Hi hi! My name’s Trish!
I’m a 28 year young Lady living the Vintage life in Melbourne, Australia.
My personal Melbourne based vintage blog and shop is Trish Hunter Finds, for which I have been posting, and selling from since 2008.
Here is where I post regularly about my passion for all things vintage.
My blog is a lifestyle blog with a vintage twist.
It features a great mix of vintage fashion/outfit posts, and also interesting treasures and pieces from our past that you may have never seen before!
Anything from antiques, to quirky oddities that hold great stories.
Not only that, but it includes what I’m up to, what events I’m attending, what food I’m eating and everything that happens in my vintage life.
I love living and blogging about my vintage lifestyle and try to incorporate it into as many parts of my life as I can. Why? Because vintage is happy, unique, interesting, quality, stylish, affordable, and makes you feel absolutely amazing to own and/or wear it.
Though I am known to dress and style in a predominantly 1950′s/60′s fashion, I actually love items from most periods in time. Both my house and wardrobe holds items all the way from Edwardian, right through to 1980′s.
I love to learn, teach and inspire which is why I surround myself in Vintage and blogging. Vintage is a never ending subject to learn from. I will, and can never learn it all, so my mind is always working, hungry and forever, happily unsatisfied.
My passion for sharing my knowledge of vintage is huge, and hope in each blog post, and in time through bigger forms of media like magazines, and television, I can inspire my readers/viewers to love vintage too.
Vintage is the most amazing hobby and lifestyle to have, and I hope my posts encourage you to add a little vintage into your lives.
I personally collect many things. A few of my favorites include vintage mannequins, vintage clothing, Australian pottery by the company Ellis & McLaren, 1950′s Pixie figures, vintage hats, Cateye glasses, vintage Interior & glamour books, and probably much much more.
It’s an addiction and I love it!
About my Vintage Shops.
You may know me best as the owner of Melbourne’s first travelling vintage caravan shop, and then continuing on to open a huge bricks and mortar Vintage shop in Melbourne, however I have now moved on to pursue my passion for blogging, advertising and photography which I found I loved even more.
I have sold my half of Hunter & Co. to my business partner so that my time can be put 100% into my website. I am still very much involved and active in the vintage industry and still partner up with Hunter & Co. for special projects.
Be sure to stop in and visit the shop. I may still be found there tip tapping away on my computer.
About my Vintage Caravan Shop!
After a very long year in the making, my Vintage caravan shop opened it’s doors in May 2011. At the time it was the only thing like it in Australia, and something very exciting and unique. It was a Vintage shop on wheels!
My travelling vintage caravan shop would pop up at Camberwell Market every Sunday, but has now retired due to having our Melbourne Vintage shop! However it’s now for sale as I just don’t have the time to operate it anymore :(
Please contact if you are interested.
The online vintage shop.
I begun selling vintage online in Early 2009. I designed a very basic (and very manual) website from scratch in a notepad document using html. It begun with only 20 items, most under $50. It wasn’t spectacular, there wasn’t many great pieces, but it was the beginning.
It built very quickly, and as my knowledge grew, my stock did, and so did my website.
It got so big that I had to do a redesign which led to me starting completely from scratch and getting a whole new personal THF website and blog designed in 2011.
My online vintage shop & blog is just a click away! Right on this very webpage you can find a huge variety of Vintage treasures that might be for sale in the shop. And you don’t even need to get out of your pyjamas! Hooray!
Also keep in mind that I’m always buying vintage!
If you have something you’re ready to part with, contact Trish Hunter Finds!
The History of Trish Hunter Finds.
Since I was very young, I’ve always been playing shop, though I never treated it like a game. I took it very very seriously. It was business after all!
I remember reading a diary entry where I’d sold Dad a pet rock (One of my first businesses) and I made a note saying “Reminder, get 25c from Dad” The next day’s entry was “Got my 25c from Dad” So so serious.
I was doing anything and everything to create little businesses, from dog walking for $3 per hour, to holding market stalls selling beaded jewellery and doing wraps in other kids hair.
I remember in perhaps year 7, buying two garbage bags of books from the local opshop which cost me a whole $2, and lugging them up to the second hand book shop selling them for $40. It was always all about business – I always wanted to be a shop owner.
I began to take the idea seriously in about 2004.
I wanted to start a shop selling vintage band t-shirts with a cheap recording studio out the back. It was about the same time that I began seriously trawling the Opshops finding cool things for myself.
It quickly got to the stage where I’d bought so much that I couldn’t move in my tiny house.
The vintage band t-shirt shop idea morphed into a vintage shop, and there the dream began to unfold.
Dreaming of owning a shop for my whole life, gave me a narrow view.
Every shop is in a building! That’s what you do, and that’s what I was aiming for.
I didn’t consider that there could be a different way to do things, which was very unlike me – I was always one to think outside the square.
So in 2009, I finally had a lease for the shop I’d always dreamed about, in my hand and I was ready to sign, however in the end it fell through. Being denied the shop of my dreams, though completely devastating at the time, opened my mind up to new things.
My narrow view widened.
I began to have regular market stalls, to clear out some of the vintage collectables and clothing that I’d accumulated over the years.
I did quite well. So I had more stalls, and more!
It almost became a little shop!
I had regular customers, and I got to continue to do what I love which was to buy and sell, however there were flaws.
I was constantly being rained on, blown over and having stock get ruined.
I couldn’t do marvelous displays that I’d always dreamed of placing in shop windows, or dress mannequins in stunning evening gowns & fur stoles.
Then, that idea I briefly raised those years ago about the shop in a caravan was brought back and not laughed off.
See, I was trying to come up with ways to further my stall, and also still had the dream of having the shop in the back of mind, it became clear what I had to do – The shop in a caravan! Ding!
After some research and forum chatting about the construction of caravans, I found out it
could really possibly work!
From then on the Trish Hunter Finds caravan shop project was underway.
There were plenty of disasters along the way, dragging out the project for a whole year. (And I mean plennnnty of disasters.)
My Dad became the hero of the story. He helped me create my travelling vintage caravan shop!
I was finally a shop owner! Yeeee.
The Future of Trish Hunter Finds
I’m so very excited about what the future holds for Trish Hunter Finds.
There are a lot of ideas in the works and although it sounds like I’ve peeked, this is just the very beginning! I lived out my long time goal of opening a bricks and mortar shop, but on the journey, I wanted more, I wanted something different.
That ‘something different’ is still heavily based in the vintage world, but it’s a lot bigger than a shop. It’s much further outside the square than a caravan, and I can’t wait to begin working towards the new exciting vintage direction I’m heading in!
I’m am very ambitious and am always dreaming big. Once one goal is achieved there are another fifty! I have ten lifetimes of ideas and can’t wait to pursue many of them.
Thanks for reading this novel of an about me!