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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Trip to Ballarat

We (man, dog and me) took a trip to Ballarat for an overnight stay on Monday to get away from it all for a short time. It was my first visit to Ballart and the highlight (for me at least) was exploring the many antique stores on offer. You can see in the photos some of the goodies I came home with.

1st photo from Joyce’s Junkatique (next door to Antiques, Goods and Chattels) It's not an antique store but pretty much what the name suggests, a shop packed full of junk including the many rooms out the back. The bonus is if you are lucky enough to find something worth buying you won’t be pay much for it.


2nd photo from Antiques, Goods and Chattels - 30 Main Road Ballarat East. They had such an amazing collection of vintage treasures including a selection of peoples old sewing tins and boxes with various collections of threads, needles buttons and other bits and pieces inside.


3rd photo from Alexa’s Treasures - 46 Sturt St Ballarat. Amazing is how I would describe the shop, they have a wonderful collection of china as well as a huge shelf packed tightly with doily’s, linens and buttons. I am kicking myself for not buying one of their beautiful vintage tea cups.

The trip was fun despite a few things not going entirely to plan including a bed and breakfast that didn’t want us to let our dog inside, despite advertising themselves as “pet friendly” (we snuck him in when we went to bed anyway because the temperature dropped to about 1 degree overnight) and a brewery where we had planned to spend our evening with drinks and tapas not opening on a Monday night in winter. We turned up to the brewery ready for dinner at 7pm only to find out they were closed.

I can’t wait to go back and do some more exploring.

12 comments:

Anna said...

some lovely finds! Buttons, linen, doilies and tea cups are usually what I look for but don't always find such lovely things as you did.

Ruby-Jo said...

Alexa's treasures had the most amazing range of pretty tea cups. It was the first shop we saw so I thought I would go back and buy one if I didn't find some elsewhere but didn't quite get around to going back.

PinkLizzy said...

Oh Yay! Now I'm even more excited about going to Ballarat. I miss my old home town so much.

Leah said...

wow PinkLizzy Ballarat is my old home town too! gorgeous finds Ruby-Jo,Good on you for sneaking your dog inside at night!

ruby-jo said...

I didn't know you used to live there Rachel. I can't wait to go back again. Leah yes! We couldn't leave our dog outside to freeze overnight that would have been cruel.

carmel said...

I love the shopping in Ballarat! Love your finds-lucky you :)

michvanetta said...

My dad grew up in Ballarat, I haven't been back there for ages.
Wonderful finds Jo :)

ruby-jo said...

Thanks for your comments :)

Sam said...

I love that table cloth Jo! My fella is a former Melbournian and he tells me Ballarat is pretty special - particularly the architecture! Now you tell me that there are antique shops there too -just try and hold me back!!

ruby-jo said...

Yes you should go Sam! I only saw a handful of the antique shops but was very excited by what I saw.

Christina Lowry said...

Wow, what you did come home with looks fantastic! :)

ruby-jo said...

There was so much good stuff to choose from Christina.