Thursday, December 16, 2010

Happy Happy Christmas!

Yeee it's that time of the year again!
However this year, we're blessed with a big change!

While most Christmases we remember being dressed in our best, stuck to a vinyl car seat with the windows wound all the way down hoping we don't sweat off our makeup on the 40 degree day.

This Christmas, the weather man today announced that there is a possibility of having that Christmas we have all dreamed of and lusted after, while watching those classic Christmas movies like A Mom for Christmas, and National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation. Yes Classics :)

Yes this year in Melbourne, there is said to be A WHITE CHRISTMAS. *Cue Bing Crosby*
For years we have sadly turned down those kitsch and fabulous Christmas jumpers we've seen in the Opshops.
We even invented Christmas in July, just so we can live the dream out that festive wintery dream.
But no matter how much tinsel we used, or carols we played, we still knew it wasn't quite the real thing.

Everything has changed this year, and lets all hope that just this once, Melbourne's mother nature does us proud, sticks by it's forecast and brings us a Christmas where we can wear a wintery hat, light a fire, drink hot cocoa, and make SNOWMEN! Well ok, even just a light sprinkle across the ground will do, snowmen are a little optimistic.

And the new year! Oh what a fabulous year 2011 will be.
Finally the Trish Hunter Finds traveling boutique will be open for business.
The Camberwell stalls have been booked as of March so it's official!
I've included a few photos with how it's coming along. :)
It's all getting a bit exciting now, and very very real.

I shall keep you posted with it's progression as it's happening so quickly now!

Oh the image posted at the top is a Christmas card that I received from a friend this year. Isn't it lovely? A thrift store in the UK makes them. What a great idea.

Anyway, Until my next post, have the most Merry of all Christmases, and an amazing amazing New Year!

Trish xx

Friday, September 24, 2010

A quick update...

Hello all my long lost blog readers. Long time no post!
Thanks so much for not de-reading me!

I've been absent due to the planning of my traveling shop!
There's been a bit of a disaster and will take a little longer than expected, but we're hoping it won't be too long! I'm still hecticly planning everything from curtains to signwriting, and trying to keep the website up to date with new stock for you to view in the mean time.
So the blogging side of life has been as they say, 'put on the back burner' until well, my next blog which will hopefully be a big and exciting one saying something along the lines of "YOU'RE INVITED TO MY SHOP OPENING!!!"
In the mean time I do hope you'll join my facebook page for more frequent updates, news and mini posts :)

I do however have one find to show you before I go.

A while ago I showed you my tin toy dolls house made by Mettoy.

It is still one of my favorite things and brings me so much pleasure to look at!
I couldn't tell you what it is that makes me so happy, as I've never been a doll kind of person, but it just does.

Just the other day I found an accompaniment to it.
It now makes me double as happy.

It's a 1950's tin toy garage!! Aargh!
A perfect home to house my new caravan collecting addiction.
I lovvve it.

Anwyay I'm off to go and pack my car for Camberwell Market tomorrow crack of dawn morning. I hope to see some of your lovely faces there for some donut eating and bargain finding good times!

I'll have a car completely full of 60's/70's collectables and kitchenalia mostly around the $10 mark, so if you aren't too hungover, or snuggled up warm in bed, stop by and say hello :)

Until then, or my next post....
Happy collecting and vintage shopping :)

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Storage and Display

Hi guys!
Something that's been lacking at my place of late is storage/organisation and display.
I've said a trillion times that display is one of my favorite things, but due to dealing with so much shop stock, it's been filling my house to the brim, crowding and hiding all my little displays that keep me so happy.

So today I got stuck in, and brought back some pretty displays with the things that I love, and finally got my bursting at the seams bookshelf into some kind of order, and did a sad cull of a whole TWO BOOKS!! I couldn't dare part with anymore.

