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

Shane is 29 and works in a café in Parramatta. He plays in an all-guy banjo troupe, wears checked vests and scarves, cares about the taste of his coffee, does performance poetry, enjoys boules, and has a beard and black rimmed glasses. He lives in North Parramatta. Shane is fictional…only, we wish there were more of Shane in Parramatta. (by the way, the picture isn’t of Shane, it’s another well known hipster in Parra, thanks to the Prospector Store).

Hipsters are glass jar loving, vintage bicycle riding, typewriter-possessing guys and girls who get around in inspired cool style from the 1920s-onwards. We love them. We always have. They break up the regular crowd who get around in Parramatta and make us smile with their fun-loving ways.

But we were saddened recently after our years of love affairs with the hipster, trying to steal them all from Surry Hills or Melbourne, trying to attract them to the warmer climes of Western Sydney. Because it’s official, now. Last week the University of New South Wales have uncovered research about the hipster and how it’s losing it’s edge with the bearded look on the guys. Furthermore, hipster look was no longer hip, announced The Guardian last week. The subculture has now become the mainstream from the time we started talking about it, and now that we have decided to embrace it, unfortunately it’s all over. Because Parramatta was only just starting to ‘get’ the hipster, although they had actually been around for a while, this saddens us somewhat.

We are excited to see which subculture will hit the ground next on the streets of this town (ParisMatta). What do you think it will be?