Here in the Hawkes Bay (NZ) an awesome Art Deco Weekend is held each year in February. It’s pretty epic, with literally hundreds of events (think antique fairs, jitterbug dancing, vintage car parade, steam train rides … I could go on!) Heaps of people descend on Napier and the rest of the Bay and put a lot of effort in dressing to theme.
Last year, we had not long been living here and went along in normal clothes. (I actually felt really sick – turns out I was coming down the a ghastly tummy bug) – So this year I am determined that we dress up, really get involved and have a lot more fun.
For this reason, I have been keeping my eyes peeled when at my local op/thrift shops for Art Deco items.
The only thing is that this is what everyone else in the Hawkes Bay is doing at this time of year too! The op shops round here often have special ‘deco’ sections, but you have to pay a bit more for it – and the best stuff gets snapped up pretty fast!
So far I have snagged …
Clip on earrings : $6; Bag : $5 (Also, not art deco but the hand knitted baby blanket the items are displayed on is also an op shop score ($5) , I love picking up barely used lovely hand knitted items.)
I have a few ideas about my dress/ outfit that involves a little bit of sewing. If I’m successful with this, I will pop back and share it with you. And I think I can piece together some things for the kids out of their existing wardrobes – we’ll see.
..And, if you happen to be in the area between Feb 16-19 2012 – then I would totally encourage you to get along … for more of what you could expect check out this clip:
…And… to finish off – here’s a bit of art deco eye-candy courtesy of Pinterest…
(click each image to go to original source)