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About Us

Carnation Retro's website is the culmination of years of the pent up love of everything crafty and vintage and wanting my own shop.

I really enjoy meeting fellow vintage and craft lovers at fairs and markets, sharing memories of times when childhood really was a childhood. 

After growing up and getting married in Melbourne Australia, I now live in Oxfordshire UK. I'm a regular visitor to Melbourne, where my family still live, hence my interest in and love of Erstwilder products. Erstwilder's original office in Box Hill was literally just around the corner from my sister's house, small world!  in January 2021 we welcomed Mox & Co (Rachael Connors) from Brisbane with her quirky acrylic jewellery to UK and European customers. I am still working with Rachel from Oh So Flamingo, I love her designs which are totally handmade down the road in Wiltshire. There's a NEW supplier coming in early 2022 - watch this space or our Instagram and Facebook feed for latrst update! 

Check out the 'Where to find us' page to find our next 'port of call'. Or if you aren't in the area do drop me an email, you can also find me on or Instagram @carnation_retro. In 2022 I am launching a nee range of ladies dresses made using upsized true vintage patterns. I will have samples at shows and happy to make to order. I will continue with men's shirts and waistcoats, I have recently started making long-sleeved men's shirts alongside the very popular short sleeved casual shirt in quacky fabrics!   

Looking forward to meeting you soon! 

Anne (hubby Mike too) heart