A university student living in Sydney's trendy inner west with a love for live music, thrifting, vinyl records, and vegan food.
Published July 29th 2014
Walking up King Street, moving further away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you are confronted with café after café after Thai restaurant after café. Along Newtown's major street there's secondhand clothing stores, a plethora of eateries, and a collection of boutiques and record and book stores, which all cater for the mixture of broke university students, affluent inner west locals and interested visitors that venture along its pathways – jaywalking and looking out for the buses that never run on time.
As you move beyond Newtown station, and further up King Street, the charming little cafes become more abundant as well as the vintage and antique stores. Dotted in mass along this upper end of Newtown's main road, vintage clothes, household items, furniture, records, and other miscellanea, are all up for sale at surprisingly reasonable prices. Of course, you could opt to dig through the numerous racks at various Vinnies to nab yourself a bargain, but with original records (some INXS and Beatles records caught my eye in particular) ranging from $15 to $25, there are some good deals among these treasure mounds.
If it's furniture you're looking for, be sure to have a browse of the 'junk shops' as you never know what perfect item you will find. I found the perfect items in a store tucked away far up the street, which added a much needed amount of colour and a quirky feel to my apartment.
Whether you're looking for that one perfect item, or just want to browse and enjoy a coffee and feed in one of the more quiet cafes in Newtown, walk away from the city and to the end of King Street that's neglected more often than not.
My lucky discovery - a perfect fit for my apartment, and only $40!