When I visited on Opening Day, Bruna were still busy setting up and unpacking in the second showroom. The shop is spacious with high ceilings and well located. There's also a strip of 6 hours parking out the front. Opening hours are from Tuesdays to Saturdays 10am to 5pm and Thursdays from 10am to 7pm. It'll be closed on Sundays and Mondays.
Bruna brings with her, vintage linens and collectables specialising in vintage, antique and retro table and bed linens, textiles and haberdashery. This includes a selection of French Brocante, hand made giftware and vintage clothing in pristine condition. She continues to up-cycle textiles for modern living, using bygone objects and materials and reinstating them in today's decor.
Bruna with some beautiful needle crochet work inherited from her mother.
Juste Parce Que's Victoria has a lot of energy and passion for what she does. Between having Juste Parce Que and Madame Vintage, she will still be running the regular QVM Brocante Marche market and the rest of the ladies will continue to have their stalls at the markets too. Not all of them will be at the store at the one time so if at anytime you want to particularly catch up with one of them, make sure you make firm arrangements to ensure they're at the shop.
Victoria's QVM market is a French themed vintage market held the first Sunday of each month in Shed C, Peel Street end, of the iconic Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne. It's a popular market that sources a lot of its items from France and there's always food stalls with a French theme.
Carole from Buttons To Go is also a very industrious lady and will continue selling at markets. Hailing from Shepparton, this coming weekend alone she's going to be busy at two markets. On Saturday, the Ivanhoe Makers Market and on Sunday, the Kensington Market. If you're into vintage buttons you'll have to visit Carole's stall to check out the creative ways she puts them together to make brooches and pendants that are interchangeable.
Suzanne from Kate & Rose - Vintage Tea Cup Candles and Cake Stands started her business in September 2011 and named it after her daughters, using their middle names. She started out with soy candles making and pouring them for herself and her friends until her husband suggested she try selling them. A few months later for her daughter's 4th and 6th birthdays she wanted some vintage plates and tea stands which were not common in the day. She thought about drilling some up, which her husband did for her and still does to date; and that's how they became a permanent addition at her stall.
More vintage and largely tea related products got added to the range, including tea party inspired earrings and necklaces and also hand stamped flatware.
Coming from a professional background, Suzanne got into the markets trying to work around the kid's schedules. She likes up-cycling, creating something new out of old and working with soy and essential oils. She loves old things right down to kitsch ornaments like her nana used to have; tiny bunnies and more.
Top left, Bruna from Vintage Linens & Collectables, top right, Victoria from Juste Parce Que, bottom left, Suzanne from Kate & Rose - Vintage Tea Cup Candles and Cake Stands, bottom right Carole from Buttons To Go.
This new store is definitely worth checking out. With the power of four there's certainly a lot to catch your eye. Vintage, antique or retro, at it's core is the principle of recycling/up-cycling. For those who love it, these items of days gone by not only satisfies the soul and are a feast for the eyes; it values what is already in existence in this throw away society of ours and therefore contributes to a smaller footprint of waste in the environment. Hope to see you at the store.
The shop marked in green in relation to where it stands on Brunswick street.