I didn’t realise until I started researching suppliers for Little Cactus that the Bellarine Peninsula has an affinity for vintage shops. Last years summer holiday left me with time to explore and a quick search turned into a treasure map of places to visit.
First stop the Geelong Vintage Market. This 3500 sqm warehouse is filled with industrial items, bric-a-brac, rustic and historical pieces, distinctively unique vintage, retro and Indie clothing and so much more. You can literally lose yourself in over 60 stalls and weather you’re a collector or just curious this market is filled with the weird and wonderful.
Right next door you step into 123 Retro Antiques Market. One of the newest stores it is not as full as its neighbours but the eclectic range of fun retro and vintage items are still worth a look.
The amazing Federal Woollen Mills converted building is just a short stroll across the carpark and with the gorgeous floor to ceiling glass windows surrounding the large showroom space I was just as intrigues with this architecture as its contents.
You can’t drive more than 5 minutes down the road before you’re forced to stop at How Bazaar. Featured on The Block with over 1000sqm of space, the store is divided into areas including garagenalia (yes that’s a word), military, signage and advertising paraphernalia, jewellery and so much more, you’re sure to find something unique.
If you aren’t exhausted enough from your bargain hunting and rummaging, and you’re still looking for that perfect piece, then I am told The Amazing Mill Markets are a must visit. Australia’s largest mix of collectables, home décor, antique, industrial and vintage treasures is located in Newcomb, Geelong. Definitely on my next trips To Do List.
I have saved the best till last though. KYO Warehouse in Ocean Grove is a must visit for anyone searching for a special one off piece. Like Aladdin’s cave it is filled with furniture, homewares, art and all sorts of weird and wacky pieces imported from over the world. Shipping containers from Japan, Morocco, India and China to name a few are being unloaded regularly with ornate furniture, vintage gates, statues, fabric, jewellery and much, much more. Describing their items as “unique, interesting and practical” you can spend hours exploring the enormous collections spread across two warehouses, so allow plenty of time to be wowed!
For me; my heart is set on one of the amazing vintage Japanese school lockers with their interesting locks and colourful images for our front entry. Traditionally used by kindergarten or school children to store their shoes and belonging. Although equally appealing is one of the unique vintage door fronts/gates or balustrades from India or Kazakhstan that I can picture in my outdoor space. Decisions, decisions???
But if you can’t make your way to the Bellarine Peninsula then keep your eyes on Little Cactus as you never know what special pieces may pop up in store or online…..