Oh, art. Or to be more specific: landscape paintings 1940s or earlier, in oil, unframed, on canvas or board. Typically originating from France or England. That’s my very definitive preference, anyway; one of the things I love about art is that the appeal is so specific to the individual.
The more I keep going with my little online shop, my preference would be to sell more vintage & antique paintings in future. (Ideally over time, I’ll have a small collection to call my own, instead of selling them all like I do now!)
Art is so subjective though, and as a seller, I can only hope there are enough other people who see what I see in a painting.
Above is one section of a French oil painting that will be coming to the shop later this week. I wanted to share a little sneak peek of it..its colours are perfect, the detail of the windswept house and farm animals is so beautiful…in my opinion, anyway!
Last week was a bit of a revelation. I spent $50 of my hard-earned money on a basic tripod. I’d been putting it off for months, as profits I make go straight towards buying more stock so I can stay in business! Spending money on equipment does take a backseat.
Well that was a mistake. The $50 was the best money I could have spent, given I take all the product photos myself…and quality presentation is so important.
My photos still not near where I want them to be – things like lighting and depth of field, not to mention the styling of product shots (that one deserves another blog post altogether!). It’s a continual learning process.
But the tripod is a huge advantage. Once I have a table set up, for most products the tripod only needs small adjustments. I’m freed of holding a heavy camera. And all of a sudden, due to the stability of the camera I can drop the ISO back down and work with a wider aperture.
I know a few people who haven’t bought a tripod yet and are frustrated with their product photos too. My advice would be to definitely invest in one! I have a long way to go, but it’s certainly making life easier and cutting down product photo time. Alison x
I spent a good part of the afternoon baking for the week ahead, a little time consuming, but it means no pre-packaged snacks for school lunches! Two growing boys eat….a lot.
The best recipe was Teresa Cutter’s Banana + Coconut Bread. I discovered Teresa’s website a few months ago and her list of recipes are fresh, healthy and easy. This banana bread is nut-free, and very moist from the six eggs and almost 1/2kg of bananas. Only four fresh dates for some added sweetness, and olive oil instead of butter. It’s delicious, great with green tea on the side. I would highly recommend giving it a try!
Almost every one of us collects…whether it’s vintage objects, antique furniture, or something as simple as your movie ticket stubs!
As a vintage seller, it’s fascinating to me to find out what people collect and why. We don’t always know why we collect what we do, though – it might be the excitement of finding a particular object, it may be the nostalgia that’s conjured up by certain things.. or it is driven by a deeper emotional connection to a time, place or person.
I’m not sure of the psychology is behind my own collecting habits as I tend to move through types of collections quite quickly! I’ve collected everything from old glass fishing floats, vintage bottles, tins, certain types of English & French tableware. I’m drawn to the beauty in those objects over other things, at that particular time.
There is a quote in a book I have by a brocante seller in Paris…”he sells useless things, just for the pleasure, the sheer futility of it.” There is an undefinable feeling about vintage objects: while they may not always be the most practical things, they provide an emotional reaction that we value.
What do you collect? I would love to know! Alison x
Well we have survived another Melbourne winter, and come out the other side a little paler, but intact and ready for sunnier days ahead. Spring has arrived with cherry blossoms, freesias & daffodils now in bloom… We have already enjoyed a few morning walks to school in the sunshine enjoying that heady new-season smell of spring flowers!
During August I have been busy finding a few new vintage wholesalers both here and overseas, so I’m looking forward to bringing a variety of beautiful things to the online shop, including those above.
Springtime also means the start of the wedding season…and Christmas decorations went up in stores last week! (It seems earlier each year..) I often sell pieces that are bought as gifts, and am happy to gift wrap free of charge and post directly to the recipient, just contact me to arrange!
I haven’t blogged a home tour for a while because there hasn’t been much time to read interior design websites lately. So I’m lucky this one popped up in my Facebook feed, because it is near perfect in my eyes.
Looking at the various French vintage pieces in this home, I know how much effort the owner would have made to source them and bring it all together so beautifully. And I love the green in the kitchen. Better yet, it’s an Australian home in Sydney! Enjoy this inspirational tour. All photos courtesy of Home Beautiful Australia.
I’m convinced things often find you, rather than the other way around..and are meant to be when the time is right. I’d been wanting a rustic vintage coffee table for a while, and didn’t want to pay a huge amount for a vintage-look reproduction, nor have the legs shortened on an old table.
Earlier this week I was visiting a supplier across town and spotted this industrial table hiding under various vintage bits and with another table sitting on top of it..
Anyway, I probably don’t need to explain what made me scrounge together extra funds on the spot so I could buy it – smooth weathered planks of wood, minty green metal frame and original caster wheels. It’s from eastern Europe and probably came from a factory where they made clothing or rugs, as I spent two hours prising cotton threads out from the wheels… another hour later after that & it was clean enough to come inside!
Still needs a final clean and some wood wax, then she can be made pretty with various green glass bottles and candles! Always satisfying to give an old piece a new life.