I took a few pictures of a few of my more happy looking displays :)

Some of my blues

Some of my reds

My Kitsch shelf was something that needed some serious attention.
One small shelf was jam packed with my little japanese figures, some were even dangerously stacked! Eek.
The art glass shelf has now turned into a zoo of china :)

Some of my deer figures

Cats and people figures

And lastly that reference bookshelf. Books were seriously jammed in any gap possible and were so unorganized it was stopping me reading as taking out one book was so much of a chore. Finally, I have a Fashion shelf, a Collectables reference shelf, an art section, a Vintage house decorating/interior design section, and lastly a Frankie Magazine section. My newest book is called 'Antique Dealer' published in the 50's. That should be an interesting read.

The caravan is coming along nicely! I should have more photos to show you all by early next week! You can check out various pics up to now at

Have a fabulous weekend! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


What a busy couple of weeks it's been! More busy than my normal busy which is busy busy busy! Aargh!
I've done a whole lot of re-designing in preparation for the shop!
There's a brand new website, a brand new shop and a brand new look!
All a little exciting, and nice to see something fresh.

Giant, huge, enormous apologies for the lack of posts and comments and readings, but once the craziness of opening up shop has happened, I can hopefully relax a little and keep you all posted with heaps of fun photos and updates that I've oh so missed posting!

Today I got a delivery of my re-useable purple tote bags which are lots of fun and started to make me feel all shoppy. It's hard to feel like it's actually all happening when I don't have anything physical infront of me to work with.
Lucky I have the shop designer himself sending me regular photos of how it's coming along or I'd go a little more batty I think!

Don't forget to become a fan on facebook to see new photos of the shops progression, updates on Camberwell stalls, and oh! You can see my new tote bags there too! Weeee!

Happy Thursday :)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Trailer Trish

As you know I'm opening a shop, hopefully by the end of the year!
And now that it's set in stone I can finally reveal what's going on....


Saturday, May 29, 2010

My new little Opshopping friend.

I'd like you to meet the newest member of the Hunter family :)
This is Betty!

Just look at that face would you!

She was rescued by 'The Animal Rehoming Service' or TARS which is a non profit animal rescue service in Melbourne, who does an amazing job rescuing neglected animals and finding them great homes.

She's had a hard life, but it all got better when TARS rescued her from a bad home, and fostered her out to the owners of Fat Helens Vintage shop on Chapel St.
Helen and her Family did the most amazing job bringing back Betty's personality (and boy does she have one!), giving her a loving home, and doing so until the right person was ready to adopt her.

I think it was meant to be!
I mean a dog brought up in a Vintage shop? Surely she'll fit right in at my home :)
And she does. She's currently sprawled out on the floor like she's been here for years, and this is only day two!

We had the most fun game of fetch earlier. She gets so excited runs on her hind legs, smiling away, darting after the ball like her life depends on it! What a darling dog.

If you have time, space, and a heart filled with love to give, call TARS, or go to any dog shelter/pound and adopt a dog who really needs a home. And don't just think about puppies, adopt a dog! They have just as much love, and they're often already trained and ready to go!

Next week Betty and I will be heading out on our first opshopping trip! I can't wait.

Trish and Betty :)

Friday, May 21, 2010

Somethings Brewing!!

You may have noticed I've been rather absent in the blogosphere as of late!
But I have a very good reason!
This time for real, I'm opening a SHOP!!!
I've signed the papers, I get to start working on it in a couple of weeks (It's going to be a lonnnng two weeks)
And I will be open hopefully in 4ish months.
I can't say much more than that just yet!
But as soon as I can, you'll know every itty bitty detail including where I'll be, and most importantly WHEN!
I can't wait for you all to visit me! It's been my dream for yeaaaaars!
I almost can't believe it's actually happening!
I bought a clothing steamer today and I was such a giddy dork! But I just felt like it was making it all the more real!
It's so hard to believe that you're getting a shop when you don't actually have it to stand in and work on!
All I want to do is design it! Pick paint colours etc... but I can't and its KILLING ME!
Soon Trish... Soon!
Ok I better go before I explode with excitement.

I've also started a secret blog with all the shops beginnings posted. I'll share it with you all when I can!!

Ok time to go and cuddle the hot water bottle. Brr its that time of year isn't it!

So excited.


Sunday, May 2, 2010

Our house!

Is going to be a very very very fine house.

