Tag Archives: Two Squirrels Vintage

We Wish You A Merry Christmas!

Wall Street Mall

Wall Street Mall

Sue Todd Antiques, Lower Stuart Street

Sue Todd Antiques, Lower Stuart Street

Sue Todd Antiques

Sue Todd Antiques

Sue Todd Antiques

Sue Todd Antiques

The Octagon

The Octagon

Vogel Street  - yarn bombing may be an all-year-round thing but this tree looks very festive!

Vogel Street – yarn bombing may be an all-year-round thing but this tree looks very festive!

Vogel Street

Vogel Street

Two Squirrels Vintage, Milton (reindeer made by Vanessa)

Two Squirrels Vintage, Milton (reindeer made by Vanessa)

George Street

George Street

Dada Boutique, Moray Place

Dada Boutique, Moray Place

Union Street, Milton

Union Street, Milton

Union Street, Milton

Union Street, Milton

Charmaine Reveley & Co., George Street

Charmaine Reveley & Co., George Street

Charmaine Reveley & Co.

Charmaine Reveley & Co.

And A Happy New Year!

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Dunedin’s Bloomin’ Lovely

Something romantic happens when flowers and vintage come together – whether it’s old Hollywood glamour or rock festival hippy chic. Spring has hardly sprung yet the city is vibrant with a kaleidoscope of floral colour. Here, we’ve done some colour matching around town. Everything featured is from a local vintage or op shop.

Red dress with palm tree print from Two Squirrels Vintage

Red dress with palm tree print from Two Squirrels Vintage

'Hollywood' glamour gown from Butterflies Hospice Shop

‘Hollywood’ glamour gown from Butterflies Hospice Shop

'Pretty in pink' dress from Finders Keepers Boutique

‘Pretty in pink’ dress from Finders Keepers Boutique

Nautical-theme dress from Vintage Dress Company

Nautical-theme dress from Vintage Dress Company

Cream beaded dress from Presbyterian Support Op-Shop

Cream beaded dress from Presbyterian Support Op-Shop

Pink and white gown from Raspberry Beret (no-longer-with-us sister of Purple Rain)

Pink and white gown from Raspberry Beret (no-longer-with-us sister of Purple Rain)

Blue rose-patterned dress from The Modern Miss

Blue rose-patterned dress from The Modern Miss

Hippy-chic dress from Most Wanted Vintage

Hippy-chic dress from Most Wanted Vintage

Since it’s 2014, these poppies remind us of all the young men who lost their lives for the cause of freedom between 1914 and 1918. We would like to mention two in particular. Firstly, our second cousin Albert Alfred Sammons who was killed in action on 25 April 1915 while serving with the Royal Fusiliers. Also, Morgan Morris (our great grandfather’s brother) of the 9th Battalion Welsh Regiment. He was 27 years old when he died on 1st February 1917 following an enemy gas attack.

In Loving Memory of Morgan Morris (1890 – 1917)

In Loving Memory of Morgan Morris (1890 – 1917)

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Grace About Town: August

It’s great to see how well New Zealand’s doing in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – currently in sixth position with 14 gold medals (what an exciting netball match between NZ and England!). So, we thought we should celebrate Dunedin’s Scottish heritage with a fresh take on tartan.

Dunners has many Edinburgh connections. But, one of our most stunning gothic buildings, the University of Otago clocktower complex, bears a strong resemblance to the University of Glasgow. Our obliging model, Grace Coddington (supermodel and creative director of American Vogue), posed on campus wearing as many Scottish-inspired pieces as we could find.

University of Otago

University of Otago

University of Glasgow (photo by Canonfan, May 2010)

University of Glasgow (photo by Canonfan, May 2010)

Grace wears tartan 'Wanda' dress by Charmaine Reveley with aran-style cardigan and matching scarf by NOM*d. Worn with vintage scottie dog belt from Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton).

Grace wears tartan ‘Wanda’ dress by Charmaine Reveley with aran-style cardigan and matching scarf by NOM*d. Worn with vintage scottie dog belt from Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton).

