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2012 July

Brotherhood of St Laurence

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence stands as proof that not for profit stores needn’t lack character or charm as this store has both in abundance.  This opportunity store has really upped its game since last time I visited with a fabulous Hunter Gather ‘fancy section’ at the front of the store, which features an array of fashionable and popular items – fur jackets, dresses, blouses, suitcases, lamps & dressers – hand-picked from the larger BSL collection.  The general stock includes books, bags, scarfs hats, shoes, clothing, homewares, furniture, linen, children’s wear, sunglasses, artwork and much more.

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Salvos – North Melbourne

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Given it’s location amongst the ever increasing throng of cafes and restaurants on Errol Street I was expecting this North Melbourne Salvos to be a hive of activity when I visited on Saturday morning.  This was not the case.  It was very quiet, with just a couple of others milling around the store. The stock included clothes, furniture (couches, entertainment cabinets, mattresses), homewares, accessories, children’s wear, toys, VHS, CDs, puzzles and a collection of bizarre frog ornaments.

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The Junk Company

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Behind the understated facade of this vintage store at the top end of Elizabeth Street you will find a bounty of secondhand treasures, including, but not limited to, pocket and wrist watches, cameras, lamps, buffets, cabinets, books, vinyl records, mannequins, movie reels, chests, motor oil cans, maps, billiard balls, bags, hats, old footballs, buckets, filing cabinets, baskets, chairs, sofas, typewriters, cultural artefacts, mixing bowls, lockers, irons, coffee grinders, clocks, jewellery, shoe shine and cigarette tins, billicarts, magazines, clothes, crockery and microscopes.  It really is a wonderland of vintage items, one that must be seen to be believed.

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Sally’s Retro Fashion

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Being one of the first vintage stores on Smith Street, Sally’s Retro Fashion could be considered a pioneer.  This pre-loved store opened its doors some 15 years ago, and has played witness to the transformation of Smith over the past decade and a half.  The displays in this store could do with some attention, especially when compared to other secondhand traders in the area.  Having said this, the collection itself is solid – gloves, hats, ties, suspenders, bags, belts, jackets, shirts, jumpers, pants, skirts, jewellery, shoes and even bras can all be found at Sally’s Retro Fashion.

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