A curious phenomenon is taking place in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne, and perhaps elsewhere. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has noticed the increasing number of swap-meets, garage and sidewalk sales lining the pavements and median strip of these vibrant suburbs. It seems that many Melbournians interested in recycling their worldly goods are opting to cut out the middle man (markets, op-shops and secondhand stores) and sell their wares directly to passing traffic. Obviously the success of any such sale will likely be determined by the level of pedestrian (and bicycle) traffic in the area.
If you head east down Johnston street from the vintage hub of Fitzroy you will happen upon Reclaimed, a fabulous collection of secondhand goods and furniture constructed from recycled materials. The store is run by Rick and Jane, specialising in industrial and up-cycled homewares and furniture. Rick custom makes tables from recycled timber – if you like furniture with texture and character these will be right up your alley. The folks at Reclaimed also source large set lights which are then mounted on tripods to create wonderful and striking standing lamps.