2014 Victoria Vintage Expo: What A Blast!

The long awaited 2014 Victoria Vintage Expo has come and gone with a bang!

With vendor booths sold out and an eager crowd lining up at the doors, the Expo got started off in full swing. Vintage goodness was overflowing, and customers were ready to shop. The entertainment over this 2-day event was stellar, and the vintage attire donned by vendors and customers alike was way too much fun!

In a venue like this it’s hard to really capture the presentation of each booth, because visually there is just so much going on all around you. I promised to share pics of Audrey Would!’s little pop-up boutique and did my best to freeze-frame a few sparkly moments in spite of the visual goodness at every corner and turn.

This is my set-up, and honestly, I did iron the table cloths before-hand. Eegads!

Audrey Woud! - 2014 Victoria Vintage Expo

If you play a little I-spy you might recognize some of the display props from previous posts… like my vintage suitcase, the crates made from pallets and the newest addition of the little retro table.

Here are some close-ups of the displays…

Barware and a few Svend Jensen spiro pieces.

Audrey Would! Barware

A few of my favourite pieces that sold, the Ronson cigarette box, and some Coppercraft Guild coasters. More on Coppercraft Guild coming soon!

Audrey Woud! Vintage Home

Ooo-la-la, the sparkle of gold and the Culver ‘Valencia’ ferris wheel cocktail caddy which has found its way to a new Los Angeles home!

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

Lots more barware, stemware, sparkle and charm with many of these pieces now settling into their new homes.

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

The silver pieces brought many questions about cleaning, and one kind lady shared that she used to clean silver many years ago with Polishing Wadding. I haven’t heard of that, have you? Do you know where it can be found??

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

The China Ritz set is another of my favourites, and it too, has found a new home. #Happy sigh.

Audrey Would! 1940s China Ritz Tea Set

Steak knives with Bakelite handles were also a conversation hit. A few gentlemen shared stories back and forth from when they remember using them ‘back when…’

Audrey Would! Glo-Hill Flatware

I also promised to show you how the little retro table got integrated into the set-up. Here it is set on top of a lower row of tables. I did this to create an elevated surface allowing for more pieces to go on display.

DIY - Retro Coffee Table

And just for fun I decided to show you a few of the pieces in this section that sold. I think this little table was a stroke of good luck and meant to be!

Audrey Would! Retro Coffee Table - DIY

For Audrey Would! this was a very successful event. It was so nice to see familiar faces from last year, and to meet new ones this year. I would like to thank everyone who stopped by the booth – your support is genuinely appreciated.

I look forward to bringing more vintage treasures to you soon, and don’t forget Audrey Would! online. If you don’t see what you are looking for, drop me an email – I might have it but it may not be listed yet, and if I don’t have what you are wishing for I’m happy to go searching!

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

Thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad you did!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use. 🙂

15 Replies to “2014 Victoria Vintage Expo: What A Blast!”

    1. Thank you Andrea! The event was so much fun, and I heard so many comments like yours… I remember those… My mom had that… My grandma used to have one of those…

      I loved all the comments and stories – I think that’s the best part of these events! 🙂

    1. Thank you Shauna! I always do a ‘dress rehearsal’ in my basement of the set-up and then I start to work in the pieces I want to take. Once I am happy with that I wrap and pack, wrap and pack! I’ve got the packing up pretty well figured out, but you’re right, it takes time. The unpacking and setting up usually takes a few hours, but then I’m ready to go – if I didn’t do the preliminary work I couldn’t even wrap my head around how chaotic the set-up would be for me!

    1. Thank you Heather!!! I loved being able to see people’s reactions to the pieces when they got up close and personal to them – the comments and conversations made it all so much fun! 🙂

  1. Hi Sheila,

    In this blog you mentioned not knowing about Polishing Wadding – well, there is a brand called Duraglit and they have made polishing wadding for brass, silver, gold, etc for a very long time. – like Brasso, Silvo……….. Google it and hopefully you will be able to get some to try out yourself – it isn’t too expensive either. You would be able to get it in an oldfashioned ironmongers or hardware store. I expect there are those sort of shops in Victoria. You might even find it in the home cleaning section of a supermarket. You will definitely be able to buy it online.

    Regards, Emmy from Glasgow, Scotland.

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