My lovely friend Laurel recently took me antique-ing to Alexandria Antiques Centre, a place I can only describe as “The Best Thing Ever”. This quickly became apparent as we were met with a WALL of vintage suitcases upon entry. I mean, seriously:
The Antique Centre was a veritable trove of treasures, with delightful bric-à-brac, and all the usual vintage suspects (bar-ware, canisters, picnic sets, costume jewellery and the like).
There were some quirky things too, like this old 1950s table and chairs set pilfered from McDonald’s:
My antique-ing companions looked ravishing in their ensembles. Check out Sarah in her Heyday trousers and cat-eyes:
And our antique-ing host Laurel, who’s too cute and retro for words:
I wore a blue floral frock, and managed to bring this burgundy velvet beret home with me:
1950s frock Love Vintage Fair, 2011 | Cardigan thrifted | Vintage beret Alexandria Antiques Centre | 1950s necklace Love Vintage Fair, 2011 | Heels Macys
We managed to pick up some other things along the way. I lusted after these cat eye glasses, albeit blindly:
And Sarah donned this ridiculous/amazing Mexican hat:
Antiques Centres often overwhelm me – I tend to get a little short of breath at the first sight of mod furniture, and run around a little haphazardly making frequent exclamatory statements like “oh my!” and “this is from the thirties!”. This experience was no exception.
If you’re ever in the mood for minor sensory overload, the Alexandria Antiques Centre is your place.