Hello, I wanted to share with you this beautiful vintage French oil painting of a village that I had in the shop last week… it was sold within a couple of hours after I listed it for sale.. there was a lot of interest in it! I’m sorry to customers here and overseas who missed out – I do have another two French paintings on the way, and love these paintings of the French countryside. Make sure you keep checking back, or send me an email!
I don’t blog that often these days, there’s just too much going with family life that it’s hard enough just keeping the online shop stocked with everything! And to be honest it’s difficult to write about pretty houses all the time, it can be quite superficial (to me anyway!). I’ve noticed some of my favourite vintage & personal blogs aren’t being updated as regularly either. I wonder if blogging is starting to take a backseat to Instagram, where it’s of course so much faster to share vintage objects and pretty images. A picture tells a thousand words.
Still, I’m not ready to give up on this blog altogether just yet – I have a lot of vintage pieces to share with you and I’ve been busy planning my trip to France next year, so I want to share some of that too. I’ll endeavour to visit this space more often!
We’re at that point here in winter, one month in, when it’s now properly cold.. most of us Aussies just don’t cope with the cold too well, especially here in Melbourne. Not that 10 degrees during the day is that cold compared to winter on the other side of the globe, but…we’re sort of conditioned to the heat.
So it was nice to spy some colourful, and very Spring-like roses and ranunculus at the fruit & veg shop this week – the colours are amazing and a welcome pop of colour to brighten rainy and gloomy days here!
Hope you enjoy your weekend, and if you’re on the other side of the world, enjoying some sun!
To start the school holidays, we headed to Maldon in country Victoria to stay a couple of nights. It was their Christmas in July festival and the main streets was lit up with lights, and there was even a visit from Santa. It was freezing! But we visited a few towns in the area including Castlemaine and Trentham, and escaped the cold inside the local bakeries (which are full of amazing local produce).
I also managed a bit of vintage hunting – it’s good to periodically check what stores are pricing things at and see what other sellers feel are on-trend. I was a bit disappointed with the vintage about, it’s getting hard to find nice pieces at decent prices. Unless you can embark on a State or country-wide road trip that is… not really possible when you have young kids!
Anyway here are a few pieces that I did find, including some glass and stoneware bottles and a demijohn not pictured.. a couple of unframed landscape paintings, wirework tray, a cute green chippy mirror, and a lovely bottle-green enamel candle holder, nicely weathered! I’m drawn to anything green at the moment..
The white metal tin is Australian Willow ware – despite it having no lid, I just loved that fruit design when I saw it and thought it would look great as a pot plant holder, or for utensils in the kitchen. When I asked how much it was, the seller said I could have it for nothing. I don’t take things for free so did pay him something for it – but needless to say it will be a bargain in the online shop soon!
Hello out there… embarrassingly it’s been ages since I last added something to the blog. Husband has been working overseas recently, we were struck down by the flu for almost a month, and lots of kid-related stuff has left this space very neglected!
Our house is finally decorated after our renovations so I thought I’d share a few (beautifully grainy) photos I took today – and because with school holidays starting now, it won’t look like this soon! I’m always changing things around as I sell pieces, but happy with how it’s coming along…a labour of love..
We’re off to the Castlemaine district this weekend, including visiting one of my favourite country towns again, Maldon. Looking forward to some scouring of a few vintage, junk & bric-a-brac places while we’re there.. I will share some photos of any vintage finds next week.
Have a good weekend, and if you have kids, enjoy the winter school holidays – pancake-making and staying in pyjamas until lunchtime in our house is obligatory at least a couple of days!
p.s. Next week I am having a big SALE in the online shop, so make sure you check back on Monday morning!
Autumn has well and truly arrived here in Melbourne. We are still having a few warm sunny days, but it’s chilly in the morning and getting darker much earlier now. Weekends slow right down for us at this time of the year – we might visit a park or two, but the rest of the time is spent playing games, reading, drawing and making time to do some baking for the week ahead.
There is something about using vintage kitchenware, like a stoneware mixing bowl, old wire cooling rack, or even just a time-worn wooden spoon, that makes cooking and baking a special experience. I will be adding small individual vintage kitchen pieces to the shop next week… here is a small selection below. They are a lot of fun to collect and really a pleasure to use.
Hope you have a great weekend, and manage to get into the kitchen to bake something delicious!
You may have noticed recently on Facebook I mentioned an Easter giveaway… I will admit I’ve been a lazy blogger and never got around to it – apologies! However I’ve gathered a few vintage pieces and coupled them with a gorgeous French vintage interiors book, to make a beautiful Mother’s Day giveaway.
The giveaway is worth over $230.00 and the winner will receive everything in the photo above, except the jug with flowers in it! All pieces are authentic vintage (just like everything in our shop!) and includes:
~ A French madeleine mould value $40.00 ~ Two stoneware mixing bowls value $35.00 ~ A French wooden paddle spoon value $20.00 ~ A set of six fluted tart tins from France value $42.50 ~ A French linen kitchen ‘torchon’ with red stripe value $28.00 ~ A quart-size Ball ‘Perfect Mason’ jar from the US, with original lid value $31.50 ~ and a copy of French Style at Home by Sebastien Siraudeau from Book Depository, value $38.50 ~ Total value $234.00!
