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Izzi & Popo

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Expensive Superlative Big Fancy Pants NO - PRIVATELY OWNED

 

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From taxidermy to typewriters, you will find all kinds of treasures at Izzi & Popo.  The owners of Izzi & Popo import their stock directly from Belgium, where  local associates stock pile items for shipment to the Melbourne store.  A shipment had arrived on the day of my visit and the staff were busily readying the new items for display.  The store extends across two levels, with the street level presenting a decidedly more polished aesthetic than the basement which is packed to the rafters with a miscellany of homewares, collectables and furniture.

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Greys 303

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Mid-range Good Quality Big No Frills NO - PRIVATELY OWNED

 

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Beyond the Victorian shop front of 303 Clarendon Street is a secondhand wonderland heaving with furniture, homewares, jewellery and artwork.  It’s hard to walk past this store without being lured inside by the the array of secondhand furniture littering the pavement.  The collection here is eclectic, with antiques from the 19th and 20th century rubbing shoulders with retro and modern pieces.

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Community Chest – South Melbourne

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Cheap Hit and Miss Mid-size No Frills YES - NOT FOR PROFIT

 

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I recently had the pleasure of visiting the South Melbourne Community Chest.  This delightful opportunity shop is treasured by locals, not only for the sweet secondhand collection in store but also the great contribution it makes to the community.  The Community Chest is somewhat of an institution in these parts, it’s popularity means that stock is regularly turned over and you will always find something new on display.  All items for sale have been donated the proceeds are used to support local community groups, so you can indulge in a spot of shopping and know that you’re helping the community simultaneously – just excellent!

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Know Your Product – 20th Century Home Store

On 24, Aug 2013 | No Comments | In $$$, 4, Books, Electrical, Furniture, Mini, Northcote, Retro-fabulous | By Rosie

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Set back from the buzzing atmosphere of  High Street Northcote, Know Your Product is an absolute joy!  This vintage store may be small but it packs a punch with heaps of lovingly restored mid-century furniture, homewares and electrical goods.  Much of the furniture has been restored in-house by the owners Kath and Harvey, who are super friendly and happy to spend some time chatting about the wonderful assortment of wares that they have collected over the years.

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Department of History

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Department of History on High Street, Thornbury is a feast for the senses.  The music is rocking, the place smells like furniture polish and there are so many wonderful things to see and touch.  The only sense that misses out is taste, sadly I feel that licking the beautiful furniture might be frowned upon by the establishment… and probably wouldn’t taste very nice anyway.  This superb vintage store stocks a wide variety of wares from clothes to light fixtures, with stand out pieces including a massive timber desk with leather top in mint condition, loads of old magazines, fabulous glassware and old-school test tubes in timber holders (these were being used as vases in the store – very snazzy).

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