Attention fellow vintage lovers - I'm pleased to announce that I have discovered a new vintage and retro shopping treasure that I feel compelled to share with you.
Long time friends Mel and Anne have taken their shared love and passion for all things vintage and created a unique and accessible retail business.
Fabulously named Ani's Suitcase, this fledgling business is still small and operates largely from Facebook but seems destined for success. Steadily gaining support since their first market in May 2012, word is slowly but surely spreading and the girls are gaining a reputation for quality and service both.
For Mel and Anne, vintage isn't simply their business, it's a philosophy and a way of life, and their passion is infectious. When asked what inspires them about vintage wares they replied "we love the romance and historical intrigue of the items we sell, they have all had previous lives and many of them are over 50 years old. Buying vintage items has so many benefits - not only are you recycling, you are buying yourself something that is unique and probably a one off!"
Each item is hand picked by Mel and Anne on their treasure hunting trips throughout Australia; the ladies regular hit the road in Mel's old van, sleep under the stars and trawl the countryside for genuine and gorgeous vintage articles.
In addition to ladies fashion and accessories, they sell menswear, children's clothing and some of the most gorgeous crockery on earth. And if you can't wait for the next market, connect with Ani's Suitcase via their Facebook page; the ladies regularly post photos of new stock arrivals with a unique online purchasing system so if you see something you like you can purchase immediately - love it!
You'll find Ani's Suitcase at the monthly West End Vintage & Designer Markets and on Vulture St, West End for regular pop-up sidewalk sales; to be notified of dates, connect with Ani's Suitcase on Facebook. Support a small, local business and score yourself a one off vintage treasure to boot.