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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Published October 26th 2014
Much more than a general store gifts and gadgets here galore
The TARDIS letterbox on the wall of The Upper Sturt General Store is a small clue to the treasures inside.

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Yes there are TARDIS-es galore for your cans, keys, cookies and coffee. You can cut your pizza with a sonic screwdriver, take your TARDIS beachtowel to the sea or be warm at the football in your TARDIS beanie. But the most amazing fact is how much fascination fits easily inside this small building.

The first wall of beautiful timber shelving will delight cooks that love gadgets. Even chefs that have everything will find something new here. From the 'Legs Up' plucked chook roasting timer to 'Lid Sid' who lets the steam escape from your saucepan, there are many useful and unusual gifts here. Lego brick moulds make chocolate or jelly lego blocks that won't hurt to step on! Look high on the shelves for the old Post Office scales that allude to the building's earlier life.

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Kitchen gadgets galore


Musicians will love turning their keys into guitars with Keytars. There's no need to panic about lost guitar picks with a Pickmaster on hand. It turns old credit cards into new picks.

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Sloppy eaters everywhere need a blob of Cyber Clean. It looks like yellow playdough but removes crumbs, dirt and 99.99% germs from keyboards, remote controls and mobile phones.

Maybe your ride needs a pair of false eyelashes to feel pretty for her next night out on the roads. It is clear that they care for cars and travellers here. A car care station is available outside with everything you need to clean your car's peepers or windscreen.

Car eyelashes, Upper Sturt General Store
Bat those lashes!
Photograph © Upper Sturt General Store


That is just a few of the great gift ideas that ensnared my imagination. Glide past the jewellery, fancy candle holders and candles, snack food and general supermarket stock into the heart of the TARDIS: the Party Planners Paradise!

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Everything you need for a Halloween Party your guests will screech about


This is the place to buy everything you need for the party that everyone will talk about. With items carefully arranged in themes, it is easy to feel inspired about creating a fun event. Dinosaurs, Despicable Me, Disco, Dora the Explorer and John Deere are here, just to mention some of the 'D' themes.

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Photograph © Upper Sturt General Store


Hosting an adult party? Why not have a Polka Dot, Wild Isle Luau, Card Night or Pizza Theme? Party planning checklists contain suggestions of things to get the party started (such as invitations and place settings), decorating items (balloons, banners) and ways to complete the theme (table cloths, lolly bags).

The glorious rainbow of coloured accessories can expand your theme and reduce costs for larger parties or could be a theme in its own right. Chevrons and polka dots on coloured backgrounds provide added variety.

Upper Sturt General Store, TARDIS, party supplies, gifts, gadgets, café, corner store, hot food


If you thought you had reached the back wall of this TARDIS, you would be wrong. Beyond the amazing party shop is a café. It is well known by locals as THE BEST place to get a tasty hotdog, burger or hot chips. They do all-day brekkie because there's nothing like a relaxed breakfast when you get up, whatever your working hours may be.

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Don't forget to choose your own lolly bag mix from the lovely old lolly jars as you leave.

Upper Sturt General Store, TARDIS, party supplies, gifts, gadgets, café, corner store, hot food


Upper Sturt General Store, TARDIS, party supplies, gifts, gadgets, café, corner store, hot food
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Why? Meals and snacks, gifts and gadgets
AND the most amazing party supplies shop
When: Open 8.30am - 6.30pm every day
365 days of the year
Phone: 08 8339 1032
Where: 191 Upper Sturt Road, Upper Sturt
Your Comment
It looks like a fun place to browse, even if there's nothing there you want to buy.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12479) 1841 days ago
Thanks for raising awareness - what an interesting store (we've always driven straight past it whenever we visited Warrawong Sanctuary - now the Sanctuary's closed, we have another worthy excuse to travel this way)!
by Jenny Pickett (score: 3|1694) 1829 days ago
What an amazing store. Being in Sydney, I won't be passing by tomorrow.
by Carole Liivrand (score: 2|791) 1686 days ago
Thanks Jenny, I must have missed this little gem.
by Dave Walsh (score: 4|11264) 1841 days ago
fabulous shop! great article I wish I could check it out :)
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1856) 1657 days ago
Yeah I popped in there one day and the owners really made a big impression on me - a big friendly hug of an impression! Definitely pop it onto your Sunday drive in the hills list.
by forre (score: 0|2) 1716 days ago
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