Sydney is quite a beautiful city to fly into. If you have a window seat, there is usually a good view of various bays and beaches, beautiful blue green water, the Harbour Bridge, and the iconic Sydney Opera House.
|It was hard to remember it was almost Christmas with the hot weather and beautiful flowers blooming!|
We had a few days to spend in Sydney before heading on to Perth, to join my husband's family for the holidays. We stayed with friends in Manly, in the Northern Beaches. I discovered that I was luckily within walking distance of the Manly Antique Centre, where I poked around and picked up a few little treasures.
|An inviting peek inside|
I'm so used to scouring my local Massachusetts thrift and antique stores, so it was nice to find some uniquely Australian goods and things I am not used to seeing in New England.
The making of handmade "convict bricks" occupied many of the almost 200,000 convicts who were transported to Australia for almost a century beginning in 1788. Many bear unique markings such as hearts, clubs or other shapes meant to identify the brick maker.
|Some beautiful vintage art tiles. I regret not picking up a couple.|
|This nice Art Deco clock caught my eye...|
|Lots of hobnail milk glass|
And now for my finds...There were lots of things that appealed to me, but in the end I could choose only a few things to pack into my suitcase and bring home.
I am building a little collection of early 20th century pottery in shades of green, blue and white, and I thought this Sydney made Bakewell Brother's jug would be a nice addition.
|I love the colour of my new Bakewell jug; it complements my Jadeite beautifully!|
|How could I resist a vintage Aussie Billy can?!|
|And finally, a humble little wooden drawer completes my haul|
After a few days in Sydney, we continued on to Perth for Christmas. Next time I'll share some pictures from our Western Australia adventures...