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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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Memorabilia On Smith

On 20, Jun 2012 | No Comments | In $$$, 3, Accessories, Bags, Big, Books, Clothing, Fitzroy, Hats, Homewares, Men's, No Frills | By Rosie

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Memorabilia On Smith is a special breed of vintage store with the overwhelming focus being sporting and gaming memorabilia.  The window display sets the tone for this chaotic and fascinating secondhand store brimming with nostalgia.  Inside you will find loads of sporting memorabilia (mostly AFL), such as team photos, jumpers, footballs, stubbie holders, scarfs, backpacks, crockery and much more.  Non-football related collectables include carnival clowns, books, signage (Coopers, Coke, Milk Bar, Peters, railway …etc), lolly jars, toys, figurines, typewriters, posters, Pez dispensers, milkshake topping dispensers, scoreboards, cigarette dispensers.

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Nook Vintage

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Owners Rachel and Gary have been running this gorgeous vintage store on Johnston Street for around two and a half years.  The collection is predominantly furniture, collectables and homewares with a smattering of signage, maps, clothes, shoes, bags and other accessories.  Nook also stocks a number of new items including gifts cards, glass beakers and cloches.  There are stacks of chairs, literally, for those looking for a complete set for their home or business.  The displays are simple and elegant, with just the right amount of apparent chaos.

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Lost and Found Market – NOW CLOSED

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Unfortunately the Collingwood branch of Lost & Found is now closed, but you can check out the East Brunswick Lost and Found on weekends from 10am – 6pm.

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Welcome to vintage nirvana! This pre-loved paradise consists of a series of small stalls run by individual stakeholders, resulting in pockets of hand selected vintage stock each with its own flavour and focus – some are filled with cameras, many are crammed with clothes and shoes, while others are brimming with homewares and furniture.  The Lost and Found Market has been running since 2004, during this time it has shifted to various locations in Collingwood, most recently to Perry Street, just off Smith Street.  Ross (the owner) and his team have once again demonstrated their  capacity to turn an empty warehouse into a vintage wonderland.  Their clever layout and manipulation of space will guide you on a journey through the cornucopia of stock – this thrift store is massive, so be prepared to spend many hours absorbing its vintage delights.


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Clearance Centre, Smith Street

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This place is chaos!  There is no discernible order to the collection here with items strewn across this cavernous variety shop.  I use the term ‘variety’ as the Clearance Centre on Smith Street is not exclusively secondhand.  The collection of bikes that line the storefront hint at the farrago of objects inside this thrift store: bikes, books, wigs, luggage, vacuums, oriental fans, stereos, blenders, clothing, linen, toy, collectables, memorabilia, lamps, shopping trolleys, cassettes… even ice-skates!  There are heaps of bikes here, some don’t appear to be in working order however the man running the store seems adept at fixing them so if you are interested in a particular specimen it may be worthwhile talking to him.

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