Please meet our next Featured Rummage Re-Designer – Retro Mementos!
Can you tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do? Our shop is called Retro Mementos. It was created just over 12 months ago. Our dog Oliver was diagnosed with cancer so we were spending a lot more time at home. This allowed me to rediscover my creative side that I had put on the back burner for years for career choices. I have always loved the kitsch and colourful design of vintage souvenir tea towels and the story they tell so I began repurposing them into home decor items, bags and accessories. My sister was inspired to make some items so she joined my Etsy store.My sister in law Eileen had gone to a Suitcase Rummage in Melbourne with her and her friends creations and suggested I try one. I loved the atmosphere and the face to face feedback. I am a 42 year old that feels like I’ve just finished school and are starting out on an adventure. I have no misconception that we will retire on the items we make but I definitely feel like I’ve found myself again and that’s worth much more than that.
Why do you do what you do? I’ve always been drawn to all things old, interesting , quirky and kitsch. My Dad was an industrial designer at the Museum of Victoria so I got to spend school holidays in the dungeons of the old museum. This set me up for a love and appreciation of things with a story or history. My sister has the same passion. We both enjoy repurposing or restoring to give things a new life.
Who are some other artists, crafters, creatives that you love? And why? I would have to say my Dad, my sister Annette and my sister in law Eileen have inspired me. I don’t have any current artists that I follow however I love going to markets and exhibitions to see what people have created and imagine the story behind it. As a style, I love Japanese for the simplicity and elegance but also the practicality.
What excites you? Starting out with an idea and seeing it evolve into what you imagined it would be. That’s the best.
We think of a rummage stall as a mini shopfront, how do you make your rummage stall your own? We try and bring as many of our different items as possible to tell the story of what we make. We love presenting our goods in vintage cases and the challenge of fitting it all onto a picnic rug.
Can you offer any tips on setting up a rummage stall? I get together the items I am taking to the Rummage and work out my presentation at home first so I know what will fit. I also try and work out the best way to display so the stall looks inviting but also people can easily access the items without having to ask. A business card is handy to have as many people like to go away and consider.
What is the next step for you? We keep thinking of new designs so for now it is just honing our skills and keeping on creating. We will do as many Rummages as possible and maybe try another market if we can keep up with the demand.
What’s your favourite place or thing to do in Melbourne? I love to walk from the underground Degraves st exit at Flinders Street Station up Degraves street and then follow the arcades through Royal arcade and Block Arcade stopping for a coffee along the way. It makes me feel like I’m truly in Melbourne.
What do you like about attending Suitcase Rummage? The atmosphere. The like minded people. The simplicity. The feedback. Also I usually get to hang out with my sister and sister in law so that’s lovely.
Where we can we find and follow you?
Etsy store. www.etsy.com/au/shop/