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Retroactive

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Retroactive sits behind an unassuming facade on high street Northcote.  Inside you’ll find a collection of mostly mid-century furniture along with some homewares, wall art, periodicals and records.  This store also stocks a range of new giftware and accessories to complement the secondhand goods.  There is a good mix of vintage wares, the highlight for me was the lovely lamps on display.

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Grandfathers Axe

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Grandfathers Axe is a Mecca for those seeking vintage furniture, particularly Danish furniture.  Despite its size it is quite easy to miss this massive secondhand furniture warehouse which is set back for High Street in Northcote.  Inside you will find a sea of sofas, chairs, dining suites, wall units, lights and sideboards, and with a new container of stock arriving from Europe every few weeks the range is constantly changing.  Grandfathers Axe’s comprehensive website is updated regularly to help keep you abreast of the new items, but to be honest nothing compares to seeing and feeling the pieces in the flesh.

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One in a Mill – Newport

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A recent Sunday drive to Williamstown led to the happy discovery One In a Mill in Newport.  The warehouse is located down a laneway off Melbourne Rd – blink and you will miss it – so keep your eyes peeled for the sandwich board that will direct you to this unassuming secondhand store.  Inside you will find all kinds of lovely things to play with and purchase – Pyrex bowls, chairs, sofa, massive old scales, large format drawers and much more!

 
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The Mill Market – Newcomb

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I had driven past The Mill Market in Newcomb many times, for those of you who frequent the Bellarine peninsula you have most likely spotted the massive orange barn on the outskirts of Geelong.  It was only recently that I found time to pop in and rummage through what can only be described as a secondhand megastore.  The two levels of The Mill are brimming with goodies including retro speaker systems, homewares, kitchen cabinets, records, chairs, books, baskets, fishing rods, ladders, clothing, bikes, lamps, shoes, basins, rollerskates, chairs, fans, birdcages… You can even find giant plastic ice-creams in this place!

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Savers – Footscray

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This West-side outpost of the Savers conglomerate is a whopper.  The collection of stock is huge, they even had a dedicated Halloween costume section when I visited.  Like all good secondhand megastores the Footscray Savers has an air of organised chaos, the sense of chaos was probably compounded by the hoards of people looking for Halloween costumes.  The stock here includes clothing, furniture, hats, shoes, bags, toys, homewares, sports equipment, records, books, belts, ties, sunglasses, jewellery and electrical goods.

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