881 High Street Thornbury VIC 3071 Australia Telephone: +61 3 9484 6001
Trading Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 - 5

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Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Please note: the manufactory has moved its blog to our new website:

If you move across and join us there, you can link into our Facebook place page, our online shop (eBay) and our new blog.

We'd love to hold onto you as our online customer, so please take the time to check out our new site.

Thanks for your patronage

Tanya & Cliff
August 2012

Monday, August 5, 2013

Retro furniture finds...

It's always heartening to find beautiful and practical furniture pieces to go on show in the manufactory.

At present, we have a gorgeous retro cherry red armchair that is nestling quite nicely near the front of our shop. I can just picture it by a fireplace creating a cosy reading nook, or maybe near a window for a spot of people watching...

We also have a handy little green laminate table with 2 green chairs in very good condition. A little smaller than a conventional sized table, it would fit into a smaller kitchen space quite easily. Dimensions are 76cm width x 122cm length.

Drop by and see more of our newly acquired retro pieces including assorted coloured telephones (rotary dial and push button), woven baskets that make awesome pots and gorgeous orange canister sets.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Trending retro and vintage yellow furniture and homewares

During these gloomy winter days, it is so refreshing to pep up our interiors.

Here at the manufactory we have been rearranging our lovely pieces for your viewing inspiration.

Take a look at our fresh window display in mellow yellows:

Gorgeous and a bit quirky too.

Oh yes, and we have the wonderful little French terracotta pots back in stock now too.Priced from $11 each:

Friday, July 12, 2013

Vintage printers furniture just in ...

Just hot in store and looking amazing - two gorgeous vintage printers cabinets - complete with original printers trays!

The timber printers cabinet is the older of the two. It has dimensions of 123cm (h), 88cm (l) and 50cm (d). There are 18 assorted timber trays, all with various sized type holes. The top has a slope that would have originally assisted in the set-up of type. POA.

The second cabinet is comprised of 24 metal and timber Prescott printers trays. This is a great retro piece with industrial grunt. Cabinet dimensions are 114cm (h), 90cm (w) and 51cm (d). POA.

We also have a very limited number of printers mini-trays with letters and a few numbers too. These are all metal type.

Also, we have more amazing Patay blueprints back in stock. Prices start from $15 each.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Australian designed pastel hued homewares

Note: green and mushroom dial phones are now SOLD.

 Enjoying our freezing Melbourne weather? I particularly notice it every morning whilst washing the ice off the car's windscreen. There is something to be said for having a garage, or carport... oh well there are other benefits to living in Pentridge Village!

Anyway, I cannot believe it has been nearly a month since our last post. Opps.

What have we been doing? Well, we now have a Facebook place page called the manufactory. This usually has our breaking news first ... although we have been a little slack there too recently.

We have an eBay store called the manufactory up and running. We are listing around 5 items a week. It's a great place for our out of towners to grab a little piece of the manufactory.

We are also keenly awaiting the release of our own website which will link together our blog, eBay store, Facebook page etc at the one site. A few server issues, but hang in there, it will be here soon...

So what do we have of interest in store? Great retro and vintage stock as usual. Plus, pastel hued Melbourne designed new homewares to brighten up your winter home, that's what!
Don't forget our Cristina Re teacups and matching saucers are still only $20. Just until stocks run out folks. Running low on black and pink teacups especially. Great for a warming cuppa.
And we have restocked our wonderful Angus & Celeste ceramic hanging planters. Four colours are back - green, yellow, pink and blue - in both the jelly mould style and pleated style. Gorgeous.
Oh yes, in this hectic June, we also had our 2nd birthday. June 16th was the 2nd anniversary of the manufactory. Hip hip hooray!

Monday, May 27, 2013

Just in - sunny retro pieces

Here at the manufactory we have just stocked up with some really well preserved retro homewares. 

Ranging from rotary dial telephones, to footstools, anodised lamps, funky orange kitchen canisters, mirrors and figurines, they are all excellent representations of the 1950/60s.

Here's some sunny yellow hued photos to get you interested:
Cute little beagle figurine (SOLD)guards a footstool and mound-making plants (these little clumps are Zoysia tenuifolia, a native to Tasmania):
Immaculate Vernon Ward white swan print (now SOLD):
Pie crust mirrors (SOLD), metal cursive house sign 'Dandee Vue' and wire plant stands:

This little haul has some of the best condition retro furniture and homewares we have seen so far. They won't last long...

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Cabinet of Clearance - vintage, new, retro, or handmade items


The first official cabinet of clearance for the manufactory is now on!

We have on offer gorgeous teacups and saucers from Melbourne's Cristina Re. In retro pastel colours - pink, blue, yellow, mint - and traditional black and white.

Usually priced at $25 each, now $20 each. Until stock sold out.

FYI here's a close up of the delicate pink teacup:

BTW did you know the manufactory is now on Facebook? Like us to keep up with all our newest finds!