These are the items you should be looking for in op shops

  • By The House of Realty Team
  • 03 Jul, 2017

HOUZZ - Author: Melissa Maddison

There is so much to love in secondhand land.  Finding a treasure that someone has made or cherished, or both, is such a rewarding, guilt-free way to shop. Here are some ideas that will inspire you to begin the hunt for some beautiful things you may not have considered sourcing from op shops.

Everybody knows that antique shops are fabulous places to find interesting pieces for interiors, but often the opportunity shop, or charity shop, just around the corner also holds true gems. Look past the clothes and shoes, and skirt around the edges. Here you’re more likely to find the wonderfully edgy, the old fashioned, or kitschy.

If you are lucky enough to do a road trip, don’t just hit the antique shops on the main road, delve deeper into the towns and suburbs. There are 650 Vinnies shops throughout Australia, plus thousands of smaller operators. Before you go, check the Vinnies  websites to get a list of store locations.

Kitchen containers
It is hard to resist kitchen tins and containers. Look for ones that only require a quick clean and are rust free. Not only are they beautiful when displayed together, they are useful and because they are on their second or third lives, environmentally friendly.

If you’re fortunate, you’ll stumble across sets of bakelite kitchen containers from the 1950s and 1960s. These look fabulous on your mantlepiece or in the bathroom. The beautiful colours can work well in a plain white bathroom and make great storage containers for cotton balls, soap and bath salts. Don’t feel you have to confine them to the kitchen

Photo by Kaylovesvintage – Discover kitchen design inspiration
So many things can become beautiful displays if you are prepared to hunt around and collect. Kitchen scales from different eras look fabulous perched on a kitchen shelf, as do retro cookbooks. People can’t resist looking through a cookbook to find a recipe that totally baffles them. Frankfurter and corn casserole anyone?
Photo by Beach Vintage – Browse contemporary kitchen photos

The wonderful world of crockery

There are so many reasons to begin your retro crockery collection. It can be as simple as picking up a beautiful plate that you fall in love with, then finding the plate isn’t part of a set. This can be the foundation piece for your collection of mismatched plates. Mismatched plates add colour and style to a set table, and you might find you enjoy considering the placement of each plate and how it will look beside its table mate. Pick a colour and collect plates, side dishes and glasses in different styles and eras in only that colour, or allow yourself the freedom to go completely mismatched and collect in every hue and style your eyes are drawn to.

Look out for names such as Arabia Ruska, Marimekko, Wedgwood, Royal Doulton, Mikasa and Noritake, and of course the distinctive blue and white Willow plates.

Don’t forget to look for beautiful old silver cutlery, and lace napkins. glassware when you set the table for dinner

Photo by Joi – More dining room ideas

Step up to the plates

If you’re not ready to give up your matching sets of crockery just yet, consider displaying your charity shop collection on the wall. It is an effective and simple decorative twist, and you’ll get to experience the joy of collecting. You could even display beautiful old glassware, all different shapes, colours and sizes. There is no need to worry about not being able to find a matching set of six, and if one breaks, simply find another the next time you’re in a secondhand shop.

Tip: the best way to hang plates without using wires is with disc adhesive plate hangers . They are made for the purpose and work on glazed and unglazed plates alike.

Fantastic fabric

Curtains and tablecloths are usually buried deep down in the back of your local op shop. Here’s where the real treasure lies. Beautiful, handmade lace tablecloths are stylish and provide great textural contrast in modern interiors. While they look beautiful as they are, especially after a good soaking, consider dyeing them a punchy colour, such as a vivid jade, or a soft pastel or even using a shibori dye technique. Dyes can be found at your local chemist and are easy to apply, generally just requiring to be added to the washing cycle.

Photo by Eklektisk Sovrum – Browse bedroom photos

While you’re rummaging around in the fabrics, look for 1950s style gingham and the bold prints of the 1960s and 1970s, often folded up and ready to go, like they had just walked out of the haberdashery store, ready to be made up as curtains, a bold cover for an armchair, or a custom tablecloth. Look out for floral paisleys, geometric patterns, polka dots, plaids, Marimekko-style prints and abstract modern fabrics. These retro materials go so well with the 20th-century style furniture that many of us are hunting for.

Don’t forget too that tablecloths make excellent bedspreads, or throws for a tired sofa. As do the colourful crocheted blankets that you’ll find in or near the fabric section.

In record time

At many an opportunity shop, just near the books, you’ll often come across a stack of records. Most of us got rid of our turntables eons ago, but sometimes finding these old records reminds us of fun times gone by, and what better way to keep those memories alive than to display them in your home?

Photo by Sarah Greenman – More bathroom photos

Simply hang the records on the wall, as you would a picture, remembering that album covers are works of art in themselves. Frame them in specially sized frames just for album covers from here  or prop them on a window ledge, as though you had just taken them off the record player before stepping out for the evening.

