Wednesday, 16 January 2008

Kids rooms: vintage decorating

Vintage boat shaped shelves, print, soldier and some boats
Old jewel box with ballerina which still works
Vintage rocker and toys (not market finds but four generations old)
Puss in boots vintage tin from Camberwell Market.

OK so often one person's delicious vintage find is another person's trash. When it comes to second-hand shopping, it really does come down to a matter of personal taste. But I for one love mixing vintage and market treasures with the new in children's rooms. It gives a space a warmth and originality. There are plenty of great markets in Melbourne worthy of a weekend wander in search of nice pieces and as well as something special for a child's room, you're pretty much guaranteed of coming home with some spare change.
I take a wander up to Camberwell market every now and again and always find great stuff however it is rare to feel like you've unearthed a great find at a great price. That pleasure is reserved for the far more suburban little markets and some of the best are in Bayside or close by. Bentleigh market, held every Sunday in the railway station carpark, is my favourite - as well as the occasional vintage piece, it is also a mecca for those searching for second-hand children's toys, books and clothes.
The Cheltenham market, held in the multi-storey carpark behind the main shops, is also worth a look.

Mickey mouse and Noddy collection from Bentleigh market

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