I've had a few people email me asking about how Marysville is going and how the house is coming along, but until today I honestly haven't known.
I have heard bits and pieces, but until today, I was still quite uncomfortable about it, and had imagined that seeing something there that isn't my house would upset me more than not having that image in my head. So I separated myself from it.
Anyway, I was talking to Dad today and he mentioned again that I should come down and check out the new house. He sounds quite proud of it!
But still hesitant, I suggested perhaps he send me a few pics.
I'm so glad he did, because it was actually quite a relief.
I too was proud of it. I never thought I would be. It's cute, and quaint, and isn't some unhomely modern Ikea house that I imagined and secretly resented. Which was silly as I hadn't even seen it.
Anyway.... I thought I'd share the pics because it's an exciting step forward for our Family, Dad, Marysville, and a massive change in view for me.
I'm ready to go back again now, and it's SO nice to say that confidently.
I've felt so guilty for avoiding it.

Ok so some piccies :)

Big yays!!


Friday, April 30, 2010

Boot Season!!

(Click the above image to visit the Facebook page :) )

Also, my second article for A New Muse Magazine is now available to read!
It's titled SPACE AGE. Hope you enjoy it!

Hope to see you all this Sunday!
Bring your Mum for Mothers Day and maybe she may find something nice too!
Or at least enjoy a yummy hot jam donut and a nice day out. :)

If you can't make it on Sunday, you can always shop with THF online!
Just click HERE.
I've changed around the layout, so hopefully it's a little more easy to navigate through. There's about 80 new items listed over the past few weeks, so you may find something nice :)

Happy Weekend!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

What I found at Camberwell Market.

When most people come home from a shopping trip at Camberwell Market, I'm sure they don't come home with anything like I did.
Perhaps they found a cute handbag, A pretty vintage frock, or maybe that one piece of their collection they'd been missing.
Or, maybe they found...

A giant lion costume!

(I'm actually pose roaring underneath!! How stupid.)

How could I not buy this? It was amazing!
I do love oversized things. They just appeal to me for some reason.
Perhaps its because I've got no room to put them. Gr.
A few months ago, I desperately wanted a giant fibreglass shark mouth (Like luna park but smaller and sharkier) from the top of a fish and chip shop in Perth. I'm so lucky the courier was too expensive or I sooo would have bid!
I had dreams of turning it into a table to put in my shop, or maybe just putting it on the roof of my one day to be shop to get some attention.
Ah well, it wasn't meant to be.
Anyway, when this was hanging over a rail, I was amazed it hadn't been bought!
So off I walked with a giant Lion.
Its times like this I'm lucky I don't have a husband or family to come home to. Or this would definitely have been one of those shaking head moments ahha.

Anyway, despite the pouring rain, and gale-force winds it was fantastic day at Camberwell!! (I really should have just worn the lion costume. I would have been much warmer.)
Here's my stall before it was blown away.

By the end of the day I'd given up tidying it up and just left it like a cyclone had passed through.

I looked at myself in the mirror of the car after I'd packed up and my gosh I wish someone had told me I looked like a cyclone had hit ME!
My makeup was panda, my fringe looked crimped? And I don't even have curly hair!? I was a mess hahaha. It was rather comical.

Ok in other news, I haven't put much in my shop of late as I've been super busy, but I've got SO SO SO many things to come!
Like, my list has 36 items to photograph, and that includes the word 'hats, and furs' which in itself there's heaps of each! So urhghh where to start!
Here's just a preview of some of the things!

Possibly the most amazing fully beaded top in the whole wide world. Brand new with tags, so intricate and heavy! Full night scene that goes from front to back and has arm tassels! Pwoah!

Really Retro lamp! Crazy amazing shade!

Pixie O Harris story book with lovely colour plates

Sega Master System 2 with games!

And some more 80's hand consoles including DONKEY KONG!

Sticking to the 80's theme is this amazing Star Wars wallpaper and trading card gum packs.

Smurf for fun Tote bag.

Burglar Bill musical decanter

Bitossi Ashtray.

And a Gunda Ashtray.

My gosh and there's so so much more! That was just what I could quickly find! The list is huge!

