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The Good Store

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by Janice Heath (subscribe)
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Published December 11th 2013
Update February 9th 2015
The Good Store is no longer open in Yarraville but it's still possible to shop online and at the Perth store. For information see their websitehttp://www.thegoodstore.com.au/

Update January 25th 2015
The Good Store in Yarraville is now closed. For information on the Perth Store or online purchases see their websitehttp://www.thegoodstore.com.au/

Adventures in Presentland
UPDATE 9/2: PLEASE NOTE THIS VENUE IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED AND NO LONGER TRADING

If you have visited the Sun Theatre in Yarraville then you might have walked by The Good Store nestled in the Old Post Office right next door to the cinemas. Having chanced upon it recently I persuaded my (usually-resistant-to-shopping) bloke to step in and have a look.

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The Good Store. Right next door to the Sun Theatre


I expected the usual gift shop range of tea towels and other ordinary kitchen goods. I couldn't have been more wrong (OK they do have tea towels, but special ones).

The Good Store's philosophy is all about "useful presents", ones that look good, work well and last a long time. For us the store became an outing in itself as we discovered the quirky, the beautiful, the weird, the dazzling and the ingenious. So many adjectives before I even got to useful.

Here's a small sample of the offerings:

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Etelvina Chicken plastic bag dispensers


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Cubebots in cheery colours


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Surfdog Robes for your pooch. Owners can get one to match. Image: www.thegoodstore.com.au


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Beautiful Blunt Umbrellas, lacking pointy spikes and they won't turn inside out


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Magic Bunnies and their toothpicks


Feeling like we were five-year-olds in a toy store, we were constantly calling each other over to marvel over this gadget or that amazingly clever idea. Some of the items simply caused us to laugh with delight at their brilliance or quirkiness. To complete the experience, we were offered healthy green soursop tea to sip while we browsed.

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Clocky - the alarm clock that runs away, forcing you to get up to turn it off...


Along with the original store in Perth, The Good Store also sells online. Marshall Martin, former ABC Broadcaster and founder of The Good Store, having noticed that large quantities of products were being shipped to Seddon and Yarraville, decided to come over and have a look. That was the beginning of the Yarraville store. Read more of his story here.


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'Scratch Map' for showing where you've been or maybe where you're going


If you're having trouble buying the perfect gift for someone then the myriad array of gifts at The Good Store is likely to deliver a solution. Yes there are kitchen goods and also toys, wallets, sunglasses, games, grooming aids, food, musical instruments, travel goods, kid paraphernalia, computer accessories and more. There are high end designer products, hand crafted pieces, some nostalgic reproduction items and some that are just plain fun.

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How green is this Boon dish rack


Prices range from $4 to $400 with heaps of choices around the $20-$40 mark. Along with the free tea, there's also free gift wrapping. The store is architect designed, has wide aisles and is pram and dog friendly. There are seats out the front where you can sit and admire your purchases or just watch the world go by. Yarraville Village itself boasts multiple cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants if you get hungry or thirsty and you can always catch a movie while you're there.

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Gift wrapping with a smile


The Good Store. Cool gifts, happy staff, welcoming atmosphere and of course, a fine cup of tea.

Getting There:

By car Yarraville is a short hop from the first exit on the western side of the Westgate Bridge. Yarraville Railway Station can be accessed via the Werribee and Williamstown lines. There are also buses, see PTV to plan your journey.

Keep up with the latest goodies and events on The Good Store's Facebook page.

UPDATE 9/2: PLEASE NOTE THIS VENUE IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED AND NO LONGER TRADING
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When: 10.00am - 5.30pm 7 days, Open Fridays til 9.00pm Oct-April
Phone: 03 9687 7602
Where: 2 Ballarat Street, Yarraville
Cost: Free
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