Sunday, May 27, 2012

Northern adventure

I thought it was Monday when I woke up this morning. What a drag...oh, wait! It's not Monday. It's Sunday! Yay! 

I caught the bus over to the inner north today. Since I last wandered Smith Street in Collingwood - not that long ago - there has been an explosion in the number of vintage, collectibles and second hand stores. Several were selling old advertising signs (at prices far out of my reach, unfortunately). 

I love these old ice cream 'signs'. And yes, ice cream 
is health food


Another ice cream. These used to sit above the 
doors of old-style milk bars (in the days before 
every convenience store was a 7 Eleven)


An ice cream in situ, just a few doors up
from the shop in the photo above. 
It's seen better days

The shop that the second photo was taken in is absolutely crammed with cool stuff, including a couple of sideshow clowns. 

This one is modelling an Essendon FC beanie

I dropped into a vintage clothing store and as I was browsing the racks, a shop cat revealed itself and accepted a pat. I love shop cats (and cinema cats such as the Astor cat in St Kilda, which once sat on a friend's lap during a movie a few years ago). As I was heading for the door, the cat was waiting there, looking out at passers-by. 




The little poser

I alerted the shop owner that his moggie appeared to be readying itself for an escape, and he shoo'ed it away from the door. 

I had a yummy toasted sesame seed bagel with cream cheese at Bean & Bagel on Johnston Street. 

I saw a lot of powerline shoes...



And some lovely autumn colour...



And some fantastic old doors... 


I also spotted what looked like an old outdoor dunny in someone's back yard. 


I bought this cute two-in-one brooch. 


And a set of placemats with hot air balloon art by Australian artist Sharon Peterkin

 There are six place mats, all with a different design



As usual with my sojourns over that side of town, I saw plenty of old signs, including this one on Johnston Street. I hope the new tenants keep the old signage. I'll post photos of the other signs later. I need to go to bed now because tomorrow is Monday.



2 comments:

piggywhistles said...

Love the place mats!

Jayne said...

Me too! They also had some really cool ones with illustrations of old 1950s cars on them (by a different artist).

I've only just noticed that both of my purchases were balloon themed.