‘Collectable Antiques’ in Phillip Island

Whilst visiting our scenic ‘penguin land’ down the coast, I discovered this store in Cowes known only as ‘Collectable Antiques’. A small shed tucked away from the main street between a water slide park and a petrol station, very unexpected, a pleasant surprise actually.

It had quite an extensive range of ‘retro’ clothing as owner Linda describes it. A few interesting 60’s and 70’s pieces, some great fur stoles and quite a collection of 80’s gear including some impressive ski suits.

The Bric a Bric was mostly post war ranging from a great collection of 50’s Johnson dinnerware, to an original 60’s Hoover and some wonderful toy prams in excellent condition. There weren’t many larger furniture pieces, but a good selection for that small impulsive buy. I did feel that some items were a little overpriced, but the store would attract the tourist dollar and it is the only store of it’s kind in the area, so it can probably afford to ask a higher price. Besides I believe Linda would probably be up for a little negotiating! (For your reference, there is a Salvo’s across the road if you prefer an op shop)

Unfortunately I left without a souvenir, but I was very tempted by this sweet set of 60’s ballerina prints, in small round white frames. Hmmm knowing me I will probably be making a phone order tomorrow. Oh yes I forgot to mention, Linda is not very techy so no web presence or email, just good old fashion phone. The business card even lists her home phone number, how great is that! I guess it is only a small town.


Collectable Antiques 

Ph: 5952 5559

An outing with the divine Cleo Glyde

Cleo on vintage tour, MelbourneSo here we are on our Vintage Outing with the gorgeous Cleo Glyde and the lovely Lisa Hunt.. Cleo is doing a story on Melbourne’s Vintage hub, so we will be introducing Cleo to some of our finest Vintage collectors- Circa Vintage, DeMille, Mme Virtue and the Junk Company..

It’s now 1pm we have been cruising now for a couple of hours in Bianca (our 1962 Fiat 1500) visiting our favourite  stores and we have now come to a stand still in Crossley Lane with the sweet Dean from Mme Virtue. He and Cleo are having too much fun gossiping about Claude (Montana) and Karl (Lagerfiield) (“names, names, names..”) it’s classic, but we don’t mind it gives us a chance to admire all the gorgeous pieces from the Madames archives..oohhh check out that Chanel number..
Ok focus, it’s time to get Cleo to her lunch date so we say our goodbyes MWAH (air kiss) MWAH (air kiss) and we are off.

What a morning! It was such a delight to meet the divine Cleo. What an inspiration! With a family background in theatre and a veteran in the fashion circles, it’s no wonder she has personality plus and just oozes glamour! Just a word of advice though, if ever you are going to be interviewed by an ex catwalk model, wear your highest heels!