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Published August 29th 2015
A delightful store with treasures of days gone by
Inglewood is located on the Calder Highway Route 45 kms west of Bendigo, and 185 kms north west of Melbourne. The town has seen a revitalising atmosphere in recent years and there are now some great new shops here. A fairly recent store is Inglewood Emporium, which is an antiques and vintage wares shop run by Denise and Steve. For anyone who likes old things, there is a wonderland of treasures inside.
Authentic vintage dresses at Inglewood Emporium. Image copyright to this writer.
The shop is huge and is housed in an ideal setting of an an old building which was the town's original grocery store. The shop is open 7 days days a week for trading of both buying and selling of old wares and collectables, so and makes a great stop while travelling in the area.
Inglewood Emporium, an antiques and collectables store is located on the main road of town. Image copyright to this writer.
If you are an avid collector of some special sort of treasure or just like the homey feel old things can make to your home's décor, there is something to please everyone at this shop. Denise has been an antiques dealer for many years and has had a shops in Castlemaine and Maldon in the past, so she knows what people collect and what they want. Looking around this store you can tell she knows her stuff. The store is made up of sections and categories, so looking for what interests you is a little easier, not at all like shopping at some places which are an absolute mess and junk everywhere.
A selection of old grocery packets and tins at Inglewood Emporium. Image copyright to this writer.
The stock includes interesting collectables and curios, many very old and from the local district. There is also a good selection of old furniture including kitchen dressers, hall stands, cupboards and small tables and chairs, meatsafes, and many more depending what the owners can source at the time. There is a cabinet of men's collectables such as shaving items, fishing and petrol and garage finds.
A selection of men's collectables, such as fishing items and ephemera. Image copyright by this writer
There is a large selection of vintage wares from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s including kitchen tables and chairs, kitchenwares, lamps, artwork, pottery items and vases, ornaments and records. There is a whole room of authentic vintage clothing. Here you will also find some handbags, shoes, and coats. There is also a small selection of men's retro shirts. Often people pop into the store wanting a special vintage theme outfit for a party.
There is a great display of old tins and grocery items which are getting very hard to find Denise said. They mostly get sold to people who have museums and specialist collections. Rustic old farm finds and industrial vintage pieces are popular selling items, and these are also getting harder to source as most of it has rusted away or ended up on the scrap heap.
A vintage dress hanging from the rafters at the store. Image copyright to this writer.
Take a look at the store's Facebook page to see the latest items that have come into the shop. Sometimes things get sold right away from a viewing on the website, so you need to get in quick. But it is so much fun to browse the store and choose your own special finds to take home to enjoy.