Vintage gear is fast becoming a local industry in Warrnambool, what with the Mill Markets at the old Fletcher Jones factory and numerous opp shops around the place. Every local weekend market also has collectibles alongside the usual market fare of vegies, jams, clothes, toys and miscellaneous stuff.
Totally Barking Vintage is a great little (or not so little) vintage shop that has been operating for about two years in the main shopping area of Warrnambool. If you don't have time to fossick around in all the available collectibles venues around the area, this is a good place to go - like an amped op shop focusing on vintage, so you don't have to sift through junk to find what you're looking for.
There doesn't seem to be any particular logic to the layout, probably because there is so much stock, so you can find kitchenwares, knick-knacks, clothes, furniture, books, jewellery, collectibles and decorator items in every part of the store.
To be fair, not everything in this shop is, strictly speaking, vintage. A lot of it is retro, and there is a small number of items that are modern but collectible. Others are complementary to the vintage goods or reproduce vintage styles, so will match well with vintage products (so, for example, you might find a vintage dress and modern, vintage-style shoes to match here).
But if you're into this sort of stuff, you can spend a fun half hour or more here, poking through the shelves to find a treasure, or a quirky gift for a friend, or even a memory-jogging item to transport you back to your childhood. In fact, the Easter Bunny even found a couple of really cute ceramic egg cups here for my kids, which were a great hit.
Totally Barking Vintage is open seven days a week.