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.