After 5 crazy days scouring basically every op-shop and vintage store passed by along the way (I lost count of how many times I yelled “op shop” and pointed frantically haha), we’ve returned with a car full (literally) of goodies, which I’ll sthare with you once I have a spare second to photograph them! But here are some of my favourite places we visited along the way.
Without a doubt, one of the greatest places we visited was Ballarat, which was kind of a side note on our trip, but ended up being a complete wonderland for vintage. Cake was a great little cafe we stopped at in Ballarat that served red velvet babycakes and great coffee, just as it was beginning to rain!
Cake was a bit of recovery stop really, because we’d just spent a lot of time shifting piles of junk around in Joyces Junkatique next door. I bought some rather amazing plates for as little as $1 here. And it was one of those really strange places that is just like a gigantic house with lots of rooms and an EXTREMELY creepy basement AND attic, which you get to and then have this weird thought like “oh shit, what if they are keeping their children under the stairs here…where is the exit again?” Then you see signs on the cupboards and dimly lit stairwells and the panic sets in……haha! but we survived.
And even better than Junkatique was the amazing vintage shop next door, which I didn’t quite catch the name of, but you can’t miss it! Oh lordy, I spent so much money here, but my god she had some great things! (I’ll share my favourite purchases from here in another post) I have never seen more beautiful china in one place, ever. AMAZINGLY, I really struggled but did not buy the bambi or cat cookie jar in the fourth photo here.
The Mill Market ay Daylesford was also one of those china wonderlands a stumbled upon (it was at the end of the road from the great B&B we stayed at!) and I bought lots of great things here. Disappointingly there was hardly any bambi’s or rabbits, but I guess I probably dont really need any more of those (right now). They also do pretty decent coffee at the cafe here, luckily my lovely man was happy to wonder for hours on end (and even became my eagle eyes finding all the great things I may have missed) if there was a coffee at the end of it all. Talk about easily pleased!
We also dropped into the brand new Pyn Shop (pronounced “Pin” for the record) in Shepparton to say “hi” to Amy, who I hadn’t met before (but who is as lovely in real life as she is via email). Be sure to go in and visit if you are in the area, her shop is super cute and full of unique clothing which seems to be a made590 customer favourite this season.
And last but not least, on our way back home we stopped in at Bob Boutique in Bendigo which is yet another cute shop with Japanese homewares and cute locally made gifts. They also stock Made By White, made590 and the owner Sonia is completely lovely too.
I’ll leave you with a few quick pics of my stacks of plates I ended up with in my loungeroom! I’ll share some of my favourites soon (as there are MANY). Kx