Very Vintage Vendors: Retro City

Very Vintage Vendors: Retro City

While walking Karangahape Road, we (the VVDO team) came across Retro City and couldn’t resist a look in their incredible shop!

Today we’re featuring Heath and May of Retro City to find out what they’re excited for at their first ever VVDO!

There’s still time get your application in to join our other Very Vintage Vendors, check out the form here!

Tell us about you

Retro City is owned and operated by Heath Burgoyne and May He. Heath has been collecting and hoarding a wide range of collectables for over 35 years and was also involved in the local music scene a long time. His passion is collecting vintage glass and ceramics, 7″ vinyl singles, original pin-up magazines and books and anything that catches his eye.

Tell us about your business and where are you based?

The business is a very large retail store in the heart of Karangahape Rd. Positioned between the top of Pitt St and Queen St we are a busy and dynamic place to hang out and dig through the 100’s of goodies tucked into all corners.

How much is ‘ Vintage’ a part of your everyday life?

Vintage is an everyday part of our lives – we love it. Classic pieces that still look good 60 or more years after they were made have broad appeal to us. We stock a wide range of original items from the 1890’s to the 1980’s with some fabulous mid-century lamps, furniture, militaria, books, vintage art prints, art glass, music vinyl and used leather jackets.

What are you looking forward to at Very Vintage Day Out 2017?

Very Vintage Day Out should be a blast! Can’t wait to see the people who turn up… Rockers, fashionistas, pin-up girls, – basically love to see people dressed in their wild and wonderful gear! Also look forward to selling a wide range of fabulous offerings at our stand. Keep an eye out for lots of original and new pin-up girl art prints, books, magazines, vintage collectable items, black lady lamps, curios and oddities!

 

We can’t wait to see Heath and May at #VVDO2017 and bet you can’t either!

Check out Retro City on Facebook.com/retrocityvintage, Instagram @retrocityvintage or visit their shop at 161 Karangahape Road, Auckland.

Get ready to grab your tickets!

It’s getting busy here in VVDO HQ and we are bursting at the seams to share some of the goodies we’re working on!

We’re excited to announce tickets will be on sale on Wednesday 31st May! Along with revamping some old favourites like Very Vintage Photo Safari, we’re increasing our offering for the guys with our Gentlemen’s Lounge and everyone will love our 80+ Vintage Retailers!

Keep your eyes peeled for more as we get closer to the biggest VVDO yet!

Very Vintage Vendors: Cobalt Heights

As we get closer the ticket release date for Very Vintage Day Out 2017, we’ve picked a handful of the vendors to tell you more about.

Our vendor sites are selling out fast so if you’d like to be a part of it, see our application form here

Today we’re featuring Sian from Cobalt Heights and a bit about how she got started, and what she’s looking forward to at #VVDO2017!

Tell us about you

Hi Guys! My name is Sian, y’all know me (still the same old G) as the face behind Cobalt Heights. I’m a wife, mum, tropical fish enthusiast and self-confessed Handbag Whore. My hobbies include binge watching on Netflix (I like the fantasy stuff but am not opposed to a bit of blood and guts either), playing Pokemon Go and yelling at my two little boys. I’m a natural redhead, half Welsh and feel as if eating peanut butter straight out of the jar is underrated.

 

Tell us about your business

Cobalt Heights stocks a huge range of alternative Clothing, Shoes and accessories but we specialise in kick arse Handbags and Wallets. Do NOT ask me if you “really should be buying another handbag” because I am the wrong person to speak to about that sort of thing. We do most of our selling online at www.cobaltheights.co.nz but I LOVE nothing more than getting out and about to markets, shows and expos. We do all of the big ones in the North island and tons of smaller ones in the Bay of Plenty and Waikato.

 
Where is your business based?
We are based in beautiful Rotorua, a city that I have lived in for almost my entire life. I love it here and I am very passionate about our little city.

 
How much is ‘ Vintage’ a part of your everyday life?
“Vintage” in its true sense of the word is not really a part of my life at all. Now before you string me up as a heretic hear me out! Whilst I don’t wear true vintage or fill my house with it I definitely appreciate the style and class from the bygone era’s. My personal style leans towards the “alternative” side of things. and I LOVE repro gear which is why it features so heavily in our stock. I just like what I like and have always been like that. I am just as happy in ripped black jeans and a skull tee as I am in a pretty Pin Up style dress with a frilly petti.