Vintage metal/enamel pendant by Miracle and vintage thistle brooch

Vintage metal/enamel pendant by Miracle and vintage thistle brooch

'Pitch tartan' backpack by NOM*d

‘Pitch tartan’ backpack by NOM*d

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Fabulous Finds 8

 

The last few weeks have been surreal and exciting. Now it’s back down to earth with some bargains!

As usual, Two Squirrels Vintage in Milton has come up trumps with another lovely vintage dress, this time from the early 1940s. Closer to home, Maher shoes (in Wall Street Mall) really impresses with their unique and affordable footwear. New Zealander Glen Maher owns the company and designs all the shoes which includes the best men’s shoes around. The re-vamped and re-opened Dunedin Paper Bag Princess store is now run by a local and it shows! There’s some great bargains to be found for both vintage and designer lovers.

1940s dress ($50) – Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton).

1940s dress ($50) – Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton).

1940s dress (from Two Squirrels Vintage) worn with Diva snake necklace (sale $5).

1940s dress (from Two Squirrels Vintage) worn with Diva snake necklace (sale $5).

Tunic by Maison Martin Margiela ($10) – Paper Bag Princess (26 Hanover St). Worn with checkered sox, singlet and cardigan by NOM*d.

Tunic by Maison Martin Margiela ($10) – Paper Bag Princess (26 Hanover St). Worn with checkered sox, singlet and cardigan by NOM*d.

KABUKI DOLL flower headpiece ($25) – The Vintage Roundup. Designer Jess Covell often sells her creations at Market22 (Vogel Street).

KABUKI DOLL flower headpiece ($25) – The Vintage Roundup. Designer Jess Covell often sells her creations at Market22 (Vogel Street).

Dress by Stolen Girlfriend's Club ($15) – Paper Bag Princess (26 Hanover St). Worn with shorts by NOM*d.

Dress by Stolen Girlfriend’s Club ($15) – Paper Bag Princess (26 Hanover St). Worn with shorts by NOM*d.

Dress by Stolen Girlfriend's Club (from Paper Bag Princess) worn with Diva necklace (sale $5).

Dress by Stolen Girlfriend’s Club (from Paper Bag Princess) worn with Diva necklace (sale $5).

Vintage shirtdress ($20) – TradeMe.

Vintage shirtdress ($20) – TradeMe.

Boots by Maher ($125) (Wall Street Mall).

Boots by Maher ($125) (Wall Street Mall).

 

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These Are A Few Of Our Favourite Things From 2013

We have lots to shout about in Dunedin from our beautiful suburbs to our innovative creative talent. This showcases both plus a few extra things we’ve picked up along the way. Thanks to Ross Creek for being a great photographic location.

Karen Walker beach towel from Belle Bird Boutique

Karen Walker beach towel from Belle Bird Boutique

'Diamond Fans' oversize singlet by NOM*d from Plume worn with shorts by NOM*d

‘Diamond Fans’ oversize singlet by NOM*d from Plume worn with shorts by NOM*d

'Damn Good Tee' and 'Kick My Ass Boxers' by Strange Love from Company of Strangers worn with Underground Sundae necklace

‘Damn Good Tee’ and ‘Kick My Ass Boxers’ by Strange Love from Company of Strangers worn with Underground Sundae necklace

Underground Sundae necklace from Company of Strangers

Underground Sundae necklace from Company of Strangers

'Fox On The Run' kimono by Mickey Loves Mallory from Belle Bird Boutique worn with NOM*d slip and Two Squirrels Vintage spider pendant

‘Fox On The Run’ kimono by Mickey Loves Mallory from Belle Bird Boutique worn with NOM*d slip and Two Squirrels Vintage spider pendant

1940s spider pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton)

1940s spider pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage (Milton)

'Glorious Jacket' by NOM*d from Plume worn with dress by NOM*d and necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique

‘Glorious Jacket’ by NOM*d from Plume worn with dress by NOM*d and necklace by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique

Company of Strangers 'Heavy Metal' bag made from recycled leather

Company of Strangers ‘Heavy Metal’ bag made from recycled leather

Sterling silver and enamel bracelet to commemorate the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, made in Birmingham (bought off TradeMe)

Sterling silver and enamel bracelet to commemorate the 1953 Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, made in Birmingham (bought off TradeMe)

Floral vintage dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with Wendy James pendant. Tudor wears cat harness from Gardens Veterinary Clinic.

