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About retrocentricaussie

We are a pair of ageing 'gypsies' who find junk and sell antiques, especially objects from the art nouveau/art deco years and old and well-loved tools. We also occasionally buy antiques as well!! We haunt clearance sales, garage sales, charity shops and sometimes dumps. Lately we have even been to a 'proper' auction. The thrill is in the chase for good stuff at prices we can afford and still sell the items on at a profit sufficient to support us. We recycle what other people don't want anymore, we find new homes for nice things. We sell at markets and antique fairs, swap meets and wherever else we can find. Our clientele are mostly ordinary people who want something they can afford that will enhance their quality of life. We are especially pleased when generation Y buy from us. It suggests that appreciation of quality and good design is still part of our modern aesthetic.

Walkabout 45 – Mad dogs and Englishmen … (Flanders and Swan)

Writing from Broome – I have a few stories to tell but will restrict myself a little… The new caravan is old news now and its attendant woes – it is now the car/Tardis.  Leaving Katherine where we relaxed very … Continue reading

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Walkabout 44 – Into the sunset and across the divide …

We headed west and west again to get to the Drovers’ Muster Festival in Camooweal on the Queensland / Northern Territory border after the Bowen market. It got flatter and dustier and so much warmer. Wonderful changes.  Towing our new … Continue reading

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Walkabout 43 – and the wheel(s) came off – almost

This is going to be a longish post so you might want to take it in stages. I have headlined it to help. We have travelled from Esk at the end of May to Mataranka now since I last wrote … Continue reading


Addendum – Sr Maria Corda

I forgot to mention Sr Maria Corda – she told Ruth she is 73 years old, hardly seems possible but there it is and she is stepping up to support Sr Mary Paule’s projects. Sr M C was in charge … Continue reading

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Sister Mary Paule’s funeral

Ruth went to the funeral a week ago today, 3rd July. She took the family with her in spirit and was welcomed by the Glen Avent family as family. She joined the sisters in the chapel early in the morning … Continue reading

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Sr Mary Paule

It seems that Sister Mary Paule of the Sisters of the Precious Blood, Glen Avent Convent suffered a heart attack when she was hijacked on 15th June 2014.  This event has completely disrupted my head space and only now that … Continue reading

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Walkabout 42 – Hitting the road

Makes me think of our dear friends of the early 80’s Philip Donaldson and Tina Calamaris who sang that duet, Hit the road Jack!  They were some of the wonderful young people who marched, threaded, infiltrated, joined our lives in … Continue reading

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