Vintage Pottery
Vintage pottery is another great find at your local secondhand shop. While the interest in vintage pottery continues to grow, you’ll still find beautiful pieces here and there for the buying in charity shops, often at reasonable prices. Get in before the dealers do, and hunt around for your favourite styles and potters or simply grab the ones you love.

Photo by Shirley Meisels – Look for entertainment units

The rich, vivid and earthy colours of pottery add an organic, textural feel to an interior, and look great on their own or clustered together. Do some research into vintage pottery and learn to identify the unique pottery marks each artist prints on the bottom of their pieces. Sites such as International Ceramics Directory  have marks sorted by country and are put together by enthusiasts so are free-of-charge. Look for work with no chips or visible cracks. Australia has a rich history of pottery, and this art form won’t be lost or forgotten if we continue to collect it and keep it part of our aesthetic.

Some potters’ marks to keep an eye out for include Bakewell Brothers, Remued Pottery, Koala, Kathie Winkle, Diana and Scheurich (West Germany).

Before you buy new, consider the old. Secondhand shops can provide us with not only beautiful, but useful things for our home as well. It is very satisfying to hunt around for something wonderful, knowing you have supported a charity, and done your bit to be sustainable. It is also simply good fun to find a long-forgotten treasure. Go and have a good browse through your local op shop the next time you are out and about. You never know what you might uncover.

By The House of Realty Team 16 Oct, 2017

From a funky granny flat in a suburban back yard and architect-designed homes, to a sand bypass system, and a dam that stores the region's drinking water, the Gold Coast Open House 2017, which starts on 4 November, has something for everyone.

The Gold Coast Open House will open 40 buildings to the general public, including heritage treasures and Commonwealth Games-ready sports venues.

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The region is well known for its interwar and post-war development boom and recreational industries, and the buildings and places in this year's events reflect these influences. The program provide a snapshot of the evolution of architecture on the Gold Coast. Some buildings date as far back as the late 1800s, and the program also includes cutting-edge design by some of the Gold Coast’s top architects.

Gold Coast Open House is a free event and suitable for all ages.

To see the program and to book tickets, visit the Gold Coast Open House web site.

This article was found in The Real Estate Conversation -

By The House of Realty Team 08 Oct, 2017

It was the little house on a small block that country music singer Adam Brand jokingly referred to as “The Shack”.

The tiny two-bedroom house was riddled with asbestos and in desperate need of some TLC when Adam found it – and it was exactly what he was looking for.

As a touring artist, Adam is on the road a lot. But in between gigs he found himself with quite a bit of downtime and a strong desire to find a property project to work on.

“Many years ago, I bought a couple of rental properties, did some very basic renovations where I ripped up carpets, repainted and cleaned up the yards,” Adam explains.

“I found that I loved the whole process of finding something rundown that’s dirty and neglected that everyone drives past and looks at the place and thinks they wouldn’t go near it.
I enjoyed pouring love into it, and having people go ‘Wow!’ at the end result.”

He hadn’t yet tackled a major renovation, but with a little time on his hands between tours, “I just needed a good project to sink my teeth into,” he says.

So he bought a house to renovate in his hometown on the Gold Coast.

“It was located in Palm Beach, a beachside suburb, on a very small 408sqm block. It was really a tiny little shack with two bedrooms and one bathroom that was built in the
’50s,” he says.

“It’s on the other side of the highway, something that will make sense to people who know the area – so it’s not on the real fancy side overlooking the beach. But the first dozen avenues in the suburb are basically five minutes’ walk from the cafes in Fifth, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth [Avenues], and it’s so close to the water you’re literally a few minutes’ walk away.”

Pounding the pavement in search of property

Adam approached his renovation project in a strategic manner by planning what he wanted to achieve well before he began browsing the classifieds

By The House of Realty Team 01 Oct, 2017
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By The House of Realty Team 26 Sep, 2017
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By The House of Realty Team 24 Sep, 2017

You want to do everything you can to help your home sell for a high price, right? Well, you can put the demolition tools down and take a step back from the bathroom remodel.

Mozo has surveyed over 1,000 Aussies to find out what’s most likely to stop them buying a property, and it turns out small fixes can mean a big difference when it comes to selling your home for a good price.

But it’s not always easy to know where to start - so here are the top 10 things that might turnoff a prospective buyer and some tips on how you can fix them in your home

By The House of Realty Team 18 Sep, 2017

These are the hottest renovation projects in the country this year, and they also have some of the hottest kitchens.

Seven homes, including two from Queensland, made the National Architecture Awards shortlist for Residential Architecture — Houses (Alterations & Additions), with competition described by the jury as being at “its most fierce” this year

By The House of Realty Team 11 Sep, 2017

Building our city

The 'Building our city' project is a long term research and reporting project being undertaken in conjunction with Griffith University’s Urban Research Program that measures how specific parts of the Gold Coast are changing over time. The project will track the benefits of investment in certain areas by the City, the Commonwealth and State Governments, and provide input into public policy decision making as future reports are published.

