Sunday, 22 June 2014

Coastal Vintage Warehouse

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, Northern Territory. All collected by a license beachcomber. 

And some more glass floats - these were once used for octopus fishing. 

And there is always a great range of old life rings & oars, ship's wheels, portholes & skimboards.

For those that live on the Sunshine Coast it is only a short drive away located just outside Noosa. If you're visiting the Sunshine Coast many people have been dropping by to rummage after visiting the wonderful Eumundi Markets on Wednesdays. 

If you would like to visit - simply drop an email to arrange a time.

And, I look forward to meeting you!

Until next time, 

lover of the sea & all those things coastal vintage


Saturday, 21 June 2014

Vintage Nautical / Maritime Chart

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 about this old chart is that it has water & coffee stains on it, small tears and has been plotted in pencil. I love that it has been well used. It has history & character. And you can also see where the previous owner sailed to and which inlets & bays that he/she anchored in. 

And when I look at those anchorages they remind me of happy times of serving guests in the cockpit while watching the sunsets or diving over the side into the water to swim ashore. 

So after almost a year of owning the chart, I finally got my act together and took the chart to a framer to have it framed.
I choose a light colour frame with a white mat & a black mat behind that. You can see just a glimpse of the black mat which helps highlight the black border of the chart. 

And here it is displayed in the den of our home. A place where one can read in quiet or where the kids play.  Since hanging the chart, it has become a major talking point when we have friends and family staying. 

Do you like this idea? 

If so, would you like a vintage nautical chart for your home?

Pop on over to the website to see the range that is available.

  If you don't see an area there that you desire, don't hesitate to ask as I have a huge collection from all over the world that has yet to be photographed and placed online.

Old charts are hard to come by. Once a chart is out of production, retailers are required to return old stock to have it replaced with the new editions. 

Oh sigh…. this is Whitehaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands.

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Wooden Lobster Pot Buoys

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 have been amazing? 

All these authentic buoys are made from wood, shaped into spheres or rounded oblongs & some with a wooden pole attached. Don't they look fabulous?

Today, sadly wooden lobster pot buoys are no longer allowed to be used and have been replaced by plastic durable floats. So the old wooden lobster pot buoys have become highly collectible.

With their bright colours

and unusual shapes,

and unique patterns 

they do make wonderful coastal vintage home decor don't they? Imagine them in the bathroom or hanging in the garden?  Aren't the stars on these gorgeous?

To see what we have in-store at the moment, click this link:

Here are a couple of favourites displayed in the guest bathroom. 

Monday, 9 June 2014

Beachcombing Finds - Sea Fans & Coral Sponge

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 coral sea fan

Black ruffled sea fan

Another beautiful black sea fan

Unusual spiky coral branch. Can you see the shell embedded in it on the right?

Sweet tiny sand dollars

And more gorgeous sea fans

If any of these items interest you, please head over to the shop website where you will find these and much more. 

All these items have been found on beaches by a licensed beachcomber who also has permission from the local Indigenous people to find these things on their land. Nothing has been taken from the sea.