Also, I got a part time job at a brand new Retro/Collectables shop opening up this month in Montmorency!! (Greensborough/Eltham area) I hope you'll all come out, stop by and pick up some fabulous treasures!! It's right opposite the train station so its easy to find!
I'll give you more info soon! :)


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

What inspires me?

As you may know I've become a monthly contributor for brand new online magazine "A New Muse".
I was asked today to send through a childhood photograph of myself, with a short description of what inspires me, for their contributors page.

I thought writing what inspired me would be super easy, as I'm so often inspired, and love so many things!
I was wrong. I couldn't pinpoint one thing!

I was stumped. What gives me that inspiring itch?
I know when I'm inspired my toes twiddle, and I get this tightness in my chest that makes me feel I need to do something RIGHT NOW! and I usually do.
I've always been a NOW person. So very impulsive. But I have to do it now, because thats when I'm inspired right?
But what are these inspirations that cause these feelings?
I found it so hard to describe!
So as I sat here in front of my empty Microsoft Word page feeling a little silly that I had no idea how my own brain worked, I started to get bored and look around.
And then my toes twiddled. I was inspired about something.
So I focused in on exactly what was going on and my fingers couldn't type quicker.

"I'm inspired when I see a gap in life that I can get excited to fill...
...and then it snowballs.
A mannequin without a hat leads to -
This mannequin needs a hat.
But what kind of hat?
Maybe I could make a hat!
I could be a hat maker.
Ok so I need a hat block.
I'm off to go shopping for some fabric,
and I better drag out my sewing machine.
The hat may end up being a complete failure, and the mannequin may end up wearing a funky vintage hat I picked up along the learning experience.
But I learned I can't make hats, and the mannequin has some head wear, so my inspiration was fulfilled.
I get many of these inspirations every day.
I love them."

I realised I can't put my inspiration in dot points.
Its like everything I type. A story.

I absolutely loved writing this!
Doing so, was really quite inspiring to myself in itself!
It actually really summed up me, and how I work!
I've never had to try to explain how I work and that is exactly it!
It can be used as a metaphor for so many things that I do.
I have no idea if this makes sense to anyone, but it really did something beneficial to me by writing this, and so I had to try and share.

I'll leave you with the childhood picture I chose for myself haha.

Happy Little Vegemite!

PS: I was posted a couple more different magazine covers I appeared on, so uploaded them to the previous blog if you'd like to look :)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Trish Hunter Finds is Front Page News! Eeeeeee!

After a night of tears from 'car on deaths door' troubles, (He's at the repair man now :( fingers crossed he'll come out alive.) All was forgotten when an email arrived in my inbox this morning with a copy of the article coming out in 6 of Melbourne's newspapers and magazines, as I mentioned a few blogs ago.
Six! WOW!
And one of them is on the FRONT COVER! Wahhhh!
As I stared at myself on the computer it was a very, dare I say it... 'surreal' moment.

I started this blog as a hobby to share with you my opshop finds.
I had one follower and I was like woooo! then two, then 10, and I was thinking 'Wew 10 people read my blog, this is SO COOL!'
It later blossomed into an online shop that I love and am so proud of, and now I'm in these well known Melbourne newspapers, for doing something that I love, am passionate about, and hope to do until I'm an old crabby shop lady, with brightly dyed hair, who wears outfits that kids photograph with whatever phones are invented then, to send to their friends of the crazy Nanna walking down the street.
There's a lot more than 10 people reading these newspapers, so overwhelmed, excited, and proud are understated feelings I'm experiencing at the moment.

Ok enough blabber, here it is!

(Well the pictures anyway)

The article will be readable shortly at
And I'm not sure exactly what all the newspapers it'll be in are, but There's the one below, The Melbourne Weekly and the Melbourne Times. So hopefully there'll be one in your area!

*Update: I've discovered a few more covers from various locations around Victoria! here they are...*

I'd like to quickly say a massive thanks to those who initially inspired me to start my blog, to people who have read my ramble from the very beginning, and those who might have just found me, a big big HUGE thankyou! :) And I hope you continue to do so.
AND, when the time comes to visit the real life Trish Hunter Finds store, I hope you'll be the first to come and visit! :):)
I'm off to celebrate with a big huge dose of Creme egg love :)


Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Sneaky peek!

