Thursday, December 22, 2011

Northern Disclosures

We have just returned from a couple of days in northern New South Wales. That must be one of the most beautiful parts of the world.
We based ourselves in dinky little Brunswick Heads. It's quaintness has not gone unnoticed, the gentrification has certainly set in, although its not that obvious on the surface. We investigated the notion of a weekender there, but tiny, rundown cottages sell for 750k, and they aren't necessarily anywhere near the beach.
There are some great little shops there to have a poke around in. I found one called The Fabulous Mrs Fox, but it was closed, and then we left town too early the next day to get in there. Has anyone checked it out? It looks fabulous indeed.
I had a very thorough look through the window. It's chock full of what my friend Fi calls 'whimsical f**kery'  - just what I love. If anyone has been, let me know if it's worth the trip back. Me thinks, yes it is. I found a blog of theirs, but it had no posts on it.
We also dropped in to see our friends and neighbours from Red Hill. They have a second house at Possum Creek just near Bangalow, which gets rented out. Check out the details here, it's called Basil's Brush (guess who's just nailed links).
Kitty, with her wonderful local knowledge, gave me a list of all the antique/vintage/retro/second hand shops in Northern New South Wales from Alstonville to Yamba, from Ballina to Woodburn. Apparently Lismore is where it's at. I visited Carrington Street Bazaar, which was particularly good.
Back to pretty old Brunswick Heads.The beach is so beautiful, I could almost turn. As they say in that hideously corny Byron Bay ad, 'her beauty changed me' (temporarily at least). I nearly wanted to go for a swim. We went for a walk along the river and down to the beach yesterday at twilight.

If you haven't been to northern New South Wales for a while, get yourself down there pronto. It'll do you good.
Before I go, here's the list. It would be inhumane not to pass it on.
Gingerlily Vintage Wares, 76 Main Street
Summerland Antiques & Collectables, Cnr Smith Dr & Pacific Highway
Leah's Secondhand Furniture, 19 Moon Street
Heaths Old Wares & Collectables, Station Street
Little Peach Japanese Collectables, 17 Byron Street
Lazy Bones Emporium, 16 Station Street
The Little Antique Shop Jewellery, 30 Byron Street
The New Collector, 64a Byron Street
The Retro Shop Bangalow, Shop 5, 1 Lismore Road
Vintage Eastern, 87 Byron Street
Vintage Retro & Collectables, 14 Station Street
Brunswick Heads
Clem's Cargo & Collectables, Shop 1, 38 Tweed Street
Resould, 48 Tweed Street
Secondhand Rose Emporium, 8 Park street
Sentimental Treasures, Shop 2, 38 Tweed Street
The Fabulous Mrs Fox, Park Street
Byron Bay
Byron Bay Furniture, 8 Grevillea Street
NV New Vintage, Byron Arcade, Shop 3B, 13 Lawson Street
Polish Antiques, Centennial Cct
McKee's Old Bakery Antiques, 99 Centre Street
Olley's, 153 Canterbury Street
Ian Norris Antique Brass Beds, By Appointment Only Tel 02 6662 4532
Ray Evans Chinderah Bay Antiques, Cnr Waugh St & Chindera Bay Drive
The Old Romantic Shack, Main Street
Secondhand & Old Wares, 93 Richmond Terrace
Jatana Interiors Antique Tiles, By Appointment Only, Tel 02 6688 4048
Lewie's Portal, 7 Stratheden Street
Plum Vintage, 143 Summerland Way
Alba Vintage, 40 Carrington Street
Books  & Stuff Cnr Magellan & Keen St
Carrington Street Bazaar, 40 Carrington Street
Lizzy's Furniture, 59 Wyrallah Road
Rosemont Collectables, 91a Molesworth Street
Vintage & Antique Boutique Stores, Star Court Arcade, Molesworth Street
Penny Farthing Antiques, 151 River Street
Cedar House Antiques, 140 Dalley Street
Country Spirit, 3/104 Dalley Street
Open House Mullumbimby New & Used, 22 Tincogan Street
Down the Alley, 59a Burringbar Street
Gabriel's Closet Antiques & Collectables, 130 Main Street
Country House Antiques, 19 Old Pacific Highway
Old Grevillia
Calamia Cottage Collectables, 8 Calamia Road (off the Summerland Way)
Tiny Shoppe of Memories, Coolman Street (next to the Flutterbies Cafe)
Junction, 26 Riverside Drive
Contrary's on Clarence, Pacific Highway
Old Codgers Antiques & Collectables, Old Norco Building, Pacific Highway
Re's Intrigues Old Wares & Bric-a-brac, The Old Butter Factory, 1454 Kyogle Road
Vintage Clothing & Collectables, 81 River Street
Angourie Road Secondhand & Antiques, 8 Angourie Road

Save yourself from heartache and take a ute so you don't have to leave anything behind.
If anyone's got any to add, leave a comment and I'll amend the list.


  1. Agree that Northern NSW has got to be one of the most heartstoppingly lush and beautiful places in the world. Your lucky possum creek friends!!

  2. We love northern NSW. It's a great place to holiday. Thanks for the shopping list - I'll tackle some of those places when I'm next down there. Ange

  3. I just had a week staying at New Brighton - what a wonderful place. Brunswick Heads is fantastic and if you have never eaten at Yami Cafe you have to go back just to go there - everything including the coffee is delicious. I really like the Fabulous Mrs Fox - go back!


  4. This list is gold. I've squirrelled it away against future road trips. Love your work.

  5. Thanks for this list - I will keep it for future trips down that way. I have just discovered this lovely blog and will be a frequent visitor. Merry Christmas! F

  6. I couldn't agree more! It's a wonderful place! Enjoy the lovely day, Kellie xx

  7. Ah yes. Yamba. Best holiday memories growing up...ever!!!

  8. I recorded Butterfield 8 from foxtel on IQ- they had 3 Liz movies in a row. I won't delete it and you can watch it next week x

  9. The Fabulous Mrs Fox is a fabulous shop. I live in Alstonville and love Brunswick. We had my son and his girlfriend home from Amsterdam over the holidays, they were suitably impressed with the shops in Brunswick. The Star Court Arcade in Lismore also has some nice shops.

  10. Just read this - I have to say that I have stayed twice at Basil's Brush and it is fabulous - we have our Bookgroup AGM there. I will definitely go to some of these places - I have been to the Mullumbimby ones and they are fantastic.

  11. Thanks for a great list - I am about to take a break tomorrow so now armed with your list I have a plan.