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Published October 24th 2016
Are you ready to wander and get lost in Narnia?
If you read that title and get the reference, then you are in for a treat, my beloved reader! For there is quite a bit of magic tucked away in this small but magical little vintage store that has recently found its new (more permanent) home on Frome Street in Adelaide.
Starting off by selling their treasures in markets across London, the faces behind The Lion, The Witch Vintage - Amy Read and Marika Andrews - have successfully set up a space with help from Renew Adelaide.
Treasured items from the past that leave a vintage fangirl speechless
Striving to provide rent-free spaces for the first 30 days to new and emerging local businesses, Renew Adelaide has helped people like Amy and Marika bring their passion for all things vintage to the public in the form of a truly beautiful store.
In this store, you can find racks after glorious racks, which are stacked with some priceless artifacts, items of clothing, accessories, and much, much more. They range from the golden era of the 40s all the way to the pumpin' 90s when it was all about being bold, bright, and beautiful.
The store is cleverly designed to represent a timeless frame, with faux black and white tiled patterns encasing the floor, terrariums and potted plants attracting the sunshine and freshness, and suitcases of the well-aged kind residing above the wardrobe. And, well, speaking of wardrobes - one is used as a changing room, the interior of which is beautifully decorated with a scene of Narnia itself. It even comes with a red curtain, so you can truly feel special in every way.
Not all those who wander are lost, but how good it is to get lost in a well-kept secret such as The Lion, The Witch Vintage. No matter what you expect when you walk in, you will end up falling in love with their extensive collection. There are a countless number of dresses, blouses, tops, trousers, jackets, coats, bodysuits, and swim suits to choose from.
Each item of clothing has a certain level of wear and tear or a distinctive feature, which will add to the beauty of it surviving decades thus far. Think of the clothes you see actors and actresses wearing in TV shows, posters, and movies from years ago and you will almost tear up to see them still kicking the clothing industry strong with its features. Think of tassels, flares, loose-fitting, flouncy clothing that screams carefree spirit in its loudest, finest manner possible.
The Lion, The Witch Vintage is open Monday-Friday from 9am-5pm and is always welcoming to customers (new and returning). You can find some beautiful jewellery to accessorize with gorgeous jumpsuits or dresses or costumes (whatever tickles your fancy), so head in to town and have a suss, grab a bargain, and release your inner wildflower into a Narnia-themed world.
Special thanks to Renew Adelaide, Marble Hill Wines and Peregrine Corporation for the property and to The Lion, The Witch Vintage for hosting us.