Either enter for yourself or your Mum – I don’t mind – so long as the lucky winner puts their vintage treasures to good use!
The small & medium stoneware mixing bowls are great for mixing cake icing, sauces, pesto, or use as bowls for porridge or individual salads. Be inspired to try new baking recipes with the tart tins and madeleine mould!
Mum will love using and displaying the vintage French ‘torchon’. Featuring red stripes down each side, the heavy linen cotton fabric is such good quality that despite its age, gets better with time.
The book French Style at Home is a stunning collection of the author’s photographs of homes around France. A book to pick up time and time again. And I had to include a vintage Ball jar… because everybody needs a vintage Ball jar in their home – especially Mums!
How to enter? Make sure you like us on Facebook or follow on Instagram @bayside_vintage – and leave a comment below (ensure you include your email address), describing how you’d like to spend Mother’s Day. That gets you one entry!
For a second entry, share this giveaway on Facebook or Instagram. You can find the giveaway to share on Facebook www.facebook.com/baysidevintage or Instagram @bayside_vintage
Additionally, any customer who makes a purchase from the Bayside Vintage online shop during the period 22nd April – May 10th 2014 inclusive, receives one entry into the giveaway.
Good luck and Happy Mother’s Day… here’s to celebrating everything Mums do, and appreciating the tireless dedication that Mums give everyday!
*Winner will be drawn via random number selector and notified on or around Monday May 12. Open to Australian residents only
I’ve at last booked the date for a 2015 trip to France! Just on a small scale…and timed to get home for the start of the school holidays. But it will allow for the purchasing of lots of vintage goodies.. and satisfy my travel itch at the same time. Also, it’s always been a bit of a goal: vive la France before the big 4-0 hits!
It’s taken me a long time to make the trip a reality, partly finances & renovating the house, and also putting aside all the mummy guilt – accepting it’s ok to do something just for me, for a couple of weeks. I know not everyone will agree with it but it’s something I’ve always wanted to do, a personal goal, and to help grow my business.
Here are a few photos of the Marais district in Paris where I will be based. It’s a neighbourhood that has retained its narrow cobblestone streets and features architecture from the medieval and renaissance periods. I don’t think I could spend the money and go to Paris without staying in a beautiful historic area.
I am no expert when it comes to Paris (actually makes it all the more exciting) – and a lot of my trip will rely on lots of Google Maps searches. Ironically though, I came across my accommodation and then happily realised it was located within a prime antique & brocante area, so perhaps it was meant to be!
Due to time constraints I won’t have opportunity to see much of the countryside, but am planning to add a trip to Provence on the train, and stay there for a couple of nights.
I’m relieved to have pared down my trip – it’s not one huge buying spree and there will be no big container loads of purchases coming back – and I’m fine with that, because I want to see some of the sights of Paris while I’m there, not just spend the whole time buying brocante. And as much as the brocante tours I’ve seen sound wonderful, any profit I’d make will be lost paying for a personal tour. I’m happy to do it all on my own though, even if I make mistakes…that’s half the fun, right?!
Please bear with me as I plan aloud my trip from time to time via this blog over the coming months!
Scary that Easter is almost upon us, which means almost a third of the year’s already passed. Each year seems to be going by more quickly than the last..
So with time being a precious commodity now more than ever, this is the extent of my Easter decorations this year – with the exception of any handmade craft decorations the boys might do. Which we will get around to at some point within the next fortnight… yes we will… I’m sure of it…
Three French vintage Easter postcards pegged up on some twine makes for a super easy decoration. No naturally dyed eggs in this house, I’m afraid!
Next week I’ll be announcing a vintage giveaway to celebrate Easter on the blog…it will contain lovely vintage, and it will contain chocolate!
Looking forward to slowing down next week as we go on school holidays, and the cooler Autumn weather hits. Until next time,
I finally got some of my vintage mirrors on the wall today (thanks to our builder and finding the right wall hooks). Creating a mirror collage is not easy – I initally had five mirrors and that would have been too much for the wall..
I’m happy with how it’s turned out, for now… until I find another old mirror down the track and will no doubt change things around again!
The way they reflect more light into the room is an added bonus. I also like that the butterfly one is extra girly – I appreciate that sort of thing living in a house full of boys!
As for the mirrors I didn’t end up using, I’ll be adding them to the online shop soon.
Finally here are some photos of our home post-renovation. The kitchen and bathroom aren’t featured much as they still have minor fixes needed; and as for the bedrooms – I’d consider them Phase 2!
So here are the nice bits. What you don’t see are the messy bedrooms, Lego & loom bands all over the floor, the kids’ unmade beds, our old leather lounge we can’t afford to replace for now.. the general mess I pushed out of the way to make tabletops clean…
Most of the decorative bits were quite inexpensive – eBay was handy when we were renovating, and some of those vintage pieces I’ve had set aside for some time.