16 Dec Brunswick Heads Vintage Shopping
Not just a beach town – Brunswick Heads is also a mecca for vintage shoppers with its myriad of emporiums, boutiques, old buildings and the infamous Old & Gold Festival (the whole town becomes one giant garage sale – I kid you not!). So to get you started, I’ve created my locals-guide to the best-of-the-best Brunswick Heads vintage shopping…
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It’s highly likely that if you’re reading this guide you’re like me, and love your vintage as much as cool, industrial warehouse buildings. If I guessed right, then I guarantee you will fall head-over-heels when you walk through the door of Clem’s Cargo.
My heart literally hits the floor every time I visit this shop. From the wall made of recycled old stained glass windows to the fact I can combine my love of coffee with my vintage shopping (yessssssss…they have a cafe!) to their enormous collection of incredible vintage treasures from around the world. It’s a must-visit.
38 Tweed Street
(02) 6685 1213
Open 7 days, 10am – 4pm
This is a favourite shop for all cocktail lovin’ fashionistas and lounge-music lovin’ cats who want to fill their home with immaculately restored retro lamps, chairs, cushions and drink trolleys (who doesn’t want to end their day with a dry martini? Am I right, or am I right?!).
Shopping here will make you feel like part of the rat-pack and if you love retro interior style, go straight here as soon as you hit Brunswick Heads and go crazy! Their stock is so meticulously cared for, it’s hard not to buy up the whole shop. Not to mention the fact the prices are so reasonable when compared to mass produced furniture (who needs that stuff!), but the quality is on another level. Resould is the king (and queen) of cool.
A Curious Collective
I absolutely dig this shop. It’s run by a wonderful bunch of girlfriends who have the most stunning eye for vintage and styling. It really is a vintage lover’s paradise.
The friends behind A Curious Collective work hard to source beautiful individual vintage pieces, as well as reworking old pieces to give them a new life. Each item in their shop is lovingly selected, restored or handcrafted. From armchairs recovered in French linen to crucifixes made from reclaimed old hardwood to a beautiful selection of heirloom-quality silver and framed pictures.
Being a ‘collective’, there is a mix of styles, which I love. Everything is also reasonably priced and they’re currently working on setting up some regular events and workshops, so be sure to follow them on Instagram for more details.
7 Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
Fabulous Mrs Fox
This store is otherworldly and unbelievably fabulous! From the ornate metal swans on the roof (they’re worth a visit alone!) to the unique selection of vintage and modern objects. Perfect for gift shopping, they stock an eclectic mix of new and vintage jewellery, women’s clothing, bags and hats.
Shopping for you? Don’t forget to head out to the back room, where you’ll find a vintage treasure trove of both fun and kitsch, as well as exquisite and one-of-a-kind pieces. Their judicious range will leave you wanting more! Like their vintage crystal chandelier ship (O.M.G.)! It was worth every cent (and if I had enough cents it would be hanging in my house as we speak).
10 Park Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
02 6685 0020
This is the place to go to pick up fun vintage items. And, I adore this shop because no two visits are ever the same. I’m always surprised by what I find.
They sell everything from old typewriters, ornate mirrors, retro picnic sets, coloured glass, pottery, vintage cane furniture (including peacock chairs – but you have to be quick – they sell fast!!!), crystal chandeliers, retro kitchenalia, collectable toys, kewpie dolls, Moroccan screens, Barsony lamps and costume jewellery.
It’s well worth the visit as you never know what treasure may be waiting in-store, just for you.
Shop 2, 38 Tweed Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
0405 098 430
Open Wed-Sat 10am to 5pm
The Big Fish
Located across from the river, in what was once the old Brunswick Heads Newsagency, is The Big Fish. And it’s BIG. This is the ideal shop if you’re looking for a vast-array of vintage and household items, from mid-century to modern furnishings.
The team are super friendly and happy to help with their laid-back Brunswick Heads attitude. Or just enjoy the wander, picking up everything from Tretchikoff-style paintings, brassware, ceramics, mirrors, shells and so much more.
4 The Terrace, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
0401 570 007
Open Wed-Mon 10am to 5pm
Old & Gold Festival
The Brunswick Heads Old & Gold festival is an annual holy pilgrimage for vintage lovers and something you need to experience at least once in your lifetime. But trust me, you will need to get into shape before the big day, because you will clock up some serious km’s walking from garage sale to hall to school market to shop to lane-way to church fete and so on (and on and on and on).
Held on the June long weekend, the small town of Brunswick Heads is transformed into an all-town garage sale, with an umpteen number of collectable, secondhand and vintage fairs. It’s nirvana. And while your feet will be killing you by the end of the day, you can console yourself by starring lovingly at your mountain of vintage riches! Ahhhhh…
Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
June long weekend
Old & Gold Festival Info
Brunswick Picture House
Some of my first memories come from this old theatre. At the age of seven, my mum took me to Puberty Blues, where I was made to lie down and promise to go to sleep – but watched the whole film through the chair cracks. This was also where I first saw (and fell madly and deeply in love with) the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Monty Python. And my best friend just reminded me this is where we first saw Grease too (Pink Ladies!!!!).
Originally built 75 years ago as a local movie house, the theatre was closed in 1986. Then in Easter 2016, this favourite Brunswick Heads hang-out was reopened. It’s a hidden gem and there is always something cool happening including screenings of art house flicks, old classics, live cabaret and comedy events. Not to mention an awesome garden cafe with a dog pit-stop (rows of water bowls for your thirsty bestie).
30 Fingal Street, Brunswick Heads NSW 2483
02 6685 0153
Images via Clem’s Cargo, Resould, Sentimental Treasures, The Big Fish, Brunswick Heads Visitor Centre, Brunswick Picture House, Visit NSW.