HIP­STER HAVEN HERE ON COAST

IN THE WISE WORDS OF MACKLEMORE AND RYAN LEWIS, “CAN WE GO THRIFT SHOP­PING?”

Life & Style Weekend - - MAGAZINE | CLOSET - WORDS: TAM WRIGLEY

While many la­bel Mel­bourne as Australia’s vin­tage shop­ping cap­i­tal, the Sun­shine Coast gives the city a good run for its money, of­fer­ing its own haven for old-time favourites. With the rise of hip­ster trends sweep­ing the na­tion, one that is tak­ing the Coast by storm is that of vin­tage fash­ion. Dur­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with a prom­i­nent Sydney busi­ness­man, he dubbed Nam­bour as the new hip­ster cap­i­tal of Australia, and right­fully so with vin­tage shops scat­tered all around town. I set off on foot to track down the best vin­tage stores in the hin­ter­land and quickly re­alised that Nam­bour had, in fact, cre­ated a Vin­tage Trail to fol­low. There are 22 des­ti­na­tions rang­ing from col­lectable stores, op shops and retro fash­ion bou­tiques, as well as cafés and even a craft brew­ery busi­ness. I went trawl­ing through vin­tage shops and sec­ond-hand stores on the week­end, and let me just say, it was time well spent. In Howard St, Nam­bour, you will find one the best vin­tage stores, lo­cated in the Old Am­bu­lance Sta­tion. Mr Beesley’s Vin­tage Cloth­ing is the real deal; it is a hip­ster and rock­a­bil­lies’ heaven that you never knew ex­isted. All you 1950s fash­ion lovers will be ab­so­lutely spoilt for choice. It is the per­fect place to dis­cover orig­i­nal items and trea­sures from times past. Then there’s the two pas­sion-filled cherry bombs that are dom­i­nat­ing the world of retro fash­ion on the Coast. The shop own­ers of Spin Dog re­fer to them­selves as Ayumi and Fat Dog. The unique bou­tique which is lo­cated un­der the aptly named ‘The Time Ma­chine’ stocks cheap threads rang­ing from the ’50s though to the ’90s, uni­sex vin­tage gar­ments, cus­tom-painted denim, leather, cloth­ing al­ter­ations and various hand­made items made by Spin Dog and lo­cal cre­ators. On oc­ca­sion, you can even find vin­tage de­signer gar­ments from lux­ury brands. Just a short drive down the road to the Yan­d­ina Mar­kets and you will find an old car­a­van called For­ever Bee. It is full of vin­tage and pre-loved fash­ion for the ladies and dap­per men. For those of you that don’t want to do the trail, or for those on­line shop­pers who love hanging at home in your sloppy joes with a cup of cof­fee and the dog nes­tled be­side you, I’ve got you cov­ered too. Isn’t She Lovely is an on­line vin­tage store based right here on Sun­shine Coast. Us­ing In­sta­gram, the unique busi­ness posts a mix­ture of vin­tage fash­ion and home­wares to its feed. All you have to do is write ‘sold’ on the pho­tos that tickle your fancy. A word of warn­ing though, you’re up against some tough com­pe­ti­tion, so don’t take too long to stake your claim. In a world where ev­ery­thing that was once old is now new again, I en­cour­age you to slip on your comfy shoes and head to­wards the hin­ter­land for some vin­tage shop­ping, stop off at a café for some lunch or even drop into the brew­ery for a cold one. It’s a great day out with your friends and you never know what trea­sures you will find. To catch more of Tam: Fol­low @istyletv and @thewi­neo­clock­show on In­sta­gram and Face­book. Watch and sub­scribe - The Wine O’clock Show on the istyle TV Youtube chan­nel

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