The methodology is simple. Specific locations are selected; indicators (economic, urban planning, social and environmental) are identified, measured and mapped to establish a baseline. The indicators are then measured again every two years and the results are compared to identify changes. The key to the project is the simplicity and clarity of the presentation of the data in a highly visual report with the aim of making the data accessible for a wide range of stakeholders.

The overall aim is to track the impact of infrastructure planning and investment in these specific locations over time, and to utilise this data to inform future public policy development and decision making, as well as allowing for successes to be measured and communicated.

For further information please contact our Office of City Architect on 07 5582 8875.

Light Rail Corridor - Parkwood to Broadbeach

The Gold Coast light rail project is one of the biggest public transport projects in the country, and the biggest transport infrastructure project ever undertaken on the Gold Coast. As Queensland’s first ever light rail system, it represents a major step forward in transforming the city into a modern, accessible destination. Fast, frequent trams now connect 16 light rail stations along a 13 kilometre route from Broadbeach to Gold Coast University Hospital.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2013 Baseline Report  to see the statistics prior to the operation of the light rail.

Read the Light Rail Corridor 2015 Status Report to see what’s changed since 2013.

The 'Building our city – Light Rail Corridor 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.

Southport PDA

Southport was declared a Priority Development Area (PDA) in October 2013 with the Southport PDA Development Scheme being approved by the State Government in September 2014, marking a major milestone in planning for the Gold Coast CBD and significantly boosting the City’s plans to revitalise Southport.

Read the Southport PDA 2015 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.

The 'Building our city – Southport PDA 2017 Status Report' will be due for publication in early-mid 2018.

Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct (GCHKP)

The Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct  is a vibrant community where people live, learn and work. The 200 hectare health and knowledge precinct, located at Parklands in Southport, is rapidly growing and includes the state-of-the-art Gold Coast University Hospital, Gold Coast Private Hospital, and Griffith University.

Works have begun for the development of the 29 hectare Commonwealth Games Village (adjacent to Griffith University), which will accommodate 6500 athletes and team officials in the lead up and during the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ .

Read the Gold Coast Health and Knowledge Precinct 2016 Baseline Report  to find out more about the benefits of this project.

Li ght Rail Corridor - Broadbeach to Coolangatta

The Southern Light Rail Corridor will extend the existing route from Broadbeach South station to Coolangatta. Extending the light rail will make it easier to get around the city, reduce congestion on the roads and improve commute times. Connections to residential areas, workplaces and the airport will see continued economic growth, jobs and opportunities. Residents and tourists will benefit from improved access to beaches, parks, dining and entertainment.

The development of the ‘Building our city – Southern Light Rail Corridor 2017 Baseline Report’ is currently under development and is due for publication in early to mid 2018.

By The House of Realty Team 04 Sep, 2017
The true pioneer of Surfers Paradise is James Beattie, who in the 1870s became the first person to farm the area. He sold out not long after to Johann Meyer, who opened the Main Beach Hotel as a tourist destination.

By 1889 the area had been given the name Elston, which it kept until 1933 when, due to lobbying by Jim Cavill, it was renamed Surfers Paradise – also the name of his popular hotel.

When Kinkabool, Surfers Paradise's first highrise, was built in 1959, it signalled the injection of further entrepreneurial spirit and a drive that would soon define the region as Australia's favourite beachside playground.

The next three decades saw a development boom unlike any in the country, a growth spurt that would push Surfers Paradise and the wider Gold Coast (which was named in 1959) from sleepy coastal holiday town to major urban centre.

Today, the Gold Coast – with Surfers Paradise at its heart – is the sixth largest city and fastest-growing region in Australia. Surfers Paradise is now a home to many and a dream holiday destination to many more. It's a place of work for business owners and professionals and still, a timeless beachside playground for one and all.
By The House of Realty Team 27 Aug, 2017

A syndicate that includes former Crocodile Dundee star, Paul Hogan, is set to pay $21 million for Brisbane's Queen's Arms Hotel, on trendy James Street in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley.  

It is understood the syndicate is headed up by Sydney publican and former Lewis Hotels’ head, Peter Ashelford, and Nick Politis.

The new fund is believed to be worth $100m, and recently purchased Tree Tops in Burleigh, and bought the Robert Frazer-Scott’s Boat House Tavern, Coomera, from receivers.

The vendor of the Queen's Arms is Chris Condon.

Condon, who has owned and operated the Queen's Arms Hotel for eight years, recently refurbished the pub to the tune of $5 million, taking particular care to modernise the building, but preserve its history.

It is understood Tony Bargwanna, director hotels Savills Australia, negotiated the sale on behalf of the syndicate, but he declined to comment.

The sale is expected to settle in September.

This article was first published on The Hotel Conversation.

By The House of Realty Team 21 Aug, 2017
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