This probably sounds very exotic, but actually, there's a Sydney suburb called Alexandria, and that's where my sister and I went on Friday, to shop at Petbarn and go to a large antiques and collectables centre.
It was very hot - the centre is not airconditioned, and while there were some large floor fans dotted around the place, they didn't reach all areas. However, we had a good look at all the stalls, and we both found things to buy.
Here's the dolls house furniture I found:
Some lovely vintage 70s upholstered chairs, and a 1960s TV!
The chair and sofa look handmade:
The chair is about 3 1/2 inches across, 3 3/4 inches deep, and 3 3/4 inches high.
The sofa is about 5 1/2 inches across, 2 1/2 inches deep, and 2 1/4 inches high.
They seem to have a makers mark on them - see the arrows on two feet of each piece, like this: /|\
I haven't seen this mark before. It looks a bit like the broad arrow, that was (and is) used to mark government property in Australia and other British colonies, and appeared on convict uniforms and convict-built bridges etc. But I don't know what it would mean on dolls house furniture from the 1970s. I'd love to know who made it!
The TV is actually a salt and pepper shaker set:
You raise the salt and pepper containers by turning the ON button on the front of the TV!
The screen of the TV can be pushed in slightly, to insert a photo between the screen and the frame surrounding it.
It's just under 3 1/2 inches wide, 3 inches high, and 2 inches deep.
It came with its box - it's called the Tiny T-V salt and pepper set, but it doesn't have a maker's name, it just says Made in USA and Pat. Pending.
Perhaps someone will recognise it?
I also bought a card of lace, which feels machine-made, probably nylon or polyester, and has a sweet design I thought would look good in a small dolls house - it's 3/4 inch wide:
It was fun going shopping with my sister - the first time we've really been able to do it since I arrived before Christmas. And it was lovely to find some vintage dolls house furniture, too!
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