Friday, July 9, 2010

First vintage Love

I have mentioned before of my life long love of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers movies and indeed musicals and movies in general. It was this that led me to my first furniture love affair and the first item of furniture I ever purchased and which I recently mentioned, in a previous blog, that I still have. A few people were curious as to what it was so ..............
here he is......
Yes it was love at first sight for me and this humble trunk. Over the years I may have had some smarter examples, although I still think he is is a beauty, but I cannot part with him. I purchased him from my older brother Chris when I was 12. Chris had 3 stalls in The Paddington Antique Centre, having got addicted himself to the Antiques game as a young man. Chris was more a restorer of big furniture and he could repair and colour match anything so he was happy to off load this trunk on me. I paid him five dollars a week for I don't know how long for this trunk and also put in many hours of sanding at his work shop in my school holidays...ahh young love...But I had to have this trunk.
The clincher for me was the original paper label inside the trunk, sorry about the photo, with its glamorous makers address, on Broadway in New York. My young romantic heart imagined the endless possibilities for Hollywood icons such as Fred or Ginger to have perhaps sat or rested, as in the top photo, on such a trunk..........Needless to say it has developed in me a life long love of travel or steamer trunks.
I use this little fellow as a side table.
This chap is a bedside and would originally have been for hats. I think they are just so romantic and have endless big fellow also has the added romance for me that Kristen restored and cleaned him for me as a wedding gift. Good old boot polish for the canvas...does wonders. He was one of the first bits of furniture in our first little flat in Bulimba and was our coffee table.


  1. I wish that I could find a few fabulous trunks, since they are decorative as well as great for storage.

  2. Katherine! I love all your trunks. What a great story about your first vintage buy. I bet you used to do tap?

  3. Katherine, your trunks look awesome in your home. Isn't it fun to have something that has such a history? I love old movies too. Do you remember Ma and Pa Kettle movies? Those used to crack me up.


  4. What a great story. I really admire your commitment to style at the tender age of 12!

  5. Great story...and wonderful LOVE. These trunks are beautiful!

  6. Katherine, I really love the way you use vintage in your house and garden I am constantly inspired and starting to use mine instead of having it all hidden away. Love your story. Great post.

  7. Oh I love it Katherine! It sure is a beauty, I can see why you just had to have it.

  8. Katherine, thanks for posting about your first love ... my curiosity is satisfied! I absolutely adore this trunk too and can see why you feel in love, and still are after so many years. It's a lovely story and shows us where your passion for all things vintage began. What a great heirloom for your family. Hope your having a great weekend. Michelle

  9. G'day Kat~I also love old movies they are so fun to watch and I love the vintage style as well.

    Oh yes! I have to say those vintage trunks are beauties.I don't have any myself but if I had seen those it would have been love at first sight for sure.Sweet story!

    Thanks for the visit stop by again.~Cheers Kim

  10. Hi Katherine, what a great story and such insight at age 12! I wonder if you have had it valued? It is gorgeous and definitely a keeper.

  11. Hi Katherine,
    Thank you for your visit, about her birds we will have to find that movie or order it through our book store so we can see it. Thank you for the recommendation! sounds like something we would love to see.

    my daughter will tell me how loyal they are to there mates :)
    She says men should be Penguins...reason is they die if there mate is killed or get lost they are that loyal :)

    her love of birds started before she was 4 yrs old and we had birdhouse and feeders. Through the years I would have to buy more because there were ones she just has to have :)

    I love the old movies and wall as your steamer trunks,I did at one time have a couple and have given them away, wish I had one of them now!

    I will follow you so don't mind me snooping around a bit :)

  12. Such a sweet story; I love that the label is still intact. Your blog is lovely :-)
    Happy day to you.

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