Today I made a very pleasant discovery. I found a vintage shop called The Vintage Nook in a town called Balingup, just down the road from me!
My partner’s parents called in to our house for a coffee this afternoon, and knowing my penchant for vintage, keenly told me about a shop they had just seen on their way through Balingup called The Vintage Nook. Would I be interested in that?
Vintage? Shop? Local?
I threw on some jeans, and headed back to Balingup with my partner’s mum, ready to explore this shop.
The Vintage Nook is located on the left-hand side of the town as you drive into it, just next to the silver car in the photo above. Even the owners’ business card doesn’t list an address – it’s that easy to find.
They also had a huge array of hats, handbags and accessories. I’ve found in the past that sometimes vintage stores can have…welll…a lot of tat. But not this place: everything I saw was in mint condition and beautifully made.
I bought a 1950s wool suit, and instead of a carrier bag, the owner of the shop gave me my purchase in a handmade drawstring silk bag! How amazing is that?
High-waisted, midi-length skirt with matching cropped jacket. Right up my street!
You can get a better idea of the texture of the fabric in this photo:
Here’s a picture of the shop front in the 1950s. This is the era that my suit is from:
It is only open on Sundays. Collectors and owners Brenda and Rachel are vintage enthusiasts and have been collecting for years. When their collection got a little out of hand, they opened this tiny shop to sell some of their wares. Now the area that was the kitchen has become part of the shop front too, and it seems they’re not doing too well at shrinking the size of their collection!
You can contact Rachel (0400583336) or Brenda (0409760915) for further information on The Vintage Nook. They are open for the whole weekend during Balingup events, but check with the girls for details.