fisher price plane vintage globes copy

On the eve of an international family trip of a lifetime #yay I’m at work, thinking globally

world wide desktop vintage globes mid century

in the meantime I can browse the wide world on my desktop,
old skool style

fisher price airport vintage

or enjoy this super cute vintage Fisher Price airport I bought to distract the little people from my art glass, turns out it really moves the grown ups. Memories are priceless [aren’t they?] and linger long after the jet lag. Thank goodness.
See ya round.

kelco schmid japan coffee set 5

I can’t work out why people throw out odd numbers.
It’s like, Oh no, now we don’t have a complete set the rest are cursed. The even police might look in my cupboards and see we are a little odd. Get rid of it, stat.

So what is it with odd numbers? Why are they considered dodgy?

A survey done by Alex Bello for The Guardian concludes it takes our brain longer to process odd numbers. Literally more thought provoking. Universally though, our favourite number is 7. Go figure.

The Power of 5 is big in Japan. Co-incidentally this mid-century Schmid Kreglinger espresso set is Japanese though the name sounds anything but.

Embrace your oddness people. Think of it as a set of 4 with a lucky spare.
In the meantime if it bothers your naturally human symmetrical tendencies, I’ll take one away till I find another.


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Timeless classics. Like myself. As in I have no time.
[Missed getting these out before Father’s Day]

Not such a drama, no time limits here.
And these old boys are well preserved.

A Lad Of Grit, 1928 or earlier based on the inscription
Champion Annual For Boys 1953

Daily Mail Boys Annual, undated, illustrations suggest 1950’s/60s

Oxford Annual for Boys,  University Press 1937

MCMLXV = 1965

Dean & Sons, circa 1960s

A Power Boys Adventure 1965


Wishing you a happy birthday. With love from Auntie “Sadie”
1st December 1961

To Dear Linda from Mummy 24/10/52

Go Linda. Hope you had an adventurous life.


Biggles Fails To Return
Third impression 1950

and this is my hands down favourite cover

They find it all, a different story…

there’s also this, the original
RIP Ian Curtis

cup of happy ur

Grouplove everybody. Clearly

You’re such a lovely cup
Why don’t cha fill me up
All these reasons too hard to explain
So, I’ll drink you up my dear
We got it all right here
Here is now, and now is where I want to be

coffee coffee coffee container small 2

Extracting old files. Time poor. Caffeine rich.
Urban Rustic now serving coffee. And it is good #coffeeup = code for enable dynamic functionality

javascript bakelite coffee canisters vintage retro spoons

Coffee is a lot more than just a drink; it’s something happening. Not as in hip, but like an event, a place to be, but not like a location, but like somewhere within yourself. It gives you time, but not actual hours or minutes, but a chance to be, like be yourself, and have a second cup.

Gertrude Stein

vintage corningware pyrex coffee mugs container

Should I kill myself, or have a cup of coffee?

Albert Camus

coffee flavoured beverine The Simpsons

Can I offer you a cup of coffee-flavoured beverine? 
Yes, I take it grey with creamium.

The Simpsons, Season 9 Episode 2
The Principal and the Pauper

KOFFIE grinder clint Eastwood mug coffee spoon

Go ahead, make my day.

Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact
Best coffee movie scene ever shot.


vintage silver coffee been spoons

I have measured out my life with coffee spoons.

T.S. Eliot
urban rustic coffee cart
That’s the lovely Kat. Local Barista. She’s made my coffee for years in various coffee shops on the Northern Beaches. It’s so fun to have company in the shop and ridiculous to have someone to say to,  can I have a coffee? and it’s like the best coffee. Leftfield Old Fox. Love it. Really smooth. Not bitter. Yep like Scarface I’m gettin high on my own supply.
Come in if you can. If you say you read this you can have a free coffee, ruby chai, organic tea. Whatever.
I’d be stoked. Cheers Sandy :-)

while we wait for summer [and not the Donna version]
want some hot stuff baby?

hot pyrex warmers copy
Seventies Pyrex warmers. Tea light candles keep it heated at the table.
cathrineholm enamel fondue set hot flammable gas

Eat your heart out.
Cathrineholm enamel Fondue set. What can I say? Her stuff is on fire, hard to get and comes at a price.
Won’t let this one go til after my opening soiree [or never] but I have more to offer. This is just a taste.

 hot pad cork cathrineholm fondue set

Lookin for a place for some hot love? It’s right here, right now.

Blue, Yellow, Orange bringing it.

