Hester Fleming Vintage

20th Century Jewellery and Accessories

Sydney

A Vintage Seekers Survival Guide

Sydney, Vintage Markets, Vintage Shopping TipsHester Fleming
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On the first Sunday of each calendar month, approximately 100 dealers from all over Australia, set up at the Sydney Antique and Collectables Fair, Wentworth Park Function Centre, Glebe. General admission is $6. Doors open at 9am and close at 3pm. Here are my top tips to make the most of this event, and others that you may attend.

1. Make sure you bring cash. Some dealers have an eftpos machine or a square reader, however, they don't always work.  You can withdraw cash from the event organiser but there is a fee on top of this withdrawal. My suggestion is to plan to visit an ATM before you arrive, to avoid any ounce of disappointment. 

2. Bring some nibbles and a bottle of water.  While there's a cafe on site which serves plenty of coffee and tea, a few nuts or a museli bar is a sure way too keep your mind sharp when you're working your way through the enormous range of collectables.

3. Wear comfortable shoes. There's lots to see and practically no where to sit, other than the cafe on site, which is always busy. 

3. Arrive early. It's a well known fact, trade starts as soon as the doors open.  For the best pieces of the day, it's first in, best dressed.

4. Be prepared to seriously rummage. Some dealers have mountains of estate lots on tables, waiting to be picked through. It's not glamorous, but there are definitely diamonds in the rough to be found. Be patient. 

5. Look at the piece of interest thoroughly. Think about the weight, the condition and whether all the stones are there, or if you see any cracks. Consider whether any repair work needs to be done and if you have the extra resources available to fix the piece properly.   

6. Ask the dealer politely for the best price they can offer.  Nine times out of ten, dealers won't be outrageous with their pricing. Often their first price is their best price. However, if you're buying a few pieces from a collection, then you can expect a reasonable discount. 

7. Regularly attend the Sydney Antiques and Collectables Fair. There's nothing better than developing a relationship with the dealers who trade at these shows. Let them know what you're interested in and ask a few questions about their collection. A touch of loyalty goes a long way.   

Good Luck. 


Recipe: Afternoon Tea Sponge Cake

Lifestyle, SydneyHester Fleming
A classic afternoon tea sponge cake.

A classic afternoon tea sponge cake.

Here’s a very simple recipe for a classic afternoon tea sponge cake I grew up with, and my 5 year old currently loves!

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of flour

Kitchen Tools:

1 x Large Mixing Bowl

1 x Sifter

1 x Stand Mixer (such as a kitchenaid)

1 x Measuring Jug (1 cup)

1 x Large Spoon

1 x Large Round Cake Tin (26cm)

Method:

  • Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees celsius

  • Crack the 6 eggs into a large mixing bowl.

  • By using a sifter, add the sugar to the eggs.

  • Set the stand mixer on a high and beat the eggs and sugar, until the mixture has risen to at least 3/4 of the bowl height. The colour and texture of the mixture should look light and fluffy. While the mixer is on, grease the cake tin.

  • Lift the bowl away from the mixer, and with a large spoon, fold one cup of sifted plain flour into the egg and sugar mix. Tip: Make sure to fold the flour in one direction only.

  • Once you’re confident the flour has been folded into the cake mixture, pour the contents into the greased cake tin. Then sprinkle some sugar on the top of the cake and place in your pre-heated oven for approximately 55 minutes.

  • Once cooked, the top of the cake should have a lovely sugary crust. Cool for approximately half an hour before eating. This cake tastes amazing the next day!

Inspiration: Contemporary seasonal fashion to wear with vintage jewellery.

Vintage Jewellery, Vintage Shopping Tips, SydneyHester Fleming

When I'm out shopping for smart casual or evening wear, I always have the intention to pair with my collection of vintage jewellery and/or accessories. Sometimes, it's hit and miss. Most of the time though, I can find something that works. I've found over the last two years, the Australian fashion aesthetic, naturally compliments a lot of the jewellery styles produced throughout the 20th century.  Here are a few of my favourite pieces in this season's collection from Witchery, a 'go to' for a lot of my wardrobe staples at the moment! 

Witchery, Milano Belt Back Knit, $129

Pair with this striking mid century 'Matisse' Copper and Enamel Necklace (matching earrings available too) $175.00 

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Witchery, Silk Tie Top, $199

Compliment with this lovely 1950s vintage sterling silver and yellow enamel butterfly pin, $120.  

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Witchery, Tinsley Silk Blouse, $199.95

I'd love to accessorize this beautiful silk blouse with this stunning Art Deco marcasite and cut glass necklace, $240. 

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Button Trench Coat, $399.95

You can never go wrong with the classic trench coat and I'm suggesting from my current collection, this 1950s vintage Austrian crystal pin by NY designer Albert Weiss. $75.00.

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Witchery, Textured Knit, $119.95

Pair with this flashy, unapologetic costume bracelet from the 1930s. $120. 

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If you would like any more information about these pieces of vintage jewellery, please send an enquiry to hello@hesterflemingvintage.com. I completely understand those who would like to try before you buy. You can set up an appointment to view any piece of jewellery you like via email too.  Witchery clothing images are courtesy of Witchery.com.au. This is not a sponsored post. I just really love their idea of fashion.