During my holidays I set myself a fashion mission: to find at least one vintage item in each of my holiday spots. It began in Sydney, with a rather spectacular feather hat, and it ended in Noosa – at Eumundi Markets to be precise, with this quaint pendant made from an 1890s cash register key.
I’ve often seen these types (no pun intended) of items at craft markets and on Etsy, but until now I had never shelled out for one. Initially (pardon the pun again please; I can’t help myself) I was looking at typewriter keys, but couldn’t decide on which letter – the initial of my first name? Too obvious? Too Carrie necklace?
And then I spotted the cash register keys. I knew exactly which one I was going to get (it didn’t actually cost $90). I showed off my purchase to my friends when they caught up with me. “Go for the most expensive key you could find, eh?” Kitty asked with a grin. But of course. Cute, huh?
It is from Wear Ya Bin, and they also make pendants, earrings and cufflinks from recycled Scrabble pieces, as well as typewriter and cash register keys. I was bidden to choose an envelope from an enormous stack: all were individually decorated with paper ephemera. And when I asked for a business card, it came as a sticker on an Admit One ticket. Even cuter!