Floral vintage dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with Wendy James pendant. Tudor wears cat harness from Gardens Veterinary Clinic.

Velvet bag by Tamsin Cooper shown with 1950s ballet-style dress (bought off TradeMe). Congratulations to Tamsin for her collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on their tour of the USA.

Velvet bag by Tamsin Cooper shown with 1950s ballet-style dress (bought off TradeMe). Congratulations to Tamsin for her collaboration with the Royal New Zealand Ballet on their tour of the USA.

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We’re Nuts For The Two Squirrels

Two Squirrels Vintage in Milton has only been open for just over a month and we’ve already been there three times – we just can’t keep away! Warren and Vanessa’s vintage clothing and collectibles are second to none for quality, originality, condition and especially price. They really go the extra mile which is why their carefully selected pieces just fly out the shop! As you can see, it’s impossible for us to come away empty handed.

Beaded cardigan from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with dress by Kate Sylvester and vintage necklace by Miracle (Birmingham).

Beaded cardigan from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with dress by Kate Sylvester and vintage necklace by Miracle (Birmingham).

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with retro pendant from the Clothing Port (Port Chalmers). Cake stand from Broad Bay China holds cakes from Delicacy by Alison Lambert. Susie Cooper tea set from Dunedin Antiques Centre (sadly no longer there).

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with retro pendant from the Clothing Port (Port Chalmers). Cake stand from Broad Bay China holds cakes from Delicacy by Alison Lambert. Susie Cooper tea set from Dunedin Antiques Centre (sadly no longer there).

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage close-up to show embroidered detail.

1930s/40s day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage close-up to show embroidered detail.

Collection of perspex 3D brooches. Top left brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage.

Collection of perspex 3D brooches. Top left brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage.

Vanessa's own silk dress worn with wooden dog belt, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Bag by Radley. Scottish pendant by Miracle (Birmingham).

Vanessa’s own silk dress worn with wooden dog belt, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Bag by Radley. Scottish pendant by Miracle (Birmingham).

Like mother, like daughter. Left: late 1970s towelling beach dress from Two Squirrels Vintage. Original 'Tubular Bells' (Mike Oldfield) LP. Right: c1980, Bridgnorth, Shropshire featuring the latest fashion trend – the towelling dress.

Like mother, like daughter. Left: late 1970s towelling beach dress from Two Squirrels Vintage. Original ‘Tubular Bells’ (Mike Oldfield) LP. Right: c1980, Bridgnorth, Shropshire featuring the latest fashion trend – the towelling dress.

Red bobble jumper worn with retro necklace, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Slip by NOM*d from 'Spaced Out' AW13 collection.

Red bobble jumper worn with retro necklace, both from Two Squirrels Vintage. Slip by NOM*d from ‘Spaced Out’ AW13 collection.

1940s floral print day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with vintage locket from Birmingham.

1940s floral print day dress from Two Squirrels Vintage worn with vintage locket from Birmingham.

Vibrant Clos de Conte wine bottle skirt from Two Squirrels Vintage.

Vibrant Clos de Conte wine bottle skirt from Two Squirrels Vintage.

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Two Squirrels Puts Milton On The Map

It only takes about 35 minutes to drive from Dunedin to Milton (at a legal speed). The opening of Warren and Vanessa’s new shop, Two Squirrels Vintage, was the perfect excuse to head there at the weekend. When we arrived, the town was buzzing with activity with both a market and a church fair bringing in the crowds. As well as Two Squirrels, there are several other antique/collectible shops well worth a visit. Two Squirrels was amazing with the best rack of affordable vintage dresses we have seen in a long time including a beauty from the late 1930s! Luckily it happened to fit too. We can’t wait for our next visit to Two Squirrels!

Two Squirrels Vintage Clothing & Curios shop front

Two Squirrels Vintage Clothing & Curios shop front

Clothes and accessories

Clothes and accessories

An eclectic mix

An eclectic mix

Menswear and womenswear at Two Squirrels

Menswear and womenswear at Two Squirrels

Games and toys – wish we'd bought the duck!

