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60 Before Sixty


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Well 2016 was one of my best but ended as my worst. The highs were as good as they could possible be. But the lows took me to a dark place.

But now we are in 2017 and as I still hang onto those good memories but mourn the loss of someone special, I need to make some goals for this year and beyond. I’m not getting any younger and my body isn’t as flexible, strong or forgiving as it used to be. I still have the stamina of a horse and can outlast many of my younger peers however, what do I want to do before I’m 60? (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Clavel 20th Century Design – Thornbury


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What a treat to come upon this place when looking for a brunch place. From the outside I thought it was a cafe but could see eclectic items on the side and out the front so thought I better explore. So happy I did.

Clavel is located opposite the well-known Carwyn Cellars and is a fairly large-sized warehouse jam-packed with mostly furniture – lots of chairs (and I mean lots).  (more…)

Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Northern Care Works Op Shop – Preston


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You can’t miss this place because it’s so big and the front garden is full of vegetables, bike rims and signs that direct you where to go within the complex.

This is a Church and has a front and rear section. The front houses the clothing and odds and sods whereas the rear has the kitchen ware, furniture, books, records and so on. It’s a large space and plenty to scrounge through.
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Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand, Repurpose & Upcycle

Hunter Gatherer – Fitzroy


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I’m personally not into retro or vintage clothing for myself but do love it when I see someone who carries it off well. Many of those folk come here – to Hunter Gatherer in Fitzroy.

This place is jammed with the most amazing array of clothes from boots, pants, skirts, dresses, hats, gloves, bags and more. For the guys you will be able to find nice fat ties, cravats, blazers and the occasional pointy toed shoes.

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Explore & Inspire, Markets, Op Shops, Secondhand

Camberwell Fresh Food Market – Camberwell


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The Camberwell Fresh Food Market is an integral part of the Camberwell Village shopping experience. Located in the centre of Camberwell you’ll find organic fruit and vegetables plus a large range of fresh fish, meat and poultry. Bonus – the most stunning flowers are available – do love my hydrangea.

Interesting facts: Where the market is on was  originally a horse carriage factory and in the 1930’s became a produce market, servicing the market growers of the area. In 1992 a serious fire damaged most of the market, during the repairs the stall holders traded from a temporary premises. The site was also refurbished in 2002.

Many stall holders are second and third generation family run business and still trade in the traditional style marketing.

In December 2004 two new mosaics were made by Helen Bodycomb and René Schaefer were installed in the market and add a colourful entrance to the market.

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