music on some AM station, and the old dude behind the counter is wearing tweed and peering over his specs at you, chances are you’re in a fairly traditional antique store run for collectors of ‘fine artifacts’. You might find some art deco stuff if you’re lucky, but you’ve got slim to nill chance of finding anything mid century modern! And other times you walk in and they’ve got some funky blues or jazz record playing, the guy behind the counter looks like he might have been a beatnik in his day, and he greets you with a smile, well chances are you’re going to find some great vintage items.

I find the Southern Highlands generally tends to have a lot of the first style of antique store. There are some gorgeous cottages and scenery and it’s a great place for a cruise, however the general vibe with toffs wearing their sweaters draped over their shoulders in their Porsche and BMW SUVs just makes a little vomit come up the back of my throat. However there are some cool things to find if you look hard enough. Here is some stuff which caught our eye last time we were there.

The details on this little boat like the wrap around windscreen, wings and sidetrim just scream 1950s. It was actually off a ride, I’d imagine something like a carousel.
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Old school pokie.
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Golden fleece sheep is apparently cast alloy, and wearing its original paint. Would look great on the shelf.
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This is an original shop display from the ’30s from Ballarat Bitter featuring ‘Ballarat Bertie’.
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Amazing mid century prints from Qantas, from the early ’60s.
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Arcade style shooting game.
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You sure get some funny looks when you arrive to pick up some building supplies or furniture and you’re driving an old girl like our EK wagon. I had a birthday back in December and needed some hay bales for the party, so cruised up to the local ag supplies shop in the EK to pick it up. Worked a treat, though I think I’ll be finding hay in nooks and crannies for months to come.




The party had a bit of a country theme, the hay bails worked a treat along with the other assorted old junk we’ve got lying around the place. Good practice for decorating our wedding later this year.





And as far as cool stuff I scored, I’ve been after a vintage bull in good condition for aaaaages, and scored this beauty along with the tiki mug. I also got a Shag print which looks great along with my Neo Dutch original and Weesner print.



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Baz Luhrmann’s latest epic, The Great Gatsby, is due to be released later this year. It promises to be dripping in lavish art deco style – from the cars, to the fashion, to the architecture. Filming was undertaken in Sydney, so it will be interesting to see if there is any recognisable ‘Sydney bits’ in the film, though I doubt it. The trailer is below.

We got wind late last year of a sale of all of the props used in the film. As luck would have it, it was on a Wednesday and I had some pretty critical work commitments I couldn’t ditch. Bugger. My fiance was more than happy to go along shopping by herself though! Disappointingly the antique dealers already had first pick of the lot, so all of the bargains were long gone leaving the general public to pick the carcass. There were genuine antiques on offer as well created props such as resin ‘ice sculptures’.

The only thing we managed to score was this cute cake tin. We’re gonna keep a lookout for it in the film!
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These cars were all for sale. They were asking for $20K for the Model A taxi, and $7K for the others.
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Hidden up the back corner of the warehouse and under wraps was the Deusenberg, rumoured to be worth a cool $3M. Well done to my fiance who ID’d it just from what you can see and the silhouette!


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Some days you look out the window and say to yourself ‘bugger it, lets go for a drive and see where we end up’. Today was one of those gorgeous sunny winters days, so we fired up the EK and headed into the city with no particular plan.

First stop was Birkenhead shopping centre to check out a couple of shops. Got to love when they scan them up at a bigger discount than marked! Did some present shopping and grabbed some lunch while we were there. And then we decided to head to the beach, so off to Manly it was.

Anzac Bridge.

Past the city.

Over the Harbour Bridge.

While travelling up Military Road we saw signs saying there was a bad crash on the spit, so we decided to divert past Mosman and down to Balmoral Beach.

What’s nicer than parking up at a gorgeous little beach with your old car and best girl, and sharing a tub of ice cream in the sun?

While we were there we checked out Bradley’s Head.

And for those that aren’t familiar with Sydney, here we’re looking out the entrance to Sydney harbour. I think sometimes we forget how gorgeous this place is to live.

And headed home…

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The good folk over at Sydney Antiques Centre are putting on a neat event to help you prepare for the upcoming 50s Fair at Rose Seidler House. They’re having a vintage fashion bazaar and all of their clothing stalls are stocking up on fabulous 50s threads just for the occasion. Pia Andersen (singer, stylist and vintage culture junky from “Vintage Allsorts”) will be speaking about 1950’s fashion at 2pm on the day, and there’ll also be static displays for you to check out.

When: Saturday 4th August
Time: 10am-5pm
Where: Sydney Antique Centre, 531 South Dowling Street, Surry HIlls – lower level in the Vintage Fashion Emporium
Cost: Free entry to the Bazaar and the 1950’s talk
Enquiries: (02) 9361 3244 or c_repose@bigpond.net.au

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You gotta love a weekend that combines some old car perving, great tunes, vintage shopping, cool house scouting and fine food! We just got back from a weekend that combined all that.

I got word form my brother that The Fumes and The Blackwater Fever were touring together, both of whom I’ve been jonesing to check out in person for a few years now. With my partner’s work schedule, the best gig for us was down at Austinmer, so we thought what the hell and decided to have a short weekend away and stay the night.

Venue for the gig was the Heritage Hotel at Bulli. It’s an old school pub who always seem to have a great calendar of quality gigs coming up. Food was honest good quality pub food. The Blackwater Fever were great, the singer’s husky vocals a perfect match for their haunting guitar and primevil drums. The Fumes were awesome, despite only knowing a handful of their songs the two piece completely blew me away. With a battered guitar held together with tape the lead was the perfect frontman with his awesome handlebar mo and truckers cap and powerful voice. The gig definitely left me a massive fan! If you like blues which is covered in dirt and oil, maybe slept a few rough nights on the street, and has an odour of bourbon you’ll love both the Fever and the Fumes, check em both out. A decent gig review would have pics and a set list, but this isn’t one.

The next morning, this was the view that greated us from our doorstep in Austinmer. With a day like this the road was chockas with bikes and cars fresh from an early morning blast through the Royal.

Brekky was a cool little cafe in Austinmer called the Fireworks Cafe. Hidden off the main drag and located in a historic old butcher shop, it still had the vintage tiles bearing the marks of years of service. The menu is seasonal and updated regularly, so they just write it direct on the tile walls! Despite it getting some hit and miss reviews online, we found it great and will definitely look to check it out again.

After brekky we went for a bit of a cruise and spied some cool cars like this Mustang at one of the beaches and this neat lowlight baywindow kombi.

We took the long way home and headed down the coast and back up through the Kangaroo Valley. If you do a little sniffing around there’s a tight and twisty backroad from Berry to the Valley which is great fun. If you’re in Kangaroo Valley I highly suggest you check out The Nostalgia Factory, they’ve got some awesome vintage items and their prices are pretty reasonable. Check out these old car ads and mens mag.

And a couple of classics we also spied around Kangaroo Valley.

And with that we hit the road and made a beeline home. A top little weekend away!

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