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Published November 23rd 2012
Find the loot in hidden places
The quest for the unknown is what led explorers to get on leaky ships and sail through unchartered waters. I wouldn't go to such lengths, but when I came to know that there was this huge shop with all sorts of Oriental treasures, I had to go check this out at the next available opportunity. The shop is Loot and it is located in South Morang which, as far as I'm concerned, is unchartered territory. Of course, this trip changed my view entirely.
To begin with, the word 'shop' doesn't do justice to Loot. It's more like a warehouse that stretches into infinity. It's dimly lit interiors reveal glittering contents gradually as you enter. You cannot take it all in at one go. The scale is huge and the range of goods extensive including everything from incense sticks to furniture.
I'm sure I must've spent close to an hour taking it all in. I had to of course pause for photographs and touch and handle things for texture as well as check out price tags. I was pleased to see that the prices weren't as high as other shops of the same genre. So what do they have here?
I'm not too much into the big stuff like furniture, but I did see that they have a whole lot of dining tables and chairs. It was, however, what was on the tables that interested me. Exquisite dinnerware, vases, candle holders, table runners, and other knick knacks are laid out artistically solely meant to catch your eye and tempt you into a quivering mass. It is the colours these come in that are truly fascinating. This stuff would enliven any old room and give it that kick in the pants that would bring it back to life.
Loot has an impressive range of handmade candles displayed to advantage to the right of the entrance. Right alongside are the essential oils, the oil burners, incense sticks, incense holders, scented flowers and balls, wax melts, and candle-kits. The candles come in delicate colours like pale gold and apple green to sensuous dark purple.
As is my habit anything with fragrance I sniff. When there are about twenty different types of soap it can be quite an ordeal for my senses. But I'm not one to give up and worked my way through frangipani, vanilla, nag champa, sandalwood, white sage and more. By then I couldn't tell what was what and settled for the white sage, a choice I enjoy taking a whiff of even as I'm typing this down. Just can't stop sniffing this thing. But I guess it's okay as long as I stick to fragrant soap.
Loot also stocks a small stash of clothing like shirts, beachwear, and scarves. I liked the bold print and colours on those scarves. These ones came in pure cotton for around $15. I wavered between a turquoise blue and a mauve before my pre-frontal cortex took over and warned me to step away from the scarves. It reminded me I had a zillion scarves hanging in my wardrobe and that I wouldn't be wearing these anytime now with the weather already on a slow simmer. I meekly draped them back with their parrot green and purple companions and stepped away.
You don't have to go all the way to South Morang to get your share of Loot. The only other shop they have is in Wodonga. As such, the online shop option is just perfect. Picture frames, wall hangings, candles, wood plaques with wise sayings, fragrant soaps, and more are available at your fingertips. They also sell soft furnishings like cushion covers, rugs, chair pads, and place mats. There are also the tiny little objects like key hangers, coasters, and monk rocks that tug at your heart. The online shop also has the Hot Stock section that gives you sale prices that may not be available in store.