Garage Sale – The Vanguard

20 Apr

We went to a different kind of Garage Sale today held at The Vanguard, a live music venue in Newtown, Sydney.

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The cool people who work at the live entertainment bar & restaurant were selling their wares direct from the venue. I love this concept!

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We were happy to take a few of the larger items off The Vanguard’s owner, Russall’s hands including a piece of its history. His old beaten metal trunk is destined for life as a coffee table at our place. Sold for $20. Russall even threw in a huge red bean bag for free (because he wanted it gone & because my kids REALLY wanted it) My protests fell on deaf ears and next thing I know the kids are happily squished in the back seat of the car with a ginormous red bean bag. So yeah thanks Russall, the offspring have been dragging each other around the house with it all afternoon & are currently watching TV in it on top of the lounge!

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The little vintage suitcases were only $5 each. These have become quite collectible so unfortunately I never see them in op shops anymore. I’m sure they will be happy nesting with my existing vintage luggage which hasn’t been added to in years. The large metal Moroccan light fitting once hung in The Vanguard’s bar, I snapped it up for only $20. You can’t see in the photo but it has tiny red glass beads in all the punched holes. I would have also taken the much larger brass one (as seen in the pic above, centre) if only I had a space high enough to hang it. This one will be part of our own bar, hung in our outdoor entertaining area. I just love that we’ve been able to take home a piece of The Vanguard and that it will rock on with us for years to come. Priceless.

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The Vanguard support live local music and so should we by supporting these venues. They do an awesome dinner & show package but you need to book early as seats fill fast. The Vanguard also support the increasingly popular cabaret entertainment that is Burlesque with their troupe, The Jaded Vanities regularly creating new shows for The Vanguard and touring the country with them. My beautiful friend and memorizing burlesque performer, Tasia is a regular on stage here. Be sure to see her in the spotlight, it will take your breath away.

The Vanguard, 42 Kings street Newtown, Inner Sydney.

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