Shari is a freelance writer, blogger and stylist living in the beautiful Barossa Valley in South Australia. A passionate upcycler, she dreams of one day living in a handmade tree house.
Published October 18th 2016
Situated in a lovely stone building in the main street of Nuriootpa is this delightful store, owned by the equally delightful Mark Valente. For over a year and a half, Mark has rebranded and revitalised this Barossa icon into a lovely place to browse and to find one-of-a-kind treasures. Mark's care and respect for his stock shows in how warmly the silver shines, and the crystal gleams. With four carefully curated rooms of the eclectic and the beautiful, this store has one of almost everything a dedicated vintage or antique shopper could ever want.
Rear room Barossa Style
The first hint to what is contained within can be seen from the footpath. Trestles, upon which are stacked crates and boxes once hidden away in Barossa barns, sturdy old baskets, cast metal tools a lantern, a stool or a vintage suitcase make the passer-by jerk back to have a look. It simply can't be ignored if the old and the rustic calls your name.
One step inside, and there is shelf after shelf of exquisite blue and white patterned china, silver, crystal, vintage sewing or carpentry ephemera, cameras, toys, tea services, coffee sets, metal signs, advertising, lighting, cray pots, cookware, flatware....watches, hunting knives, tobacco pipes...a whole room dedicated to vinyl and musical collectables...and under the counter you'll find fine as well as costume jewellery, and the prices are all amazing.
Blue and White abundance
Mark's silver and crystal is perfection.
Most of the items in this store are of the size that fits easily into luggage or handbags, with the occassional gigantic warehouse light fixture or old church pew in the mix (for those of us with huge country kitchens to personalise), so day trippers need never worry about taking something home. There is something here for everyone.
Mark visits auctions regularly to snap up quirky, one off pieces, but prefers to know the stories behind the treasures he sells, so welcomes people to contact him about pieces they are ready to pass on.
Knives and pipes and toys! Oh my!
A visit to this store is highly recommended whether you are here for a day or here to stay. A lovely chat is in store for you, and if you are after something specific, Mark will endeavour to track it down for you. The Barossa is well known for its country hospitality for good reason, and Barossa Style is another prime example of just that.