 
What are you looking forward to at Very Vintage Day Out 2017?
I am really looking forward to getting amongst it all and immersing myself in what is sure to be a fantastic weekend. I hardly ever get the chance to get up to Auckland and I am grateful to have an excuse to do so. I am particularly excited about catching up with old customer, meeting some new faces and of course catching up with the other vendors. I will be coming up with my best girl Kiri and we just hope VVDO is ready for us. We are pumped, rearing to go and promise you we will be bringing our A Game.

 

Thanks Sian and we can’t wait to see Cobalt Heights at VVDO2017.Check out Cobalt Heights and start planning your shopping list!
www.cobaltheights.co.nz
https://www.facebook.com/CobaltHeights/

VVDO Kiwi Pinup Feature: Miss Monique Sweet

Here at Very Vintage Day Out we’re extremely happy for the two New Zealand Pinups who have made it through to the finals of Miss Viva Las Vegas!

We had an e-chat to one of the finalists (and Beauty School DropoutMiss Monique Sweet to find out what she’s looking forward to in Vegas, why she entered Miss Viva Las Vegas and advice she’d give to anyone looking to enter a Pinup pageant.

How much do you integrate vintage into your everyday life?

Oooooh, this is a hard question. I look at myself as an enthusiast, rather than a lifestylist (I mean, I would fight the person who ever tried to steal my cellphone off of me). In everyday life, I can live at both extremes. For instance, all of my day to day today jewelry; from my gold nugget pendant I inherited from my great grandmother to my antique engagement ring, are of some historic decent. And if you visited our lovely home it is decorated with decor from the 50’s through to the 70’s. However if you saw me in my work attire you would note my look has hints of ‘inspired’ and retro, however, has zero vintage actually integrated – I work at a building company and my vintage pretties are most definitely not going to make their way onto a building site. The opposite end of that spectrum is when you see me at events or delve into my wardrobe!

Why did you decide to enter Miss Viva Las Vegas 2017?

Ahhhh sooo many reasons! In 2015, I made a decision that in 2017 I would enter the 20th-anniversary competition. I don’t usually enter competitions but I thought, heck it’s an anniversary, so why not celebrate in style and try and make it into the top 12.

What I love about Miss Viva Las Vegas is that it is not a pageant based solely on appearance; it looks at your accomplishments, credentials and your internal properties. I saw (and still see) it as a great way to meet international pinups honeys and rockabillies alike, to bring some small town charm to the big old Viva Las Vegas and hopefully create a platform that will allow me to bring the charities I work with into a fresh light, as well as start conversations about the taboo subjects I am passionate about!

I chickened out many times across the submission period. I finally entered after listening to a TedX talk at work about teaching girls and woman to be brave and realised that everything I was questioning was based around negative self-talk and a whirl of what ifs. It reminded me who I was – I am me. I can do anything. I can move mountains. I am brave. Facing a crowd of 25,000 people will be a difficult feat but is nothing in comparison to what I have faced in my life, and I want to see those faces! It will be an AMAZING life experience and opportunity! Not only that, but think of all of the people I will meet, how far my new family of friends will become; the personalities, the style, and most of all the love of our community I will see!

What are you most excited for at VLV?

Getting to honeymoon with my new husband Sam! After the pageant, we have decided to go off and get remarried in style – by Elvis at the Little White Chapel!

I am also super excited about meeting all of our extended community and getting to know some of the faces I have seen so much of (oo the beauty of Instagram) but never met! Because life is about people and experiences and I can’t wait to share both in Vegas!

Other than VLV, will you be doing any other sight-seeing in Vegas?

YES, it looks like we will be seeing a lot of airports!!! haha and then all around Las Vegas, as we have a week to settle in before the pageant!

My stand out will be seeing His Vintage Touch and taking part in his workshop (which is kind of sightseeing right? haha).

What advice would you give to other kiwi pinups looking to enter Miss VLV or other pageants?

It all begins with the decision to try. Life is full of choices and once you know the mountain in front of you, all you need to do is put one foot in front of the other to start moving forward – even if it is a baby step, it still counts!

Be yourself. ‘Today you are you, that is truer than true – there is no one alive who is you-er than you.’ – Dr. Seuss. In your entry, in your photos, in your whole campaign of life – because you are unique and you are you and you should always be the best version of yourself.

Best of luck Monique and thanks for the chat!

Are you interested in entering a Pinup Pageant? Miss Pinup New Zealand is back for 2017 – follow our Facebook for updates!

