Popup Blog

Popup Blog

I do wonder how we are supposed to ‘do’ vintage properly in the office without totally falling into some weird alternative retro universe. Especially for the work related outfit, weeding out the great finds I personally find quite difficult, to match corporate with vintage. It can be challenging to match hipster-style heavy framed glasses with a high waist lace dress and chequered tights and then find the blazer over the top is not quite the right shade of pastel…

Some people like my colleague Amy* (not her real name) has a beautiful bubbly persona and gorgeous lion-like hair, permanently in stilettos, just frocks up gorgeously every time. I think her whole work wardrobe is based out of a 1950s fashion magazine, she is petite, slender, even wears real vintage red lipstick and she always looks amazing. But that’s another story for another day…however never fear because two innovative and unique pop ups ‘Unknown Quantity’ and ‘Prospector Store’ are determined to make vintage good for us this winter. A bit about the real stars behind this event....

Unknown Quantity (Delia Puiatti) creates with love. Handcrafted, repurposed, & up cycled clothing, art, accessories, selected vintage, and more. The artist behind this label believes in making the world a better place with sustainability, positivity, and meaningful, artful ways.

The Prospector Store (Geraldine Mills) wants you to have a prospect (hunt) and to be the prospector (find). You find the hidden gold, collect and experience the art of shopping at the same time. It’s a carefully curated collection of items from here and around the globe including: vintage, threads, abode & art.

Both of these Pop Ups are some of my absolute favourite places to be in Parramatta, provide an amazing service and are on top of all this, are like a magnet to artists as I always see interesting people. These two are also incredibly creative, productive, so incredibly resourceful and hard working.

For one afternoon only, at a fantastic price, you can sip champers, sample delicious sweet treats and sample the gorgeous vintage collection pulled together by these brilliant stylists. There are only 25 lucky seats to this event, so you’ll have to book now to secure your front seat, for models parading across a gorgeous shop, styling up Parramatta’s finest and only vintage. Of course, there will be ample opportunity for purchasing these amazing outfits too, and what’s better it’s on a weekend so you don’t have to rush off back to the office but linger and try on the outfits! If you saw their amazing work on their last awesomeness-inspired Autumn photoshoot, your really don't want to miss this opportunity.

Date: Saturday 26 July from 2-4pm

Location: Prospector Store – Shop 1/162 – 172 Church Street, Parramatta, NSW 2150

Tix: $25 (bookings essential!)

Book: via the Prospector Store contact page or Unknown Quantity contact page


Continued from the Elm Tree Post....

The Elm Tree will be hosting an exhibition called A Good Yarn which will be a collection of art, film and lovely things which are inspired by stories. Good stories. Ones that stuck in your mind, ones from when you heard or read them as a child all the way to being a 'grown up'. Ones that were so good that you watched them over and over and over again until you knew the whole script by heart…

A Good Yarn will feature the work of many of the designers who have filled The Elm Tree with their skilled craft for the past eight months, as well as many other artists who organiser/curator Eleanor McComb has met through my involvement in the Pop Up Parramatta program.

Eleanor says of the project: "In a way, it is a real reflection of the intentions that I had for the shop when I set out - good work, by good people, locally sourced, sustainably minded, and as always, with a focus on children."

Watch out for local designers, artists and filmmakers in this innovative and stylish Pop Up show. Eleanor McComb celebrates her last month as a pop up shop in the project which has filled a space with makers and designers, all with a connection to sustainable products for children. The exhibition will be open to the public from July 14 - 26, 10am - 6pm at shops 8 and 10, The Connection Arcade, 162-172 Church Street Parramatta.