Subversive Femme

Fifties Fair Day, 2013

What a glorious day for a Fifties Fair!

Our dancing friends, Dan and Krys

The sun was shining, there was barely a cloud in the sky, and wearing black taffeta might not have been a good idea but who cares. (apologies for the photo heavy post, I’ve put most on Flickr).

We were lucky and got there about half an hour before it opened – meaning a park nearby, not many people and more space to have a look at the market stalls.

This year was probably my favourite – Jakk and I won ‘Best Dressed Couple’!
I don’t like entering competitions like that, but Jakk looked so good I knew she’d win something and wouldn’t enter by herself. The prize was dinner at Portenos, a place we’ve wanted to go to for ages.

I’m sad that I don’t have any photos of us on stage, but I have plenty of the ladies entering ‘Best Dressed Woman’.

And the dancing…

Bruce and Kat, and Tim and Squish – Swingtime Australia

Dress – 1950’s Koldon shot taffeta, with besom pockets
Petticoat – vintage, Ebay
Shoes – Miss L Fire ‘Boardwalk’ (best ever shoes in my opinion)
Handbag – white cane with pastel accents, market find
Hat – Stetson Fifth Avenue, Etsy
Pearl Necklace – my nan’s
Brooch – Pink leaf, somewhere in New York

And what did I come away with? Last year was slim pickings in my opinion so this year really made up for it!
Vintage polished cotton fabrics both in dress lengths, and buttons….

And at long last – a Laminex kitchen table and chairs!

These are uncommon and expensive here in Australia, and we’ve been trying to get one (in our budget) for a few years now. There was no way we could get the table into our car (the seller wouldn’t deliver) and I nearly walked away – until Gus from RareAs Vintage saw our disappointment and offered to take it home for us in his van.  What a hero!

I think it was a good price as it was filthy – nothing a little bicarb and water couldn’t fix.

And that was our weekend!
How was yours?

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    August 27, 2013 at 4:38 am

    You and Jak are so cute! I would have loved to seen a photo of you together. Congrats on winning and to a place you've wanted to go no less.

    The fabrics and buttons are gorgeous! I'm jealous of your new table. I've wanted one like that but whenever I find one it's out of my price range or only has 2 chairs.

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    August 27, 2013 at 8:45 am

    What a great find and how kind of your friend to take it home for you! It always feels good when you finally get that item that's been on your wish-list for such a long time.

    Love your hat.

    P x

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    August 27, 2013 at 10:16 am

    What fabulous finds!!! That table is so sweet. Congratulations on winning – a swoon worthy couple indeed.

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    August 27, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Looks like a wonderful day all around! That table is amazing!! Congrats!

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    August 29, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Oooh I think that table and chairs is the exact same one as in my Grandmother's kitchen in the late 70's! Freaky!

    Congratulation on your winning best dressed couple 🙂

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    August 30, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    oh, congrats on winning the first prize at best 'dressed couple'. you looked stunning in this dress.

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    September 10, 2013 at 4:50 am

    You definitely made out like a bandit! Love your outfit and I hope to one day find a cane purse just like that.

    It's so funny but my table is pretty similar. It's a slightly darker red and it's oval with a leaf. Nice work!

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