posted on 27 Mar 20

A bit of retail therapy during this time of self-isolation is a great way to keep your spirits up whilst continuing to support local businesses during the COVID-19 situation. There are many unique goods that are made with love by passionate and talented locals.  Even if you don't need anything, just make a small purchase to support local and feel good.

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Good undies are important. The makers of these Wonderpants couldn’t find locally made, ethical underwear that fitted well, looked good, and were truly comfortable. So, they created their own. In their words 'when we are comfortable in our skin (and our second skin), we can move through our days feeling confident - feeling free''. They have products for everyone! 

More details here. 

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Merchants of Mostyn

Here you'll find some one-off quirky vintage items and also practical home eco-friendly products. Have a squiz at the collection, you never know what you might find! 

For more information visit their website 

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Tribe is home to beautiful and useful items created by over 50 local and international artisans. All of their creations are developed sustainably, ethically and mindfully, keeping traditional craftsmanship alive with love and care. 

To purchase something special visit their website here. 

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Mimosa Botanicals

You'll have plenty of time for pampering over the coming weeks so why not indulge in bath products that are created locally using the best ingredients nature can offer. Christiana - the founder/creator, uses ingredients like Australian essential oils & absolutes with organic botanicals and lovely little extra's like Australian organic oats, coconut cream powder, organic fairtrade cocoa butter and Australian clay's as well as locally grown flowers, berries & herbs.

Free shipping on all orders. Check out the website here

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Cabosse and Feve Chocolates

Have you tried these amazing chocolates yet? All chocolates are carefully hand made using the best sourced ingredients, their packaging is 95% compostable and all chocolate is certified vegan. Flavours include almond brittle, Davidson Plum Rocky Road and good ol' scorched almonds. Delicious! Chocolate is an essential bunker down item - order now. 


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Polly & Willow

Keep the kids entertained with a unique range of toys and gifts sourced from over twenty different countries. This is a toy collection like no other, each item is carefully chosen with the idea that it will be a long-lasting keepsake for children to treasure. There's also clothing, home decor and jewellery. 

If you need anything special for your baby or child, check out their website

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The Restorers Barn

If you're working from home at the moment you'll be surrounded by all the odd jobs that you've been putting off. Like that toilet paper holder that needs fixing, that hinge, light switch or door that could do with replacement or repair. Good thing is The Restorers Barn have got everything you need and everything can be bought on line and delivered. No excuses now. 

Peruse their collection of goodies here and use this time at home to get jobs done. 

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Sometimes nothing can be more comforting than being wrapped up in soft, warm wool.  Not just any wool will do though, it's gotta be the most ethically sourced good for you and the planet - merino wool. Woollykins specialises in just this.  You'll find quality and beautifully crafted wool wear for the whole family from newborns to grown ups. 

Lots of colours and designs to suit your individual style - go on - wrap yourself up in some wool here

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Taradale Kitchen Co.

If we must be indoors with home-cooked meals, then we might as well set the table nicely and create a warm and cosy atmosphere. Taradale Kitchen Co. stock kitchen linens such as tea towels, aprons and napkins as well as wholesome jams and preserves - all lovely items to make your kitchen and dining experience more pleasant. 

Check out their website here.

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Ivy and Grace

Get your wardrobe essentials for winter. They have a great range of pants, textured jackets, beautiful dresses and tops as well as jewellery and accessories. 

Visit their online shop here. 

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Tansley & Co. Vintage Merchants

Tansley & Co have a growing reputation within the region for their affordable selection of eclectic pre-1950s furniture and vintage household goods. Alongside antique furniture, art, china, crystal and glassware you’ll find a beautiful range of handcrafted candles and Australian made cards and gift tags. They're slowly moving their gorgeous items into the online shopping space but for now you can get some of their individual items through their instagram page. 

These stunning Australian postcards would make a great keepsake! 

Check out their instagram page for details. 

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Shedshaker beer

You need to experience the intense gusto of Shedshaker's small batch, hand-crafted beers made in Castlemaine! They've pioneered a range of modern aroma beers that delight you with their complexity of flavours and refreshing finish. The good things is you can now buy all their beers online and they'll even deliver them right to the door! Choose from the Celtic Red Ale, Espresso Black Lager, Frailty Pale Ale, Hempathy Hemp Ale, Knucklehead Rye I.P.A and Pils Lager or mix them up and get a mixed six pack or slab. 

More info on their website here. 


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Coffee Basics

We all miss the grand experience of sitting in the elegant space at Das Kaffeehaus for our coffee, however until they reopen it is still possible to stock up on their amazing coffee to brew at home. If you don't know much about their coffee, I'd highly recommend you take a look at they website. They have some incredible creations including 'Sipping Girl' - a rich and buttery vanilla body with a long cocoa finish or the Tiger Mountain single origin which is using beans ethically sourced from India, with $1 from every bag purchased donated to support the conservation and research of India's tigers. 

We are so lucky to have these master coffee roasters right on our doorstep. Stock up and support them during this time. Check out their website here. 


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Idle Made - handmade jewellery

Idle Made accessories are created simply and slowly using a thoughtful collection of essential tools and the best quality, most sustainable materials available.  Their products are gorgeous, colourful and unique and best of all - made to last using 'slow fashion' materials. 

Check out their range here 

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Castlemaine Muesli Co.

Start your day right with a healthy bowl of muesli that has been made with love and a sustainable ethos.  Their muesli is fresh, seasonal and packed full of all the good stuff - nuts, seeds and fruit. They have a gluten free or standard option and they provide in bulk, eliminating any packaging. 

Give it a try and support local! Visit their website here 

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Maldon Fudge and Ice-creamery

A much loved favourite in the Main Street of Maldon. With their shopfront now temporarily closed due to COVID-19, good news is you can still order their delicious handmade gelato, ice-cream and fudge online. They source all natural ingredients and they make ice-creams that are gluten free, some are dairy free and some are even suitable for diabetics. 

More details visit their website here or call 5474 2391

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The Village Patch in Maldon

Fancy getting a little creative and making your own quilt? The Village Patch has an extensive range of over 3000 gorgeous fabrics in stock (including this beautiful aboriginal kookaburra), threads (including, Bottom Line, Rasant and more), kits, gifts, books, quilting accessories and other hand made goods. It's paradise for quilters and for wanna-be quilters. All their stock available online. 

Visit their website here.  

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Blackjack Wines

These guys are red wine specialists! An awful amount of love and care goes into their 'terroir' - that is the balancing of environmental, farming and crop practices that are needed to create the perfect drop. it's truly inspiring to see the nurturing that goes on behind the scenes to create their wines, it makes you appreciate every sip so much more. 

Have a chat to them, find out about their wine making process and then the best bit - pour yourself a glass and let those intense flavours hit your palate. 

Visit their website to start your wine journey.