A Christmas extravaganza

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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 said.

“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 said.

“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.

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