posted on 20 May 20

Do you have a hankering to re-design the look and feel of your living space or have a crack at some small to large scale home improvements? Perhaps it's time to give the bathroom a 'zhuzh', install those solar panels, complete your vintage fit out or transform your outdoor space. Regardless of your project, there's an abundance of passionate retailers in the Castlemaine, Maldon and Surrounds area that can kit you out with everything from hardware and homewares to those one-of-a-kind furniture or decorative items that will be a treasured keepsake for life. Have a rummage, chat to the owners and have fun as you hand pick what you need to kick-start your dream home makeover.   

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Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar

If searching for a second hand gem then you must start with a wander through the 1850 square metre showroom at the Castlemaine Vintage Bazaar -  a retail space that hosts numerous stallholders offering diverse and eclectic vintage. Located at The Mill, their wares are too numerous to even describe - but one thing they can guarantee is that you'll find something that you weren't looking for! Following COVID-19 restrictions, they are reopening on Monday 25 May. Check their Instagram or Facebook page for more details on opening hours and be sure to check out the rest of The Mill complex including Platform No.5 next door. 

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Tansley & Co. Vintage Merchants

This is a gorgeous space in Maldon oozing with antiques, quirky and vintage goods. Their aim is to provide affordable, long-lasting pieces that will find pride of place in your home. With a sustainable ethos, they take comfort in bringing you quality pre-loved items that you can get joy from, so that you have no need to purchase mass-produced goods. Run by Valentina Tansley who is a visual artist and all round creative soul. Please check their Instagram page here to check out their stock and also enquire about their current open hours. 

 

 

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ASQ Skydancers

If you have a garden project in mind, ASQ Skydancers in Harcourt can look after you with a huge array of plants, pots, fertilizer, potting mix and gardening tools. Skydancers Café is temporarily closed at this time, however the nursery is open and gifts are still available for purchase. Open 7 days a week, 9.00am-5.00pm. Phone: 5474 3800 or check out their website here.

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Buda Historic Home & Garden

The Buda nursery has its origins as a stock of replacement plants all grown from seeds, cuttings, bulbs, corms or tubers collected from their historic garden. Many plants propagated from the heritage garden can be purchased as tubestock. They stock quality, hardy, water-conserving ornamental and productive plants. This is a retail propagating nursery specialising in the great survivors of the goldfields. Also regularly in stock are a range of quality, locally made artisan garden ware and hardy local natives from Newstead Natives. Contact them on 5472 1032 or visit their website here. Nursery currently open Mondays and Tuesdays, 9.30am – 2.30pm. In normal times, the nursery is open 7 days a week. 

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The Salvage Yard

You may not have seen a salvage yard this attractive! Surrounded by beautiful native plantings, their stock is sorted and stacked in the yard and sheds for easy viewing, allowing your imagination to run wild with the possibilities for DIY projects!  Supplying reclaimed building materials in the form of benchtops, sinks, bricks, doors, electrical, fencing, fixings, flooring, furniture, gates, glass, hardware, iron, lighting, plumbing, posts, steel,  storage, structural timber, trusses and windows. Delivery available. Open Fridays 8am – 5pm and Saturdays 9am – 2pm. Phone: 0435 500 112 or visit their website here.  

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The Restorers Barn

Across the many years of operation The Restorers Barn has bought and sold thousands upon thousands of both new and old renovation treasures through its rustic bricks and mortar store, and now through its excellent website. You'll find original and reproduction pieces from Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times - ceramics, tapware, doors, windows and architectural fittings such as door furniture, locks, latches, hinges, window fittings, door bells, coat hooks, light switches and cabinet fittings. You can currently place orders via phone, email or via their website. Collection and delivery options available. Phone:  5470 5669 or check out their website here

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Mt Alexander Hardware

Located in Campbells Creek, here you'll find all you need for your D.I.Y projects, renovations, constructions and even the garden. They stock various brands of tools, timber, garden, paint and plumbing supplies and offer delivery with their fleet of vehicles, including a crane truck. Open 7 days a week. More details and online catalogue on their website here. Phone: 5472 1270. 
 

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Taylors Home Centre

Taylors is a one stop shop for all your interior design needs. From made to measure curtains, blinds and awnings, to a wide range of manchester including doona covers, throws, blankets and pillows, they have plenty of stock to decorate your nest! They can also help you with haberdashery for your craft and sewing needs. Don’t forget their huge range of cookware and kitchenware for every home chef. Open weekends, 9am - 5pm and Saturday 9am - noon. Phone: 5472 1203 or visit their Facebook page here.

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Enfilade Plus

Here you'll find rare brocante vintage linens for beds, tables and windows - all sourced from France and sold in Maldon. Your dream bedroom awaits with luxurious cotton sheets and pillowcases, Portuguese and Italian Marcella bedspreads and duvet covers and both old and new French and English quilts. If you prefer to make your own soft furnishings they stock beautiful fabrics - linens, damask and hand embroidery. Once you've slept on the linen sheets, you'll never go back! Opening hours are normally Thursday - Sunday 10am -5pm, however please call them to check their current open times. Phone: 5475 1075 and check their Instagram page to see an example of what they stock. 

 

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Barrow Boy Traders

An eclectic mix of antiques and hard to find decorative objects for interior and outdoors. Owners Bob and Danielle have a passion for collecting that dates back 30 years when Bob had a stall in the renowned Chapel Street Bazaar.  Since then they have continued with this interest and built an impressive private collection. With so many curiosities here it's hard to categorise what you'll find - there's usually rare furniture pieces, odd bits of taxidermy and obscure decorative objects and even some new pieces produced by local artisans. Opening hours Friday - Monday, 10am - 4pm but for their latest opening hours  contact Bob on 0418 394 623 or visit their Instagram page here. 

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The Enviro Shop

Sustainable living is easier than you may think. If you're keen to take steps to live more harmoniously with the environment, The Enviro Shop is a one stop shop to help you with all number of aspects including solar power, energy saving, waste reduction, low toxicity cleaning, draught proofing in time for winter and much more. Check their website for opening hours and details.  

 

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XXXX Antique Complex

This is part antique warehouse, part museum with a showroom collection that is possibly one of the largest in Australia. They've got porcelain that dates from the 18th Century, 1930s Depression glass, an entire area dedicated to Art Deco pieces, antique tables and chairs, Victorian lighting, antique French clocks and grandfather clocks. There's also an entire showroom dedicated to automobile garage items including pedal cars, enamel signs, petrol bowsers, oil tins and so much more. You have to see this collection to believe it! They are located in Castlemaine and open 7 days a week 9.30am - 5pm. Please call for the most updated opening hours or any enquiries. Phone: 5470 5989 or visit their website here. 

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Platform No.5

Platform No. 5 has been showcasing antiques, fine art, collectibles, vintage and retro treasure plus oddities since 2016. As part of The Mill precinct in Castlemaine, it’s created a strong, positive reputation when it comes to selling quality, eclectic wares, timeworn Asian pieces, quirky industrial and advertising treasures from the past, and quality artwork and handmade items. Visit their website here to get a taste of their inspirational collection or contact Phillip on Phone: 0409 520 840.

 

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The Mud Room Store

Located in Newstead, The Mud Room Store is a small boutique retail space stocking the highest quality products for the home, kitchen and the garden. You'll find woollen blankets and throws, linen tablecloths and napkins, placemats, handmade soaps and candles, beautiful ceramics and glassware. Superb quality baskets, bread boards and more! For the garden, quality tools and select plants. Open Friday 9am - 4pm and weekends 10am - 4pm. Check out their Instagram account for more details here.