CHRISTMAS time was merry and bright in Moonah at Retro
Phil’s second-hand shop when a dedicated customer set up a Christmas display
worthy of praise from Santa Claus himself.
Local resident and Christmas enthusiast Rachel Steel
collects vintage Christmas decorations from around the world and puts on an
extravagant display in her home each year for her family and friends.
“I wanted everyone to see my collection and display this
year, so I went to my favourite retro shop in town,” she said.
Ms Steel has been collecting decorations specifically for a
display at Retro Phil’s for more than 14 months.
“I source my decorations from all around the world,” she
“From tip shops and eBay, Retro Phil’s and other op shops, I
find fabulous vintage items far and wide.”
Ms Steel said the display had taken more than 10 hours to
set up over the course of November and early December.
She said there had been no clear theme to the decorations or
how they were set up, except that they were intended to spread the Christmas
spirit among the greater Hobart community.
“We came out to see the display most nights in all its glory
because the lights in the windows are much more impressive in the evening,” she
“I love the spirit it has given the shop and watching the
kids all make a fuss and cover the window with their grubby handprints.”
Caption: Retro Phil’s second-hand shop’s Christmas window display last year put the North Pole to shame.