Antique + vintage curiosities, ephemera + craft supply

Melbourne, Australia · 1607 Sales


Antique + vintage curiosities, ephemera + craft supply

Melbourne, Australia 1607 Sales On Etsy since 2011

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Marilyn on Aug 16, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Thank you, Penny, for the great items in my last delivery. I love everything I've gotten from you! Thanks, m

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One of my favourite 'scores' of late is this gorgeous collection of antique Edwardian embroidery transfers. I had a great time looking through them & discovered some were large enough to serve as framed artwork. New life for the obsolete - how lovely!
Oh this fabric... soft and heavy and drapes like a dream - not to mention the print! Circa 40s 50s, enough to make the perfect dress...
Lace lace lace! A weekend of antiquing resulted in an armful of this gorgeous old craft. The handmade pieces are a joy to look upon with their impossible delicacy. I'll be updating the shop with lace this week, along with lovely old buttons and beads.


To Collect, Revive and Inspire

One of the astounding things about artists is the boundless creativity that lurks within their minds. The ability to think outside the box and see potential in the most unusual items is a gift unique only to them. As someone who has been an assemblage artist working in shadow boxes, installation, paper collage and jewelry, I am lucky enough to possess this ability and over the years I've amassed a collection of objects and materials ripe with possibility.

I have a predilection for antique materials - the textures and subtle tones of age, the quality of the materials and the beautiful designs all contribute to the piece. I like weird stuff too, the sorts of things I've dug out of dusty junk drawers at farm sales and the cashier says 'now what do you want with that..?!' That's a thrill for me; I love the idea that I've rescued and made useful something that otherwise would be overlooked.

Most of my shop is supplies, but I do branch out here and there into household linens, vintage/antique jewelry and small object d'art, simply because sometimes you find things you can't say no to!

As for the creative muse, I keep her calm by indulging in the odd jewelry making afternoon, using vintage and antique pieces to create the simple kind of jewelry I myself love to wear. I sell the jewelry here in the ‘vintage re-made’ shop section.
For more of my world you can follow my Instagram and Pinterest (links below) - I have a new blog coming soon all about collecting antiques and the joys of domestic bliss.

Shop members
  • Penny

    Owner, Curator, Hunter, Finder, Collector

    41 years old, living in the rolling green of rural Australia and dreaming of the rolling green in England. Life long pursuits of art, photography, vintage and a nice cup of tea.

Shop policies

Last updated on May 1, 2016
Welcome to Fagin's Daughter, a place for vintage and antique assemblage art supplies. My life-long career as a salvage artist leaves me with a unique eye for what artists can use, so you'll always find something a little left of centre as well as 'traditional' supplies like lace, buttons and jewelry elements.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
I prefer Paypal, though Direct Checkout is also available, so you can pay via your credit card.

I have a lay away system, typically it is 4 weeks with payments made weekly, a minimum purchase of $80 is required for lay away to apply and you can combine several listings in order to do so. The payment time can be extended if the value of the transaction is particularly high. Please contact me and I will do my best to help you; quotes and consultations are obligation free.
I ship twice a week- usually Tuesday and Friday. I ship to most countries, if your is not listed please convo me and I'll add it. I regret to inform that due to certain requirements I cannot fulfil, I am unable to ship to any country in the EU.

If your combined shipping is coming out a little on the high side, please convo me and I'll double check to see you're not over-charged.

Shipping times: All items sent out within 1-3 business days.

Transit times:

AUSTRALIANS: 3-5 business days

INTERNATIONAL: 7-10 business days (two weeks is around average)

Please allow a few extra days on top of this if you live outside a major city or a smaller country. Also please do allow for things like major holidays, weather problems and customs jams.

Please also be aware that if your country requires any customs fees or charges of any kind related to your item being processed, claimed or otherwise delivered to you, you are responsible for those payments.

If you paid for tracking (your shipping rate was $20+ or it was noted on the listing there will be registered/tracked post) there will be a tracking number on your 'purchases and reviews' page.

Australia Post does not offer tracking to all countries; in this case I will send via registered post. It doesn't give us tracking but we can locate it's last scanned location if it doesn't turn up. I haven't had to do this yet so it should be fine.
Refunds and Exchanges
Refunds and returns are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. I aim to represent my items in the most accurate way possible; I keep my photos as big as I can so you can get right up close and see any flaws - I always note problems in the listing description and try to make them clear in the photos.

Please make your choices carefully and study all the photos well- you can click on them to enlarge. Due to complications which can be encountered I cannot take returns unless the piece is significantly not as described. If you feel the item has been misrepresented, please let me know. In most cases returning the goods will be sufficient and if the fault is mine I will pay return shipping.

Any items which arrive damaged from their time in transit will be refunded either in part or whole depending on the damage. Contact me through Etsy's conversation system (NOT by email) with photographic proof of the damage and I will see to it straight away. Paypal's system requires that you send the damaged goods back to me before I refund; this is often expensive for you, so in most cases a photo will do, again depending on the damage.

If you return an item to me without my previous knowledge and acceptance you will be required to pay shipping to return the item to you.Likewise if I send an item and it comes back to me refused due to wrong address, failed deliveries etc.

ALL my customers are protected by Paypal or their credit card companies (depending on which payment system you used) so there's really nothing to worry about. There's plenty of protections in place and I'm a reasonable person- in my 10 years of selling online, no customer of mine has lost their money. :)
Additional policies and FAQs
+ All my inventory is vintage; please expect tiny flaws as the objects have usually lived a full life. I will note everything I see in the listing description, please do read it fully and stufy the images - you can tap the image on a device (or click on 'zoom' if you're using a computer) to get a close up of things. if you're on a computer you can also right-click and select 'view image' for an even bigger size.

+ My home is smoke free, though some items may have a faint scent of incense smoke. Linens may have a 'storage scent' but they are all clean.

+ If there's anything particular you're looking for, feel free to ask! I've got a lot of stock as yet unlisted, a whole storage unit to chip through, and I can't seem to say 'no' to a poke around a junk shop or 5. :)