Everything but the kitsch-en sink: Rebecca Smith from Timaru

A very impressive vintage collectress from Timaru!

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Welcome to part one of a new series about vintage collectors:

Rebecca Smith shares her passion for playful objects d’art and tongue-in-cheek decoration with Natasha Francois.

The 37-year-old mother-of-three describes her style as “colourful, nostalgic, tacky and a little bit saucy”. So its no surprise her Timaru house is awash with whimsical Siamese cat figurines, saucer-eyed  children, flying seagulls, pink flamingos, cigar lamps, boomerang coffee tables, mid-century kitchen canisters, touches of exotica and lashings of yesteryear.

I first encountered Rebecca about 20 years ago when we were both living in Palmerston North. We were both teenagers into the punk scene then and lapped up the abundance of cheap op shops in the town where we lived. I only recently reconnected again with her via one of my favourite Facebook groups  NZ Lovers of True Vintage.

Read on to find out more about her quirky collection!

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