The Vintage Nook – Balingup

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!

Balingup is about three hours’ drive south of Perth:

and is an absolutely gorgeous spot:

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.

This is the main street of Balingup. I took some hasty pictures with my iphone when I arrived in the town.

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.

The Vintage Nook sells all sorts of things, including vintage costume jewellry, vanity sets, handbags, kitchenalia, cut glass, hats, clothes, and shoes.

Every space was crammed with vintage goodies:

They had a lovely selection of vintage furs:

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.

Most of the costume jewellry dated from the 50s and 60s. Everything looked gorgeous!

Each piece had its own write up and laminated price card. Talk about attention to detail!

I love that black and gold handbag:

They also had an incredible selection of cut glass. Whilst I was in the store a man purchased three beautiful cut glass decanters for himself:

Oh but the bags…the bags!

Wonderful objects for the dressing table:

Immaculate clutches from the 50s:

Lots of lovely costume jewelry:

Powder compacts:

Even on the way out we were still looking at bags:

I almost bought this 1950s Peacock bag. I love it! I’m seriously thinking about going back and purchasing it:

So what *did* I buy?

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?

Even the little button that came off the skirt as I tried it on was lovingly put into its own decorative bag for the journey home:So here is the suit:

It’s in incredible condition: not a mark on it. Apart from the button I managed to dislodge from the waistband of the skirt, it’s perfect.

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:

The suit is by Hutzler’s of Baltimore, which is a store which opened in 1858 and only closed its doors for the last time in 1990.

Here’s a picture of the shop front in the 1950s. This is the era that my suit is from:

If you’re heading down to Balingup any time soon, I urge you to check out The Vintage Nook.

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.

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26 Responses to The Vintage Nook – Balingup

  1. What an incredible store! I could have spent hours looking at all the jewellery!

    The suit is lovely, I’m sure the workmanship is much better than the ones in the store nowadays.

  2. Dempeaux says:

    @MsCurious It’s lovely! I’m very pleased with my purchase too. So beautifully made 😀

  3. Gabi says:

    Oh…My…God… It looks amazing! I would consider driving 3 hours just for this shop alone. The suit you bought is just stunning and think of the stories!
    I’m not a huge vintage shopper, in fact the only 2 vintage items I own are large oval moonstone earrings bought in Covent Garden from the 1950’s (so heavy!) and a vintage 1970’s purse I found in Amsterdam.
    My friend is taking me op-shopping soon and she is a pro, I’m hoping to learn some tips off her!

  4. sam says:

    I grew up in Balingup and this sure wasn’t there when I was. I’m glad to see it’s still as picturesque there as I remember!

    London is long long way away from there now!

  5. jeanie says:

    Thank you for this fantastic tour of this lovely shop. I enjoyed each and every photo and could feel your *glee* in every comment! What a wonderful collection of so many interesting things this shop has- LUCKY YOU! x

  6. Dempeaux says:

    @Gabi Those vintage pieces of yours sound lovely! You should come down to The Vintage Nook with your friend – you’d have a ball! Hope you get to visit it one day 🙂

  7. Dempeaux says:

    @Sam I was so touched when I read your comment! You must miss Balingup – it’s such a pretty little town! I hope you get to visit The Vintage Nook on your next trip home 🙂 x

  8. Dempeaux says:

    @Jeanie Thankyou! It’s a little indulgent doing a post on a local shop, but I was just so thrilled to find it I had to share! The owners are delightful too 🙂

  9. This makes me want to take a day-trip out there! What were the prices like?

    Your suit looks amazing, I want to see it on! 😀

  10. ki says:

    The suit is lovely 🙂 it will look amazing on you!

  11. Jade says:

    Oooh ahh look at all those treasures!!! <3 Nice suit too! 😀

  12. Dempeaux says:

    @Jess The prices are pretty good! The handbags seems to be around the $100 mark, and I paid $175 for my wool suit, which is a steal! You couldn’t buy a jacket in Myer for that. I’ll do a clothing haul post soon and put it on 🙂

  13. Dempeaux says:

    @ki Thankyou!

  14. Dempeaux says:

    @Jade Thankyou! I can’t wait to go back 🙂

  15. what a great find! Love that suit. You should go back for that bag 😉

  16. Dempeaux says:

    @Christina Opinion noted 😉

  17. Natalie says:

    What a beautiful suit Sarah – the colour is lovely. I adore shops like that but it’s about 1000km out of the way for me unfortunately!

  18. Dempeaux says:

    @Natalie Well, next time you’re in town… 😉

  19. Tara says:

    This little shop looks great. I am eyeing off some of those bags.
    Can’t wait for an outfit post featuring your new suit.
    I am sure you’ll be shopping there again!

  20. Dempeaux says:

    @Tara Aren’t they lovely? I’ll get an outfit post up soon. Apparently Brenda has decided to open the shop next Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Will probably be heading back this weekend 🙂

  21. Dain says:

    Ooo… that leopard print coat. And that bag, I can see how it might fret at your heart when left behind. I really like your taste in clothes.

  22. Dempeaux says:

    @Dain Thankyou! Yes, I think I have to go back this weekend and explore some more. What a find! 🙂

  23. Stef says:

    That suit is one of the prettiest things I’ve ever seen!! LOVE LOVE LOVE it! *waits for outfit post*

  24. Dempeaux says:

    @Stef Thankyou so much! Outfit post will be up soon 😀

  25. Love the colour of the suit!

    I would not have been able to restrain myself with all that costume jewellry – so pretty!

  26. Dempeaux says:

    @Julia The suit is lovely! I wore it a few days ago and really enjoyed the silhouette it gave me 🙂 I must return!

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