Update: I'll be having an earlier stall on the 11th of April as well as on the 4th of May! :)

'A little sneaky peek to get the party goingggg.'
Well that's the line I always used to say when Rizzo brought out the wine at the slumber party in Grease.
Quite wrong, It's "a little Sneaky Pete" but it came to my head when I titled this blog.

Anyhoo, I've just been tagging my new stock for the next Camberwell Market stall I'm having.

I know I'm definitely having one on May 4th, but there may also be another earlier surprise. I'll find that out tomorrow night and let you know!

Anyway here's a 'Sneaky Pete' of some of the boots and shoes that will be available!

They're all leather, all Vintage, and there's some darn cool ones! Yay!

In other shoe news, I always get the Australian Collectables Trader magazine, and this edition included a feature on Beth Levine.
She created some of the most crazy shoes of the 20th Century!
This amazing lady introduced the Stiletto in 1951, a year before Cristian Dior and called it 'The String Bean Heal'
Some of the shoes in this article are incredible! I had to share!

This 'Race car shoe' was created in 1965 - PWOAH!

And here is the 'Paper Twist' made in 1966.

I'm in complete shoe heaven here!

Thats not the only reason I've been in heaven.
Look what I found today!!!!!!

I'm off to make myself sick :)

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Gjaklsjfskljf! Eeeeeee!

Gosh what a week I've had!
I got one of the last dream items on my list of dream items.
The GEC WELTRON 2007 model. The ultimate item in the Retro world.
It is often called a Space ship or UFO due to its space age design.
It's just absolutely fabbbulous!
The sound is outstanding! Its fantastic and plastic (My two favorite things) And the wait is now over! I have my very own!

There she is!

My first record choice was "Lets have a party!"

A 60's mix of wacky tunes including show tunes merged in with popular tracks. Its fantastic. I only bought it because of the cover, but seeing as there was a party in my stomach due to the overwhelming excitement of actually owning one of these machines, I thought it was an appropriate LP Choice.

In other news, A New Muse has launched their brand new online magazine that is regularly updated with fantastic fashion blogs, articles, interviews and more! And they've ever so kindly asked me to be a features writer! My first article was released yesterday! It's about another of my favorite things... Kitsch! Here's the link, check it out when you get a chance, and also of course, the rest of the fantastic site!
A New Muse supports local and upcoming labels, artists and more, and is currently taking art, fashion and written submissions! :)
I'm so excited to be a part of this!

Yesterday I had a surprise Camberwell Market stall! A friend had a free space so I jumped at the chance as I still hadn't emptied my car from last time, (laaaaazy) and had already gathered a HEAP of fabulous leather bags/boots etc so it was just PERFECT!

I took a couple of pics this time!...

It was a heap of fun! I saw heaps of friends and faces I haven't seen in SO long!! The weather held tight until packup time, and there was a great atmosphere :)

I also got the opportunity to go for a shop while a friend who I was sharing the stall with so very generously manned it for me!

I picked up a few goodies for myself actually! (Says she who in her previous post said she rarely buys herself things! tsk tsk)

How could I resist?

How just absolutely LOVELY is this 20's/30's Foley teapot? Look at those little pixies/elves dancing around in their little teapot garden.

I actually bought this off the friend I was sharing the stall with! I can't resist a tacky video game! Its called "Torpedo Terror" A wind up one where you flick the switch and shoot the ships! (Terrifying stuff) It'll be in the video game section of my shop soon with all the info on it! Too cool.

I got a couple of reference books including Celluloid Dolls, and Clarice Cliff


I figured since I've been selling so many of my own clothes, I deserve some new frocks for myself... Its hard to come by pretty cotton dresses with good patterns. They're always polyester so I couldn't resist these.


This one is adorable. It has a metal zip down the side, velvet trim to the waist, and comes complete with its original swing tag. So lovely

The pattern on this is fantastic but it really didn't show up in the photos. I'll wear it soon and show you. Its very very bright and flower power!

Well, I've been up since 3:45am this morning and I'm swapping over open eyes just to try and finish this off!

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