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Dust off the platforms for Retro Depot

Laura Peppas

For Danielle Spiller, the appeal of being a vintage collector is the thrill of the chase.

“It’s so exciting to find the perfect used cocktail tray and find out it was used at a particular party, or a beautiful dress that someone wore when their husband was courting them,” she says.

Danielle will bring a taste of her Fyshwick vintage business Out of the Ark to the Old Bus Depot Markets this weekend, for its Retro Depot event on Sunday.

The event will feature approximately 25 stallholders selling antique homewares, furniture, jewellery, fashion and accessories in addition to the market’s regular stalls.

Danielle will be selling some of her mid-century furniture, lamps, china, retro clothing and accessories including hats, handbags, gloves and shoes from the 1940s to the 1980s.


Based in Canberra, Danielle started collecting vintage items for herself more than 18 years ago and launched Out of the Ark when she realised there was a growing interest in retro.

She says she prides herself on the fact that everything she sells is wearable, rather than just collectable.

“Buying vintage clothing from other people gets me thinking about the lives of the people who originally owned the clothes, and what kind of lifestyle they had,” she says.

“This has further sparked my interest in furniture, homewares and even magazines which give a great snapshot of what life was like at certain periods in time.”

The essentials
What: Retro Depot – Old Bus Depot Markets
When: Sunday 15 March
Where: Wentworth Avenue, Kingston
How much: Free
Web: Visit the OBDM online.

Retro Depot, 15 March, Old Bus Depot Markets, Kingston, 10am-4pm. Entry is free. More information at obdm.com.au/obdm_event/retro-depot-march-2015/


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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