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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
Published September 12th 2013
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The Eyes of a Toby Jug Follow Me Around the Shop


As I wander the suburbs of Adelaide I feel an almost magnetic tug when I go past collectibles and and second hand shops. It's quite strange because I rarely buy anything, but I do enjoy having a browse through things that bring back memories of times gone by.

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Three Card Trick Sign


And so it was when I visited cute cafe Bond & Lane Canteen for brunch in Colonel Light Gardens. Next door but one stands the Three Card Trick retro shop, and impulsively I went inside to explore their displays.

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Do You Feel Nostalgia for a Typewriter?


Owner Jane said that Three Card Trick had been operating for about two and a half years, and concentrated on retro things from the 1950's to 1980's. Unlike many second hand stores where the merchandise is just heaped into piles, there was a logic to the arrangement of the displays.

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Sit and Relax to Your Stereo System


One cosy corner of a room housed a comfortable old armchair and a 1970's stereo system. Nearby a selection of typewriters reminded me how lucky writers are to be able to use computers now.

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Retro Homewares


A wall unit contained an array of homewares - colourful glassware contrasted with a plain white tea set, and a collection of Reader's Digest Condensed Book volumes could be purchased to add a literary air to your lounge room.

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I Wonder How Many Lives This Saved?


In one corner a vintage surf board from Grange waits to see the sea again, although it may well end up as a prop belonging to a couch surfer.

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Pastel Ericophones - the Peak of Industrial Design


A pair of pastel Ericophones (also known as Ericofon) represent the pinnacle of industrial design for the 1950's, and they are now represented in the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Modern day fans who appreciate their design have actually published how to re-purpose Ericophones as Bluetooth receivers.

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Asian Carvings


There were a good variety of knick-knacks from the middle decades of the twentieth century at Three Card Trick, so why not swing by Colonel Light Gardens and take a look. It's a great excuse to sample the delicious brunch menu at Bond & Lane Canteen at the same time!

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Fringe Benefits!


You can also find Three Card Trick on Facebook, where Jane frequently posts photographs of her latest captures. Liking the page is a good way to keep up with stock changes without the need to call in. But then again, there are some fringe benefits to a personal visit...

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A Thought Provoking Sign
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Why? Browse vintage and retro gear
When: Wed - Fri: 11am - 5pm, Sat: 11am - 4pm
Phone: 0404 457 274
Where: 7 Salisbury Crescent Colonel Light Gardens, Adelaide, South Australia 5041
Cost: Free to browse
Your Comment
Your article and colourful photos brought back so many fond memories and I especially like the picture of the Toby Jug. Thanks Dave!
by expre (score: 1|30) 1493 days ago
Looks like a great find Dave! I live those ericophones.
by Natasha Stewart (score: 4|10037) 1495 days ago
As always great photos. And yes I feel nostalgic about type writers. I wish I could find a cheap one but they have become so expensive.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|4613) 1495 days ago
What a great store and so well presented. I know what you mean about shops where you can't find anything because its all heaped together.
by Karina Bryer (score: 2|249) 1494 days ago
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