I love a start-up venture at Suzanne Reid has stepped outside her comfort zone and started her own little place of heaven called Whimsical Treasures located in the ever eclectic Warrandyte.
With a layout like the above, how can you not be lured into this store and check out the beautiful wares and creations.
Suzanne Reid’s favourite appliance isn’t her microwave or television – it’s her sander and these days it’s been working overtime bringing life back to old furniture. As a lover of all things ‘whimsical’, Suzanne enjoys nothing more than finding discarded treasure and giving it a new life with some TLC, sanding or Danish oil. She has a natural talent for looking at what some might call rubbish and see it in a new light with a varnish, a polish or lick of paint and turn it into beautiful, useable piece for the everyday home.
Originally Suzanne started putting her creations on eBay as a hobby but found her pieces were selling quickly and were in high demand. When a shop in Warrandyte became available, she knew this was her opportunity to expand her designs and wares and share with the community.
Her son Campbell also has a keen eye for finding those distinctive items as well as helping out in the store after school or on weekends.
With four uncles, three of which live on farms, she has a fabulous source of stock from clearing sales and estate auctions. Plus her close family are on board, finding the odd gem at a garage sale or Op Shop and passing it on for refurbishment.
Suzanne occasionally buys items from the Rotary Op Shop, spends some time sprucing it up and when it sells, she donates 10% back to the Op Shop.
Whimsical Treasures has been cleverly set out with a theme of each room in a home such as a dining room, kids space, lounge and more. This adds to the intimate ambience that is inviting and intriguing with little items sprinkled throughout each theme.
Look out for the cute little knitted bears, rabbits and pigs handmade just for the store.
Suzanne can accept items from the public that they’d like her to spruce up such as a sideboard or table – as long as they can fit in her front door. She is also happy to accept donations that support her unique vintage / retro / repurpose style.
What will you find here?
- Retro and Vintage homewares
- Retro and Vintage furniture
- Quirky trinkets
- Hand knitted bears, rabbits and pigs
- Cups and saucers
- Vintage tins
OPENING HOURS: 12 noon – 5pm Monday & Tuesday. 11am – 6pm Wednesday to Saturday. 12 noon – 5pm Sunday
PHONE: 0418 825 653
LOCATION: Rear shop of 250 Yarra Street, Warrandyte
PARKING: Plenty of parking behind Yarra Street where the shop is as well as at the front.
TRANSPORT: There are buses that go along Yarra Street. Click here for more information.
DISABLED ACCESS: Good disabled access if you are say, using a frame or crutches but not in a wheelchair. There is a ramp up to the front door.
ATM: There is a Bendigo Bank ATM 500m along Yarra Street (west) near by Grand Hotel.
ENTRANCE FEE: No fee.
DOGS: No, but welcome to tie them up out the front. Do not leave your dog in the car for safety reasons. If needed, tie the dog up outside and put some water out for it.
FOOD: You can get refreshments and light snacks at some of the cafes that are sprinkled along Yarra Street
TOILET FACILITIES: There are toilets across the road of Yarra Street on the river side.
Website – No account
On Facebook – Whimsical Treasures
On Instagram – Whimsical Treasures #whimsicaltreasureswarrandyte
On Blog: – No blog.
On Twitter – No account
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This post was also featured in the April edition of the Warrandyte Diary.