Games and toys – wish we’d bought the duck!

A selection of collectibles

A selection of collectibles

Showcasing Milton…

Milton main street and Tokomairiro Community Church

Milton main street and Tokomairiro Community Church

Market in Milton Coronation Hall

Market in Milton Coronation Hall

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Fabulous Finds 7

We love mixing vintage with contemporary pieces, especially accessories. It’s a great way to create a unique and timeless look.

Tudor wears Most Wanted Vintage bag from The Vintage Roundup.

Tudor wears Most Wanted Vintage bag from The Vintage Roundup.

Vintage denim jacket from Most Wanted Vintage ($40) – The Vintage Roundup. Behind: vintage Birmingham (England) bus blind.

Vintage denim jacket from Most Wanted Vintage ($40) – The Vintage Roundup. Behind: vintage Birmingham (England) bus blind.

NOM*d socks ($28) – Plume (310 George Street).

NOM*d socks ($28) – Plume (310 George Street).

Vintage dress from King's Emporium ($28) – The Vintage Roundup.

Vintage dress from King’s Emporium ($28) – The Vintage Roundup.

Velvet and bead necklaces by Tamsin Cooper ($29.95 each) – Tamsin Cooper Outlet (30 Moray Place). Worn with dress from King's Emporium.

Velvet and bead necklaces by Tamsin Cooper ($29.95 each) – Tamsin Cooper Outlet (30 Moray Place). Worn with dress from King’s Emporium.

Wool cardigan by Waughs ($99 sale price) – Waughs (460 George Street).

Wool cardigan by Waughs ($99 sale price) – Waughs (460 George Street).

Karen Walker Runaway Girl pendant ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street). Worn with dress by NOM*d.

Karen Walker Runaway Girl pendant ($35) – Belle Bird Boutique (327 George Street). Worn with dress by NOM*d.

1960s vintage dress from June Loves Fred ($90) – The Vintage Roundup. Worn with shoes by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa, bracelet by Whiting and Davis, and wolf pendant by Wendy James.

1960s vintage dress from June Loves Fred ($90) – The Vintage Roundup. Worn with shoes by Vivienne Westwood for Melissa, bracelet by Whiting and Davis, and wolf pendant by Wendy James.

1940s vintage brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage ($18) – The Vintage Roundup.

1940s vintage brooch from Two Squirrels Vintage ($18) – The Vintage Roundup.

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The Vintage Roundup at The Old Lone Star, 7 September

Sixties swing, seventies psychedelia, 80s grunge, Madonnaesque power dressing – it was all there at the old Lone Star (Princes Street) last Saturday when The Vintage Roundup returned. And the crowds came! Once again, this spectacular event was organised by Tannia Lee of Most Wanted Vintage. We had so much fun foraging for goodies from stallholders whose interests were diverse and eclectic. As usual, most of them were Dunedinites but a few came from further afield.

Upstairs

Upstairs

Downstairs

Downstairs

Warren and Vanessa from Two Squirrels came all the way from the fringe of Central Otago. They moved there from Christchurch after the earthquakes destroyed one of their shops and put the other in the red zone. On a positive note, their new shop in Milton has its grand opening weekend on 5-6 October. We can’t wait!

Warren and Vanessa of Two Squirrels.

Warren and Vanessa of Two Squirrels.

Vanessa sets the scene in vintage.

Vanessa sets the scene in vintage.

 

It was lovely to see Liz King of King’s Emporium (Herbert, North Otago) here again. She has a great eye for beautiful dresses – we couldn’t resist buying another one! She’s also a bit of a sewer on the side.

Liz King of King's Emporium.

Liz King of King’s Emporium.

Rosie and Jordan show off a top from Kings Emporium. Rosie wears denim jacket from the old Recycle Boutique. Jordan wears clothes from South Dunedin op shops.

Rosie and Jordan show off a top from Kings Emporium. Rosie wears denim jacket from the old Recycle Boutique. Jordan wears clothes from South Dunedin op shops.

Rosa and Zac. Rosa wears blazer from Brown Street Bespoke. Zac wears clothes from Toffs and a Jewish good luck charm.

