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Vintage Second hand Ladder

My 10 favourite second hand finds


1 | I like a tipple or two – guilty as charged. I don’t exactly have the space in my apartment for a full-on bar area though, so this tray is as good as it gets. But I have to say – for $20 at the Vinnies salvage store – it’s a space saving bar with vintage charm – I love it!


2 | I hit Vinnies in Brookevale last weekend and fell in love with this painted ceramic plate (isn’t it cute?). It was only a few bucks and would look amazing on a wall (because plates should never be used to eat off, of course!).


3 | This amazing mirror frame has been in the family for a few years now. I found it at the Salvos in Ashfield (it’s no longer there, sadly) and it was completely gold at the time. I wasn’t too crash hot on the colour so I sprayed it black. Though I’ve now tired of this and am thinking an olive green is on the cards. What are your thoughts?

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4 | It doesn’t get much more second hand and pre-loved than finding this wine rack on the side of the road outside my place last year during a council clean up. I recently paid if forward and released it into the world again during my own council clean up and it got taken right away.


5 | Another amazing find from the Salvos in Ashfield (rest in peace!). This old sugar tin was lined with a blue piece of perspex but I took it out and now use it to hold candles. It looks amazing at night as the light bounces out of it across the room. Very cute.


6 | This blue vintage ash tray was too good not to snap up for five bucks. Clearly I am not into the ciggs but it did make a nice rock and candle display piece at first. Now, I use it as a key dish and it adds a nice bit of old-world charm to my pad.

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7 | Ah, my glorious pre-loved ladder, found across the street from my place; still one of my faves and I expect it will be for quite some time. The full story I have already covered and waffled on about endlessly in a previous post.


8 | I am no kitchen whiz, let’s be honest, but I do like to throw together a quick lamington or Anzac biscuit occasionally when I watch a cooking show and feel a burst of inspiration. A second hand tray like this is a cute way to display such treats!


9 | If I wasn’t going to get cut to pieces, I could potentially just roll around in glorious glassware all day long – especially the unique and cheap stuff you find in second hand salvage stores. The glass above is now a set of three (I broke one – eep), and besides using it to house mints like the ones above, I also put desserts in there when I have people over for dinner.


10 | I saved the best for last. This amazing side board was given to me by a dear friend (a total freebie) and is without a doubt one of my must-keep furniture pieces. I have looked at this piece for a long time, tossing and turning over whether or not I should paint or spray it a different colour. But there is no turning back with that sort of overhaul, so for now I think it shall stay as is (do you like?).

Outside of writing the TLC Interiors blog, Chris is an interior stylist and author. You can also catch him on your TV screens as a designer on Channel 10's Changing Rooms. If you'd like to book a design consult with Chris, you can find out more here

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