25 February 2012

Terrific Turquoise

I love turquoise and have found a few items of this lovely colour in my op shop travels. Does anyone else find they go through 'colour cycles' and gravitate towards items of a particular colour? I also have a penchant for mustard and raspberry so no doubt they'll be popping up in future posts :)

Beautiful Breakfast Book
I found this breakfast cookbook from 1977 for $1 filled with recipes for muffins, eggs, jam and everything else you could think to serve for breakfast... and some you perhaps wouldn't think to serve like battered sardines and bacon bananas :\

This little comb and pouch set was 50c. Not much more to say about this one. Good for combing?

I found this beaded necklace for $5. I don't usually go for chunky necklaces but I like that this one has a thin chain with the beads then attached so it sits nicely around my neck.

And finally, my favourite item which is a small painting of a girl and boy washing a little dog :)

It's 39 degrees in Adelaide today so I'm surprised I didn't melt into a puddle while taking these photos! I know it's going to be hot interstate too, so I hope you keep cool wherever you are and have a nice relaxing weekend :)

20 February 2012

Glomesh Monday #2

Happy Monday everyone :) Today in part 2 of my Glomesh series I'm sharing my collection of small clutches and handbags.

The first cream clutch was a bargain from my favourite op shop at only 75c. I didn't realise Glomesh bags were made that small until I found this but I love it's cute size. The second white clutch is my most recent find, also from the same op shop at a similarly thrifty price of $2.50 (I'm sensing a theme here). This one still feels fairly rigid, is completely unmarked inside and includes the original pocket mirror. I can't quite remember where I got the third one from but it's a similar size to the other clutches with a small metallic strap.

These are the only two gold and silver bags I have in my collection :) The gold one was picked up from the op shop my mum volunteers at, and the silver was from one of our regular op shop stops, both about $12 each. I love the slinky metallic finish on these bags, but most of all I love the shape. I think some Glomesh bags, like the clutches above, have a universal shape that translates well into 'modern' fashions, but the shape and style of the gold and silver ones below give them a distinctive olden-day feel.

What Glomesh items have you discovered in your travels lately?

13 February 2012

Glomesh Monday #1

Since my very first Glomesh round-up back in 2009, my collection has both been streamlined and expanded (but mostly expanded). To be welcomed into my beloved collection, Glomesh items must now only be the Genuine Article - this means no more faux mesh! If I find any Gold Crest, Oroton or Park Lane items I particularly like, they go in a separate collection ;) Items must be in good condition with the Glomesh tag inside and no missing mesh.

Kick starting my series of Glomesh posts are the small accessories I've collected. First up is my collection of purses, including the large rectangular one which I'm currently using. This was given to me by my Gran a couple years ago for my birthday, still brand new in its box. The purse at the top is my Mum's, which was given to her for Christmas in 1977, also from my Gran. There's a lucky horseshoe charm sewn on the inside engraved with her name and the date :) The other two cream purses were lucky op shops finds that I managed to pick up for a few dollars each.

Next are two small coin purses. I found the silver one for about $6 at mum and I's favourite rummage-y op shop, and the cream one was given to me as a Christmas pressie also via op shop :)

I picked up this sunglasses case at the first Burnside vintage fair I went to for $18, and this key wallet for $1 from an op shop. I have a smaller key wallet that I keep in my bag but I'm not sure what brand it is. I love that it keeps all my keys together so they don't jingle around in my bag :)

Concluding my collection of small accessories is this cream cigarette case and gold lighter, both found during a trip to the Burnside vintage fair for $15 and $18 respectively. I'm not using the case at the moment but I think it would be handy to keep something like a packet of tissues, chewing gum and band aids in :) I bought the lighter as a memento of my Grandad and it sits on a shelf of my desk where I see it everyday.

Do you have any Glomesh accessories that you use day-to-day or do you save them for special occasions?

12 February 2012

Exciting news for lovers of Glomesh...

I've come across a wea bit of exciting news about the much loved Glomesh brand. But first, a short history lesson...

Alice & Louis Kennedy via

According to the official facebook page, Glomesh was founded in 1958 by Louis and Alice Kennedy, Hungarian immigrants who migrated from Israel to Australia with their two children in 1957. The Glomesh factory was first established under the company, Camel, in Sydney's Bondi Junction and shortly moved to St Peters where the distinctive metal mesh was produced in golds, silvers and jewel tones including maroon and navy. Glomesh is perhaps best known as a vintage label available only through op shops and other secondhand means... until now (this is the exciting part!).

In Winter 2012, Glomesh is being re-launched under the guidance of Louis and Alice Kennedy's grandson, Daniel Goldberg. Although it's all very hush hush at this stage, the word from Daniel is that 'the collection will encapsulate the same glamour and romance that it did back in the day...'

1968 store opening via

If you've been reading my blog for awhile, it will come as no surprise that I'm really excited for this collection! In celebration of the re-launch, every Monday for the next four weeks I'll be posting snippets of my current Glomesh collection. Make sure you check back tomorrow for the first edition of Glomesh Monday :) You are most welcome to get involved by sharing your own Glomesh finds :)