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Coastal Vintage Warehouse

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Did you know that you can visit the Coastal Vintage online store warehouse? 

Well you are more than welcome to visit by appointment. This is where it all happens behind the online store. Here you can see old glass floats, cray pots, South Sea Pearl shells, coral, shells, stoneware, wooden water skis, old toboggan, letter press trays and vintage kitchenware. 


Here is a snippet of the huge range of vintage fishing reels, tackle boxes, tackle, rods & big old game boat reels. 


There are lots of unique finds perfect for the coastal home, bar, cafe or restaurant including old signs and shells. 


Currently, there is a great range of lobster pot buoys in stock. These are originals and from Maine, USA.

There are many vintage glass fishing floats from all around the world.

They look great in this old French dough bowl, don't they?

And in this beautiful old giant clam shell. 

There are a few beautiful old giant clam shells including this one decorated with beach combing finds from Arnhem Land, No…

Vintage Nautical / Maritime Chart

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Do you love pouring over nautical charts? 
Oh I do! 

It all began in 1997 when I started a career as a cook working on private sailing yachts. Despite the mod cons of a GPS, I love pouring over a large paper chart & plotting a course in pencil along the way.

My first cooking job on a yacht was based in Airlie Beach, North Queensland here in Australia. It is a bustling seaside town filled with backpackers and holiday makers who flock there to explore the stunningly beautiful Whitsunday Islands nearby.


So it was only fitting that when I found a 1974 vintage nautical chart of the Whitsunday Islands, it was the one that I wanted to keep.


It reminds me of the wonderful adventures I enjoyed during that first year of working on a yacht. Learning the ropes while sailing to these picturesque islands, walking along white sandy beaches, swimming in crystal blue waters and the motion of the yacht while on anchor rocking me to sleep at the end of a long and fulfilling day. 

Another appealing thing a…

Wooden Lobster Pot Buoys

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Do you know much about wooden lobster pot buoys?

Well here is a little history. 

Wooden lobster pot buoys are a type of float that is attached to a cane pot/trap in order for lobstermen to be able to identify their traps which have been set on the ocean floor. The buoy is attached to the trap and it floats on top of the water enabling the lobstermen to locate his pot/s easily. 

To identify their buoys the lobstermen have their own colour scheme. This is required by law and many mark their buoys with their initials or names, and also license numbers. No two lobstermen can have the same colour scheme, pattern or numbers. 
I import these wooden lobster pot buoys from Maine, USA & Nova Scotia, Canada where lobsters have been plentiful, so plentiful that during a time in the early 1800s, catching lobsters was done by gathering them by hand along the shoreline before traps started to be used around the mid-1800s.  Can you imagine being able to gather them along the shore? Wouldn't it ha…

Beachcombing Finds - Sea Fans & Coral Sponge

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A month or so ago, I was contacted by a beachcomber from Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. She asked if I would be interested in some coral sponge and sea fans.  I said 'Of course, send them down'.
And this is what I received:

You can imagine my surprise and delight. So many gorgeous beautiful things that I decided I had to keep this lot. It looks right at home with many of my other beautiful Coastal Vintage things on the office shelves doesn't it?

and then I asked her 'Can you please send some more!'

And in the first box appeared a huge coral sponge cup, lots of black coral sponge, sand dollars and a spiky coral branch

And in the remaining boxes appeared more coral sponge, sea fans and some delightful unusual pieces which you can see in more detail in the photos below.

Large coral sponge cup 46cm wide. 

Gorgeous sea fan that would look great framed. Do see last post about framing sea fans.

A collection of unusual pieces. I love the tree and branch. 

A gorgeous red cora…