Bottle or jug? Or all of it?  It is Saturday…

And if there’s a happier colour combo? Show me.
Pretty fond of this lot.

blue orange yellow

Urn it.
Reluctant to sell this orange piece. It’s large and magnificent and I bought it on an awesome buying trip/mini break/ solo mission last year. It was the last shop I hit and I was pretty tapped out. Like very. Knew I had already spent far too much. Eek. But also knew when I went out and sat in the car, I would drive back to Sydney organising freight. And then it might break. And then be so annoyed with myself for indecision…

Anyway I was trying to do a short post because I know we are all too busy for words… So yeah. I went back in. Maxed out the plastic on glass. Bought it. Loved it. Still do but… yup, it’s up for grabs.

Quick before I change my mind.

Orange Empoli Italian cased bottle, god I love that faux wicker texture. It could be cheesy if not perfectly executed. Lucky it is.

Tall double cased [cased= white lining] Empoli Italian bottle vase, in that Per Lütken, Holmegaard kind of way.

Yellow cased jug. Mid century. That crazy arse shape. Was a ….. to clean, so visibly filthy inside, got a scourer stuck in there [amateur] and after a few days and a smart idea from Gemma in the shop next door I reefed it out with the bent hook of a coathanger. So relieved. Ridiculously happy over a small triumph #nerd

Time for a drink, cheers

in Newport shop this week
interested? ask here

Vive la révolution.
A recycled Bastille Day offering…  [sold]

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.

A Tale of Two Cities
Charles Dickens  1812 – 1870

Liberty, equality and fraternity forever.



more vintage cases cc 3

Moving and packing and school holidays all at once.
Could be losing it if I wasn’t careful. Hate to lose these super cute vintage cases though. Some are for sale, some just for display in the new shop. I’m almost there… Opening soon.

The one with the little blue corners is a very close match to one I took to Kindergarten. Damn, I wish I had kept it, same applies to my doll Lily. Thirteen year old Sandy thought she was too grown up for dolls. And old school cases.

Now I am actually grown up [well most of the time, add alcohol and I’m not so sure] I realise you are never too grown up to keep your childhood favourites. Like Mr Burns and Bobo, some things money can not buy, for others there’s Ebay and settling for close enough.

stack school ports cases globite vintage ikea hat box copy

Customers may be disappointed that certain cases are display only/ not for sale, and I am sorry about that, but seriously they are

a] becoming harder to find

b] expensive even for me to buy

c] and I like them, so… if I am to sell them, I need to make a decent margin, otherwise why bother? May as well keep them


d] more meaningful than storing things in plastic tubs from the $2 shop. IMO.
Don’t you think?

stack 3 school ports cases globite vintage ikea

The littlest brown Globite case belongs to my husband. It was his kindergarten port [does anyone get when I say ‘port’ some people understand, others look at me with empty expressions. It’s short for portmaneau and ye old English in origin.
Anyhoo, his mother was smart enough to hold onto it and it stills stores his lego from a lifetime ago. Also love the original Dymo label. And the stickers. Irreplaceable.

Love that the briefcase up the back, the leather one, is Vintage Ikea. No, it’s not an oxymoron, it belonged to my friend Nina, was her Father’s and it also has his name, a six digit phone number and Stockholm Sweden in Dymo label. Uber cool.

little vintage cases 2

In closing, vintage suitcases are worth keeping for display, storage and nostalgic purposes.
The navy Airlight above, holds old Gold. Vintage Golden Books that is.
A cute stack I picked up in a regional op shop on a short trip [AKA offloading of the children] to the Grandparents. Such fabulous illustrations. And fabulous In-laws.

vintage golden book cute packing picture copy
In my case it’s more likely to be neat as in cool not neat as in tidy.
vintage golden book cute goodbye picture copy

Hope to see you soon xo

urban rustic moving vintage graphics 2 copyDear Newport and beyond…

Urban Rustic can’t continue being your best kept secret.

My shop is moving, and hope you follow us around the corner. The new space is bigger, brighter, there’s a surprise in store AND you will be able to move around. Imagine that? So exciting…

Urban Rustic will always stand for Quality and Value. And Good Vibes.

Thank you to our loyal customers, we know who you are and you are always welcome. We want to look after you. So grateful for your visits and support. We love hearing your stories and happy memories.

Please pop in, right next to Beachside Homewares. Near Coles. 371 Barrenjoey Road. Opening July 13th.

Meanwhile our Robertson Road space is on SALE for 3 more weeks. Having a big clearance, stuff needs to move one way or another. So if you have your eye on something, nows the time! Speaking of time…please note: Winter hours: wed-sat 10am – 3ish. Sorry, as you can imagine, there’s a bit going on…

It’s a big brave step and I’m just as nervous as I am excited. Wish me luck.

Cheers Sandy,

and the gorgeous UR girls: Dionne, Gisele & Dan


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