Vintage shopping on the Mornington Peninsula

Published on 20th June 2016 in Blog, Holiday Tips and Advice, Latest News, Mornington Peninsula Activities

There's something magical about browsing for antiques, collectable and vintage goods. Unlike a typical store, or shopping mall, items that have been pre-owned and indeed preloved, posses a certain special quality that makes them well worth seeking out. They're unique, and completely different to the mass-produced fare that you might find somewhere else, giving you the opportunity to add real character to your wardrobe or home. 

While every piece of vintage clothing or furniture has a story to tell, the benefits of buying second-hand also include environmental sustainability. Instead of letting these great products go to waste, why not find a way to repurpose them.

The Mornington Peninsula has a reputation as a haven for vintage lovers, with a high amount of second-hand retailers located in the region. So next time you book a room at Moonah Links, consider spending an afternoon browsing these shops. Here are three of our favourite retro boutiques.

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1. Tyabb Packing House

Located just over half an hour from Moonah Links, Tyabb Packing House is by far the region's vintage shop with the most variety. Covering an area of nearly three hectares, the Tyabb Packing House boasts the largest selection of antiques and collectibles in Australia. With over 40 specialised dealers there's a unique inventory that you won't find anywhere else. 

The products are located in a historic building, which has been converted into a vintage lover's paradise. With over 30 years in the business, the market's owners and sellers have been prominent supporters of the Mornington Peninsula's second-hand community. If you ask any local they'll doubtless tell you that a weekend visit to the Tyabb Packing House is one of the best things to do in the region

2. Factory Antique Market

Slightly closer to Moonah Links is the Factory Antique Market in Dromona – only 20 minutes away. The vintage pedigree of the area is top notch, with one of the region's most famous attractions, the Dromona Drive-in, just across the road. If you really want to get into the spirit of things, buy yourself a 50s outfit and head to the movies with your sweetheart on one of the 'classic cinema' nights. 

The Factory Antique Market carries on from the now-defunct Mornington Antique Centre, with many of the same vendors and the same wide range of curios. There's a definite International flavour to the market, with countries as wide ranging as the USA and Japan represented amongst the stalls.

3. The Vintage Shed

Like the Packing House, the Vintage Shed is located in the township of Tyabb, which has very strong grounds to claim itself as Australia's hot spot for second-hand goods. Despite being slightly smaller than its more famous neighbour, the Vintage Shed features a whopping 60 vendors, covering everything from one of a kind furniture to retro art. There's even an industrial and nautical section, which you won't find at many other vintage markets. 

The highlight of the Vintage Shed is the Vintage Emporium – a separate area consisting of 14 vendors that specialise in clothing. If you're looking for a few pieces to spice up your wardrobe, this is the place for you, with special emphasis placed on the period from 1940 through to the 1980s. To keep the kids occupied while you shop, there's a great selection of classic toys that you might even remember from your own childhood!

These are just three of our favourite vintage shops on the Mornington Peninsula, there are plenty more in the region, all with something precious for you to take home and proudly display on the mantle. For more information on the area's best shopping, be sure to get in touch with the Moonah Links team today.

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