Rosa and Zac. Rosa wears blazer from Brown Street Bespoke. Zac wears clothes from Toffs and a Jewish good luck charm.

Amanda of Brown Street Bespoke and her friend Monique.

Amanda of Brown Street Bespoke and her friend Monique.

Daisy, from Little Moon Designs, is based in Dunedin. Her eco-clothing line for children is inspired by her six year old daughter. She also loves hat making, especially since she finds it frustrating when hats don’t fit or spoil hair styles.

Daisy of Little Moon Designs.

Daisy of Little Moon Designs.

Sharon Bratton of the Vintage Dress Company wears dress by VDC.

Sharon Bratton of the Vintage Dress Company wears dress by VDC.

Zara and Alice. Zara wears op shop. Alice wears shirt from Oamaru, dress from Wildpair and cardigan from Butterflies Hospice Shop.

Zara and Alice. Zara wears op shop. Alice wears shirt from Oamaru, dress from Wildpair and cardigan from Butterflies Hospice Shop.

Sharon displays a vintage dress from the Bonham Theatre.

Sharon displays a vintage dress from the Bonham Theatre.

Beth and Jessie. Beth wears op shop. Jessie wears shorts by Glassons and waistcoat from ReStore.

Beth and Jessie. Beth wears op shop. Jessie wears shorts by Glassons and waistcoat from ReStore.

Liz King of King's Emporium (on right) and friend Sandra from Waitati enjoy girl time.

Liz King of King’s Emporium (on right) and friend Sandra from Waitati enjoy girl time.

It was exciting to see the unveiling of Swish in the City which Tannia Lee has helped organise. It will be Dunedin’s first official clothing swap on Saturday 5 October at the Dunedin Railway Station! It promises to be an amazing event with live entertainment, spot prizes and a complimentary drink.

Fiona (image consultant) of Swish in the City wears vintage jacket, brooch by Tamsin Cooper and homemade flairs.

Fiona (image consultant) of Swish in the City wears vintage jacket, brooch by Tamsin Cooper and homemade flairs.

Jessica wears Afghan coat from Purple Rain.

Jessica wears Afghan coat from Purple Rain.

The weather was so incredible that vintage lovers spilled out onto Princes Street creating a hub of activity and excitement. It was very convenient having Purple Rain Cafe practically next door, giving shoppers the opportunity to grab a quick cup of coffee between purchases. Colourful, quirky mannequins lined the street and we were even entertained by a retro busker, who recited limericks.

Annelyse wears coat from ReStore.

Annelyse wears coat from ReStore.

Rosie wears her new Most Wanted Vintage jersey.

Rosie wears her new Most Wanted Vintage jersey.

Hannah and Frits from Purple Rain.

Hannah and Frits from Purple Rain.

Thanks so much Tannia – you’ve done it again!

Tannia Lee of Most Wanted Vintage.

Tannia Lee of Most Wanted Vintage.

 

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Fabulous Finds 5: The Vintage Roundup Edition

Why wear vintage? There’s lots of good reasons. Quality, originality, affordability, nostalgia and indulging in your secret sartorial fantasy. We are lucky in Dunedin; there’s lots of good vintage to be found. This is what we bagged at the recent Vintage Roundup at Queens.

Angora jersey from Most Wanted Vintage ($40)

Angora jersey from Most Wanted Vintage ($40)

Blazer from Alice's Wonderland ($15)

Blazer from Alice’s Wonderland ($15)

Beaded bag with concertina clasp from First of June ($15) next to 1930s photo of our beautiful grandmother.

Beaded bag with concertina clasp from First of June Vintage ($15) next to 1930s photo of our beautiful grandmother

Dress from King's Emporium ($60)

Dress from King’s Emporium ($60)

Wool dress from Most Wanted Vintage ($30)

Wool dress from Most Wanted Vintage ($30)

Pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage ($25)

Pendant from Two Squirrels Vintage ($25)

Jersey from Ruby's Rack ($15)

Jersey from Ruby’s Rack ($15)

Butterfly top from King's Emporium ($30)

Butterfly top from King’s Emporium ($30)

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