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  1. Shangas

    Show off your Ebay finds and purchases

    Antique silver chopsticks...
  2. Shangas

    Vintage things that have REAPPEARED in your lifetime?

    Fountain pens, straight razors, and safety razors. I mean, they never fully disappeared, but since the early 2000s, they've been coming back with a HUGE vengeance. The communities online dedicated to collecting them, restoring them, buying, selling and trading them, and using them as daily...
  3. Shangas

    Show us your Thrift and/or yard sale finds

    $10.00 at the flea-market a couple of weeks ago. Made of glass. Had a chip in one corner which left a hole in the bottom of the inkwell. Fortunately, some waterproof epoxy helped to fill the hole and make it waterproof again :)
  4. Shangas

    Show us your Thrift and/or yard sale finds

    $80.00. Retractable straight-razor strop. Sterling silver hallmarked casing. Restored it myself. Pulled it apart, removed the old leather strop, used it as a template to cut a new strip of leather and handle, and then fitted the new strip inside and then polished up the silver. Works great! Not...
  5. Shangas

    Golden Era Things You've Revived Or Repaired For Use

    And here's the results...
  6. Shangas

    Golden Era Things You've Revived Or Repaired For Use

    My latest restoration project: An Edwardian-era silver-faced pocketwatch stand. The watch inside is my 16s Ball railroad chronometer. The original interior: All torn out..
  7. Shangas

    Celebrating My First Trenchcoat :)

    Haven't been here for quite a while. Lots of things happened in life which kept me busy, occupied, and away. Over the last few months I've been busy building up my wardrobe again, and have purchased a number of new pieces. One of these was my new navy blue cotton-gaberdine knee-length DB...
  8. Shangas

    Post New Hats Here!

    The first new hat I've bought in a while. This antique boater was $10.00 at a local flea-market. Another $10.00 was spent in getting a new sweatband put in. It's got one or two minor dents, but no major damage, and is perfectly wearable! :P I was told it was from about 1900-1920...
  9. Shangas

    One Homemade Dressing Gown

    My little hand-cranked sewing machine has been my pet for about...oh...10 years now? It's my favourite little machine. The fabric I used was, believe it or not, a set of old curtains from IKEA. I found them at a charity-shop for $10.00. They were pure cotton, and they looked like a nice, solid...
  10. Shangas

    One Homemade Dressing Gown

    Thanks! Yes, I notice that a lot of vintage gowns/robes are quite LONG - shin or even ankle-length, whereas most modern ones (unless they're bespoke, or insanely expensive) are really short. I always thought that the first point of a dressing gown was to keep you WARM, so I deliberately cut this...
  11. Shangas

    One Homemade Dressing Gown

    This is only my second attempt at making one...
  12. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    I've been to Britain in summer, I can assure you it isn't :P
  13. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    It's 5'c right now. Sorry if that isn't cold enough for the Europeans here.
  14. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    Hey - this morning is bloody freezing!!
  15. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    I did a bit of research, and I found this: ...and this: I think the first photo is what mine would've looked like originally, and the second photo is what a previous owner wanted mine to look like (more of an 'officer's version', I guess), and so changed the buttons from plain black to...
  16. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    Hi Ed, No, the buttons are not original. I saw thread-holes in the coat from previous stitching, so the buttons have been replaced. But I like the gold-colour buttons, I think they make a nice touch :) And L.&.M, just so you know - it's snowing in country Victoria right now - like, snowing...
  17. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    I honestly have no idea where it came from. I love it, though! It's so solid and well-made. It cost me all of $40.00.
  18. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    And here's the maker's label:
  19. Shangas

    My New Green Overcoat

    In my ongoing quest to build a proper wardrobe for myself, I decided that I needed a decent long winter coat. I ended up buying this at the flea-market today. It's from the 70s, according to the label on the lining, from a menswear company (Scott LaSalle's) that, according to my research...
  20. Shangas

    MEN'S PAJAMAS and DRESSING GOWNS

    And I ended up buying another dressing-gown. I'm toying with the idea of one day making one of my own now...

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