VVDO Kiwi Pinup Feature: Dariel Dearlove

Here at Very Vintage Day Out we’re extremely happy for the two New Zealand Pinups who have made it through to the finals of Miss Viva Las Vegas!

We had an e-chat to one of the finalists Dariel Dearlove to find out what she loves the most about the vintage community, why she entered Miss Viva Las Vegas and advice she’d give to anyone looking to enter a Pinup pageant.

 

How much do you integrate vintage into your everyday life?

I work 50hrs a week at a quarry and start at 6am so it is tricky but I am always awake in plenty of time to apply winged liner, false lashes, red lippy and a light curl in my hair before heading off to work. I do start the day in a complete outfit too (which I normally post on Instagram)- dress, petticoat, shoes and other accessories… the works!. I have a variety of roles at the quarry so if I do have to operate heavy machinery I get changed into protective clothing but if I am just in the office I stay dressed up all day!.
Outside of work, one of my biggest hobbies is sewing and I generally make two items of clothing a week for myself which are pinup/vintage style so that keeps me pretty busy 🙂

Why did you decide to enter Miss Viva Las Vegas 2017?

It is something that I have wanted to do for a long time now but I have made it a priority the last couple of years to save up, work hard and give it my best shot!.
I have spent most of my life competing in dressage (which I have done up to advanced level nationally) and that has always been my primary focus but I have taken a break from competing to give Viva all my effort, I don’t want to look back and wish I had done more so I have made sure to put my whole heart and soul into this.
When the entries opened for Viva I have to admit, it was a terrifying prospect! I would feel my heart beating out of my chest every time I thought of it! I had moments of “I can’t do this!” and flashbacks to being bullied when I was younger for being too weird/too ugly/too fat so getting over that and actually entering has been a huge achievement for me and you know what? I GOT INTO THE FINALS!!!! Life is just too short not to pursue the things you love and sometimes you just have to grab the bull by the horns and do it! Even is scares the bejeebers out of you!.

What are you most excited for at VLV?

Probably the most exciting thing for me is going to be meeting all of the other finalists and seeing all their hard work, over the past couple of months I have been getting to know them all over Facebook and Instagram and being able to finally meet them in person is going to be so fantastic. As a sewer, I am also very excited to see all of their stage dresses! A couple of the ladies have shared little snippets of their fabrics or little teasers and I am dying to see the finished results!.
Seeing Dita perform is also a major highlight! I have never had the opportunity to watch her before so I am very much looking forward to that too.

Other than VLV, will you be doing any other sight-seeing in Vegas?

Of course! My brother in law lives in Las Vegas and we have never met before so that is going to be very special, he has a few things lined up for my husband and I which he is keeping secret but I managed to pry out of him that one of the things on the agenda is a trip to the shotgun driving range which I am super excited about!.
We will also be doing a little bit of travel outside of Vegas before and after Viva, we will land in LA where our first stop will be a private shopping session at B.A.I.T footwear that I am SUPER excited about! As well as a bit of other shopping and a trip to Disneyland. From LA we head over to Vegas and then travel north up through Yosemite to San Fran then over to Honolulu for another week of R&R. I also have my scuba license so I am very much looking forward to doing a dive over there!.

What advice would you give to other kiwi pinups looking to enter Miss VLV or other pageants?

If it is something you really want, just go for it!
Every pinup pageant I have done has been a very supportive environment and a great opportunity to push yourself to do something different and meet new people, even if you don’t win or get selected there is always something to be gained from the experience. There is a lot of time, effort, and planning that goes into it so brace yourself for that but it is all worth it. I am a firm believer that you should always push your boundaries- if you don’t, how will you know what they are?
To quote Erin Hanson “and you ask “what if I fall?” oh but my darling what if you fly?” xx

 

What a great quote and best of luck to you Dariel!

Are you interested in entering a Pinup Pageant? Miss Pinup New Zealand is back for 2017 – follow our Facebook for updates!

A BIG announcement!

We’re pleased to announce The Very Vintage Day Out 2017 will be held on the weekend of October 28 & 29 in Shed 10 on Queens Wharf in downtown Auckland.

We feel this is the perfect venue to grow this special event as Shed 10 is close to public transport and downtown parking.
Shed 10 is part of the Queen’s Wharf historic area and has a strong heritage element that is a great fit with The Very Vintage Day Out.

We hope you are all as excited as us about this new vintage venue!

More information for vendors, performers and Miss Pinup New Zealand will be announced as plans progress.