In my eyes, one of the perks of being a restaurant designer is that my boyfriend sometimes gets to travel to fun places sourcing for his projects. Funnily enough, trawling markets is his least favourite part of the job (Men. Right?), however sometimes (if I’m lucky) I get an invite on these little junkets. While we were in Australia last year we embarked on the funnest sourcing trips of all time – an antique road trip around Northern New South Wales. Basically we visited all the amazing antique warehouses between the Gold Coast and Byron Bay, stopping along the way for swims, bites and a bit of sunshine. We were on the hunt for weird and wonderful items to put in cabinets in a new whiskey bar in Hong Kong. We found mountains of stuff we wanted to take home – so much so that we required them to be shipped as our suitcases couldn’t take the heat. What I loved most about the trip was that all the stores we visited had a different vibe reflective of the owner themselves – some were more industrial, some truly antique, others girly. It was a delight!
I thought I would share a few photos with you of the trip, as well as my picks of the best places we visited while on the road. If you ever get the chance to do this trip, I promise you’ll love it!
Vintage luggage at Heath’s Old Wares
Best places to visit:
Heath’s Old Wares
12 Station St
Clem’s Cargo, Brunswick Heads
38 Tweed St
38 Tweed St
The Big Fish
4 Terrace St.
1/6 Fern Pl, Arts & Industrial Estate
3/104 Dalley St
Oh by the way, if you’re feeling peckish stop in for a felafel plate at Yamis in Brunswick Heads, mouth waters just thinking about it!
Clem’s Cargo | Raw Vintage – how cool are those chairs?
Loving the wooden shelving at Raw Vintage. Eat your heart out Ikea!
Need a globe in my life.
All of these shops felt like they were in a time warp (notice the lack of direct web addresses?) but that only made it more special.
Records, two bucks!
Heath’s Old wares | This old town hall around the corner from Heath’s old wares also has lots of vintage!
Felt like I was on the set of a Wes Anderson movie at Heath’s Old Wares.
Raw Vintage has that perfect hipster flava. #welikeoldestuff
Now that we’re decorating our studio I’m wishing I had taken this huge rug home with me!
There was a whole lotta glassware at all the shops we visited, sadly none of it would have stood the test of the flight. Cue sad face.
Loving those green industrial lights.
Dyying for this chair seen at Clem’s Cargo | Raw vintage.
If I had a garden I would totally grow some flowers in these.
Heath’s was, I have to say, my favourite stop on the tour and the owners were super super sweet.
Sentimental Treasures is a girly cave filled with pretty things.
While Heath’s has more rugged and mainly fare.
These were just asking to be filled with flowers!