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FEATURE

adjacent to their store in Woolloongabba. The

cool new watering hole is deliberately fashioned

to reflect a warmth and friendliness reminiscent

of the 1970s with exposed brickwork, wood

panelling, macrame plantholders and furniture

just like my parents used to have in their

‘lounge’. Since the store already attracts a

clientele of mixed age groups the bar too is

becoming a favourite of locals aged from their

mid-20s to 70s. “They love the old-school style

of a bar to sit at and meet people and chat to

us,” says Willert.

To keep up with Brisbane’s demand for all

things vintage, Karen Zavadil launched the

Collectorville Retro Fair last year. Zavadil, a

collector herself for 40 years and founder of the

Brisbane Vintage Fashion Fair a decade ago,

created the new fair to expand beyond clothing

and accessories. It’s been such a success that

there will be a second Collectorville fair

later this year at Rocklea Showgrounds. In

addition to the fashion pavilion, the fair

offers thousands of general collectibles – from

gramophones and tribal art to fine china.

One of the stallholders at Collectorville

is Barry Walker, from Graceville, an antique

bottle collector with an international

reputation (find out more about him at

www.glassfromthepast.com.au

). His retro

glassware is displayed in some of Brisbane’s

hippest bars and older vintage pieces are

regularly hired out as props for stage and film

– including his 17th century pirate gin bottles

used in the

Pirates of the Caribbean

movies and

250 alcohol bottles seen in Baz Luhrmann’s

The Great Gatsby

. He says “retro bottles that

wouldn’t have been looked at twice in their day

in the 1970s or 1980s are collectible in 2015”.

“It brings back memories of people’s

childhoods, whether it is remembering Auntie

putting a milk bottle on the doorstep or

drinking Pepsi from a straw as a teenager.”

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| BNE May/June 2015

“Five years ago people

stopped me in the

street and asked me

why I dressed this way.

Now, if I don’t people

who know me wonder

what’s wrong”

Kat Creasey, 24

Kris Cleary and The Best

Little Vintage Van in Vegas